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
The concept of implementing STCs on previously modified aircraft is known as "layering STCs," and doing it properly is paramount to safety.
The reopening of the government on Oct. 17 was welcomed by an aviation industry eager to get back to normal business.
The FAA's aircraft registry's closure under the government shutdown precludes aircraft deliveries and could freeze transactions affecting as many as 130 aircraft.
AOPA thanks our members for their continued support in protecting the freedom to fly.