February 24, 2006
There is no compelling business case for scrapping the current way of funding the FAA for a user fee-based system. So said, Jack Pelton, chairman, president, and CEO of Cessna, during a speech Friday to the Aero Club of Washington.
He outlined five myths used to support the claim that the FAA funding system is broken. "My goal today is to debunk these myths and replace them with some business realities that need to influence the public debate," he said.
"Some who support changes in the FAA's funding mechanisms contend that the agency lacks a stable and predictable funding stream," said Pelton. "I disagree."
Pelton said that history speaks for itself.
"The truth is, the steadiness of the FAA's funding stream over the past decade has been nothing short of remarkable," he said, noting that Congress has routinely replaced money that administrations of both political parties have tried to strip away from the FAA.
Other myths that Pelton debunked include:
Pelton offered a five-plank platform for strengthening the aviation system, including a call to reject user fees and to ensure continuing congressional authority.
"[T]he Report of the National Civil Aviation Review Commission endorsed general aviation fuel taxes as 'the most appropriate way for this important segment of civil aviation to pay its share of system costs,'" said Pelton. "Do not replace a simple, fair, and efficient tax on general aviation with complex user fees."
( Read the complete text of Jack Pelton's no user fees speech.)
February 24, 2006
A new FAA policy on obstructive sleep apnea that addresses many of the concerns raised by AOPA is scheduled to take effect March 2.
AOPA and the National Business Aviation Association have jointly filed an amicus, or friend of the court, brief in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals as part of the ongoing legal battle over the future of Santa Monica Municipal Airport.
AOPA worked with the flight training industry and FAA to quickly resolve a problem that suddenly put many rating applications on hold.
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