No Use for User Fees, Say Gen Av Advocates

Business Jet Traveler » February 2007
Thursday, February 1, 2007 - 4:00am

Opposition to user fees for general aviation aircraft remains on the front burner this year for the industry's advocacy groups. Most were hoping that the power shift in the House of Representatives might create less support for the proposed fees, which have been strongly opposed by the National Business Aviation Association, the National Air Transport Association and the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association. On the other side of the issue are the nation's airlines, which claim general aviation does not pay its share for use of the country's aviation infrastructure. Meanwhile, observers will be watching the FAA reauthorization bill now taking shape; NBAA president Ed Bolen expects the bill to call for user fees.

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““When I made the film The Invention of Lying, they gave me a private jet for getting back and forth between New York and London. I thought, ‘I will never use it’ but I ended up using it every weekend. You turn up, right, and the airport is completely empty. I mean, there’s just someone at the desk and then the pilot, who says, ‘Are you ready to go?’ and you say, ‘Don’t you want to see my passport?’ and he goes, ‘Oh yeah, I suppose I’d better.’” ”

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