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Signatures Needed on No-User-Fee Letter in Senate

EAA members should urge lawmakers to sign

March 1, 2012 – The leadership of the Senate General Aviation Caucus is asking fellow senators for their support and signature on a letter to President Obama urging the White House to remove GA user fees from its Fiscal Year 2013 budget proposal.

Sen. Mark Begich (D-AK) and Sen. Mike Johanns (R-NE), the co-chairs of the Senate GA Caucus, are circulating the letter. It is similar to a letter by the House GA Caucus that has already collected more than 180 co-signers as of Wednesday evening far more than the 119 signatures when a similar letter was circulated in the House last year.

The Obama administration has proposed a $100-per-flight user fee on certain GA flights within controlled airspace. GA groups remain opposed to the measure, which ironically was introduced the same week as a new FAA Reauthorization Bill without user fees was signed by the president.

"We are concerned a new user fee like the one described in the administration's budget proposal may create a disincentive for pilots and aircraft to use air traffic control services or fly in controlled airspace," the letter reads. "By discouraging ATC use, this proposal may inadvertently create a less safe aviation environment."

EAA members can help in this effort by contacting their U.S. senators and urging them to sign the letter by the Wednesday, March 7, deadline. Senators who wish to sign the letter can contact Sen. Begich or Sen. Johanns to add their names to the anti-user fee effort.

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