COALITION CALLS FOR ACTION ON AIRPORT ACCESS

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COALITION CALLS FOR ACTION ON AIRPORT ACCESS

Posted by Daria Knupp on Jul 26, 2018 5:17 pm

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A diverse coalition of 12 general aviation groups issued a joint statement calling on the FAA to take action against “egregious, hidden fees and denial of affordable access to airport ramps.”

The groups said on July 24 that they want profitable and healthy fixed-base operators, but there must be a balance that gives pilots reasonable access to publicly funded airports. Among the ways to provide that balance is for the FAA to chart transient ramp areas on airport diagrams, giving pilots an option to park in areas not controlled by the FBO; facilitate FBO competition where practicable; ensure federally funded airports and FBOs on those fields only impose reasonable fees that are posted online; and stop FBOs from forcing pilots to pay for services that are neither requested nor needed. READ MORE.
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Re: COALITION CALLS FOR ACTION ON AIRPORT ACCESS

Posted by James Hays on Aug 7, 2018 6:50 pm

Does AOPA have any models for estimating what the economic loss is with these fuel prices and fees?

Re: COALITION CALLS FOR ACTION ON AIRPORT ACCESS

Posted by Daria Knupp on Aug 8, 2018 11:35 am

Hi James,

No, we actually do not have any models to calculate the revenue or economic loss as of yet. Our numbers team is currently focused on correlating complaints and FAA operations data to isolate the problem locations and potential solutions. Thank you!
 

Re: COALITION CALLS FOR ACTION ON AIRPORT ACCESS

Posted by Daniel Heinemann on Oct 4, 2018 2:47 pm

Here's a letter I sent to the mayor of Birmingham and to Atlantic Aviation. I don't know if it helps

October 4, 2018

To: The Honorable Randall Woodfin, Mayor of Birmingham AL

From:   ###########  USN Ret, Lynchburg TN.

RE: Price Gouging at by Atlantic Aviation at Birmingham Airport.

Sir,

I am an aircraft Owner. I took the opportunity to fly to your city to attend an event at the Virginia Stamford Theater as well as do a bit of tourist stuff last weekend. I spent $480.00 in your city overnight, not including the unreasonable fees charged by Atlantic Aviation at your airport. I will not return to your airport again as long as Atlantic charges these prices. Before I outline the complaint, let me say that my Friend and I had a good time in your city.

The ownership and operation of an aircraft is not only for or by the rich. The average age of an aircraft in the private general aviation fleet is well over 30 years. Mine is a 1968 model and is valued at about $30k. So about the price of a used pickup truck.

With that said, two companies have began to monopolize the Fixed Base Operations (FBO) at airports. FBO’s provide ground services for the general aviation operations from Gulfstream jets to two seat Piper Cubs. These FBO’s are Atlantic and Signature. Birmingham airport has an Atlantic franchise operating there.

It cost me $122.00 just to park my aircraft for one night at a taxpayer paid for federal airport! That is a big chunk of retired Navy Pay. I required no aircraft services of any kind. Just a parking space. But Atlantic charges the following for my 53 year old airplane:
            A landing fee of $40.00 (waived if you purchase fifteen gallons of $6.13/ gal fuel.) A security fee of $11.00/day. A handling/tiedown fee of $20.00/day.

This fee structure forces the purchase of fuel at exorbitant prices. The security fee and landing fee the FBO charges are for things they don’t provide or own. Runways and tiedown places are paid for by the taxpayer of which I am one. I would not have an issue with reasonable fees of say $20 or even $25 / night for tiedown and parking, and then whatever charges that company feels appropriate for requested services like fuel or hanger space.

Copies of this letter will go to the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, The Experimental Aircraft Assoc, The FAA, and my congressman / Senators. This price gouging has been noted by these organizations and a movement is beginning to push for legislation to address this. I trust you are interested in this as, in at least my case, your city is going to loose money from the reduction in tourist dollars.   

Respectfully

Dan XXXXXXX
Lynchburg TN.
 

Re: COALITION CALLS FOR ACTION ON AIRPORT ACCESS

Posted by Equbal Kalani on Nov 6, 2018 4:12 am

Airport security is important and to prevent FBOs from charging GA pilots $100 or so to enter the airport after hours, TSA should allow FAA registered aircraft owners with background checks and video monitored access at GA terminals. AOPA should champion this initiative. Signature flight support at KEYW charges over a $100 for after hours access and so do some others at other airports.