User Fee Proposal Nixes Airport Funding Too

The Bush administration’s proposed FAA funding bill would be a step backward for smaller general aviation airports, AOPA President Phil Boyer told the Iowa Aviation Conference in Des Moines on April 3. “The FAA’s bill would cut the Airport Improvement Program (AIP) by almost one-third, gutting $1 billion from the program,” Boyer said. “It would remove the funding entitlement for the smallest GA airports, and it would reduce the federal matching amount, making it even harder for cash-strapped municipalities to come up with their share of the money for airport improvements.” Boyer also explained to the conference, which included airport managers and government officials, the impact of the proposal on GA pilots.

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