Mon, Feb 05, 2007
Also Wanted: GPS Over Old ATC Equipment, And 'Other System
ANN REALTIME REPORTING
02.05.07 1400 EST: The Bush Administration sent its budget
request to the congress Monday and -- as feared by many in the
general aviation community -- it includes language requesting a
revamp of FAA funding to include user fees.
Bush's budget request includes $67 billion for 2008 to finance
key transportation construction, congestion relief and safety
programs, and to provide the framework for reforming the aviation
system, according to US Secretary of Transportation Mary E.
"Our goal is to deliver a transportation system that frees all
of us to make daily decisions confident we can reach our
destinations safely, without worrying about how we will get there,
or if we can make it on time," Secretary Peters said.
The Secretary noted, without providing specific details, that
the budget request "provides a framework for reforming the aviation
system by tying what users pay to the costs of providing air
traffic control and other services."
She added that the request also includes $175 million for a 21st
Century satellite navigation system to replace older air traffic
control equipment and $900 million in additional air traffic
control system upgrades.
"Our plan puts incentives in place that will make the system
more efficient as well as more responsive to the needs of the
aviation community," Secretary Peters said. "This is critical if we
are to deploy the state-of-the-art technology that can safely
handle the dramatic increases in the number and type of aircraft
using our skies."
The FY 2008 budget
request proposes overall transportation safety funding of $20.3
billion. Secretary Peters says the request will fund aviation and
surface transportation safety programs and initiatives.
So far, there is no word from the many groups representing
general aviation regarding Secretary Peters' announcement
Keep checking back as ANN will post the news on this developing
story when it becomes available.
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