FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
February 2, 2010
Selena Shilad: (202) 550-2547
Stephanie Bosh: (202) 494-1860
AAAA Praises the Absence of User Fees from the Administration’s FY2011 Budget
Washington DC – Following the release of the Obama administration’s FY2011 budget yesterday, the Alliance for Aviation Across America released the following statement praising the decision to eliminate user fees on general aviation from the FY2011 budget.
“The Alliance commends the administration’s recent FY 2011 budget which drops a harmful and controversial ‘user fee’ proposal that would be extremely harmful to general aviation and the businesses and organizations that rely on it. General aviation employs 1.2 million Americans, provides $150 billion dollar a year to the overall economy, and supports small businesses, farmers, medical organizations, charities, and ranchers throughout rural America. We also applaud the administration for investing over $3.5 billion in AIP funding. This funding supports crucial airport improvement programs in many regions of the country where there is no commercial air service and where airports serve as the sole lifeline to business, resources, law enforcement, disaster relief and medical care.”
Recently, the Alliance launched a national economic survey that profiles the role that general aviation plays in our nation’s economy, on a state by state basis. To learn more about the Alliance and the National Economic Impact Survey, go to www.aviationacrossamerica.org <http://www.aviationacrossamerica.org> .
Formed in 2007, the Alliance for Aviation Across America is a non-profit, non-partisan coalition of over 4,400 individuals representing businesses, agricultural groups, FBO’s, small airports, elected officials, charitable organizations, and leading business and aviation groups that support the interest of the general aviation community across various public policy issues.