AOPA has been contacted by thousands of pilots that have been surprised by a number of ramp fees. These include tie-down fees, facility fees, infrastructure fees, access fees, security fees, handling fees, and even fees for being picked up by a taxi at an FBO. Most of the complaints are pointed to large chain FBOs or where an FBO has a monopoly position. Pilots state they are often charged for services they don’t ask for or receive. The general aviation community believes all pilots of both piston and turbine aircraft should have online access to FBO fee information so they can make informed pre-flight planning decisions.
Most FBOs do a great job of serving the general aviation community by balancing their need for profitability with the need to provide reasonable prices. However, there are many FBOs, especially those owned by large chain companies, like Signature Flight Support and Atlantic Aviation, which continue to circumvent the intent of transparency by requiring a GA turbine operator to join a loyalty program before disclosing fees and prices. Meanwhile, other large FBO chains provide prices and fees for both piston and turbine aircraft, so we know it can be done. AOPA is working with industry and community leaders to encourage pricing and ramp transparency at our nation’s public-use airports with the following initiatives:
We will continue to update this page with progress, articles, videos and discussion topics as more develops on this critical issue to general aviation. If you have encountered an issue with hidden FBO ramp fees, please report it here.