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Preserving Amateur-Builders' Rights

EAA Seeks New Opportunities for Fast-builds and Assistance Programs

November 21, 2007 — With no FAA reauthorization legislation finalized as of yet, Congress continues to allow the agency to operate under continuing resolutions, the latest which is now effective through Dec. 14. At this time, EAA is continuing to urge the U.S. Senate to pass a reauthorization bill -- one that does not contain user fees imposed on general aviation -- so the measure can advance to a Congressional conference committee for a final agreement.

"We continue our support of the language contained in House Bill HR 2881, which maintains a viable funding plan for FAA's operations and modernization plans that includes the current Aviation Trust Fund," said Doug Macnair, EAA vice president of government affairs. "Operating under a series of continuing resolutions is better than imposing GA user fees or other draconian financial burdens, but it is not the way anyone wants the nation's aviation agency to operate."

EAA has been at forefront of the user fee and FAA reauthorization debate, including a high-visible public information program during EAA AirVenture 2007, the aviation world's largest fly-in gathering. EAA is unified with other general aviation organizations against the use of user fees as a viable and practical way to fund the FAA's current needs and modernization proposals.

More background on user fees is available at www.eaa.org/govt/.

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