Appearing before the House aviation subcommittee March 21, Rep. John Barrow (D-Ga.) voiced his concerns about the negative impact that the FAA's funding proposal would have on the economy, safety, and future of general aviation in his state. Barrow, an AOPA member, requested that the subcommittee focus on a plan to modernize the air transportation system and determine the costs associated with the project before discussing a new funding structure. In addition, he commented on the lack of congressional oversight that the FAA has proposed. "Giving the FAA the right to set user fees is a blank check, and it would totally remove congressional oversight from the funding and governance of our nation's air traffic control system," he said. See AOPA Online.
March 23, 2007