July 10, 2008
By AOPA ePublishing staff
More money can be set aside for aviation use under new legislation signed by Missouri Gov. Matt Blunt.
S.B.930, signed by the governor on July 3, raises the cap on the state’s aviation trust fund from $6 million to $10 million annually and provides other benefits for general aviation, including a sales tax exemption on certain aircraft parts to take effect Jan. 1, 2009, and last until Jan. 1, 2015. The measure also increases the number of aircraft owners who can apply for a refund of the property tax paid on their aircraft.
“This measure supports general aviation in two critical ways—returning money generated by aviation back to the aviation trust fund and making aircraft ownership more affordable,” said Greg Pecoraro, AOPA vice president of regional affairs.
AOPA has actively supported S.B.930 as it made its way through the legislative process and appreciates the leadership of Rep. Neal St. Onge, Sen. Bill Stouffer, and the Missouri Department of Transportation.
A new FAA policy on obstructive sleep apnea that addresses many of the concerns raised by AOPA is scheduled to take effect March 2.
AOPA and the National Business Aviation Association have jointly filed an amicus, or friend of the court, brief in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals as part of the ongoing legal battle over the future of Santa Monica Municipal Airport.
AOPA worked with the flight training industry and FAA to quickly resolve a problem that suddenly put many rating applications on hold.
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