THE BATTLE OVER how much each segment of aviation will pay to support the FAA over the next four years has been marked by one overriding tenet -- the airlines will say anything, whether or not it has any basis in fact, to achieve their goal of shifting more costs onto business and general aviation users. The airlines' position requires extraordinary hubris since airline passengers, not the carriers, pay most of commercial aviation's share of the money going into the Airport and Airway ...

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