Harrison Ford and the Campaign to Prevent User Fees
Years ago he flew the Millennium Falcon.
Now, he flies better equipment including a Cessna CJ3, Aviat Husky, Cessna Caravan, Bell 407 and de Havilland Beaver.
The U.S. ”Empire” is planning to “strike back” at general aviation. President Obama proposed user fees to start in 2011 to the tune of $7.5 billion dollars. Many, including me, believe this plan has the potential to cripple general aviation. Hundreds of beginner and veteran pilots will stop flying. Manufacturers, business and airports will be affected.
May the Force be with us
General aviation provides an economic lifeline for communities across America,” said Harrison Ford, “Millions of jobs and businesses of all sizes depend on small aircraft serving our country every day.”
Why it Matters
General aviation represents $150 billion in revenue and provides 1.3 million jobs. It supports law enforcement, medevac, and emergency services, as well as aiding disaster relief efforts. General Aviation includes crop dusters, overnight freight and business support. It’s the way most pilots get training. Forestry, search and rescue, firefighting, energy, and construction all depend on it. That’s why there’s over 5,300 general aviation airports in the U.S. in addition to the 600 that support scheduled flights. There’s at least 10,000 more private use landing areas and helipads
As Chief Justice John Marshall stated: “The power to Tax is the power to destroy”. We will eventually run out things to tax. Don’t make us bring out the Wookie.