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Call to Action: Help Fight FAA Privatization, User Fees

June 24, 2015

Dear NBAA Member,

Business aviation confronts a serious legislative threat, and I am writing to ask that you immediately make your voice heard.

Here's the situation, and why action is needed now: Last week, U.S. Rep Bill Shuster (R-9- PA) announced that in the coming days, an FAA reauthorization bill will be introduced in the House of Representatives calling for a privatized air traffic control system funded by user fees.

The potential consequences from such a bill cannot be overstated. Without Congress to ensure that our nation's air traffic system safeguards the aviation needs of the entire public – including the people and companies that rely on general aviation in small and mid-size towns – such sweeping authority would instead be granted to a group of self-interested parties.

These parties will be left to make decisions about where and when companies using business aviation can fly, how much it will cost to do so, and what type of payment – including user fees – will be demanded of operators.

Our industry cannot be silent or complacent against these threats. We must once again make our united voice of opposition heard on this issue. You can do so by using NBAA's online "Contact Congress" resource, which helps people in business aviation make their voices heard about the policies most important to them.

Make Your Voice Heard: Opposing Per-Flight User Fees and Privatized ATC

I ask that you please take a moment now to express your strong opposition against any legislation that would enact user fees and strip Congress of its role in protecting unencumbered access to the air traffic system. Members of Congress are most attentive to their constituents, who live and work in the states and districts they are charged with representing. Contact Congress provides a quick, convenient means to tell your elected officials you oppose these dangerous proposals.

Thank you for your time, and your help in opposing measures that would cause significant harm to our industry.

Sincerely,

Ed Bolen
President and CEO
National Business Aviation Association