NEW ZEALAND PILOTS OPPOSE FEE HIKES

NEW ZEALAND PILOTS OPPOSE FEE HIKES
New Zealand aviation groups are lining up in opposition to major increases in fees for obtaining and maintaining a pilot’s license. The one-time “issuance fee” for a pilot’s license is going up from $55 to $230 but it’s the new “medical service application fee” that is raising the collective blood pressure of the pilot population. Starting in November, pilots will have to pay a flat $313 any time their medical fitness is assessed by the Civil Aviation Administration. For commercial pilots past 40 that’s every six months for single-pilot operations. It’s not just the pilot fees that are going up, though. The CAA charge-out rate for audit operations will go from $135 an hour to $208 an hour in November and will be $284 an hour by the end of 2014. In all, more than 150 fees are being increased. More…

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