SOURCE: AeroBlue.Org

February 16, 2007 09:53 ET

AeroBlue.Org Proposes Solution to FAA Budget Impasse

WASHINGTON, DC -- (MARKET WIRE) -- February 16, 2007 -- "Dead On Arrival" was one sentiment heard during the hearing by the House Subcommittee on Aviation. The Administrations budget proposes a dramatic overhaul of FAA technology, but the $5 billion cost may cripple the rest of the aviation system. Congress needs solutions, and AeroBlue.Org was on hand to offer several cost-cutting measures, funding improvements and program changes. Last year 739 Million passengers used our air system, that's a lot of unhappy voters.

"The goals of the administration are fairly clear, however, they overlook several critical factors," said Simeon Hitzel, president of AeroBlue.Org. "We have offered several cost-cutting measures that will enable FAA modernization by reducing costs."

Forget about the airports? The current FAA budget will accelerate the trend of airport closures, antiquated runways, and increasing flight delays. The FAA budget fails to fund the Runway Safety Areas required by congress last year in response to accidents at Midway, Lexington, and Teterboro.

"While we were listening to the FAA proposal in DC, dozens of airline passengers spent 10 hours sitting in aircraft on the tarmac at New York's JFK. Congressman DeFazio wanted to know why the FAA won't help these people." Congestion and delays at New York's airports are the nations worst, yet they are diverting $160 Million away from airport improvements every year.

Join AeroBlue.Org, the Aviation Grassroots Network that organizes voters from all walks of life who depend on safe and efficient air transportation, and is requesting congress to improve aviation's contributions to our economy and quality of life.

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