“Thank you for contacting me regarding a provision in the Aviation Investment and Modernization Act of 2007 (S.1300) that would implement a $25 per flight user fee for some high-end general aviation users.
S.1300 was passed by the Senate Commerce Committee, of which I am a member, on May 16, 2007. During the hearing on S.1300, the Committee considered an amendment that sought to strike the user fee provision from the bill. As you may know, I voted against this amendment, which did not pass.
Senators Jay Rockefeller (D-W.VA.) and Trent Lott (R-Miss.) both support this user fee and persuaded me that it would help modernize our air travel infrastructure without affecting the vast majority of general aviation users. Ninety percent of general aviation users would be exempt from the fee, including piston-engine planes and turboprops in uncontrolled airspace.
S.1300 will now be considered by the full Senate. Please know that I will keep working to ensure that Congress passes legislation that will improve and modernize the FAA while being fair to all sectors of the aviation community.
Again, thank you for writing to me. Please feel free to contact me again about any issue of importance to you.”
United States Senator