Saturday, March 24, 2007

FAA funding plan will kill GA much like it did in Europe

I know a lot of people have been talking about our laws and ways of doing business and suggested that we follow the European plan.

This has spread to things like criminal law, conduct of the Iraq war, terrorism, law enforcement and possibly aviation.

I lived in Germany for a couple of years and have seen how they conduct some of their business and I must say that just because Europe has been formed in to countries for longer than we have, they don't have all of the answers.

I ask that you read this story about the costs of General Aviation in Europe and decide for yourself if that's what you want the US to adopt.

Here is a portion of the article regarding landing at an airport in Europe:

Written by: Thomas A. Horne
But in Europe, not all landing fees are alike. Land at a major airport like Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport and it'll set you back $518. Frankfurt? Another $518. London's Heathrow Airport? How about $1,000. And this assumes you have made arrangements for your arrival, and obtained a landing "slot." Show up out of the blue and you could easily face a stiff penalty on top of your already outrageous landing fee. A last-minute decision to divert to Frankfurt for mechanical reasons, or to use its ILS approach to land in adverse weather, and you'll fork over another $777 in fines — on top of the $518 for the landing itself.

Please read the entire story here.

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