June 15, 2012
Contact: Benét Wilson 301-695-2159 Benet.firstname.lastname@example.org
Frederick, MD – The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) is urging California legislators to reject changes in two bills that would transfer the excise taxes on aviation fuels from the aeronautics account to the general fund in the next three fiscal years. SB 1005 and AB 1465 were amended on June 14.
The excise tax on general aviation gasoline and jet fuel are the only source of funds for the California Department of Transportation’s Division of Aeronautics and the airport grant programs that it administers, said AOPA in a letter to Darrell Steinberg, President Pro Tempore of the
California State Senate. These programs are vital to the safety, maintenance and development of the state’s airports, the letter added.
A 2003 State of California economic impact study attributed nine percent of the state gross product and nine percent of the state’s jobs to aviation. In 2005, a study sponsored by the National Association of State Aviation Officials found that general aviation contributed more than $150 billion annually to the national economy and $18 billion to the economy of California.
“While funds to support and develop the state’s airport system come from a variety of sources, the state’s own aeronautics program is a vital and essential source of an integral part of the system,” said Greg Pecoraro, AOPA’s vice president of airports and state advocacy. “The sole funding source for state aeronautics programs must be protected and dedicated to that purpose, and we urge you to reject the provisions of both these bills that would divert user-generated funds from the aeronautics account to the general fund.”
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As the cold weather chills AOPA’s Headquarters in Frederick, many of us are inside generating new resources for flying clubs.
In my house, every Friday night is “Movie Night.” While the movies are rarely educational (I don’t think I learned anything from the Lego Movie), we look forward to the weekly opportunity to spend time together. Why not use the same concept for your Flying Club (with the addition of education, of course)?
AOPA Flying Club Manager Kelby Ferwerda posted the following on the AOPA Flying Club Facebook Page: “Recently I’ve talked with quite a few Flying Clubs about maintaining social activity through the cold winter months. Some clubs host Holliday Parties, others have Potluck Movie Nights. What does your club do to keep members involved during the chilly months?”
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