Tue, Oct 13, 2009
On July 30th, 2009, Randy Babbitt took to the podium for the
first time as the FAA Administrator, addressing EAA AirVenture
attendees in the Honda Pavilion.
With nearly 70,000 operations every day, and over 753 million
people transported each year, Babbitt explained that the overall
system is unquestionably the safesty, most efficient system in the
world. That system, however, requires an extraordinary budget
and with the changing flight market, one question remains:
how does the FAA continue to fund the immense costs without
degrading the effectiveness?
On May 22nd, 2009, the House passed the FAA Reauthorization Act
of 2009 (H.R.915) approving continued agency funding through 2012
using only excise taxes on fuel, airline tickets, and general fund
contribution without the introduction of user fees.
As previously agreed upon, in exchange for not implementing user
fees, the bill raised fuel taxes for both aviation gas and jet
fuel. The final bill, similar to one that stalled in
legislation last year, will head to the Senate for approval.
Due to the recent developments,
attendees invited Babbitt to comment on the prospect of general
aviation user fees in the foreseeable future.
Join Aero-TV as Babbitt tackles the question of user fees and
explains to AirVenture attendees the challenges that the current
FAA Administration face in the coming years.
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