Nav Canada- Privatized ATC Faces Large Economic Problems

The most vocal user fee proponents usually point north to Nav Canada to demonstrate the “success” of the concept. Yet since the commercialization of air traffic control in Canada and the imposition of direct fees for ATC services, the system has struggled financially. Now Nav Canada wants to impose new user fees on general aviation to try to make up for the shortfall. AOPA, on behalf of U.S. citizens flying in Canada, is objecting. “This proposal underscores why AOPA opposes a user fee-based system in the United States,” said Andy Cebula, AOPA executive vice president of government affairs. “It illustrates why a user fee system does not provide stable funding and reinforces AOPA’s stance that Congress (or Parliament in the case of Canada) is the appropriate ‘board of directors’ for a national air transportation system.” Nav Canada wants to start collecting new “daily charges” from aircraft weighing less than three metric tons (less than 6,075 pounds) using eight major Canadian airports. The charge would start at $5 a day and escalate to $10 a day by 2008. “The U.S. national air transportation system is well served by the stable funding stream provided by the existing combination of taxes and general fund contributions,” said Cebula. “We find no reason to support a different funding system in a foreign country, and we encourage Nav Canada to reconsider the proposal and not implement the proposed new fees.”

Source: AOPA e-Pilot

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