Interview with David Traynham, Executive Director of NCARC

INTERVIEW. The National Civil Aviation Review Commission (NCARC) was established by Congress in 1996 as part of the FAA reauthorizing legislation passed in 1996. The Commission's responsibilities are to "study safety, airport capital needs and ways to meet those needs, and FAA operational needs and ways to meet those needs." In essence, the NCARC's job is to recommend to Congress how the funding needs of the FAA, aviation safety and the nation's airports should be met in the future. There is enormous controversy about whether "the system" should be funded by "user fees" (which the Clinton Administration is pushing aggressively) or whether it should continue to be funded through excise taxes on aviation fuel, air freight and airline tickets (strongly favored by business and private aviation groups). NCARC's top staffer David Traynham responds to questions about the composition and game-plan of the Commission in this exclusive one-on-one interview by AVweb's man-on-the-hill Joseph E. (Jeb) Burnside.

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