Last week's House passage of a reauthorization bill for the FAA maintains a delicate truce among various interest groups, according to aviation blogger Jim Swickard. Though taxes on general aviation jet fuel rose 14 cents per gallon and avgas taxes rose almost 5 cents a gallon, new user fees were avoided, at least for now. "There are philosophical issues related to the U.S. General Fund contribution to the FAA and ATC budgets, and the Obama administration wants to reduce that contribution and impose direct user fees after 2011, a prospect that would not upset the airlines. But that's for tomorrow," Swickard writes.
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