I hope our government doesn't get any ideas from this. Reprinted form Avweb.
A trip around the patch at a controlled airport in New Zealand will soon carry a
$1 NZD charge under a user fee schedule announced by the Airways Corporation of
New Zealand, the "state-owned enterprise" that runs the country's airspace
system. By 2015, however, that same touch and go will cost $3.55 NZD as will
transiting controlled airspace and something called a "vicinity landing" that is
not defined in the Airways announcement of the fees. Fees for airliners will
increase an overall 15.7 percent over the next three years.
The new fee schedule was finalized after six months of consultation with
stakeholders and the airlines appeared to make their case especially well. "As a
consequence of the high quality of customer submissions, we have revised
Airways' price increase from the 23 percent proposed in February to 15.7 percent
over the three years of the pricing period," the company said in its release.
GA, however, is losing a discount system that presumably benefited big users of
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