October 7, 2011
Senator Roy Blunt
Senator Claire McCaskill
Representative William "Lacy" Clay, Jr.
Representative Todd Akin
Representative Russ Carnahan
Representative Vicky Hartzler
Representative Emanuel Cleaver
Representative Sam Graves
Representative Billy Long
Representative JoAnn Emerson
Representative Blaine Luetkemeyer
Dear Member of the Missouri Congressional Delegation:
The Missouri Pilots Association was founded in 1953 and has been representing General Aviation pilots in Missouri over the past 57 years. We have over 1000 members on our rolls who are strongly opposed to any type of User Fees such as those proposed in the American Jobs Act. The $100 per flight tax is particularly onerous.
We feel that this per-flight tax would not only impose a significant new administrative burden on General Aviation operators in our state, who are barely surviving this economic downturn, but it would also necessitate the creation of a costly new federal collection bureaucracy which would place an additional burden on every citizen of the United States.
Many foreign countries have imposed User Fees which has virtually killed General Aviation overseas. Do you really want to jeopardize an industry that has a 2.4 billion dollar impact on the state of Missouri? We already pay our fair share of the federal tax burden in the form of excise taxes on aviation fuel.
Historically the military has looked to general aviation for future pilots as has commercial aviation. The pool of available pilots for those entities is already exceedingly low. Do you really want to further hinder the resurgence of General Aviation? As President of the Missouri Pilots Association, I speak for our membership when I say that the imposition of any User Fees will have an extremely negative impact on General Aviation and consequently on the state of Missouri.
Very truly yours,
James H. Morris
"Flying the heart of America and beyond"