February 7, 2012
By Dan Namowitz
Two AOPA-backed bills—one providing aviation sales-tax relief and the other establishing funding sources for airport ground-access maintenance—have won overwhelming passage in the Indiana House and are now before the Senate.
House Bill 1325, providing a sales- and use-tax exemption for out-of-state aircraft flown into Indiana for “aircraft completion work,” passed 89-8 on Jan. 31. The measure is seen boosting business prospects for the state’s 67 repair stations.
The same day, House Bill 1307 passed 96-0. It would allow money from the state highway fund to be used for “construction, reconstruction, operation and maintenance” of ground access points to Indiana’s airports.
Both bills have been referred to the Senate Tax and Fiscal Policy Committee.
Mark Kimberling, AOPA director of state government affairs, and Bryan Budds, AOPA’s Great Lakes regional manager, traveled to Indianapolis to urge support for the bills.
“AOPA will remain engaged with key legislators as the bills are taken up by the Senate,” Kimberling said.
The movement to exempt thousands of general aviation pilots from the third class medical certification process is gaining momentum in Congress and the aviation community.
The recent warrantless stops and searches of law-abiding pilots on general aviation flights have drawn the attention of mainstream media.
Santa Monica will appeal a court decision dismissing a lawsuit seeking to release the city from its obligation to keep SMO open and operating.
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