August 19, 2004
Good news for aircraft owners in the Empire State. GA aircraft are now exempt from New York state sales and use taxes on repairs, overhauls, and restoration. The law also exempts aircraft parts from sales tax. This tax break had been a top AOPA legislative priority (see " AOPA fights for GA tax break in New York"). AOPA Northeast Regional Representative Craig Dotlo and AOPA Vice President of Regional Affairs Roger Cohen lobbied New York lawmakers and state officials. AOPA also worked closely with the New York Aviation Management Association on the initiative.
"This puts New York on a par with neighboring states and will keep business in New York," said Cohen. "It will save aircraft owners up to $3 million a year."
The law takes effect December 1.
August 19, 2004
Environmental groups are asking the EPA to take another look at avgas even as a government-industry program moves closer to finding unleaded alternatives.
Collaboration between the German government, academia, and airplane manufacturers may make future aircraft cabins more protective of pilots and passengers. The Safety Box team plans to apply auto racing technology to general aviation.
A father and his 14-year-old son were helping another pilot ferry a newly purchased aircraft from California to their home field in Virginia. The three made an overnight stop in Albuquerque before flying on to Illinois for fuel. But shortly after they parked the aircraft in Marion, Ill., they were approached by as many as 18 uniformed and non-uniformed law enforcement officers who came running toward the airplane.
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