The bill for climate mitigation fees has a hard landing in Massachusetts
AOPA and other aviation groups and individual pilots have strongly opposed the measure proposed by State Senator Julian Cyr (D-Truro), “to mitigate the climate impact of private and corporate air travel “with a landing fee of at least $ 1,000. .
The bill’s fundamental flaws – from the inadmissible diversion of revenue from mandatory aviation uses to the economic impact on pilots, state airports and jobs – quickly became apparent. But the offer to impose high costs on general aviation to fund non-aviation infrastructure upgrades galvanized what AOPA Eastern Regional Director Sean Collins described as “the one of the best responses we’ve ever had ”to a member action alert when AOPA notified the 5,000 members in Massachusetts. about the bill and asked them to oppose it.
“This proposal was a disaster from the start, but AOPA members in Massachusetts deserve a lot of credit for committing to it,” he said.
The Massachusetts Airport Management Association issued a statement on the defeat of the landing charge, acknowledging the impact of “the coordinated efforts of aviation organizations” and “the dozens of comments filed by airports and individuals in Massachusetts.”
“We are happy to see that this ill-conceived bill, which would have been devastating for Massachusetts airports, will not move forward in the Massachusetts legislature,” said Tom Hurley, executive director of the organization. . Rather, we urge state and federal lawmakers and regulators to adequately fund our statewide airports to ensure safety, economic and educational development, and to prepare for the new, sustainable technologies that are looming. horizon.”