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Grassroots Meeting Underscores Industry’s Concern Over Privatized ATC Funded By User Fees

Nov. 9, 2015

A Nov. 2 meeting with Sen. Jerry Moran (R-KS), hosted by NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen and a representative group of Kansas-based NBAA Member Companies, including operators, FBOs, manufacturers, airports and universities, highlighted the business aviation community’s concerns about recent proposals for creating a privatized ATC system funded with user fees.

Grassroots Meeting Underscores Industry’s Concern Over Privatized ATC Funded By User Fees

The proposals have been introduced as part of the debate underway in Washington, DC over reauthorization for the FAA.

The meeting between Bolen, the NBAA Members and Moran took place in the general aviation terminal at Charles B. Wheeler Downtown Airport (MKC) in Kansas City, MO. Moran requested the meeting to have an opportunity to hear the general aviation community’s concerns first-hand, as Congress considers legislative options as part of the FAA reauthorization debate.

Moran will play an important role in the Senate FAA reauthorization bill, given his membership on the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, which has jurisdiction over the legislation.

Bolen commended Moran for meeting with NBAA and its Member Companies, and for championing the interests of general aviation in the Senate. Moran thanked Bolen, and noted that NBAA Members in all states should make their concerns about a privatized ATC funded by user fees known to their elected congressional representatives.

Sen. Jerry Moran (R-KS) and NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen

NBAA members can send a message on the issue to their congressional delegation by using the Association’s Contact Congress online advocacy tool.

Learn more about NBAA's stance on FAA reauthorization proposals.