Aviation Funding

Aviation Regulation

LASP – Not Popular in Washington Either

LASP Not Winning Support In Washington

The Chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security, which has jurisdiction over the TSA, thinks the TSA’s Large Aircraft Security Program (LASP) should not go forward without industry input. The Chairman, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (Mississippi), submitted a letter to the TSA stating his opinion that LASP, as proposed appears “unfeasible, or overly burdensome to the industry.” In a meeting last week, members of the House aviation subcommittee told the TSA that LASP goes too far in applying commercial security regulations to general aviation operations, according to AOPA representatives who attended the meeting. The guidelines that would be imposed by LASP could not only have a stifling effect on operators, but airports as well, and impede economic growth — especially in rural areas, according to its opponents.

Aviation Regulation

LASP – Not Popular in Washington Either

LASP Not Winning Support In Washington

The Chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security, which has jurisdiction over the TSA, thinks the TSA’s Large Aircraft Security Program (LASP) should not go forward without industry input. The Chairman, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (Mississippi), submitted a letter to the TSA stating his opinion that LASP, as proposed appears “unfeasible, or overly burdensome to the industry.” In a meeting last week, members of the House aviation subcommittee told the TSA that LASP goes too far in applying commercial security regulations to general aviation operations, according to AOPA representatives who attended the meeting. The guidelines that would be imposed by LASP could not only have a stifling effect on operators, but airports as well, and impede economic growth — especially in rural areas, according to its opponents.

Aviation Interest

FAA Funding

Industry groups urge general fund contribution to aviation

AOPA and 16 other industry and trade associations have sent a joint letter asking the House Transportation Committee to provide 25–percent of the FAA’s budget from the general tax fund.

Aviation Interest

FAA Funding

Industry groups urge general fund contribution to aviation

AOPA and 16 other industry and trade associations have sent a joint letter asking the House Transportation Committee to provide 25–percent of the FAA’s budget from the general tax fund.

Aviation Interest

Use Fees – Here We Go Again

$7 Billion In Aviation User Fees In Obama Budget

Aviation groups are raising the alarm after combing President Barack Obama’s first budget and finding the term “direct user charges” in relation to FAA funding. In fact, the Obama administration targets raising $7 billion annually, roughly half the FAA’s budget by “repealing some aviation excise taxes and replacing these taxes with direct user charges.” The charges would begin in 2011. The language is on page 129 of the budget (View the PDF.) Not surprisingly, general aviation groups are unanimous in their opposition to the language.