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Some aircraft may pay $100 user fee

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By: Megan Palera
mpalera@klkntv.com

It could cost more for some airplanes to take to the skies.

The president's budget plan includes a $100 per flight fee. It would apply to general aviation aircraft like cargo and charter flights. The user fee would generate $11 billion over 10 years.

But many aviation groups say the fee would cripple the industry.

"We could have as many as 10 to 20 take off and landing per aircraft a day at a $100 a piece that could be as much as $2,000 per unit.

If our business would sustain and stay the same as it did last year, it could cost my business a half million dollars a year," Scott Heinen, owner of Heinen Brothers Agra Service said.

Right now, the industry uses a pay-at-the-pump system. Congress has already rejected the user fee proposal twice and many members are speaking out against it this time around.

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