Economic challenges have always deterred some from buying their own planes or becoming pilots. For those who fly planes as a hobby or even fly small passenger planes for profit, the cost can often be overwhelming and limits the number of pilots who can pursue aviation consistently over time.
At a Pilots’ Town Meeting in Wichita this week AOPA president Phil Boyer addressed the issue of user fees that is threatening to ground even more aviation enthusiasts.
The Federal Aviation Administration says it does not have the money to modernize the air transportation system. There has been talk of charging fees of users of general aviation aircraft, such as the fees airlines pay.
In an interview before the meeting, Boyer said those fees could negatively effect aircraft sales in Wichita.