Obama’s Unpopular Aviation Tax

The New Jersey Aviation Association (NJAA), which calls itself the “Voice of Aviation” in New Jersey, has joined forces with the Mid-Atlantic Aviation Coalition (MAAC) and what it says is: “virtually all of the nation’s General Aviation advocacy organizations” to strongly oppose user fees for turbine aircraft flights as proposed by America’s President Obama.
In a joint statement the NJAA and MAAC express concern that this new $100.00 per flight tax will not only imposes a significant administrative burden on general aviation operators who presently pay for FAA services through a per-gallon fuel charge at the pump, but will also necessitate the creation of a costly new federal revenue collection bureaucracy.
As representatives of New Jersey’s general aviation community, both NJAA and MAAC say they have missions to “protect, preserve and promote GA” in the area.  Their joint statement declared “We hereby jointly oppose any proposal that places an additional expensive, unnecessary and punitive burden on the State’s operators while reducing productive flight activity and revenue to New Jersey airports.”
Both organisations argue that New Jersey’s small airports provide vital public services for medical evacuation, law enforcement, crop dusting, small package and document delivery, traffic reporting, and the training of young people interested in aviation careers.  In addition, they highlight that these airports frequently provide services to small communities that are unable to attract regular commercial services.  Their statement continues by stating that GA airports relieve congestion and help to reduce delays at the major airports. 
The statement summarised the situation by saying, “To impose per flight charges on these operations will be devastating to an industry that is presently suffering tremendous economic difficulty.  Punitive taxes will cost much needed private sector jobs while creating a bureaucracy that contributes nothing to the nation’s wealth generation.
“In the same way that users of highways pay taxes that fund road improvements, everyone who flies pays taxes to maintain airports and the air traffic system.  One may never use some of those roads or airports but we all continue to support them because they are a public good.  The existing simple administration of per gallon fuel taxes works, whereas per flight taxes destroy economic value,” the statement concluded.