D.O.T. Imposing New Fees on Aircraft Owners
Johnson encourages Alaskans to express views during public comment period
Wednesday, November 17, 2017, Juneau, Alaska - Representative DeLena Johnson (R-Palmer) is objecting to the governor’s plan to require the Department of Transportation and Public Facilities to require private aircraft owners to register their aircraft with the state for a fee of up to $250. While the fee schedule is in response to an FAA regulation modification,
Rep. Johnson is concerned that these changes have not been conveyed to the House of Representatives for review and comment, as has generally been the procedure since statehood in 1959. She feels the DOT has not sufficiently justified the necessity of the fee, and has not clearly established if there are any costs to the state associated with its implementation.
“This appears to be another instance where the administration is getting ahead of itself,” Rep. Johnson said. “I like to see fees such as this being reviewed in the light of day before they just appear.”
Rep. Johnson encourages private and commercial aircraft owners to make their views known to the administration at any of 3 public hearings scheduled between 2 and 4 p.m. in Juneau on November 9; in Fairbanks on November 14; and in Anchorage on November 20. Written comments can be emailed to StatewideAviation@alaska.gov from today until 5:00 p.m. on January 5.
For more information contact Press Secretary Mallory Walser at Mallory.Walser@akleg.gov