March 19, 2004
March 17, 2004
The Honorable Larry Householder Speaker of the House Ohio House of Representatives 77 South High Street Columbus, OH 43266-0603
The Honorable Doug White President of the Senate Ohio Senate State House Columbus, OH 43215
The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) is the world's largest aviation organization representing the interests of more than 400,000 members nationwide, including more than 14,000 Ohio residents.
AOPA's Ohio based pilots are disappointed that neither the House nor Senate has yet to address or correct the inequitable aircraft registration fee in the FY 2005-2006 Capital Reappropriations (SB 189).
The existing "one-size fits all" registration fee assessed to aircraft, where a two-seat Piper Cub pays the same fee as a jumbo jet, bears no relation to the impact that aircraft has on the state airport system.
With the passage of last year's budget, aircraft registration fees are now deposited into a state DOT-administered fund for the purpose of maintaining airport runway and taxiways. However, since Ohio adopted the flat fee, owners of small aircraft have experienced an 800% increase in state fees, while large jets have seen their fees reduced! Much like a heavy semi-truck on the interstate causes more pavement damage than a passenger vehicle, the same can be said for larger planes on airport paved surfaces.
On behalf of our 14,000 Ohio-based members, we seek your leadership and support for rectifying this unfair fee structure that discriminates against small general aviation aircraft owners. We look forward to working with you to keep the state's aviation system, and the thousands of jobs it supports, safe, efficient and cost-effective.
Roger Cohen Vice President Regional Affairs
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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