At this critical point in the FAA funding debate, while the Senate is drafting its own version of the FAA's bill that calls for user fees and an avgas tax hike, AOPA President Phil Boyer met with pilot and AOPA member Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.). After discussing the issue with Boyer, Kerry committed to discuss concerns over the FAA's proposal with Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.). Both are members of the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee, and Rockefeller's position on the issue carries weight, as he is the chairman of the aviation subcommittee. "As a pilot and fellow AOPA member, Sen. Kerry understands how user fees and a steep avgas tax increase would kill general aviation," Boyer said after meeting with Kerry this week. "It's important to have pilots in positions of power who understand our segment of aviation."
April 20, 2007