Senate lawmakers agreed late Friday not to include user fees on general aviation in a bill to upgrade the nation's air traffic control system. Sen. Pat Roberts calls the agreement a major victory for Kansas and its multibillion dollar aviation industry.
The Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization bill has
been bottled up for months because of a dispute over how to pay for the improvements. Some lawmakers wanted to charge a $25-per-flight fee on all airplanes for airport use. Commercial airlines supported the fee, but corporate jet and small plane operators opposed it.
The latest agreement would pay for upgrades through an increase
in jet fuel taxes.