A provision inserted into a 2005 highway bill that has given business and general aviation fuel purveyors a collective headache ever since it was enacted might be repealed in the next highway reauthorization bill. Thirty-two members of the House of Representatives signed a letter to Rep. Dave Camp (R-Mich.), chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, asking that the provision be deleted from new highway legislation now under consideration.
Demand for charter flights appears to be climbing again, though charter hourly rates continue to be flat. Online charter portal Avinode says its April 1 demand index was 126.14–some 22 points higher than a year ago and about three points higher than last month.
At 98.1, though, the forward-looking price index for April was little changed from both last year and March 1. Charter pricing in the North American market dropped by two points from a year ago, while in Europe pricing solidified, rising about five points since April 2011.
Taxes. I would like to pay fewer taxes, or none at all, but I accept why societies need them. I know some folks think we should do away with taxes altogether, but I can’t see how that could work. Like death, taxes are inevitable. On that cheery note, there is one tax I believe the aviation community needs to keep and support, if for no reason other than to avoid its alternative. The tax is the one on aviation fuel; its alternative is user fees.
Bombardier Flexjet on February 3 launched a round-trip pricing program that reduces the cost of one- or two-day round trips for owners committed to at least 100 flight hours per year. The program gives owners a 15-percent discount for each hour of a qualifying round trip. Round-trip pricing can be used on any day of the year, even on peak days, and there is no minimum time requirement on use of the aircraft.
The comment period closing date has been suspended indefinitely on a DOT proposal to adopt “market based” solutions to relieve airport congestion and delays. If adopted, landing fees could soar for business and commercial operators.
Operators have until August 13 to comment on the FAA’s proposed long-term
solutions to the serious congestion and delay problems at New York La Guardia
The FAA’s proposal to cut airline delays by imposing peak-period pricing to reduce congestion at busy airports is a “bad idea,” according to NBAA, “with no positive consequences and the limitless possibility of unintended negative consequences.” The National Air Transportation Association commented that “the proposed amendment is a short-term fix to a long-term problem,” and that the FAA should focus on “runway expansions and airport improveme
The FAA announced a two-year extension of the existing lottery allocation of slot exemptions at New York La Guardia Airport (LGA) until Oct. 31, 2004. In addition, the FAA is asking for public comment on proposed changes to the current procedures for allocating slot exemptions that are either returned or have gone unused.
“Congestion pricing should be the FAA’s last resort, not its first,” noted AOPA president Phil Boyer.
Operators now have until October 12 to comment on the FAA’s proposed long-term solutions to the congestion and delay problems at New York La Guardia Airport (LGA). The original comment period was to have ended in the middle of last month. As previously reported, under one plan six GA slots would be set aside each hour for a total of 96 over LGA’s 16-hr peak period of 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Currently GA gets 108 slots from 6 a.m. to midnight.
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