Air traffic control would transition from its current mix of user tax and General Fund funding to 100% user fee funding.
FAA’s safety oversight and airport grant functions can be funded through a mix of user funding and General Fund appropriations.
Over the last 15 years, the General Fund contribution to FAA funding has averaged $3.25 billion. Combined with the airlines’ current payments and slightly higher contributions from corporate jets, a General Fund contribution at this level would be sufficient to fund the current FAA budget (based on FY 2013 data).
Initial funding requirements for the new air traffic control organization may also be lower than current requirements due to the new air traffic control entity’s ability to borrow in capital markets rather than having to fund capital investments with current revenues under government budgeting rules.
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