March 20, 2008
AOPA ePublishing staff
By AOPA ePublishing staff
The aviation community’s efforts have paid off. Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr., on March 17 signed a bill, H.B.365, which directs more of Utah’s aviation-related revenue into the aeronautics fund.
The good news is the new law doesn’t change the amount of tax paid by pilots, but more of that money will be used to build, improve, and maintain the state’s public-use airports. More money will also be available to match state and federal grants for airport improvement projects.
“Allocating money generated by aviation to aviation use just makes sense,” said Stacy Howard, AOPA western regional representative. “By putting more money into the aeronautics fund, without increasing the tax burden on pilots, Utah is ensuring the health of its air transportation system.”
AOPA had written to the Utah House Revenue and Taxation Committee endorsing the bill, which received broad support from the aviation community.
March 20, 2008
Flying over Manhattan en route to Nantucket for the event. Nantucket Flying Association President Chris McLaughlin introduces the documentary "Shady Lady" before a packed audience at the Dreamland Theater.
A lot can happen on a 10-minute first flight. According to 12-year-old Landon Howard, he grew wise beyond his years during a short flight in a Mooney over Frederick and Middletown, Md., June 8 during Learn to Fly Day at AOPA’s headquarters at Frederick Municipal Airport.
It could be the perfect two-week getaway: a free trip to France to participate in the Tour Aerien Des Jeunes Pilotes. One American pilot between the ages of 18 and 24 will have the opportunity to fly in an air race in France from July 15 through 28.