Tue, Mar 06, 2007
Calls Funding Proposal "Big Airlines' FAA Plan"
In an open letter to members of the National Business Aviation
Association last week, NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen urged
members to "take action now" in getting the message out about the
dangers user fees pose to business aviation.
"[R]ecent news excerpts.... demonstrate that airline lobbying
has succeeded in getting the FAA to unveil a funding plan that
gives the giant airlines a major tax break while imposing massive
tax hikes and onerous new user fees on the businesses that rely on
general aviation," Bolen wrotes. "The airlines' FAA plan also
dramatically reduces Congressional authority over the air traffic
system, gives airlines a bigger say in FAA operations, and
establishes a huge new multi-billion dollar bureaucracy to assess
and collect user fees."
Bolen (shown below) says NBAA is fighting the "toxic mix" of tax
increases, user fees and airline power... but ultimate success
depends on members telling their representatives in government how
"Your elected officials need to hear from you about the
airlines' FAA proposal, because you can be sure that every Member
of Congress is hearing from the big airlines and their army of
lobbyists," Bolen writes, adding members can go to a dedicated
website (available at the FMI link below) for more information on
how to do so.
"I also urge you to forward this email to others you know who
care about the future of business aviation in the United States,"
Bolen adds. "Encourage them to make their voices heard on Capitol
Hill. If we act collectively, we can not only defeat the big
airlines' FAA plan, but modernize our air traffic control system to
ensure that all Americans have access to the largest, safest and
most efficient aviation system in the world."
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