February 18, 2009
Illinois State Rep. LaShawn K. Ford (D-8th district) has introduced legislation that classifies general aviation airplanes costing more than $500,000 as “luxury items,” and proposes an additional 5-percent sales tax—on top of the 7.25-percent sales tax already in effect.
According to the language in Ford’s bill (Illinois H.B.451), general aviation airplanes are luxury items just like “fur clothing” and “jewelry.”
AOPA has written to the committee, explaining that the tax increase would be a hindrance to the economic recovery in Illinois. AOPA Great Lakes Regional Representative Bill Blake will be following up with the committee. The association will continue to work to defeat this bill and reach out to decision makers across the nation to correct this misguided perception of general aviation. It’s this sort of prejudice that creates an environment conducive to excessive taxes on general aviation. Ford’s legislation has been referred to committee, but no hearing or vote has yet been scheduled.
Advocacy and Legislation
AOPA is asking the FAA to withdraw a proposed airworthiness directive that could affect thousands of ECi cylinders.
AOPA is looking to the Michigan Senate for “refinement” of proposals amended unfavorably in last-minute House action.
The General Aviation Pilot Protection Act would allow pilots to use the driver’s license medical standard for noncommercial VFR flights in aircraft weighing up to 6,000 pounds with no more than six seats, as long as they carry five or fewer passengers, fly below 14,000 feet msl, and fly no faster than 250 knots.
AOPA thanks our members for their continued support in protecting the freedom to fly.