Last week, AVweb asked readers to peer into the future of U.S.
aviation and offer up their best predictions specifically, with
regard to privatization, price hikes, and those dreaded user fees.
The biggest segment of our readership (35%) foresaw privatization
of both FSS and air traffic control, as well as the advent of user
9% of readers said that, while FSS privatization is on the
horizon, user fees won't be coming to the U.S. anytime soon.
But a much larger percentage of our respondent (25%) thought U.S.
pilots would be paying user fees for something other than avgas in
the near future.
20% of respondents even went so far as to predict they'd give up
flying because of fees within the next few years.
The remaining 11% of participants in last week's poll were far
more optimistic, reminding us that fuel prices and funding
shortfalls are only temporary setbacks and that the FAA is
investing a lot of time and money in the recruitment of a new class
of "Sport Pilots" who aren't likely to pay any user fees.
*** THIS WEEK'S QUESTION ***
keratoplasty, radial keratotomy, wavefront Lasik options for the
visually challenged are widening, but not all are approved by the
FAA. How's your vision?