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Event launches Colorado’s spring flying season

Advocacy | Apr 17, 2015

Colorado aviators came together to strengthen ties, enhance safety of flight, and enjoy each other’s company in an annual meet-and-greet event at Denver’s Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport.

NY tax exemption saves aircraft owners thousands

Advocacy | Apr 15, 2015

New Yorkers who are considering buying an aircraft that will be based in the state can save at least 4 percent starting Sept. 1 since Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the aircraft sales-and-use tax exemption as part of the new state budget.

Controversial fee increases defeated in North Dakota

Advocacy | Apr 14, 2015

Legislation that would have cost AOPA members in North Dakota up to $175,000 in total increased aircraft registration charges has failed in the state Senate.

Oregon advances airfield protection

Article | Apr 14, 2015

A bill that would clarify protections for landowners who allow aircraft operations advanced in Oregon, unopposed in the state House of Representatives.

Bad bills beaten back in New Mexico

Advocacy | Apr 08, 2015

New Mexico will not increase taxes on aviation fuels and divert the fresh funds to other parts of the state budget, thanks in part to AOPA's protests of proposed legislation.

States value aviation

Advocacy | Apr 07, 2015

States across the country are again declaring the value of aviation, including jobs and other economic benefits that aviation creates or makes possible.

Aviation tax cut included in NY budget

Advocacy | Apr 01, 2015

After more than a decade of advocacy, a hard-won aircraft sales-and-use tax exemption has passed the New York legislature as part of a new budget.

Michigan liability protection bill clears House committee

Advocacy | Mar 25, 2015

A bill to provide liability protection for Michigan landowners who permit public use of their airstrips for recreational aviation has gained a legislative committee's approval.

Zoning threatens Washington airport

Advocacy | Mar 20, 2015

AOPA is working with local residents in Eatonville, Washington, to prevent changes to a development plan that would adversely affect Swanson Airport.

NY event focuses on aviation funding, competitiveness

Advocacy | Mar 18, 2015

More aviation jobs, a competitive tax structure, and a fully funded airport improvement program were objectives pressed at an Aviation Advocacy Day event in Albany, New York.

Tax exemption, liability protection bills backed in Missouri

Advocacy | Mar 18, 2015

Missouri aircraft dealers would sell more aircraft to out-of-state purchasers if lawmakers pass a bill exempting the sales from state sales-and-use taxes, AOPA said.

Aviation bills backed in Texas

Advocacy | Mar 10, 2015

A series of bills that would protect pilots, aviation businesses, and landowners who welcome aviators are under consideration in Texas.

Oregon aviation groups back fuel-tax increase

Advocacy | Mar 10, 2015

Influential members of Oregon’s aviation community have thrown their support behind proposed tax legislation that would provide about $8.5 million in additional revenue for airports.

Protecting access in Michigan

Advocacy | Mar 10, 2015

Michigan lawmakers are considering a bill to protect private landowners who allow aircraft operations, and, in turn, protect backcountry access for aviators.

Illinois bill would lower aviation taxes, support airports

Advocacy | Mar 10, 2015

A bill introduced in the Illinois Senate Feb. 18 would expand an aircraft maintenance sales tax exemption, lower taxes on aviation fuel, and dedicate fuel tax revenue to fund airport improvements.

Nevada lawmakers take up tax-abatement bill

Advocacy | Feb 26, 2015

AOPA told lawmakers that a tax-abatement bill introduced in Nevada would stimulate aviation business and make more services available to members.

Bill to raise aviation fuel tax opposed

Advocacy | Feb 26, 2015

Two bills that would increase aviation fuel taxes and tap some proceeds for nonaviation purposes could place New Mexico in conflict with federal grant guarantees.

Event promotes aviation in New Mexico

Advocacy | Feb 26, 2015

From celebration to legislation, aviation was in the spotlight at the state Capitol of New Mexico in Santa Fe on Feb. 20.

West Virginia adds liability protection for airfield owners

Advocacy | Feb 26, 2015

West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin on Feb. 18 signed into law a bill that will add liability protection for land owners who allow aircraft operations at their privately owned airstrips and farms.

Bills would lower tax on auto fuel used in aircraft

Advocacy | Feb 24, 2015

Legislation introduced in both houses of the Minnesota Legislature would tax automobile fuel used in approved aircraft at the same rate as aviation fuel.

Bill would empower Maryland to remove air hazards

Advocacy | Feb 20, 2015

AOPA supports a Maryland bill that would give state aviation officials an air-safety exemption to a conservation law that controls the clearing of trees.

Aviation showcased at annual Kansas gathering

Advocacy | Feb 11, 2015

Yasmina Platt, AOPA’s Central-Southwest regional manager, was in Topeka, Kansas, on Feb. 3 to attend Kansas Aviation Day at the state Capitol building.

Ohio to consider fuel tax changes

Advocacy | Feb 10, 2015

An Ohio bill would require that some of the revenue from fuel taxes be reinvested in airport improvements.