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Bizav and Obama: Time for a Reality Check
What our readers had to say
BIZAV AND OBAMA
Jeff Burger’s opinion piece [“Bizav and Obama: Time for a Reality Check,” June/July 2013] is correct in noting that business aviation is a critical tool for thousands of companies. Unfortunately, President Obama and his spokespeople have often made statements—in major speeches, press conferences and other appearances—that seem dismissive about the importance of business aviation and reflect misperceptions about the industry. The fact is, business aviation is one of the nation’s “good news” stories: the industry supports 1.2 million jobs, strengthens America’s balance of trade, helps companies of all sizes compete and succeed in a global marketplace and provides a transportation lifeline that bolsters the economies of communities and towns nationwide. The entrepreneurs and companies using business aviation can be, and want to be, part of America’s economic recovery. Given the President’s repeated emphasis on the importance of an economic rebound, it’s curious that he would advance what most people I talk to consider a disparaging view of this essential industry.
Ed Bolen, President and CEO
National Business Aviation Association
The $100 flat fee is problematic. On a Gulfstream that operates for $5,000 an hour it is peanuts, but what about a single-engine turboprop operating at $600 an hour? Moreover, [to avoid the fee] we will fly VFR and cause more headaches or collisions because we are not in the system. The fee will, without a doubt, depreciate safety.
Also, who collects it? Who accounts for it? Do we need a new department with millions of dollars in personnel to wrestle with it? The government will spend more than it takes in. We already have the fairest, simplest system going in the fuel taxes we pay—if the plane goes farther or is bigger it burns more fuel and contributes more to the government coffers. Your article asked, “Is anyone really going to get out of the game or even cut back on flying because the price tag on a trip increased by $100?” The answer is yes.
David L. Metzler, President, Carlisle Carrier Corp.