The Obama administration, apparently looking for money, has decided to try some aviation taxes and direct user charges starting in 2011. In the meantime the FAA re authorization bill languishes in Congress while the administration and Congress argue over revenue sources.
While I can not be accused of being a big supporter of Democrats in Congress, particularly with the last fiasco over the use of corporate jets, I must say I am pleased with Democrats Costello and Oberstar who maintain that user fees on general aviation are a non-starter.
They maintain that the current system of aviation excise taxes has worked out well and is a stable source of funding for the FAA. Watch this battle to heat up after the trillions in dollars are printed and the deficit skyrockets out of control.
In other news it turns out that the FAA has reported that 97 percent of wildlife strikes by aircraft are birds, and that these bird strikes cost over $ 500 million of damage to aircraft each year and cost over 500,000 hours of lost flight time. Interesting.
Until next time keep your wings straight and level Hersch!
From E Haigh, Mar 2008 - I thought I'd let you know about a time when I was up in the air doing aeros (aerobatics) and turning back into circuit as one of my other friends was coming into land...
On contact with the runway the friend's plane veered off to the left and crashed, narrowly avoiding a large very deep pond, just to the left of the runway on the taxi hold point. The pilot still managed to report: "Runway vacated..."