Invest in Aviation Infrastructure, Groups Tell Congress
The group of twelve, including the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, told Senate and House leaders that the industry’s proposals would, “not only achieve short term economic stimulus goals, but would also lead to long-term efficiencies and economic growth.” The proposals also would improve environmental stewardship. “Very few government investments have the potential to positively influence two policy objectives at the same time. This is an investment we cannot afford to postpone,” the aviation industry said in a
“Investing in the aviation infrastructure will put people to work,” said AOPA President-elect
“The group proposals included in the letter incorporate many of the ideas that AOPA discussed last week in a private meeting with President-elect
In addition to AOPA, the co-signers include: the Aerospace Industries Association; the Air Transport Association; the Airport Consultants Council; Airports Council International-North America; the American Association of Airport Executives; the Cargo Airline Association; the General Aviation Manufacturers Association; the National Air Carrier Association; the National Business Aviation Association; the National Association of State Aviation Officials; and the Regional Airline Association.
Included in the industry proposals were more funds for airport construction and incentives to aircraft owners and airlines to install equipment to take full advantage of the NextGen air traffic control system. The group proposed some
“Approximately 20,000 aircraft could be equipped with this investment, generating high-paying green jobs in the high-tech fields of civil aviation manufacturing, flight operations, maintenance, and environment,” the letter noted.
The aviation organizations proposed that the current Airport Improvement Program receive an additional
“There are improvement projects that would increase the utility and safety of these vital airports that could go to contract within 30 days if the money were available,” said Fuller. The aviation groups predicated that this proposed infrastructure funding could create some 35,000 jobs.
Also proposed were changes in the tax code to make airport bonds more attractive to investors, providing more money for construction. The group also wants other changes that would help keep aircraft manufacturing production lines moving and encourage new research and development in the aviation industry.
While the aviation industry is feeling the current economic pain like everyone else, “all forecasts point to robust growth in the civil aviation sector in the coming years,” the group said.
“Investment in our aviation infrastructure will pay dividends for generations,” said Fuller.
The aviation industry directly or indirectly generates more than 10 million jobs and
SOURCE Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association