So it took a torrent of battling press releases, multiple sound bites and numerous press briefings before we finally learned the real hang-up over the FAA extension bill, and it wasn’t three little airports in West-by-god-Virginia and two other states.
When 91-year-old Sen. Robert Byrd (D-W.Va.) relinquished his chairmanship of the powerful Senate Appropriations Committee late last year, the domino effect thrust Sen. John Rockefeller IV (D-W.Va.) into the chairmanship of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee.
In a guest column in the Martinsburg Journal, Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) expressed optimism about the Sino Swearingen SJ30 jet program. Sino Swearingen’s Martinsburg factory builds the wings and fuselage for the SJ30 and ships them to the company’s headquarters in San Antonio for final assembly.
Corporate aviation took flak on FAA funding proposals this morning as the architects of S.1300, the Senate FAA financing bill that includes a $25 user fee for most flights, made it clear they want business aircraft users to pay more toward ATC modernization. “I don’t want to create a system where airline passengers subsidize corporate jets,” said Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.), chairman of the senate aviation subcommittee.