February 8, 2008
By Elizabeth A Tennyson
Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick wants to repeal a sales tax exemption that has spurred aviation growth in the state, but AOPA is urging the governor to reconsider his plan. Since 2002, aircraft and aircraft parts sold in Massachusetts have been exempt from the state’s 5-percent sales tax, a move that has made aircraft, maintenance, and flight instruction more affordable. Since the exemption was enacted, the number of based aircraft has increased by 40 percent, while the multiengine fleet and the number of business-owned aircraft have doubled. The governor’s proposed budget, which would rescind the tax exemption, is in the hands of the state legislature. AOPA is pressing the governor and lawmakers to oppose repealing the tax exemption, pointing out the economic benefits it has brought by supporting aviation growth in the state.
February 8, 2008
Director of Government Affairs and Executive Communications Elizabeth Tennyson joined AOPA in 1998, the same year she earned her private pilot certificate. She also holds an instrument rating and enjoys jumping out of planes almost as much as flying them.
From the NBAA convention in Orlando, a look at some new aircraft that are actually flying. NTSB chairman worries about automation causing a lack of professionalism and diminishing safety. Controlling the aircraft with the sound of your voice.
Nextant Aerospace, adding a remanufactured King Air to its remanufactured Hawker 400 offering, says the King Air (Nextant G90XT) will fly early next year.
Greg Pecoraro, AOPA vice president of airports and state advocacy, brought Indiana aviation community members up to date on the association’s initiatives.
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