NBAA, the New York Aviation Management Association and the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association have lobbied the New York state legislature to review aviation taxing procedures, with an eye toward eliminating the current tax on fuel and services. New legislation has been proposed, known as the New York Senate Aviation Industry Tax Cuts Proposal. The new rule would eliminate the business tax on all jet fuel and 100LL effective next year.
NBAA today unveiled some long-anticipated potential changes to GA security. New security measures could include required government approval for all flights on a flight-by-flight basis and freedom for the federal government to access internal documents and implement and modify operators’ security procedures.
According to the National Air Transportation Association (NATA), Reps. Don Young (R-Alaska), chairman of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, and John Mica (R-Fla.), chairman of the house subcommittee on aviation, sent a letter to Transportation Security Administration (TSA) acting Administrator David Stone.
The House aviation subcommittee plans to hold a hearing at the behest of Rep. William Lipinski (D-Ill.) to address the congressman’s grievances over Independence Air’s peak-hour slots at Chicago O’Hare Airport. In a letter to subcommittee chairman Rep.
• The Senate by a vote of 53-46 rejected new laws pertaining to immigration. The vote, which pundits consider a crushing defeat for President Bush, fell 14 votes shy of the 60 needed to limit debate and establish an up-or-down vote. Senate majority leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) had no choice but to pull the bill for the second time in a month.
In a first for an avionics installer, Duncan Aviation has certified and installed the Universal Avionics EFI-890R retrofit cockpit system in a customer Challenger 600. Part of Duncan’s so-called Glass Box Project–which seeks to pair appropriate avionics upgrade hardware with various business airplanes–the Challenger cockpit features four 8- by 9-inch LCD flight displays and a 4- by 6-inch MFD-640 multifunction display.
Before bailing out last month for the usual summer vacation, the House and Senate took no action on the tax bill that would have extended the bonus depreciation benefits allowance. Extension of the bonus depreciation benefits for certain business aircraft buyers is part of a larger tax package to be decided, and that is being held up by battles over items unrelated to the bonus depreciation.
Industry reaction to last week’s Senate Finance Committee hearing to discuss FAA reauthorization and the prospect of user fees was as strong as the statements some senators made during the hearing.
The House Committee on Appropriation has approved legislation that in part supports reimbursing general aviation businesses at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport and several surrounding general aviation airports for economic losses incurred as a result of security restrictions imposed after the 9/11 terror
• Congressional debates on war funding consumed much of lawmakers’ time and much national media attention. The House passed the $504 billion National Defense Authorization Act by a vote of 397-27. The bill included $141.8 billion for military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan for Fiscal Year 2008. It now moves to the Senate.