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DEPRECIATION EXTENSION INTRODUCED
A bipartisan bill to extend
bonus depreciation on aircraft purchases has been introduced in the
Senate and the General Aviation Manufacturers Association is rooting for
its passage. The bill was introduced by Senate Finance Committee
Chairman Max Baucus, D-Mont., and ranking member Chuck Grassley. Bonus
depreciation allows aircraft buyers to depreciate their purchase 50
percent in the first year instead of spreading the depreciation over
five years. It was introduced in 2008 as part of the stimulus package
and extended through 2009. "Bonus depreciation is a powerful incentive
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SAYS PILOT SHORTAGE LOOMING
Cessna CEO Jack Pelton has been
necessarily concerned about a shortage of customers in the past 18
months but he's shifted his gaze to a new threat on the horizon and
that's a shortage of pilots. Pelton told the Aero Club of Washington (PDF) this week that the FAA estimates the number of
student pilots will hit a 10-year low this year. "This is a problem for
all of us in aviation, and all of us should be part of the solution,"
Pelton said. "Fewer pilots equate to less business for all of us, and it
threatens the strong, sustainable aviation system our nation counts on."
He said the military no longer trains enough pilots to fill airline
cockpits and GI Bill-type incentives are a thing of the past. GA groups
have created numerous programs to try to stimulate growth in pilot
numbers but Pelton said now it's time the government stepped up.
"Congress should give serious consideration to permitting flight
training under the Post 9/11 GI Bill," he said. "We need legislation
that fosters and stimulates our industry. More...
ECAS 2010 Light Jets
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event coincides with the 100th anniversary of flying in Sweden. Light
jets take off in Europe, and this international two-day conference will
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BUSINESS SERVICE MAY EXPAND
British Airways' nine-month-old
experiment with a business jet-style service between the convenient
London City Airport and JFK has apparently been successful enough that
the airline is considering similar service to Boston, Chicago and
Washington. The Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation says BA is
reporting 75 percent loads on the New York route which harkens to the
golden age of aviation since it involves a fuel stop at Shannon,
Ireland. That's because the biggest airliner that can squeeze into
London City, sometimes referred to as a STOLport because of its six
degree approaches, is an A318. These aren't the usual A318 configuration
with cheek-to-cheek and knees-to-seat-ahead seating, however.
SOUGHT FOR SURVEY ON ICING
If you're a professional pilot,
the folks at Decision Research are hoping you'll take a few
minutes to complete their online
survey, and help NASA and the FAA to produce better training
products about aircraft icing. Those agencies want to create new courses
tailored to the needs of pilots who fly Part 135 and Part 91 corporate
and fractional operations in piston twin, turboprop, and business jet
aircraft. Your participation will help the team to determine what should
be in those training modules. The survey is fairly extensive and some of
the answers will require some thought. Robert Mauro, the senior research
scientist for the project, told AVweb the survey should take
about 20 minutes and it's completely anonymous. More...
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BANS 121.5 ELTS
The Federal Communications Commission took
the general aviation world by surprise when it said in a recent report it will prohibit the sale or use of 121.5 MHz
emergency locator transmitters, effective in August. The Aircraft Electronics Association said it just
learned of the new rule today, and has begun working with the FAA, FCC
and others to allow for timely compliance without grounding thousands of
general aviation aircraft. The 121.5 ELTs are allowed under FAA rules.
The FCC said its rules have been amended to "prohibit further
certification, manufacture, importation, sale or use of 121.5 MHz ELTs."
The FCC says that if the 121.5 units are no longer available, aircraft
owners and operators will "migrate" to the newer 406.0-406.1 MHz ELTs,
which are monitored by satellite, while the 121.5 frequency is not.
"Were we to permit continued marketing and use of 121.5 MHz ELTs ... it
would engender the risk that aircraft owners and operators would
mistakenly rely on those ELTs for the relay of distress alerts," the FCC
says. AOPA said today it is opposed to the rule change.
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