Perhaps she didn’t know what crowd she was addressing, but Transportation Secretary Mary Peters voiced disapproval of the recently passed House FAA reauthorization bill (H.R.2881) at today’s opening ceremonies of the 60th annual NBAA Convention in Atlanta.
The German government’s Federal Office of Defense Technology and Procurement (BWB) has named Lufthansa Technik AG the prime contractor for modernization of the medium-range fleet of the Ministry of Defense’s Special Mission Wing. The BWB has been negotiating contractual terms with Lufthansa for the procurement, completion and technical support of two Airbus A319 Corporate Jetliners and four Bombardier Global 5000s.
General aviation late last week won a major battle, but not yet the entire war, against user fees. The House of Representatives last Thursday approved H.R.2881, the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2007, and the next morning the Senate Finance Committee drastically modified the tax provisions in its companion bill, S.1300.
A new company called Phoenix Skyplan has joined the ranks of flight planning, handling and fuel sourcing providers. The new venture is a strategic partnership between Calgary, Alberta-based Skyplan and Phoenix Fuel of Sheridan, Wyo. Exhibiting here at the Phoenix Fuel booth (No.
The U.S. Air Force’s T-6 program office has suspended deliveries of the Hawker Beechcraft T-6A Texan II single-engine turboprop trainer “pending investigation of contract delivery issues,” according to a spokesman at the Air Force Air Education & Training Command (AETC). The AETC currently operates 320 T-6As for Air Force specialized undergraduate pilot training, and the U.S.
Al Pod, former president and CEO of NetJets subsidiary Executive Jet Management, has been named to conduct an examination of potential opportunities for NetJets fractional-share operations in China. “We have looked at China in the past,” NetJets president Jim Christiansen said, “and until now we had felt that we weren’t ready or perhaps China wasn’t ready.” Pod is being tapped to lead the six-month study.
The House of Representatives this afternoon approved an FAA reauthorization bill that raises the tax on jet-A from 21.8 to 35.9 cents a gallon and the tax on avgas from 19.3 to 24.1 cents a gallon. To the relief of general aviation, it contains no user fees and no concessions to the airlines. The airline taxes–including 7.5 percent on tickets and 4.3 cents a gallon on jet fuel–will remain at existing levels.
Congress has begun hashing out the final act in the most recent FAA funding battle. Bills in the House and the Senate are scheduled for votes and the differing measures could proceed to a joint House-Senate conference committee for final resolution later this fall. Some Capitol Hill observers expect that a conference agreement could be reached before the end of this month.
The House Ways and Means Committee today passed H.R.3539, a tax code modification companion bill to H.R.2881, the House FAA reauthorization legislation. In a victory for general aviation groups, the committee voted to keep airline taxes, including the airline fuel tax, at existing levels. Under the legislation, avgas taxes would increase from 19.3 to 24.1 cents per gallon and the jet-A tax would rise from 21.8 to 35.9 cents per gallon.
The Republic of China Air Force (ROCAF) of Taiwan recently displayed during public days at several ROCAF bases a new configuration of its Indigenous Defense Fighter (IDF), with three 250-pound bombs on the centreline. Taiwan wants to upgrade the ROCAF to meet a growing military threat from mainland China, but progress has been slow.