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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.

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.