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NBAA ‘troubled’ by aviation user fee references in White House budget document

Feb. 26, 2009 Washington, D.C.– The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) issued the following statement with regard to references to aviation user fees in a federal budget planning document issued today by the Office of Management and Budget.


February 27, 2009
By Carey Fredericks

Feb. 26, 2009 Washington, D.C.– The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) issued the following statement with regard to references to aviation user fees in a federal budget planning document issued today by the Office of Management and Budget:

"Although we commend the Obama administration for its commitment to modernizing the nation's aviation system and expanding capacity, we are very troubled by the budget outline issued by the White House today, because its appears to leave the door open to consideration of user fees for funding the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). We continue to believe that operational user fees have no place in a funding plan for the FAA, and we will remain unified with the rest of the general aviation community in opposing them in favor of building on the proven, efficient fuel tax for general aviation to help support modernization. We remain committed to modernization, as demonstrated by the industry's commitment last year, and we look forward to working with the Administration and Congress on effective proposals to expedite modernization."