EAA: User Fee Idea Just Won't Go Away

Like a bad reality series, the concept of establishing user fees on GA operations seems to keep returning to the table. This time, the idea re-emerged during deliberations between Congress and the White House on raising the federal debt ceiling, which have been deadlocked for much of July.

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AOPA: User fees proposal lurks in debt reduction talks

User fee threats are lurking just below the surface on Capitol Hill, as the federal government looks for ways to reduce the deficit and find new revenue streams.

AOPA has received information that talk of user fees ranging from $25 to $100 or more could be proposed for services such as flight planning or aircraft operations.

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Mayor Carl Brewer Statement on President Obama’s Comments on General Aviation

The following statement by Mayor Carl Brewer of Wichita was issued in response to President Obama’s comments regarding possible new tax burdens on general aviation. Mayor Brewer is also president of the League of Kansas Municipalities and serves on the board of the National League of Cities. Wichita was cited by the Brookings Institute last year as the national leader in export growth from 2003-2008, based largely on aviation manufacturing exports:
Mayor Brewer’s statement:
I am deeply concerned about the President’s comments about general aviation today.  Particularly during a time when many Americans are struggling to make ends meet, we cannot afford additional tax burdens and unnecessary mischaracterizations about the general aviation industry, which drives thousands of jobs, over $7 billion in economic impact here in Kansas alone, and over $1.2 billion in job payroll nationally.   General aviation is a crucially important part of our national economy and an economic engine for thousands of communities across the nation, many of which would lose local manufacturing jobs or local business growth if faced with additional tax burdens.
We have been supportive of the President’s goal of doubling exports in the next five years. Wichita led the nation in export growth from 2003-2008, based largely on aviation manufacturing.  The President needs to understand the vital role of aviation manufacturing in meeting the goal of doubling exports, here in Kansas and across the nation. Undercutting the industry with additional tax burdens at this critical time in our economic recovery is not sound strategy.
Just over two years ago, I extended an invitation for President Obama to come out to Wichita to witness firsthand the value of general aviation to the state of Kansas and our nation as a whole.  I reiterated that invitation when U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood visited our community last month, and I issue it again today. I urge the Administration and Congress to protect this vitally important industry and all the hard-working jobs that depend on it.


See Burt Rutan (and his new book) At Wick's Booth at AirVenture

This brand-new book, Burt Rutan’s Race to Space, The Magician of Mojave and His Flying Innovations, written by Dan Linehan is about Burt Rutan’s Race To Space. It is now available through Wick’s Aircraft Supply and will be for sale at their booth at AirVenture.

Burt Rutan himself will be at the Wick’s booth, No. 2057-60 in Exhibit building B, on Friday, July 29 from 4:30 until 5 p.m. signing copies.  The books sell for $30. The signature is free, but ultimately priceless!

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Burt Rutan's Race to Space


Voice Your Opinion: GPS Interference by LightSquared

Coalition to Save Our GPS:

In January, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) conditionally allowed a company called LightSquared to offer wireless broadband services in radio frequency bands adjacent to those used by GPS receivers. Based on feedback from public and private sector GPS users, the FCC told LightSquared that it could not launch service until testing could be completed to determine the extent of the problems that LightSquared would cause. The report of that testing was submitted to the FCC on June 30, 2011 and it showed that there would be massive interference to GPS from LightSquared’s proposed operations. The FCC has asked for feedback from the public on the report.
What can you do? Everyone who cares about GPS should let the FCC know about the threat that LightSquared poses. Follow the link to learn more:



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