October 2, 2005
AOPA is working with Ohio state officials to roll back the inequitable aircraft registration fee imposed in 2003. When the legislature changed the fee structure in 2002, an owner of a typical four-seat GA aircraft was hit with an 800-percent tax increase. Even more unfairly, a Cessna 172 owner now pays the same annual fee as the owner of a Boeing 767 cargo plane!
This week, AOPA legislative specialists huddled with Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) officials to discuss more equitable alternatives. "They recognize that Ohio aircraft owners need relief," said Roger Cohen, AOPA vice president of regional affairs, "and ODOT seems willing to work with AOPA to get this done."
Those officials have some self-interest in getting the change. Two years ago, when AOPA first tried to stop the legislation and then urged Gov. Bob Taft to veto it, the association predicted that many aircraft owners would register their aircraft outside of Ohio. "State aircraft registration is an ineffective means of government financing," AOPA President Phil Boyer told Taft at the time. As predicted, aircraft registrations - and fees collected - have dropped off markedly.
February 10, 2005
Bombardier has launched the 12-passenger Challenger 650 with an order from launch customer NetJets.
Sabreliner isn't just for Sabreliners anymore. New owners and management have recast it as a jet refurbishment and parts center.
Nextant, rebuilder of the Beechcraft Hawker 400 and King Air 90, has named Piedmont Aircraft as the eastern dealer for the Nextant 400XTi and the G90XT.
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