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Aircraft ownership carries tax benefits

Article | Apr 06, 2015

There are sound financial reasons for aircraft ownership. Beyond the money saved on overnight trips, delays caused by airlines, and other miscellaneous expenses, owning an airplane has definite tax advantages.

Bill would impose escalating tax on leaded fuel

Advocacy | Apr 01, 2015

AOPA is urging members in Oregon to speak out against a proposed “punitive, non-specific and unreasonable increase” in the tax on avgas before a legislative committee considers the bill April 6.

North Dakota’s aviation growth presents challenges

Advocacy | Mar 25, 2015

A growing general aviation sector has an annual $1.5 billion impact in North Dakota, making support of the state’s 89 public-use airports a priority, AOPA said.

NY event focuses on aviation funding, competitiveness

Advocacy | Mar 18, 2015

More aviation jobs, a competitive tax structure, and a fully funded airport improvement program were objectives pressed at an Aviation Advocacy Day event in Albany, New York.

Tax exemption, liability protection bills backed in Missouri

Advocacy | Mar 18, 2015

Missouri aircraft dealers would sell more aircraft to out-of-state purchasers if lawmakers pass a bill exempting the sales from state sales-and-use taxes, AOPA said.

Aviation growing despite ‘muted recovery'

Article | Mar 17, 2015

The FAA sees a 'favorable' outlook for general aviation in its annual report, but fewer student and private pilots.

Question of the Month

Article | Mar 15, 2015

The Pittsburgh Flying Club is looking to get a new aircraft and Frank Beresnyak asked for help on the AOPA Facebook Flying Club page. He detailed the club’s current cost structure and what it would be for each aircraft and asked, “If given the choice between the 172 and 182, which would you choose? Would an increase in dues cause you to go elsewhere to rent/fly?” Several club members provided useful ideas on how to best make the decision.

Case closed

Advocacy | Mar 10, 2015

A New York pilot got more than he bargained for when he made a fuel stop in Pennsylvania on a flight to Chicago: a bill from the commonwealth demanding payment of a tax equal to 6 percent of the value of his Cessna 210N single-engine airplane.

Oregon aviation groups back fuel-tax increase

Advocacy | Mar 10, 2015

Influential members of Oregon’s aviation community have thrown their support behind proposed tax legislation that would provide about $8.5 million in additional revenue for airports.

Illinois bill would lower aviation taxes, support airports

Advocacy | Mar 10, 2015

A bill introduced in the Illinois Senate Feb. 18 would expand an aircraft maintenance sales tax exemption, lower taxes on aviation fuel, and dedicate fuel tax revenue to fund airport improvements.

P&E: Ownership

Pilot Magazine | Mar 10, 2015

For both buyers and sellers, there are things to know about hiring a broker that can make or break a deal.

Pilot Briefing: Saving Airports

Pilot Magazine | Mar 10, 2015

Fort Worth Alliance Airport opened on December 14, 1989, and celebrated its twenty-fifth anniversary last December.

Call me an optimist

Pilot Magazine | Mar 09, 2015

It seems appropriate, this spring, to talk about just how optimistic I am about getting third class medical reform. And I do believe we can get this done.

Sporty’s Foundation reports grants of $148,500

Article | Mar 06, 2015

Nonprofit aviation philanthropy The Sporty’s Foundation released an annual report for 2014 listing grants totaling $148,500.

AOPA Flight Training Loans

Video | Mar 06, 2015

The AOPA Finance Company is making flight training loans available at very reasonable rates. Loans can be used for all flying purposes, and are exclusive to AOPA members.

Robinson Helicopter betting on future growth

Article | Mar 04, 2015

Prolific helicopter manufacturer Robinson saw lower sales in 2014 on weak global demand, but a new engine deal and some aircraft options indicate a strong future.

‘Dominatrix of helicopters’ charges on

Article | Mar 04, 2015

Declaring this “a time for disruptors,” flamboyant MD Helicopters owner Lynn Tilton vowed to keep her storied company moving forward into her second decade of ownership.

Honeywell projects steady helicopter sales

Article | Mar 02, 2015

Despite a dramatic decline in 2014 helicopter deliveries, forecasters at Honeywell Aerospace project a steady stream of deliveries over the next five years.

Nevada lawmakers take up tax-abatement bill

Advocacy | Feb 26, 2015

AOPA told lawmakers that a tax-abatement bill introduced in Nevada would stimulate aviation business and make more services available to members.

Bill to raise aviation fuel tax opposed

Advocacy | Feb 26, 2015

Two bills that would increase aviation fuel taxes and tap some proceeds for nonaviation purposes could place New Mexico in conflict with federal grant guarantees.

Event promotes aviation in New Mexico

Advocacy | Feb 26, 2015

From celebration to legislation, aviation was in the spotlight at the state Capitol of New Mexico in Santa Fe on Feb. 20.

New medical insurance policy targets career risk for pilots

Article | Feb 26, 2015

AOPA has crafted a new insurance policy that takes the risk of losing your medical certificate out of a flying career.

Bills would lower tax on auto fuel used in aircraft

Advocacy | Feb 24, 2015

Legislation introduced in both houses of the Minnesota Legislature would tax automobile fuel used in approved aircraft at the same rate as aviation fuel.

Aircraft Spotlight

Article | Feb 15, 2015

The Cessna 150 has been used to teach pilots to fly for decades and is still going strong. It is durable, simple to fly to and inexpensive to operate. It may not be fancy, but most pilots have a soft spot for this reliable little trainer. Pocono Mountains Flying Club President Paul Houle shares how his club is creating new pilots with the venerable Cessna 150.

Club Spotlight

Article | Feb 15, 2015

When someone is willing to travel 90 miles to become a member of your club and take flight lessons, you must be doing something right. The Pocono Mountains Flying Club in northeast Pennsylvania is doing a lot right, and has a model worth replicating if you are interested in starting a club with low rates and a focus on flight training.

The big decision: Buy new or used?

Article | Feb 13, 2015

Is it better to buy new or used aircraft? It depends on the needs and budget of each individual pilot.

Montana funds airport improvements

Advocacy | Feb 12, 2015

Montana awarded more than $700,000 in grants and loans to airports across the state Jan. 22, reinvesting general aviation fuel taxes into the aviation system.

Drop in chopper shipments a concern, analyst says

Article | Feb 11, 2015

Analyst Brian Foley says a drop in shipments for helicopters as shown in the General Aviation Manufacturers Association report represents a concern for the future.

Ohio to consider fuel tax changes

Advocacy | Feb 10, 2015

An Ohio bill would require that some of the revenue from fuel taxes be reinvested in airport improvements.

Pennsylvania touts aviation sector

Advocacy | Feb 09, 2015

Pennsylvania economic development officials have taken another step in their effort to promote the competitive edge of the state’s $23.6 billion aviation sector.

Indiana bill would ensure sustainable aviation funding

Advocacy | Feb 09, 2015

An AOPA-backed bill in Indiana would require that state revenue from aviation fuel and sales-and-use taxes be deposited in the state airport development grant fund.

Acquisitions position Continental Motors in turbine sector

Article | Feb 09, 2015

Engine maintenance and repair company Continental Motors Services announced two related acquisitions that will expand its operations into the worldwide turbine-engine sales and service sector.

Made in Michigan

Pilot Magazine | Feb 06, 2015

After years of toiling at the bottom, Enstrom Helicopter is making a comeback.

Fresh Skyhawks for CAP

Article | Feb 05, 2015

Search and rescue remains a core function of the Civil Air Patrol, although the 21 new Cessna 172s recently purchased have a different mission.

Fuel sales expected to climb

Article | Feb 05, 2015

A majority of the nation's fixed-base operators surveyed by analysts expect to post an increase in fuel sales for 2015.

P&E Ownership

Pilot Magazine | Feb 04, 2015

By even the most optimistic estimates, it will take at least two more decades before Jet A becomes a dominant fuel in the U.S. piston aircraft fleet.

Pilot Briefing: Saving airports

Pilot Magazine | Feb 04, 2015

A little more than six years ago—on November 24, 2008—22 pilots at Sky Manor Airport invested enough deposit money to buy the privately owned Pittstown, New Jersey, facility.

No user fees in White House budget plan

Advocacy | Feb 03, 2015

For the first time in years, President Barack Obama's new budget proposal does not include any new user fees for general aviation.

The front lines

Pilot Magazine | Feb 03, 2015

Effectively addressing the challenges that GA faces today requires an army of missionaries to help AOPA advance the faith.

Aviation tax abatement sought in Nevada

Advocacy | Jan 28, 2015

An AOPA-backed bill would create a partial abatement of property or sales and use taxes for Nevada businesses that repair aircraft or components.

Aircraft taxes should go into aviation fund, AOPA says

Advocacy | Jan 28, 2015

Under a current Washington law, only 10 percent of the aircraft excise taxes that aircraft owners pay go to the Washington State Division of Aeronautics, while the other 90 percent go into the general fund. AOPA is advocating for legislation that would direct 100 percent of the tax to aviation use.

DOT sets date to complete review of proposed medical reforms

Advocacy | Jan 22, 2015

The Department of Transportation has announced plans to complete its review of proposed third class medical reforms on Jan. 26, even as AOPA pledges to keep pushing for legislative action.

Vision training

Article | Jan 21, 2015

Seven years of scientific research has produced a mobile application that significantly improved the vision of pilots, among other test subjects.

Florida tax exemption not being uniformly applied

Advocacy | Jan 20, 2015

AOPA is working to make sure that members are not taxed for tax-exempt aircraft parts and services in Florida.