A number of changes to service charges have been enacted by Nav Canada, the private corporation that provides the country’s air navigation and ATC services. The changes include a reduction in the weight factor used for the application of the terminal services charge and a related change to the daily charge. This will mean a reduction in the charge for larger aircraft and an increase for smaller aircraft.
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Over the last several months, the FAA has redesigned its Web site so that it’s easier to use, better organized, carries more information and introduces several new features.
The FAA’s funding stream being tied to the price of an airline ticket is not sufficient or reliable enough to fund the agency and “a new funding mechanism” is required, according to FAA Administrator Marion Blakey. In a speech at a recent meeting in San Diego of the American Association of Airport Executives, Blakey said, “The FAA needs a consistent, reliable funding stream.
There is still a short time remaining to alert Congress about what NBAA calls “harmful” tax proposals in pending federal legislation.
Transport Canada on Thursday released “Flight 2010,” a strategic plan for enhancing the safety levels of the country’s civil aviation sector over the next five years. Among the plan’s goals are to sustain a strong safety culture, gain the “trust and confidence” of stakeholders, align expectations of management and stakeholders and ensure compliance with regulations.
The verbal sparring over ATC funding and user fees reached the front page of The Wall Street Journal today in a long article, “Why Big Airlines Are Starting a Fight with Business Jets,” that impartially lays out the opposing positions of business aviation and the airlines. Front-page, left-column placement of the story shows the importance the newspaper’s editors place on the issue.
In the war of words between the airlines and general aviation about who should pay how much for ATC services, Pogo’s Robert Crandall argues that more of the general public should pick up the tab. In a recent presentation before the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, he said, “The big problem is that the Administration keeps reducing the amount contributed by the general fund.
Starting July 1, 2008, all private and commercial airplanes operating internationally will need to carry at least one emergency locator transmitter, according to a proposed standard from the International Civil Aviation Organization.
New York’s state Senate last week passed legislation (S.3655) sponsored by Sen. Bill Larkin (R-39th District) to provide a sales and use tax exemption on general aviation airplanes to be operated under Part 91 and purchased in the state. The exemption, if passed by the state Assembly and signed by the governor, would take effect on December 1.