NBAA Steadfastly Behind NextGen, Fuel Tax Increases

 - May 14, 2009, 7:09 AM

NBAA president and CEO Ed Bolen yesterday testified during a Senate aviation subcommittee hearing on FAA reauthorization that the general aviation community remains committed to NextGen. “For years, general aviation has been at the forefront of our nation’s modernization effort,” he said. “We believe that general aviation will be every bit as fundamental to America’s future as it has been to its past, and we are prepared to work with the Senate to continue to build that future.” Bolen also noted during the hearing that the business aviation community has been severely affected by the economic downturn, yet it still remains steadfast in its support for FAA reauthorization legislation, including an adjustment to hike fuel tax to help pay for NextGen. “Aviation plays a critical role in driving economic growth and investment across the country,” Bolen told the subcommittee. “We strongly support your work to improve our nation’s aviation system, which will also significantly contribute to economic growth and job creation. In these challenging economic times, the importance of a robust transportation system cannot be overemphasized.”