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The general aviation industry is an integral part of the U.S. economy - creating jobs, generating revenue, attracting business and industry, providing a transportation lifeline to communities across the country, helping businesses succeed, and supporting people and communities in times of crisis. General aviation's overall economic output in the U.S. is estimated at $150 billion annually, supporting more than 1.2 million jobs. GA airports provide the launching pad for these activities, and local communities and the Federal government must recognize the necessity of GA airports in keeping local economies strong. Local governments and the Federal government must continue to support GA airports in their day-to-day management and operations, as well vital capital improvements.
GA airports have access to federal assistance through FAA programs, such as the Airport Improvement Program and the Facilities and Equipment Program. These programs fund vital general aviation airport projects. GAAC supports increased funds for these and other federal programs that benefit our airports and surrounding communities.
GAAC supports increased flexibility for using AIP entitlement funds. The Airport Improvement Program provides $150,000 to each GA airport identified in the National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems (NPIAS). These funds can be for capital improvements at the airports, resulting in much needed jobs in our communities. However, each GA airport has specific needs and uses for such funding and must be afforded the flexibility to use those funds in the most beneficial way for their airport.
GAAC opposes unfair, unfunded, costly mandates by the federal government, such as TSA’s proposed Large Aircraft Security Program, which would require additional security at many GA airports. The federal government, however, will not provide federal assistance to help fund security measures at GA airports.
GAAC wants to ensure that aviation user fees are not used to fund the Federal Aviation Administration. User fees would impose an unfair regulatory and financial burden on general aviation, and would have a detrimental impact on GA airport operations.