2/19/07

Air traffic control fees and taxes could lead to bitter fight


The Orlando Sentinel features a story on a controversial Federal Aviation Administration proposal to raise fees on small aircraft and business-jet owners. The proposal would create a more stable source of revenue for the FAA and fund for air-traffic control use.

By shifting more of the cost (about 23 percent) from commercial airlines to private aircraft, private airlines would save 2 billion under the new plan. The plan would triple fuel taxes, increasing to 70 cents a gallon.

The FAA proposal will need congressional approval before moving forward.

Aviation Week also features a story on the FAA proposal and the political fighting which could result over the plan.

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2 comments:

Anonymous said...

WHY IS THE FAA WANTING TO"FIX" A
SYSTEM THAT HAS BEEN WORKING EFFICIENTLY FOR YEARS WHEN THE SYSTEM ISN'T BROKEN? WHY DO THE AIRLINES WANT MAJOR TAXES PLACED ON
BUSINESS AND GENERAL AVIATION AIRCRAFT WHEN THEY ARE NO CHALLENGE TO THE AIRLINES? ALL
INCREASES THAT ARE CHARGED AIRLINES
IS PASSED ON TO AIRLINE TRAVELERS IN THE PRICE THEY PAY FOR THEIR TICKETS.

ATControlr said...

They want to "fix" it so they can privatize it. Let's face it - that's what they (and the airlines) want to do. When you get a Lockheed Martin or a Boeing that looks at an FAA that has throttled it's payroll, AND instituted a fee for use system - that's a BIG draw for someone to want to take over the system and run it. The system is NOT broke - it is a contrived thing that Ms. Blakey has dreamed up to ram her privatization plans down our throats.