User fees seem to be the simple answer for so many people in Washington who have no real understanding of what general aviation does for this country. They think it is all about rich people cruising around in their big expensive jets on vacation, and while those people do exist, the vast majority of general aviation is in support of business both big and small.
Rep Mike Pompeo of Kansas is a long-time advocate for general aviation. That is not too shocking seeing as how he comes from Wichita, KS which is home to companies like Cessna, Learjet, and Beechcraft; as well as being the birthplace of Air Force One. He gives a great response to President Obama’s proposed budget which includes user fees for general aviation. Here is the video:
Like so many types of regulation in this government, user fees will hurt the little guys. Big companies write off fees like this as nothing, or they find a loophole to get out of paying them entirely.
A better idea for funding aviation is to create a more efficient system that doesn’t throw away money on things like replacing the uniforms for all of TSA for millions of dollars. There are plenty of areas where cuts could be made, or money could be generated, but the people making decisions are too clouded by their own special interests.
What type of an impact do you think user fees would have on an already struggling industry?