If you ever owned that icon of the 1960s, a Volkswagen
Microbus... you may find it hard to imagine a vehicle with the VW
logo on the front could tow, well, anything. Especially not
something as big as a 747.
Comes now the happy day when you decide it's been long enough,
and you will finally begin your training to become a pilot. In very
general terms, for you planning before that first discussion with a
flight instructor, what is required of you to learn to fly in the
"This audit report underscores that the user fee debate is
about more than policy. How in the world can they price their
'product' -- air traffic control services -- if they can't track
their assets or their costs?"
Source: Phil Boyer, president of the Aircraft
Owners and Pilots Association, commenting on the results of an
independent audit of the FAA's accounting practices. The audit was
commissioned by the Department of Transportation's Inspector
General -- and, AOPA says, shows the FAA can't properly account for
almost $5 billion in assets and property. Most of that is
attributed to the new Air Traffic Organization (ATO), which runs
the air traffic control system.