President Obama’s budget, released Feb. 1, does not include user fees.
In a message at AOPA.org, Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association President Craig Fuller notes that for the past year, AOPA and the rest of the general aviation community have made it clear that user fees are not the best way to fund the nation’s aviation system. That message was repeated by aviation supporters in the House and Senate, including more than 100 members of Congress who declared that user fees would be a “non-starter.”
“The budget proposal released Feb. 1 makes it evident that our voices were heard,” Fuller said. “Someone in the Obama administration decided to hit ‘pause’ when they came to the aviation user fee option.”
He added that the association will remain vigilant to ensure the user fee idea remains on hold. “We will continue to promote an agenda that supports GA today and into the future, while increasing our efforts to show opinion leaders and policymakers the value that GA delivers to all Americans,” he said.
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