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1988 DOT budget: the good, the bad, the unbelievable. (Department of Transportation)

1988 DOT budget: The good, the bad, the unbelievable Washington, D.C.--The Reagan administration's proposals for the Fiscal Year 1988 Federal Budget, beginning Oct. 1, 1987, bring a little something for everyone in the aviation industry to like, to dislike and to wonder about. While lowering its target for the Department of Transportation (DOT) budget, the administration wants more money for a plethora of Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) programs.

And, on a separate but related front, at the top of everyone's legislative agenda is reauthorization of the Airport & Airways Trust Fund, which expires at the end of the current fiscal year (FY87) on Oct. 31. To that end, look for legislative efforts to remove FAA from DOT, to place most of FAA's functions in a public corporation, and to remove the aviation trust fund from the unified budget process (ATW, 2/87).

Increased FAA budget

For an example of the good news, DOT believes FAA needs 225 additional air traffic controllers and 178 more aviation inspectors. …

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