As Bad As We Feared... Is Administration Attempting To Kill-Off
President and CEO Ed Bolen (right) has issued the following
statement concerning the fiscal year 2008 budget, released by the
White House just moments ago...
"The general aviation community has long stood at the forefront of
efforts to transform the nation's aviation system to meet the needs
of the future. We will continue to work with the FAA to make the
next generation aviation system a reality.
"But it appears that, after more than a year of intense lobbying by
the nation's big airlines, the White House has decided to introduce
a budget that shifts airline costs to other segments of the
industry and gives airlines more control over the air traffic
"NBAA and the rest of the general aviation community will oppose
this toxic mix of higher taxes, new fees and airline control. The
fact is, the current approach to funding and oversight of the
aviation system is effective and efficient -- there is no need for
radical 'fixes' like those proposed in this budget.
"We are confident that the tens of thousands of small and mid-size
businesses that rely on general aviation will have support from
those who oppose new government bureaucracies and care about small
and rural communities without good access to airline service."