The FAA and the administration are currently attempting to alter the way that the FAA is funded. These changes are driven by the major airlines and are at the cost of the non-commercial flying public.They are asking for an increase of the federal aviation gas tax by nearly 300% in addition to instituting user fees for services.
We have seen this happen in Europe, and the result was the continual marginalization of general aviation. Increasing the costs so that only the wealthy can afford to fly.
As a private pilot, I already struggle to afford the little flying time I have, increasing the costs of flying would make it nearly imposable.
General aviation benefits everyone, not just those who are passionate about flying. Search and rescue pilots are often volunteers. Small rural communities depend on general aviation for emergency services. Volunteer air transport for the ill and infirm are just some of the many contributions that general aviation makes to the country.
But these arguments aside, the fact remains that the current funding system is more than adequate to fund the FAA and its new initiatives well into the future. The added expense of administering this new funding system as well as the fact that it’s too dangerous to let user fees affect decision making make it imperative that this effort on behalf of the major airlines be defeated.