Sat, Mar 18, 2006
Website Creates Letter For Pilots To Send To Congress
The National Business
Aviation Association says if you use a general aviation aircraft
for business -- you are under attack.
Citing the Air Transport Association's recent proposal on
funding the national airspace system -- a plan that would rely
heavily on charges commonly known as "user fees" -- the NBAA is
urging biz-av pilots to speak out against a plan that would force
pilots to pay for using ATC services.
"Recent media quotes and other statements... demonstrate that
the commercial airlines have unveiled a plan that will allow them
to assume a dominant role in running the air traffic control system
and imposing $2 billion in new user fees on our industry," the NBAA
"As absurd as the
airline proposal sounds, the Department of Transportation (DOT) has
not explicitly rejected it -- in fact, a major newswire has
reported that the DOT will soon propose user fees for everyone in
general aviation except “recreational pilots.”
NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen (right) has put out a call for
help to the business aviation community, asking members to contact
Congress and let them know how pilots feel about such a plan. To
that end, NBAA has also created an online source to help pilots
send such a letter.
Once pilots have filled out the form on NBAA's website (at the
FMI link below) the software will automatically prepare an email
pilots can then send to their Congressman and Senators in
opposition to user fees.
"Help keep business aviation a viable form of transportation in
the United States," Bolen says. "Use “Contact Congress”
to make your voice heard and get others to do the same. By acting
collectively, we can defeat the airline user fee proposal."
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