Balloonists Oppose User Fees, Too!
Add yet another high-flying
organization opposed to general aviation pilots being burdened by
user fees. The Balloon Federation of America announced Wednesday it
has joined The Alliance for Aviation Across America, and its fight
against proposed user fees in the FAA's reauthorization plan.
The BFA has acted to join the Alliance on behalf of its almost
3,000 lighter-than-air pilots and enthusiast members.
"While some portions of the user fee proposal will have minimal
impact on balloonists given that our operations are typically
outside the traditional airport arena, that is not true across the
board," said BFA spokesman Glen Moyer.
"Fees associated with weather services, licensing, aircraft
registrations, inspections and more will have a debilitating effect
on our sport. This impact will be felt not only directly through
the pocketbook, but as evidenced by the varied membership of the
Alliance, indirectly through its effects on small GA airports and
on the tens of thousands of farmers and ranchers and rural
landowners who depend on general aviation and whose open spaces
balloons require for safe takeoffs, flight and landings," he
Members of the Alliance
for Aviation Across America also include: the Aircraft Owners and
Pilots Association, whose membership is comprised of 412,000
members nationwide, the National Business Aviation Association,
whose membership includes 8,000 members, the National Farmers
Union, the League of Rural Voters, the National Association of
State Aviation Officials, the National Grange, the Small Business
and Entrepreneurship Council, the American Corn Growers
Association, the Independent Cattlemen of Texas, the Texas Farm
Bureau, Air Care Alliance, the National Agricultural Aviation
Association, Helicopter Association International, and over 1200
small and medium-size businesses, charitable organizations, and
groups and associations from across the nation.
The BFA encourages its members to visit the Alliance website,
and to write to their Congressional delegates and express their