February 28, 2012 by PAUL LOWE
Bipartisan members of the House of Representatives are circulating a letter to President Obama “expressing our strong opposition” to the proposed $100-per-flight fee on commercial and general aviation operators of turbine aircraft contained in his 2013 budget proposal. The letter was signed by the leaders of the House aviation subcommittee and the chairmen of the General Aviation Caucus, as well as more than 60 other members of Congress.
“Aviation user fees have been proposed several times by different Administrations, both Republican and Democrat,” they wrote. “Congress has repeatedly and overwhelmingly rejected them.”
According to the letter, the fee would have “devastating impact” on commercial and general aviation, as well as the aviation manufacturing industry. “Imposing a $100-per-flight fee on commercial and general aviation is the wrong approach, and we respectfully request that you abandon this idea once and for all,” the lawmakers wrote.
NBAA has also set up a “Contact Congress” page where visitors can send personalized letters to their representatives in Congress about the aviation industry’s “united opposition to user fees.”