April 25, 2007
April 23, 2007
Letters to the Editor The Boston Herald One Herald Square Boston, MA 02118
Via e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
To the Editor:
How and why does The Boston Herald base its call to cut off federal funding for a vital part of New England's transportation infrastructure on a single off-target Associated Press story?
New England's general aviation airports are just like our federally funded highways and waterways. We all pay taxes for and benefit from them whether we use them directly or not. Small airports are bases for law enforcement, life-saving medical flights, homeland security, for local economic development, for training the next generation of pilots, and for recreation. They also are economic engines that produce more than $2.50 in local revenue for every $1 spent.
The AP story relied on tired clichés and simplistic arguments - but few facts - in reporting how airline ticket taxes partly fund safety and other improvements at the country's 5,000 public-use airports. It merely restated the positions of the airlines, which want another bailout, and privatization zealots who want to put air safety under corporate control.
It's important to examine nonsensical federal subsidies. But the Herald is off the mark here. Applying the Herald's position, Boston's Big Dig would not have been "unjustly subsidized" by taxpayers in other parts of the country and Boston drivers would be picking up the tab.
That doesn't seem "just" or sensible to us. The 411,000 members of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, including more than 7,200 in Massachusetts, feel the FAA's funding proposal and the Herald's call to effectively shut down New England's critically important general aviation infrastructure are equally unjust and nonsensical.
Phil Boyer President
Collaboration between the German government, academia, and airplane manufacturers may make future aircraft cabins more protective of pilots and passengers. The Safety Box team plans to apply auto racing technology to general aviation.
A father and his 14-year-old son were helping another pilot ferry a newly purchased aircraft from California to their home field in Virginia. The three made an overnight stop in Albuquerque before flying on to Illinois for fuel. But shortly after they parked the aircraft in Marion, Ill., they were approached by as many as 18 uniformed and non-uniformed law enforcement officers who came running toward the airplane.
VOLUNTEER AT AN AOPA FLY-IN NEAR YOU!
SHARE YOUR PASSION. VOLUNTEER AT AN AOPA FLY-IN. CLICK TO LEARN MORE >>>
VOLUNTEER LOCALLY AT AOPA FLY-IN! CLICK TO LEARN MORE >>>
BE A PART OF THE FLY-IN VOLUNTEER CREW! CLICK TO LEARN MORE >>>