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‘Significant’ aviation tax removed from Ohio budget

Article | Apr 18, 2013

The Ohio House’s Finance and Appropriations Committee has stripped from the proposed state budget a bid to expand a 5-percent sales tax to services including aircraft rentals and charters. Rejecting the expanded tax should help preserve competitiveness of Ohio’s $5.5 billion aviation industry, AOPA said.

Missouri honors aviation

Article | Apr 17, 2013

Because general aviation and community airports in Missouri play a critical role in the lives of citizens, as well as in the operation of businesses and farms, Gov. Jay Nixon has proclaimed April 2013 as “General Aviation Appreciation Month.” The proclamation acknowledges that “the state of Missouri has a significant interest in the continued vitality of general aviation, aerospace, aircraft manufacturing, educational institutions, aviation organizations, community airports and airport operators.” GA also contributes $2.4 billion to the state’s economy and accounts for 16,000 jobs statewide.

Pilots urged to take Missouri aviation survey

Article | Apr 17, 2013

The state of Missouri is asking visiting pilots and their passengers to fill out a survey as it begins work on a Statewide Airport Economic Impact Study. The report has been commissioned by the aviation section within the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) Multimodal Operations Division.

Job growth seen from Colorado tax credit

Article | Apr 16, 2013

A Colorado bill that could boost job growth in the aviation maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) business has passed the House and is headed for action in the state Senate, where AOPA and other industry supporters are urging speedy passage. House Bill 13-1080 would expand an existing state income tax credit of $1,200 per new employee to MRO companies.

AOPA seeks comments on Vista Field Airport’s future

Article | Apr 11, 2013

The Port of Kennewick, sponsor of the Vista Field Airport in Kennewick, Wash., is holding a special meeting and public hearing on April 17 at 7 p.m. to hear public comments on alternatives for the airport.

Maryland GA airports generate $550.7 million in business

Article | Apr 04, 2013

General aviation activity in the state of Maryland created $358.5 million in personal income and $550.7 million in business sales between 2011 and 2012, according to a new report, “Economic Impact of Airports,” from the Maryland Aviation Administration. GA also created 6,274 jobs during the period.

Congressional GA Caucus leaders, AOPA target new members

Article | Apr 03, 2013

The House and Senate General Aviation caucuses faced a challenge after the 2012 general election: recruiting new members to the caucuses after losing 39 members in the House who retired or lost their seats, and three members in the Senate who retired. The House and Senate caucuses previously had 190 and 39 members, respectively.

Arkansas legislature creates Aerospace and Aviation Caucus

Article | Apr 02, 2013

Members of the Arkansas legislature have founded the Arkansas Aerospace and Aviation Legislative Caucus, created to “promote a business-friendly environment through common-sense legislation that supports the growth of the Arkansas aerospace and aviation industries.” The newly formed caucus is the brainchild of Arkansas Rep. Joe Jett (D), a pilot, aircraft owner, and AOPA member, along with Sen.

AOPA Action

Pilot Magazine | Apr 01, 2013

MEMBERSHIP FlyQ Web The smartest thing in online flight planning now available Online flight planning just got a facelift and upgrade, courtesy of AOPA. The new online flight planner, FlyQ Web, is the latest addition to the AOPA FlyQ suite of digital flight-planning tools.

California airports support 117,000 jobs

Article | Mar 25, 2013

California airports provide 117,273 direct jobs with a multiplier effect of 386,016 total state jobs related to commercial aviation, according to a new report by the California Airports Council. The report covers the 30 commercial service airports in the state, all of which also serve general aviation.

FAA to close 149 towers

Article | Mar 21, 2013

The FAA on March 22 announced the 149 federal contract towers that will be closing as a result of sequestration. The impacted towers will close over a four-week period beginning April 7.

Moran punches new holes in tax ‘loophole’ charge

Advocacy | Mar 07, 2013

Another defender of general aviation in Congress has struck back at attempts to characterize the industry as a beneficiary of tax loopholes and other economic favoritism.

Letters

Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 2013

From our January cover story on the Czech Republic-designed Bristell to a look at the Cessna Skycatcher as a trainer and an industry overview, we focused on the LSA market. I was disappointed to see the Bristell LSA on the cover of AOPA Pilot.

General aviation defended against ‘loophole’ charge

Advocacy | Feb 21, 2013

Senate Finance Committee member Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) voiced exasperation with the Obama administration for "seemingly endless attacks" on the aviation industry in public statements and proposals to reduce the federal deficit.

TSA chief urged to break security plan impasse

Advocacy | Feb 21, 2013

Restrictive security rules in effect at Colorado's Grand Junction Regional Airport have choked off access to general aviation facilities, killing off businesses and driving other tenants from the premises, said AOPA and elected officials in letters urging the head of the Transportation Security Administration to intercede in stalled local efforts to fix the problem.

Proposed F-16 squadron relocation raises safety concerns

Advocacy | Feb 21, 2013

AOPA identified safety, environmental, and airspace-access issues that should be addressed in an environmental impact study of an Air Force proposal to move its 18th Aggressor Squadron from Eielson Air Force Base to Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Alaska.

Across general aviation, 'sequester' impacts loom

Advocacy | Feb 14, 2013

With a March deadline fast approaching for once-unthinkable automatic federal budget cuts under sequestration, AOPA and the GA community are sizing up the possible impact. Could 2,000 controllers lose their jobs? Would more than 200 airports lose their tower? And could it be the end of airshows?

Sanctuary boundary study raises new overflight concerns

Advocacy | Jan 10, 2013

The possible expansion of boundaries of two national marine sanctuaries in California could result in new restrictions on overflights of the affected areas, AOPA said.

Oceanside renames airport to honor former Tuskegee Airman

Advocacy | Jan 08, 2013

California’s Oceanside City council has renamed Oceanside Municipal Airport to honor former Tuskegee Airman Bob Maxwell for his efforts to save the facility from closure in 2006.

AOPA Legacy Society assures GA’s future

Article | Dec 20, 2012

Here’s a good reason to act on the decision to make a long-term commitment to support general aviation: GA pilots are helping science improve the health of our planet.

Coast-to-coast efforts boost safety, economies in 2012

Advocacy | Dec 18, 2012

AOPA’s new regional managers worked with headquarters staff to defend pilots’ access to airports, promote tax and economic policies that keep the general aviation industry healthy, and keep the skies safe for GA pilots.

Colorado measuring economic clout of aviation

Advocacy | Dec 13, 2012

In Colorado, the state's Division of Aeronautics is asking airport users to participate in its research for a 2013 Economic Impact Study for Colorado Airports.

'Hat in the Ring' invests in aviation's future

Article | Dec 13, 2012

Don Bernard likes to say that submarines and aircraft have a lot in common. The medium in which they operate may differ, but with the right skills and instruments, you can get them where they are going.