May 22, 2012
By Dan Namowitz
The Pennsylvania House passed a bill, by a vote of 179 to 19, to exempt aircraft purchases and maintenance from the state’s 6-percent sales tax in action supporters said would return jobs and competitiveness to the state’s aviation industry.
AOPA and the Aviation Council of Pennsylvania have aggressively worked for passage of House Bill 1100 since its introduction in April 2011. The bill cleared the House May 21 and will now be referred to the Senate. The measure was sponsored by Rep. Peter J. Daley (D-Donora), and has been supported by about 60 co-sponsors from both sides of the aisle.
AOPA reported in October 2011 that during hearings, legislators heard testimony from businesses and aviation colleges who said that while other northeastern states passed competitive provisions, Pennsylvania was experiencing a flight of aviation companies and skilled industry workers.
Mark Kimberling, AOPA director of state government affairs, testified before a House committee that while Pennsylvania has more airports than states like Connecticut and Massachusetts, they have significantly fewer aviation workers employed in the state, who work elsewhere for “good, livable wages.”
Kimberling also recently visited Harrisburg to meet with House leadership on the issue, whom he states, are “fully committed to the legislation as a vitally important jobs measure.” Kimberling went on to say that AOPA and the Aviation Council of Pennsylvania will now turn their full attention to the Senate.
Dan Namowitz is an aviation writer and flight instructor. He has been a pilot since 1985 and an instructor since 1990.
The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) welcomed a Sept. 18 Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announcement that it would host a “call to action summit” to address the barriers and potential challenges associated with equipping tens of thousands of aircraft for Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) by the Jan. 1, 2020 deadline. ADS-B is a critical component of the NextGen air traffic modernization program.
The FAA announced Sept. 18 that it would host a “call to action summit” to address the barriers and potential challenges associated with equipping tens of thousands of aircraft for ADS-B, a move welcomed by AOPA.
Changes to departure and arrival procedures in Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport airspace will take effect Sept. 18, and AOPA is cautioning pilots to plan ahead for the new procedures.
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