Landing fees won't be coming to Frederick Municipal Airport, AOPA's home airport, in central Maryland. AOPA and local members successfully convinced the city to cut the proposed landing fees for transient pilots from next year's budget. AOPA told officials that the proposal had not been adequately studied and that airport users and the community had not been given enough time to discuss the matter. The association also pointed out that such fees would have a devastating impact on the airport and surrounding community. "We're pleased that the mayor and board recognized that the proposal had been hastily crafted," said Bill Dunn, AOPA vice president of airports. "For now, the city is going to study the airport's revenue and examine its budget needs. While it is possible that the landing fee threat could arise again, it won't be any time soon."
June 1, 2007