Apparently someone has to pay for President Obama to fly in that government Boeing 747, and he needs to reduce the budget deficit so he is coming after all of us "fat cats". Oh, you didn't know that you are a "fat cat"? Well, you own or rent airplanes and fly around the skies in the United States using all of those government provided services for free, right? And, if you fly in Europe you pay to use navigational aids, etc - so why should we be any different here? Still not sure President Obama wants the United States to turn into a European style democracy? Think again! A recent AOPA article title "White House: 'Why we need aviation user fees'" we discover that despite petitions to the contrary, and the opposition of Congress, President Obama and his crew have decided we should pay general aviation user fees. So, for the measly general aviation user fee of 100 bucks you to can aviate the friendly skies of the United States; that is 100 bucks per flight! Think this White House is a bit arrogant? Check this response to general aviation user fee protests: After almost 9,000 people urged the president to take damaging aviation user fees off the table, the administration on Jan. 13 offered its response: No way. More interesting than that is this excerpt from the same article detailing how the White House calculates its approach to general aviation user fees: In the response, Hyde said the administration wanted to make sure that those who benefit from the airspace system share the costs equitably. “For example, under current law, a large commercial aircraft flying from Los Angeles to San Francisco pays between twenty-one and thirty-three times the fuel taxes paid by a corporate jet flying the same route and using the same FAA air traffic services,” according to the response. Really? Paying the 21.9-cents-per-gallon tax on noncommercial jet fuel, operators of a Gulfstream IV business jet would pay about $87 in fuel taxes. The commercial jet fuel tax is 4.4 cents per gallon; even with a much higher fuel burn, operators of an Airbus A320 would pay about $68 in fuel taxes. AOPA maintains that GA is willing to pay its fair share into the system—but payment shouldn’t be based on faulty calculations. Let's get real here folks! Government is big enough already, and more importantly has a spending problem - NOT a revenue problem! Let's cut out the crap and get government out of our lives. Do you fly a corporate jet for a living, or use your own aircraft for business? Better take notice of this effort and lend your support to killing this crazy idea on general aviation user fees! What do you think? Until next time keep your wings straight and level Hersch! JetAviator7+ ps: Don't forget to sign up for our newsletter "All Things Aviation" here!
by John M. White • • 2 comments