June 18, 2008
By AOPA ePublishing staff
Members of the Massachusetts legislature have until the end of the month to hash out their budgetary differences, including whether to repeal a tax exemption on the sale of aircraft and parts.
A conference committee made up of members of the state House and Senate is working to hammer out an agreement on the entire state budget before July 1. The Senate preserved the tax exemption in its version of the budget while the House version would eliminate it, increasing the cost of buying, flying, and maintaining general aviation aircraft, and possibly forcing pilots to take their aircraft out of state for service.
AOPA has been working hard to persuade conferees to preserve the sales tax exemption, and AOPA Regional Representative Craig Dotlo has been in Boston meeting with lawmakers to educate them about the value of the tax exemption. AOPA is also asking members who have not already done so to contact their legislators and urge them to maintain the tax exemption.
The AOPA Medical Advisory Board is the latest group to urge quick action on the proposed FAA rule that would allow thousands more pilots to fly without the need for a third class medical certificate.
Mexico has lifted a requirement that pilots of arriving and departing private general aviation flights use a third party provider to file advance passenger information system (APIS) manifests.
The Perlan Project is less than a year away from the first flight of a glider being built to ride waves near the edge of space. While construction continues in Oregon, the team’s pilots are staying proficient in more ordinary aircraft.
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