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Reps. Costello, Boswell provide insight into '09 user fee debateReps. Costello, Boswell provide insight into '09 user fee debate

Rep. Jerry Costello, AOPA’s Bob Dickens, and Rep. Leonard Boswell

FAA funding will be a top priority for the House aviation subcommittee in 2009, said chairman Rep. Jerry Costello (D-Ill.), during a meeting with pilots earlier this week. The meeting was hosted by AOPA member, pilot, and congressional general aviation leader Rep. Leonard Boswell (D-Iowa) in Ankey, Iowa.

Both representatives oppose user fees and have been strong supporters of financing general aviation airports.

AOPA Midwest Regional Representative Bob Dickens spoke at the event, highlighting the work both representatives have done on behalf of GA—namely their efforts in Congress to prevent user fees.

The FAA’s current funding system has been extended through March 31, 2009, effectively pushing off debate on the topic until a new administration is in place.

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