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Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Lawmakers Write Obama: No $100 User Fee for Aviation

By Woodrow Bellamy III

House Aviation Subcommittee Chairman Frank LoBiondo (R-N.J.) along with 222 other members of Congress sent a letter to President Barack Obama last week opposing a $100-per-flight fee on commercial and general aviation operations.

The letter was sent in anticipation of the president's budget proposal, which lawmakers assumed would include a call for the $100-per-flight user fees for certain commercial and general aviation operations.

Lawmakers believe that imposing such a fee would not be supportive of job growth in commercial and general aviation, which they state provides "millions of jobs" and makes "important contributions" to the national economy. The letter also states that both Republican and Democratic members of Congress have rejected the proposed user fees included with the president's last two budget proposals.

"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.

Furthermore, the opposition from the House echoes repeated opposition to the president's statements regarding general aviation in recent months from industry groups such as the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) and the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA).

Related: NBAA, White House Disagree on GA Aircraft Policy

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