Just How Far Will This Gov't Go To Hurt The
A wise man told me that before you got into a fight, a real
fight, that you had to be utterly certain that your opponent wished
you no good... and it seems that there is little one can say in
opposition to the idea that the current administration is the most
anti-aviation we've ever encountered.
In short, this administration means to do aviation 'no
On Friday the 13th (the irony of which is not lost on us), an
Obama Administration flunkie, (Dana Hyde, Associate Director for
General Government Programs, Office of Management and Budget),
responded to the thousands of person who used the White House
petition site to protest the concept of aviation user fees and it's
now pretty clear that the President is looking at the aviation
business as one more group that's obviously not paying its fair
share... even if paying that so-called fair share will put the
final nail in the coffin on an embattled industry.
ANN has been told that its been a bit hysterical in stating that
aviation is facing tough times and even tougher foes... but if this
isn't proof of the battles and hazards ahead, we simply don't know
what is. We'll have more input shortly... but for the moment,
please read (below) the Obama Administration's published position
on aviation user fees.
Why We Need Aviation User Fees
Thank you for signing the petition "Take Aviation User Fees
Off the Table." We appreciate your participation in the We the
People platform on WhiteHouse.gov and your concerns about user fees
in a challenging economy.
In a challenging budget environment, the Obama Administration
believes it’s essential that those who benefit from our
world-class aviation system help pay for its ongoing operation. And
we want to ensure that everyone is paying their fair share. For
example, under current law, a large commercial aircraft flying from
Los Angeles to San Francisco pays between twenty-one and
thirty-three times the fuel taxes paid by a corporate jet flying
the same route and using the same FAA air traffic services. This is
why the Administration proposed to establish a new surcharge for
air traffic services.
The proposed $100 per flight fee would generate an estimated
$11 billion over 10 years, reducing the deficit and more equitably
sharing the cost of air traffic services across the aviation user
community. All piston aircraft, military aircraft, public aircraft,
air ambulances, aircraft operating outside of controlled airspace,
and Canada-to-Canada flights would be exempted.
We appreciate your petition's acknowledgment that there
needs to be an increased user contribution to aviation system
funding in the current fiscal climate, and we recognize that some
would prefer to raise the tax rate on aviation fuel. At the same
time, we have concluded that a $100 per flight user fee is an
equitable way for those who benefit to bear the cost of this
As we work to get our Nation back on a sustainable fiscal
path, the Administration is making tough choices across the Federal
budget and asking everyone to do their fair share. We recognize
these shared sacrifices are not easy, but together with investments
in our economic growth and job creation, they will make us stronger
and more competitive for the future. We look forward to working
collaboratively with the Congress and the aviation stakeholder
community on this issue, and thank you again for your constructive
OK... there's the Administration's position...
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