Baird, Larsen Work to Keep Washington Aviation Affordable</A

Jul 3, 2007

Washington, D.C. - The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee has passed a bill reauthorizing the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for the next four years.  U.S. Representative Brian Baird (WA-03) and U.S. Representative Rick Larsen (WA-02), together with their Committee colleagues, rejected the Bush Administration’s proposal to require new user fees and triple the fuel taxes paid by general aviation aircraft operators. Both representatives were pleased that the Committee passed a reauthorization bill that did not include these cost increases.

“I have met with aviation stakeholders across my district and heard their concerns about the Administration’s proposed user fees and  300% gas tax hike,” said Larsen. “This bill ensures that recreational pilots won’t be grounded by exorbitant costs.”

“Applying special fees to those who file flight plans or check on weather conditions is an unnecessary, increased cost for general aviation pilots, and also creates potential safety risks,” said Baird.  “I am pleased we were able to defeat the Administration’s proposal and put in place a reasonable, responsible and affordable alternative.”

Baird and Larsen will continue working to keep flying affordable for Washington state aviation.