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NBAA 'Troubled' by Aviation User Fee References in White House Budget Document

Contact: Dan Hubbard, (202) 783-9360, dhubbard@nbaa.org

Washington, DC, February 26, 2009 – The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) issued the following statement with regard to references to aviation user fees in a federal budget planning document issued today by the Office of Management and Budget:

"Although we commend the Obama Administration for its commitment to modernizing the nation's aviation system and expanding capacity, we are very troubled by the budget outline issued by the White House today, because it appears to leave the door open to consideration of user fees for funding the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). We continue to believe that operational user fees have no place in a funding plan for the FAA, and we will remain unified with the rest of the general aviation community in opposing them in favor of building on the proven, efficient fuel tax for general aviation to help support modernization. We remain committed to modernization, as demonstrated by the industry's commitment last year, and we look forward to working with the Administration and Congress on effective proposals to expedite modernization."

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Founded in 1947 and based in Washington, DC, the National Business Aviation Association, Inc. (NBAA) is the leading organization for companies that rely on general aviation aircraft to help make their businesses more efficient, productive and successful. The Association represents more than 8,000 companies and provides more than 100 products and services to the business aviation community, including the NBAA Annual Meeting & Convention, the world's largest civil aviation trade show. Learn more about NBAA at www.nbaa.org.

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