AOPA’s Boyer, ATA’s May Square Off on User Fees
In a public debate Tuesday at the Washington Aero Club’s monthly luncheon, AOPA president Phil Boyer and ATA president and CEO James May agreed on many issues related to funding the FAA, with May going so far as to say he would be fine with no user fees. “I’ve never allocated a collection formula,” he said. As May has noted before, his complaint is not with the piston segment AOPA primarily represents, but rather with corporate aviation, where he focuses much of his attention. He said, “My beef quite frankly is with the corporate jets. I’m just trying to find a little balance from some folks who can easily afford to pay their fair share.” Boyer continued his group’s commitment to a unified general aviation response when he said, “Our fundamental concern is the introduction of a user fee to any segment of aviation, whether it be $5 or $25.” The Washington Aero Club is a group of benefactors, congressional staffers, aerospace firms and other special-interest groups based in the capital.