Editor's Log

November 2009 Issue

Who’s Subsidizing Whom?

Alot has been said elsewhere about recent articles appearing in USA Today questioning federal, state and local investment in airports lacking scheduled service. The articles imply airline passengers are subsidizing general aviation airports and people traveling by air for worthwhile purposes only use the scheduled services provided by airlines; all other types of air transportation and airports lacking scheduled service are frivolous and unworthy of investment. The industryís alphabet soup has done an okay job of responding to these articles. I say "okay" because there is so much more to do, including going on offense, instead of once again adopting the defensive posture seen all too often. Itís axiomatic that few people who read the initial articles saw the industryís response: Once something is "out there," itís out there. Of the many things omitted from McPaperís attack on GA, hereís another: The airlines themselves donít pay to use the infrastructure supplied by the federal government.

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