March 24, 2005
Telling state lawmakers that "general aviation is a necessity, not a luxury," AOPA has voiced its strong opposition to an Oregon bill that would impose a new tax on a range of so-called luxury items, including aircraft.
"To thousands of Oregonians in virtually every community and corner of the state, access to a small general aviation airplane is a necessity, rather than a 'luxury,'" said Roger Cohen, AOPA vice president of regional affairs. "In some remote areas of the state, general aviation represents perhaps the sole means of transportation."
House Bill 3254 would arbitrarily impose a new, unspecified tax on many luxury items from fur coats to submarines, but it would hit general aviation hard. Airplanes, gliders, kitplanes, hang gliders, and sightseeing and recreational flights all would be taxed.
But the current wording in the bill also would impose the tax on aircraft used for vital services. Many communities depend on general aviation aircraft for emergency and medical transportation, business purposes, firefighting, law enforcement, and security support. The state's agriculture and forestry industries also are heavily dependent on general aviation.
March 24, 2005
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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