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‘No user fees’ movement builds on Capitol Hill

Article | Apr 04, 2013

A record 223 members of Congress have stepped up to mount an attack against aviation user fees. The House members sent a letter to President Barack Obama April 5 stating that user fees are the “wrong approach.” Their support comes in advance of the Obama administration’s budget proposal, scheduled to be released April 10, which is widely anticipated to once again call for $100-per-flight user fees for certain commercial and general aviation operations.

User fee opponents on the move again in Congress

Advocacy | Mar 06, 2013

General aviation's allies in the House of Representatives are wasting no time making sure that any proposal to implement aviation user fees runs into the customary (and overwhelming) resistance in Congress.

Four things that didn't happen in 2012

Advocacy | Dec 17, 2012

If you used GPS for navigation this year, you may be an unwitting beneficiary of efforts by AOPA and other aviation advocates to preserve your freedom to fly.

Small businesses sound off on user fees

Advocacy | Sep 12, 2012

A restaurant-supply business with 48 employees and a promising future gets its competitive edge from general aviation, but could be "devastated" by proposed aviation user fees.

Congressmen expect long fight over user fees

Advocacy | Jul 27, 2012

Members of the House GA Caucus, including co-chairman Sam Graves (R-Mo.), said the fight over user fees is far from over, and every pilot should be prepared to speak up. Graves and three colleagues fielded questions from the audience at a town hall meeting at EAA AirVenture.

Fuller offers legislative update at Florida conference

Advocacy | Jun 13, 2012

AOPA President Craig Fuller used a panel discussion at the Florida Aviation Trades Association's Annual Meeting and Trade Show June 12 to give an update on general aviation topics including user fees, the fall elections, and state advocacy efforts.

Administration to pursue aviation ‘surcharge’

Advocacy | Apr 27, 2012

The Obama administration defended its fiscal 2013 budget proposal for a surcharge of $100 per flight, insisting to general aviation supporters in Congress that user fees would generate $10 billion over 10 years and spread costs "more equitably."

Congressman sounds off against user fees

Advocacy | Apr 12, 2012

Rep. Kevin Brady (R-Texas), a member of the House General Aviation Caucus gave more than 50 AOPA members in Conroe, Texas, an overview of general aviation issues in Washington, D.C., during a recent town hall meeting that the association helped to organize.

Uncle Sam balks at FBO's user fee, reluctantly pays

Advocacy | Mar 22, 2012

Like many pilots, Bob Fahnespock is disconcerted about the Obama administration's proposed $100-per-flight fee for turbine aircraft that use air traffic services. His heartburn intensified this week after government officials used his FBO's facilities during the president's recent visit to Boulder City, Nev., and balked at the idea of paying $200 for the services.

GA supporters in Senate join fight against user fees

Advocacy | Mar 12, 2012

Another letter is headed to the White House to tell the president that the administration's proposed $100-per-flight user fee faces a cold welcome on Capitol Hill.