The Federal Aviation Administration has released the final list of contract-operated air traffic control towers scheduled to close on April 7th. The announcement comes despite the efforts of Senator Jerry Moran (R-KS) and a bipartisan group of Senators to preserve sequester-targeted towers.
What are “user fees?”
The Administration’s FY 2013 Budget contains a proposal to institute a $100 per-flight fee, also known as a “user fee” tax, on every take-off and landing by general aviation (and commercial) aircraft. This proposal would devastate the businesses, farms, charitable groups around the nation that depend on these aircraft and airports, causing a ripple effect throughout the communities that depend on them, many of which do not have access to commercial service.
The language of the proposed budget reads:
“The Administration proposes to create a $100 per flight fee, payable to the Federal Aviation Administration, by
AIRPORT IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM
The Airport and Airways Improvement Act of 1982 established The Airport Improvement Program (AIP), which continues to fund airport development today. The program originated from the Federal Airport Act of 1946, which was the first serious effort designed to create a system of national airports similar to the National Highway System. According to the FAA, today’s AirportImprovement Program seeks to provide safety and efficiency upgrades to airports through the use of federal grants.
Across the United States, the FAA awards Airport Improvement Program grants directly to large airports based on passenger use. At the same time, grants
For many, the idea of flying begins as a simple dream, and it is a lifelong passion.
However, the economic uncertainties facing the United States have negatively impacted the number of people who are learning to fly and receiving their pilot’s license. Since 2008, the number of general aviation pilots has dropped considerably. During 2010, the number of individuals earning a private pilots license fell 25% from the 2009 figures. In addition, according to FAA statistics, this was the first time that this statistic fell below 200,000 since 1965.
Learning to fly opens countless doors for individuals of all ages,
Today, we still rely upon a system based on 1940’s era technology; on a radar system that is inefficient and inadequate for the demands of our nation’s air travel needs. In fact, 50,000 flights-a-day here in the United States are controlled by a system designed when there were fewer flights and aircraft traveled at slower speeds.
The current National Airspace System (NAS) is controlled through the use of surveillance radars, voice radio systems, limited computer support systems, and numerous complex procedures. The current system lacks pinpoint accuracy, forcing planes to fly farther apart and limiting the
General aviation plays a vital role in supporting law enforcement and medical service operations throughout the United States.
General aviation aircraft allow law enforcement officers the ability to extend their field of vision, assist those on the ground with alerts to dangers that may otherwise go unseen, conduct traffic enforcement, DUI monitoring, and, and help with search and rescue.
By far the most important attribute of these aircraft for law enforcement is their coverage range. Aircraft can cover large distances quickly in comparison to traditional law enforcement ground units, and help with security and fire fighting missions.
Across the United States, general aviation is a vital resource for our nation’s farms and agricultural producers. Agricultural aviation operations ensure that our nation’s farmers continue to supply our communities with food and resources such as cotton, timber, bio-fuel ingredients, and farmers rely upon aerial application operations to survey and monitor crops, seed rice and wheat, feed fish, defoliate cotton prior to harvest, and fight forest and grassland fires. In addition, agricultural aviation allows for the application of herbicides, insecticides and fertilizer for fruit, vegetables and grain crops. The use of aircraft allows large areas to be covered quickly, delivering
Learn about the impact of general aviation on local economies and communities, and how it drives over 1.2 million jobs and billions in economic activity.
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