March 14, 2012
By Dan Namowitz
Aircraft owners in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough of Alaska will save $75 to $125 a year on registration fees now that the Borough Assembly has voted to repeal a registration tax.
The unopposed vote March 6 came as a result of the Mat Su Aviation Advisory Committee’s efforts to call attention to the tax as a drag on the local area’s aviation economy. The committee had passed a resolution advocating repeal—and Borough Assembly member Darcie Salmon followed up by introducing legislation proposing the registration fee’s repeal. Nine of 10 residents who spoke at a public hearing before the vote supported repeal.
Owners of single-engine aircraft registered in the borough will save $75 a year on the repealed tax; twin owners will save $125, with the savings perhaps drawing other aircraft to be based in the borough.
AOPA supported the tax repeal in a letter from Alaska Regional Manager Tom George to the Borough Assembly. Airport Support Network volunteers Dave Earl of Palmer Municipal Airport, and Jane Dale of Willow also rallied support.
AOPA credited the aviation advisory committee for its effective work on the issue, and encourages the borough to continue developing its aviation system plan intended to accumulate information on the economic impact of aviation to the borough.
Advocacy and Legislation
A House bill that would force FAA to go through the rulemaking process before imposing new policies for sleep disorders has passed a key committee.
The House has passed a bill requiring the TSA to consult stakeholders, including general aviation representatives, before making major changes to security policy.
Senators are demanding a written response from the Department of Homeland Security about unwarranted stops of general aviation aircraft by DHS and Customs and Border Protection.
AOPA thanks our members for their continued support in protecting the freedom to fly.