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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.

User fee prospects fade in Congress

Advocacy | Mar 02, 2012

A groundswell of opposition awaits the Obama administration's proposal for a $100 aviation user fee if it ever reaches the House floor--but it won't, said House aviation subcommittee Chairman Tom Petri (R-Wis.). Petri on March 1 fired off a letter bearing 195 congressional signatures to President Barack Obama, reminding him that user fees have been proposed by presidents of both parties but were overwhelmingly defeated each time.

Proposed FAA budget cuts grants, tax incentives

Advocacy | Feb 23, 2012

Industry leaders are preparing for another fight over user fees, but the president's proposed budget is also drawing criticism on other fronts.

User-fee resistance (again) on the move

Advocacy | Feb 22, 2012

General aviation's supporters in Congress are moving again to resist the Obama Administration's latest effort to impose fees on users of the air traffic system.

User fees in White House FY2013 budget

Advocacy | Feb 13, 2012

The White House budget released Feb. 13 would impose a $100-per-flight fee for air traffic services.

Long-term FAA bill clears Congress, heads to president

Advocacy | Feb 06, 2012

The Senate, following up on House action last week, has passed a four-year, $63.4 billion FAA reauthorization bill with no user fees or fuel-tax increases. The bill, now headed to the desk of President Barack Obama for signing, would give the FAA its first long-term operating authority since 2007.

Odds are good to quash user fees in 2012, Fuller says

Advocacy | Jan 20, 2012

What are the chances of stopping the latest push for user fees, one attendee asked during AOPA President Craig Fuller's pilot town hall Jan. 20 at the Sebring U.S. Sport Aviation Expo in Florida. The odds are good, Fuller said - this year, at least.