caa-logoSeems that the latest to bung up their charges are the Civil Aviation Authorities (CAA) here in God's own.

http://i.stuff.co.nz/national/7595586/Fee-rise-for-pilot-licences-slammed

Stunningly one of the charges if quite new - $313 to file a medical certificate. Note that said certificate is prepared and printed by a doctor, who charges less than the CAA ($250 typically) and actually has to do some work, not just push some paper across his/her desk.

The Recreational Aircraft Association of NZ can do the whole thing for $70pa and the Sport Aviation Corp Ltd for $60pa all following the CAA's own rules. What other justification can there be for a charge of $313 except gross inefficiency at the department?