It’s one of pilots’ worst nightmares: $1 or more in taxes tacked onto every gallon of aviation fuel you buy. For many popular single-engine aircraft, that’s an extra $10 an hour in fuel taxes alone. But this scenario is exactly the situation AOPA is fighting head on at the national and state levels. In addition to the FAA’s proposal to increase the national aviation fuel tax from 19.4 cents to 70.1 cents a gallon, state legislators are proposing their own tax increases on aviation fuel. Such a one-two punch could devastate general aviation. “We are deeply concerned about any state initiatives to increase aviation taxes or fees,” said Greg Pecoraro, AOPA vice president of regional affairs. “It makes little sense for states to act this year to change their aviation tax policies until they understand what action Congress will take and how it will affect the aviation industry.” Utah and Oregon are two states that have legislation on raising the fuel tax. AOPA is urging states to table any proposals regarding fuel tax increases until we learn how Congress will settle the FAA funding debate.
Editor’s Note: Don’t think for a second that California’s tax crazy legislators won’t follow suit.