Aviation Groups Rail Against Anti-GA Airline Magazine Editorials | Aero-News Network
Aero-News Network
RSS icon RSS feed
podcast icon MP3 podcast
Subscribe Aero-News e-mail Newsletter Subscribe

Airborne Unlimited -- Recent Daily Episodes

Episode Date

AMA Drone Report

Airborne-Monday

Airborne-Tuesday

Airborne-Wednesday

Airborne-Thursday

Airborne-Friday

Airborne On ANN

ADR 02.20.17

Airborne 02.20.17

Airborne 02.21.17

Airborne 02.22.17

Airborne 02.23.17

Airborne 02.24.17

Airborne-HD On YouTube

ADR 02.20.17

Airborne 02.20.17

Airborne 02.21.17

Airborne 02.22.17

Airborne 02.23.17

Airborne 02.24.17

Sat, Jul 07, 2007

Aviation Groups Rail Against Anti-GA Airline Magazine Editorials

CEOs Appeal To Passengers In Fight For User Fees

If you've found yourself absent-mindedly thumbing through the in-flight magazines onboard several major carriers recently, you've had the opportunity to enjoy some fine fiction, in addition to that five dollar snack box and half-can of Coke, according to aviation letter groups such as the National Business Aviation Association.

Passengers flying Continental, American, US Airways, Northwest, and United have been reading editorials from the CEOs of those respective carriers, each with a common message: you, the passenger, are helping to pay for corporate bigwigs flying around in their bizjets, taxing an already-stressed air traffic control network.

The editorials are an attempt to garner support for the FAA's proposed airline-backed funding plan.

"What that means, as crazy as it sounds, is that airlines and our customers (that's you!) are paying a subsidy -- to the tune of $1.5 billion a year--to the companies and individuals who can afford their own aircraft," writes American Airlines CEO Gerard Arpey in the most recent edition of American Way, the company's in-flight magazine.

Forbes reports the editorial also tells customers to contact their congressmen if they want a system "that does not force passengers to subsidize corporate aircraft."

Hogwash, replies NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen, who sent a fiery letter to United Airlines CEO Glenn Tilton regarding that airline's "Contact Congress" initiative, asking passengers to take up the fight bandied by the Air Transport Association and other pro-airline interests, to impose user fees on corporate aviation.

"Your e-mail provides no factual information about what is needed for system transformation, but instead makes a blatant attempt to encourage ill-informed support from people who are justified in their frustration with this summer's unprecedented airline delays," Bolen writes.

ATA maintains the number of small aircraft and corporate jets using the ATC system has exploded tenfold since 1970, to 18,000 planes -- and user fees haven't risen to keep pace, burdening airline passengers who have had to shoulder the responsibility instead.

The Alliance for Aviation Across America rebuts those claims, saying airlines would enjoy a government handout if user fees were implemented -- with none of the savings enjoyed by the airlines passed along to customers.

Aviation consultant Michael Boyd says both sides "have gone a little overboard" with their claims, and passengers are still going to have to suffer through delays no matter how the user fee battle now being waged in the House and Senate plays out.

"We're just slicing up the pie differently," he says. "I guarantee you won't see a penny less in airfares."

FMI: Read Bolen's Letter, www.aviationacrossamerica.org, www.nbaa.org, www.airlines.org

Advertisement

More News

Counting Down! ANN's Infamous April 1st Edition's Just Around The Corner!

Get Your Wacky Ideas In NOW! ANN E-I-C Note: Folks... we gotta warn you... our Annual April 1st Editions are LEGENDARY -- and this WILL be our best April 1st Edition yet. Based on >[...]

Daher Salutes The Service Entry Of Asia’s First TBM 930 Very Fast Turboprop

New Owner Upgrades From A TBM 850 Daher has announced the service entry of the initial TBM 930 based in Asia. It was delivered in December to Anutin Charnvirakul, who previously ow>[...]

Airborne 02.23.17: Sonaca 200, Yuneec H920 Plus, SpaceX Delays Mars Mission

Also: NextGen Blimps, AEA/HAI Coverage, L-39 Suit, Drone User Group, Red Arrows Pilot Inquest, 2nd T-50A, Steve Fossett Honored Sonaca Aircraft is getting ready to start certificat>[...]

Airborne 02.22.17: CAF Dixie Wing P-63A, AF1 Price Cut, SLS Manned Flt?

Also: Drone Light Show, Remotely Piloted Helos, TFR Busts, Gulfstream, XTI Aircraft, CA Airlines, Icelandair After more than 40 years since it’s last flight, the Commemorativ>[...]

Airborne 02.23.17: Sonaca 200, Yuneec H920 Plus, SpaceX Delays Mars Mission

Also: NextGen Blimps, AEA/HAI Coverage, L-39 Suit, Drone User Group, Red Arrows Pilot Inquest, 2nd T-50A, Steve Fossett Honored Sonaca Aircraft is getting ready to start certificat>[...]

blog comments powered by Disqus



Advertisement

Advertisement

Podcasts

Advertisement

© 2007 - 2017 Web Development & Design by Pauli Systems, LC