President Bush's new $2.9 trillion budget "provides a framework for reforming the aviation system by tying what users pay to the costs of providing air traffic control and other services," the US Dept. of Transportation confirmed yesterday, pleasing airlines that have advocated a user-based funding mechanism (ATWOnline, March 9, 2006). The US Airport and Airways Trust Fund is due for reauthorization in the current fiscal year ending Sept. 30. The budget requests $175 million for a ...

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