Aviation User Fees Zapped from FY11 Budget

AINonline
February 2, 2010, 10:34 AM

NBAA and the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) were pleased to learn that the Obama Administration’s Fiscal Year 2011 federal budget proposal–released yesterday–does not include new user fees for general aviation. The previous proposal, issued a year ago, contained a provision that would “replace some aviation excise taxes with direct user charges” in 2011. However, the President’s new budget proposal does not contain similar language. “When it comes to the long-standing battle over user fees, it appears that we have reached an important and welcome milestone,” noted NBAA president and CEO Ed Bolen. GAMA president and CEO Pete Bunce said he supports the Administration’s “common-sense decision” not to propose user fees. “A burdensome user-fee system faced widespread opposition in Congress and universal opposition from general aviation,” he added. “GAMA stands ready to work with both the Administration and Congress to pass an FAA reauthorization bill that will help the agency move forward on air traffic control modernization and other important national priorities.”

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