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  •  Who do these airports serve? (0+ / 0-)

    We can cut Head Start, food assistance programs, banking oversight, and anything else to hurt the poor, children, and elderly, but let's make sure to keep those private planes in the air.

    I know that some of these serve rural areas, but I think those who use these airports should be paying for them.

    Imagine all the people, living life in peace. You may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one. John Lennon

    by GwenM on Thu Apr 11, 2013 at 05:11:59 AM PDT

    •  AATF (0+ / 0-)

      Well over half, closer to 70%, of the FAA's funding comes from the Airport and Airway Trust Fund, a dedicated source of income generated by passenger ticket taxes (in the case of airlines), aviation fuel excise taxes (in the case of general aviation operators), and other sources paid directly by users of the air transportation system.

      I believe in subsidizing smaller and rural airports for the same reason I believe in universal access to the telephone networks and high-speed Internet.  People out in the boonies ought to have quality transportation options just like people who happen to live close to a big-city airport with airline service.  Look up Angel Flight online—volunteer pilots provide free transportation for passengers with medical or other humanitarian needs, usually because they live too far out to commute for treatment and no airline goes there.  There's a lot of good stuff going on in the aviation world other than CEOs taking golf junkets in their private jets.

      "They let 'em vote, smoke, and drive -- even put 'em in pants! So what do you get? A -- a Democrat for President!" ~ Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!

      by craiger on Thu Apr 11, 2013 at 06:57:36 PM PDT

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