June 24, 2005
Ohio aircraft owners could be getting some relief from outsized registration fees. The state's budget bill (House Bill 66), which includes a reduction of the aircraft license tax from a flat $100-per-aircraft to a $15-per-seat fee, was sent to Gov. Bob Taft Tuesday. AOPA state legislative experts have been working to reduce the tax since 2002, when state legislators increased it by 800 percent. (Before the switch to the flat fee, Ohio charged $3 per seat to register aircraft, a fee that hadn't increased since 1941.) "We again commend Gov. Taft, the Ohio Department of Transportation, and the General Assembly for listening to Ohio pilots and reducing the aircraft license tax," said Roger Cohen, AOPA vice president of regional affairs. "AOPA made mitigating the tax a top priority, and we're pleased that Ohio aircraft owners soon will experience some needed relief."
June 24, 2005
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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