NATA Protests FAA Funding for Chattanooga FBOJanuary 28, 2011 at 12:58 pm | Posted in Aviation Law Current Event | Leave a comment
by Sara M. Langston with the blog faculty
Source: Aviation International News
NATA has objected to the use of FAA funds disbursed under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to the Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport Authority (CMAA) to build a ramp for a new airport-owned FBO at Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport/Lovell Field. The new facility, to be managed by Tennessee-based Wilson Air Center, is scheduled for completion this summer and would compete with Tac Air, which has been the lone ground services provider at the airport.
In a letter to FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt, NATA president Jim Coyne noted that revenue-generating commercial facility infrastructure was ineligible for such funding based on longstanding FAA policy, and warned that “approval of this grant and accompanying distribution of funds appear to be a dangerous shift in policy.