Posts Tagged ‘weather briefing’

Another user-fee horror story

Wednesday, August 31st, 2011

If you live in New Zealand, you’ve been asked since August 1 to pay $100 per year for weather briefings from private companies. That’s because theĀ New Zealand government cut off funding to private briefing services–and we all understand the world is coming up a dollar or two short these days. Everybody has to cut back. However, one of those private weather briefing companies saw its subscriber base shrink from 5,000 to 277. It could affect general aviation in several ways. One is to see an increase in the number of weather-related accidents (and an increase in costly government accident investigations). Another is to reduce interest in flying, leading to loss of jobs in aviation in New Zealand, leading to a still lower tax base and greater economic problems for the New Zealand government. Then the government will have to cut something else, unless it spots the cause-and-effect in time.