FAA's Airport Funding Proposals Aired

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The U.S. House Transportation Committee held a hearing on Wednesday on the status of the Airport Improvement Program. The long-standing program delivers a minimum of $150,000 per year to every general aviation airport. The FAA wants to eliminate that guarantee. Busier airports would get $400,000 every year, airports with 10 to 49 aircraft based there would get $100,000, and airports smaller than that would get no guaranteed allotment. Gerald Dillingham, of the Government Accountability Office, told the hearing that the FAA's proposed changes would have an "uncertain" impact on smaller airports, which are more reliant on AIP funds. Charles Barclay, president of the American Association of Airport Executives, told the committee his group was "dismayed" by the proposal to cut AIP funding, and asked for an increase instead. The complete testimony from the hearing is available online at the House Transportation Committee Web site.