Douglas Murphy, head of the southern region of the FAA, was in town last week reviewing plans for the new airport. The current budget plan will expire at the end of September, and at that time, a new budget plan will go into effect possibly delaying the airport 6 to 12 months.
The new plan, dubbed The Next Generation Air Transportation System Financing Reform Act of 2007 (what a mouthful), amongst many other things, will eliminate the domestic ticket tax and frequent flyer tax and instill a larger tax on commercial jet fuel and aviation gasoline.
Technological improvements will include an upgrade from radar to sophisticated gps tracking systems installed in each aircraft that will constantly relay positioning not only to a central control, but also to other planes. Follow the link above for more info.
Back to the airport: Douglas Murphy, while here reconfirmed the FAA’s commitment to the airport relocation and was quoted by the News Herald that it makes sense, and will attract new airlines and possibly low-cost carriers.