Eurocopter AS 350-B2, Meadview, Ariz., Aug.
A coalition of general aviation interests was successful in getting aircraft sales and use taxes repealed in Rhode Island when Gov. Donald Carcieri signed legislation that exempts the sale, storage, use or other consumption of new or used aircraft and aircraft parts from taxation. Labor charges continue to be exempt where they are separately stated by the seller.
The tax committee of the NBAA will host two events in conjunction with its 57th annual meeting and convention in Las Vegas in October. The NBAA 13th Annual Tax, Regulatory & Risk Management Conference (previously known as the NBAA Tax Conference) is scheduled for October 10 and 11 at the Las Vegas Hilton.
The two buildings that house the offices of the FAA in Washington have been named after the Wright brothers. The structures are situated along Independence Avenue, separated from each other by 7th Street.
When President Bush signed the FAA reauthorization act (generally known as Vision 100) late last year, the bill called on the agency to work with airports, communities and other agencies to protect the environment while sustaining the economic vitality that will result from continued growth of aviation.
• Congress recessed for about a week to celebrate the Fourth of July holiday and returned to face a full plate of pending legislation before recessing again from July 26 through early next month. As of June 25, the bill count in the House of Representatives rose to 4,753 and, in the Senate, to 2,606, which certainly gave legislators plenty to debate.
Our community will face greater change in the next 10 years than we experienced in the last 50. We will see new communications, navigation and surveillance equipment, as well as changes in piloting requirements and procedures. A new class of very light jets (VLJs) will emerge, and owner pilots will be operating them in airspace previously the pur-view of professionals.
Based on the success of the SpaceShipOne (SS1) suborbital craft’s ascent on June 21 (AIN, July, page 2)–becoming the first privately funded manned spacecraft to reach 100 km (328,000 feet)–designer Burt Rutan is confident that he and his company, Mojave, Calif.-based Scaled Composites, will win the $10 million Ansari X Prize by year-end.
Aircraft brokers can usually tell when the summer solstice has arrived by the lack of aircraft being sold, but, as some had earlier predicted, the historically inactive months of June and July have for many been indistinguishable from any other this year. While the total worldwide jet inventory level treaded water for the last few months, the deal flow has remained constant.
As of June 23, air carriers have begun using unique carrier codes when electronically transmitting advance passenger information system data to Customs & Border Protection. The change is required by new Security Directives and Emergency Amendments that require carriers to electronically send a master crew list and crew manifest data to the TSA. NBAA’s online APIS submission service has been modified to require an APIS carrier code.