AOPA: Obama FAA budget could add to burden on general aviation

05/15/2009 | General Aviation News

The Obama administration's budget proposal for the FAA, released May 13, appears to radically reduce general fund support for aviation, according to the AOPA. The budget indicates a desire to shift to a user fee-funded system and includes language suggesting that general aviation should pay for a much larger share of the FAA's budget. "AOPA remains convinced that the current system of fuel taxes collected at the pump and ticket taxes collected at the counter, combined with a healthy contribution from the general tax fund, remain the best way to pay for the nation's aviation system and avoid an unfair burden on general aviation and costly new bureaucracy," said Craig Fuller, AOPA president.

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