Pilot Magazine | Feb 01, 2006
Congress Funds the FAA for 2006, Says No to User Fees When Congress passed the FAA funding bill in late November, it in effect said, "The current tax system works just fine, thank you." So much for the FAA's claim that the system is "broken." And once again, lawmakers said, "No user fees!" "Congress, acting as the board of directors for the FAA, has once again decided that the fairest, most responsible way to pay for aviation's benefits to all citizens is through excise taxes and general fund contributions," said AOPA President Phil Boyer. "And that's why we want to make sure that Congress retains oversight of the FAA." However, the language on user fees is good only through September 2006.