"Business aviation should support the shift to user fees," urged Reason Foundation director of transportation studies Robert Poole, "if it is part of a comprehensive reform of ATC." He said user fees would enable the costly switch to a "network-centric" (more technology-based) ATC system that in his view would offset increased costs with potential savings from increased flying efficiency and fewer delays.
CitationShares launched a program–Citelines–that it says offers “payment predictability, customized program options and cost savings never before seen in the industry.” Under Citelines, owners can choose to fly 365 days, 350 days, 335 days or 320 days a year.
Nav Canada, the company that runs Canada’s ATC system, reports that because of favorable financial results in its most recent quarter and the preliminary outlook for the balance of the current and following fiscal year, it does not expect to increase customer service charges in the near term, “provided there are no unanticipated adverse developments.” The company’s most recent financial statement is available at
Landing fees are scheduled to increase at New Jersey’s Teterboro Airport (TEB). Effective January 1, aircraft weighing 12,500 pounds or less will be subject to a $22.50 fee. Aircraft weighing 12,501 to 80,000 pounds will be charged $3.15 per 1,000 pounds and those over 80,000 pounds will be charged $5.85 per 1,000 pounds.
Business aviation interests have been victorious in their battles over the years to prevent the creation of general aviation user fees to replace the current fuel tax to pay for their share of ATC services. But at last month’s NBAA Convention business aviation trade group leaders warned that this time the battle is different and could be the toughest yet.
A spokesman for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ) told AIN its chairman, Anthony Coscia, would use “whatever means necessary,” including legal action and “substantial” increases in landing fees, to achieve its agenda at Teterboro Airport (TEB).
After 12 months of consultation with all segments of its domestic and overseas customer base, Nav Canada–Canada’s privatized air navigation service provider (ANSP)–has proposed a new fee structure that would mean slight reductions in terminal charges for large aircraft and slight increases for smaller aircraft. En route fees would be unchanged.
Congress may have approved FAA funding for Fiscal Year 2006 before it adjourned for the Thanksgiving holiday, but the drumbeat for user fees in future years continues. Within days of the passing of the $13.8 billion budget, FAA Administrator Marion Blakey was telling the Washington Aero Club that her agency needed a revenue stream that is tied to the actual cost of services.
Fuel on Demand (www.fuelondemand. com), which debuted in November at the NBAA Convention, is a national program offering jet-A at “cost plus 25 cents per gallon” pricing, with no minimum or maximum purchase. The program is designed to provide participants lower and more predictable fuel prices compared with volume-based programs.
Rich Gage, president of the Canadian Business Aviation Association (CBAA), told AIN that the new fee structure Nav Canada announced last month will “not have a big impact, one way or another” on business aircraft operators.