Aircraft owners in the U.S. are bristling after the Federal Communications Commission last month announced plans to impose a total ban on the “certification, manufacture, importation, sale or continued use of 121.5-MHz ELTs.” FAA regulations require U.S.-registered aircraft to carry fixed emergency locator transmitters, but the rule doesn’t specify whether they should operate on 121.5 or 406 MHz.
Another casualty of the economic downturn could be funding for necessary airport infrastructure projects, according to Kathryn Solee, director of operations for the National Association of State Aviation Officials.
The Indianapolis Police Department’s four helicopters have been grounded since earlier this year after its aviation insurance was allowed to expire. Police officials cited budget constraints.
The recently passed Senate FAA reauthorization bill eliminates the so-called fuel fraud tax that has been causing major annoyance and expense for U.S. FBOs, according to the National Air Transportation Association. The bill does increase fuel taxes to 36 cents from 22 cents per gallon.
At press time, NBAA and other aviation alphabet groups continued to fight a proposed bill in the Washington state legislature that would impose a 0.5-percent excise tax on aircraft in the state. House Bill 3176 and accompanying Senate Bill 6873 would base this annual tax on the most recent sales price, depreciated via a state-mandated schedule.
Debate on S.1451, a bill that would reauthorize FAA spending and programs for two years, began this morning on the Senate floor.
NBAA issued a call to action to oppose a proposed bill in the Washington state legislature that would impose a 0.5-percent excise tax on aircraft in the state. House Bill 3176 (HB 3176) and accompanying Senate Bill 6873 (SB 6873) would impose this annual tax, according to the most recent sales price, depreciated via a state-mandated schedule.
Signature Flight Support is working with the UK Border Agency and Technology Store to test a new system allowing processing of international passengers 24/7 at the FBO’s London Luton facility. During the trial, which began in January, arriving passengers don’t have to go to an immigration office but are processed remotely from the Signature FBO via secure video link. The trial will last for six months.
Research conducted by Frost & Sullivan has found that a growing population of wealthy individuals and improving government regulations are making their mark on the business aviation market. As a result of these trends, a greater adoption rate of private business jets can be seen in Asia-Pacific.