EAA Responds To ATA Chief's Letter To Chicago Tribune
August 21, 2007 — Air Transport Association president James May continued his lobbying for general aviation user fees in today?s Chicago Tribune, using a letter to the editor to accuse general aviation of overburdening the air traffic system.
Doug Macnair, EAA?s vice president of government relations, quickly responded with a letter based on his own experience at O?Hare International Airport in Chicago last weekend. His situation is a glaring example of how the nation?s airlines have overtaxed the air traffic system through their own business model, and now are looking for general aviation to provide financial relief.
Unfortunately, this situation is all too common for airline passengers, with ATA using the situation to push for GA user fees. Such rhetoric is also why EAA and other general aviation organizations are urging their members to be involved as Congress returns to session to discuss FAA reauthorization and funding plans.
It?s important for every EAA member to be involved.