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YORK FLIGHT SCHOOLS FACE TAX FIGHT
A New York state flight
school owner says he'll be forced to close at the end of June because of
a new sales tax ruling that has already cost schools and individual
aircraft owners thousands of dollars. Bob Miller, who owns Bob Miller
Flight Training in Buffalo, said in an
interview with AVweb he predicts flight schools all over the
state will be forced to close. He also said aircraft owners involved in
leaseback arrangements with schools will be hit with taxes and penalties
that will force them to cancel their deals with the schools because of a
new interpretation of the sales tax code on flight school aircraft.
Miller said that until this week, aircraft purchased for use for flight
training were exempt from the 8.75 percent sales tax as were the lease
payments schools paid aircraft owners for using the planes. But the
state has changed its mind on the exemption. "This wasn't a change in
the law, this is just some bureaucrat's new interpretation," he said.
They've also made the ruling retroactive, Miller said.
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TOXIC TAX IN NEW YORK?
A Buffalo flight school owner says the
state is trying to balance its budget on the backs of flight school
owners and those who lease their aircraft to flight schools.
AVweb's Russ Niles spoke with Bob Miller about New York
state's retroactive re-interpretation of the sales tax code.
Pilot's Guide to
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The 2012-13 edition of the Aircraft Electronics Association
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SEEKS NEW GA FUEL PROPOSALS
The FAA on Monday asked the
world's fuel producers to submit proposals for new fuels that could
replace 100LL in the general aviation fleet by 2018, a move that GA
advocacy groups greeted with enthusiasm. The FAA said it will assess
each of the candidate fuels, taking into account production and
distribution infrastructure, impact on the environment, toxicology, and
economic considerations. "General aviation is vital to the U.S.
economy," said Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. "We need to work
with industry to develop an unleaded fuel that advances aviation safety
and improves the environment." The General Aviation Avgas Coalition
described the move as a "significant step" in the search for an unleaded
aviation gasoline that will perform adequately in all types of general
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PROPOSES TO OK EFVS FOR ZERO VISIBILITY
A new rule proposed by the FAA this week would permit
aircraft to land at airports with zero visibility using an Enhanced
Flight Vision System. The proposal also would allow commercial operators
to dispatch aircraft when the destination airport is forecast to be
below minimums, and would establish training and proficiency criteria
for pilots. An EFVS uses real-time imagery derived from imaging sensors
such as forward-looking infrared, millimeter wave radiometry, millimeter
wave radar, or low-level-light intensification, the FAA said. Synthetic
vision systems, which create a computer-generated image of the external
scene derived from a database of terrain and obstacles, are not included
in the new rule. More...
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FIRST FLIGHT FRIDAY
It's been a few years since there was a
first flight of a clean sheet airliner design but it seems likely there
will be two by the end of the month. Airbus announced the first flight
of its A350 will be June 14 at 10 a.m. in Toulouse, France. Assuming
that goes well, the A350 will become the main attraction at the Paris
Air Show, which starts June 17. The company rolled out the prototype of
the XWB (extra wide body) aircraft a month ago with a full paint job and
the aircraft has been undergoing ground tests. The A350 is a direct
challenge to the Boeing 787 Dreamliner and the highly successful Boeing
777, a new model of which will be on display at Paris. Meanwhile, in
Canada, Bombardier is planning to fly its new CSeries single-aisle
airliner by the end of the month. More...
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RELEASES LEGACY 500 SHORT FILM
Embraer has released a splashy new promotional video featuring its business
jet spokesman, actor Jackie Chan. The video, described by Embraer as a
"cinematic short film," has the production values of a Hollywood trailer
and packs a plot, special effects and generous views of the cabin into a
six-minute package aimed at getting across the leading-edge technology
of the Legacy 500 business jet. More...
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'AVIATION CONSUMER' WANTS TO HEAR ABOUT YOUR PIPER WARRIOR
Our sister publication, Aviation
Consumer, is doing a Used Aircraft Guide on the Piper Warrior and is
looking for input from Warrior owners and pilots. They want to know what
it's like to fly and/or own a Warrior. How does it handle? How much does
it cost to operate, maintain, and insure? What suggestions would you
give to a person considering buying one? If you'd like your airplane to
appear in the magazine, send along any photographs you'd care to share
-- as high-res as possible. Comments on mods, support organizations, and
anything you feel is pertinent to the Warrior are welcomed. Send your
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CIRRUS SR22T G5 FLIGHT REVIEW
The 2013 Generation
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increase and extra seating. Aviation Consumer's Larry Anglisano
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of recent improvements that could make the G5 SR22 the best Cirrus yet.
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