Rockefeller Blames Stalled FAA Funding Bill On GA | 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

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Airborne On ANN

Airborne 03.23.15

Airborne 03.24.15

Airborne 03.25.15

Airborne 03.26.15

Airborne 03.27.15

Airborne Hi-Def On YouTube

Airborne 03.23.15

Airborne 03.24.15

Airborne 03.25.15

Airborne 03.26.15

Airborne 03.27.15

Fri, Feb 29, 2008

Rockefeller Blames Stalled FAA Funding Bill On GA

Cites "Inability To Compromise" During Hearing

Some people just don't get it. West Virginia Senator John D. Rockefeller says it's unlikely there will be an FAA funding reauthorization bill passed at all in 2008, period... and he says the general aviation community is to blame.

In comments during a Senate Commerce Committee hearing Thursday, Rockefeller made his declaration of failure "based on the GA community's inability to compromise" on agreeing to a $25-per-flight user fee for most turbine aircraft flying under IFR flight plans, as called for under the Senate reauthorization bill S.1300.

The senator says the fee is necessary to pay for modernizing the air traffic control system... and Rockefeller believes GA doesn't want to pay its fair share. "I blame it on them because we can’t work it out," Rockefeller added, reports the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association.

Rockefeller's bombast is nothing new. As ANN reported last July, Rockefeller joined then-fellow Senator Trent Lott (R-MS) in slamming GA for its reluctance to adopt the fee -- which isn't included in the House reauthorization bill, H.R.2881 -- and threatened the GA community outright if it didn't step in line.

"If we don't restore equity, then as chairman of this aviation subcommittee, I will address the equity issue by looking for ways to limit general aviation access to congested airspace," the West Virginia democrat (right) said. "There are ways to do that, and we will find those ways."

New Hampshire Senator John Sununu doesn't agree with his colleague from across the aisle, calling Rockefeller's assertion GA opposition has doomed an FAA reauthorization bill this year "a bit of an unfair statement," and noted GA has supported bills that "bring us to a much more equitable and proportionate sharing of the costs."

Sununu says he -- and others on the Commerce Committee -- oppose tacking on the $25 turbine fee because it would require significant administrative and logistical costs to implement and oversee.

"We have a system in place for collecting revenues to support this modernization and that is an aviation fuel tax," Sununu said. "And the proposals put in place...significantly increase fuel taxes on general aviation."

Sununu asserts the Finance Committee’s tax bill (S.2345) and the House bill call for enough money to be raised for ATC modernization -- and both do a better job of equitably apportioning costs throughout the network.

FMI: www.senate.gov/~rockefeller/, www.aopa.org

Advertisement

More News

Airborne 03.27.15: Cockpit Changes Announced, Maine v UAVs, NBAA v Santa Monica

Also: AirVenture Update, Barnstorming Opines On Media Aero-Reporting, NTSB Update, ERAU Scholarships, Doolittle Raiders, Tecnam P2010 The loss of Germanwings Flight 9525 due to wha>[...]

IFALPA Strongly Condemns Leaking Of Germanwings CVR Data

Calls Release Of Early Data A 'Breach Of Trust' The International Federation of Air Line Pilots’ Associations (IFALPA) deplores and condemns the leaking of certain elements o>[...]

Airborne 03.27.15: Cockpit Changes Announced, Maine v UAVs, NBAA v Santa Monica

Also: AirVenture Update, Barnstorming Opines On Media Aero-Reporting, NTSB Update, ERAU Scholarships, Doolittle Raiders, Tecnam P2010 The loss of Germanwings Flight 9525 due to wha>[...]

Airborne 03.26.15: Airbus Crash 'Pilot Induced', B-29 Rollout, CC Rockets Ready

Also: ALPA v UAVs, Aero-Community Update: XPrize, FAA Streamlines UAS COAs, Airport Infrastructure, ATC Reform, New SpaceX Rocket Data retrieved from the Cockpit Voice Recorder (CV>[...]

Summerville, SC Makes Flowertown Festival A UAV No-Fly Zone

Violation Could Land UAV Operator In Jail The town of Summerville, SC has declared its annual Flowertown Festival a no-fly zone for UAVs.>[...]

blog comments powered by Disqus



Advertisement

Advertisement

Podcasts

Advertisement

© 2007 - 2015 Web Development & Design by Pauli Systems, LC