WASHINGTON, D.C. — President Obama’s budget for fiscal year 2015 is not one most in aviation will like. It again contains a $100 per flight fee for some GA flights —the same proposal that has been rejected in the past by Congress.
Only days before the budget was released, four members of Congress in positions important to general aviation sent a letter to the President urging him not to include the fee.
The budget also calls for $65 million cut in programs for the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen).
These two issues brought immediate objections for aviation groups in Washington. In addition to the GA organizations, the Aerospace Industries Association expressed concern over cuts proposed for NextGen.
The $3.9 trillion budget is a $250 million increase over the one for fiscal year 2014.
Some political leaders suggest the budget is a political move in the election year.
Congress will take up the issue and changes are expected, giving the President and the Democratic Party an opportunity to blame a Republican majority in the House for any cuts that might be made.