Rep. Buchanan defends GA, opposes FAA funding plan

March 23, 2007

Rep. Buchanan defends GA, opposes FAA funding plan

During the House aviation subcommittee hearing on March 21, Rep. Vern Buchanan (R-Fla.) expressed his concern about the FAA's proposed avgas tax hike. "I'm concerned about general aviation," said Rep. Buchanan. "You [the FAA] talk about your tax increase, but you don't talk about what everyone is actually paying for fuel.... If we drive a lot of people out of this industry, including the FBOs, what have we really done to increase revenues [to the FAA]? I'm for sharing the [tax] burden, but I want to make sure that at the end of the day, there are enough gallons being bought." "Rep. Buchanan is an important ally in this battle," said AOPA President Phil Boyer, "and we're pleased that he's sticking up for GA pilots by voicing his opposition to the FAA's proposal."

March 23, 2007