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June 26, 2003
Ohio Governor Bob Taft (R-Ohio) on Thursday signed his state's budget into law without vetoing a huge increase in the state's aviation registration fee. For the owner of a typical four-seat general aviation aircraft, that's going to mean paying more than 800 percent more the next time the aircraft is registered.
AOPA is exploring legislative options to reverse the fee increase.
In a letter to Taft, AOPA President Phil Boyer had said, "As Ohio celebrates 100 years of aviation, do not let the birthplace of aviation become the first state to tax it out of existence."
Under existing Ohio law, aircraft registration fees were determined with a sliding scale based on seating capacity. The owner of a Cessna 172, for instance, paid $12. A Gulfstream V owner paid $85. Under the new law, the 172 owner and the Gulfstream V owner will both pay $100.
"State aircraft registration is an ineffective means of government financing," said Boyer. "Attempting to fund aviation maintenance and repair through raising aircraft registration fees will cause aircraft operators to register their aircraft in neighboring states with more attractive fee schedules."
Only 10 percent of the aircraft excise taxes that Washington aircraft owners pay go to the Washington State Division of Aeronautics, while the other 90 percent go into the general fund. AOPA is advocating for legislation that would direct 100 percent of the tax to aviation use.
A Seattle pilot on a ferry flight from California to Maui deployed his airframe parachute near Hawaii and was videotaped by the Coast Guard.
Piper’s latest edition of the Meridian pressurized turboprop features updated avionics and six seats in club configuration for $2.26 million.
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