A little Overlooked Distinction in Aviation User Fees
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To reduce the deficit and more equitably share the cost of air traffic services across the aviation user community. the Administration proposes to establish a new mandatory surcharge for air traffic services. This proposal would create a $100 per flight fee. payable to the FAA proper plural canada goose 2015 buy . by aviation operators who fly in controlled airspace proper plural canada goose 2015 . Military aircraft inexpensive proper plural canada goose 2015 . public aircraft. recreational piston aircraft. air ambulances. aircraft operating outside of controlled airspace proper plural canada goose 2015 . and Canada-to-Canada flights would be exempted. The revenues generated by the surcharge would be deposited into the Airport and Airway Trust Fund. This fee would generate an estimated $11 billion over 10 years proper plural canada goose 2015 retail . Assuming the enactment of the fee. total charges collected from aviation users would finance roughly three fourths of airport investments and air traffic control system costs.
The overlooked distinction in this plan is that the fee does NOT apply to pilots flying for personal use (non-commercial). So this really affects businesses like Flight Schools canada goose pic online store . Skydiving Operations. Air Tours. Aerial Photography. etc. canada goose constable parka s outlet online . They would have to pay an additional $100 per flight.
Maybe I’m wrong. I thought I didn’t fall under this rule paying fees because of the “public aircraft” or “recreational piston aircraft” exemptions. On second thought. they may mean a “Recreational Pilot” which I am not. I am a private pilot and I don’t carry the more restrictive and easier-to-obtain recreational license defined in FAR 61 Subpart D. Even more deceiving is the public aircraft statement which I do not fall under according to this.
Public aircraft means any of the following aircraft when not being used for a commercial purpose or to carry an individual other than a crewmember or qualified non-crewmenber.
(1) An aircraft used only for the United States Government; an aircraft owned by the Government and operated by any person for purposes related to crew training. equipment development. or demonstration; an aircraft owned and operated by the government of a State. the District of Columbia. or a territory or possession of the United States or a political subdivision of one of these governments; or an aircraft exclusively leased for at least 90 continuous days by the government of a State. the District of Columbia canada goose in hawaii online store . or a territory or possession of the United States or a political subdivision of one of these governments…
(2) An aircraft owned or operated by the armed forces or chartered to provide transportation to the armed forces…
(3) An aircraft owned or operated by the National Guard of a State. the District of Columbia canada goose retailers niagara store . or any territory or possession of the United States. and that meets the criteria of paragraph (2) of this definition. qualifies as a public aircraft only to the extent that it is operated under the direct control of the Department of Defense. proper plural canada goose 2015
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