AVwebBiz Complete Issue: Volume 8, Number 36

September 22, 2010

By The AVweb Editorial Staff
 
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Senate OKs Tax Break For Aircraft Sales

The Senate has OK'd the continuation of a tax break for companies that buy airplanes before the end of this year, and both the National Business Aviation Association and the General Aviation Manufacturers Association welcomed the news. The tax break, known as "bonus depreciation," allows companies to take a bigger tax deduction in the first year of ownership rather than spreading it over five years. One general aviation manufacturer said the provision helped close 55 percent of its aircraft sales last year, according to GAMA. "This incentive is a critically needed measure for bringing back jobs and boosting economic recovery in our industry," said GAMA President Pete Bunce. NBAA President Ed Bolen called on the House to quickly approve the House bill to allow time for sales to close before the end of the year.

"Accelerated depreciation is a proven investment incentive, and could significantly benefit the business aviation community," Bolen said. Aircraft purchased before the end of 2010 must be placed into service by the end of 2011 to use the bonus depreciation option. "Our industry has been waiting for this key measure to be passed to help in our recovery," said Bunce. "We look forward to swift passage of this bill in the House and to the president's signature on this important piece of legislation."

 
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Embry-Riddle to Expand? back to top 
 

ERAU Considers Third Campus

If there's any truth to the maxim that the right time to expand is when times are tough, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University may be poised to test that. The country's largest aviation education institution is considering a third campus to complement the current facilities in Daytona Beach and Prescott, Ariz. ERAU President John Johnson told the Daytona Beach News-Journal that Houston, Los Angeles and Rockford, Ill., are being considered for the new facility, which he said will be similar in scope to the Daytona main campus but much smaller. Johnson said the university is looking to serve untapped markets. "We are not expanding for the sake of expanding. We are trying to make it possible for students to get an Embry-Riddle education who currently would not come to either Daytona or Prescott," he said. Johnson said no decision has been made on whether to expand, much less where, but Rockford is rolling out the red carpet.

The town's airport, about 80 miles west of Chicago, is already used as a bizjet reliever airport and local officials clearly think ERAU would be a good fit. There's even talk of a taxpayer-funded $35 million building to lease to ERAU. "We are very impressed with some of the things they have to offer," Johnson said. "But we also have not ruled out Houston or Los Angeles either." The expansion discussions are going on even though enrollment is down slightly at both the main campuses and its satellite operations all over the world.

 
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Finding the Funds back to top 
 

Aspen Runway Extension Funding Possible

A runway extension at Aspen-Pitkin Regional Airport may happen sooner rather than later. Aspen officials have been told they may need a resolution in place to accept about $14 million in federal funding for the extra 1,000 feet of runway, which would allow larger regional airliners to use the airport, which serves popular resort areas in the region. Aspen was told earlier that it didn't make the funding list for this year but it now appears that some projects that were approved have been delayed. The FAA's fiscal year ends Sept. 30.

If the money is approved, crews would be able to get some preliminary work done on the project before the snow flies. The runway would be built over the water wells serving a neighboring community and a deal for alternative water service needs to be struck. Meanwhile, an airline service bottleneck has been solved for the coming winter. Republic/Frontier Airlines had planned to sell off all its Q400 aircraft and they were the only aircraft that could serve Aspen. That would have left United as the only airline with scheduled service. Republic/Frontier elected to hang on to enough turboprops to maintain service this winter. Delta Airlines has terminated service to Aspen.

 
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Not Everyone Is in Favor of Expansion ... back to top 
 

Neighbors Object To Long Beach Changes

Opposition is mounting to the FAA's proposal to greatly expand the Class C airspace around Long Beach Airport in California. Pilot groups, both local and national, have weighed in on the consequences for GA, which include the impact on local flight schools, which will have to go further afield for practice. The latest round of opposition is a natural extension of the shift in airspace use. Earlier this week, the six municipalities that surround Long Beach and will inherit the increased training and other light aircraft traffic all passed resolutions opposing the change.

The FAA says the change is needed to allow controllers to sort out the increasing mix of airline, business and recreational traffic around the popular airport. The comment period on the proposal has now ended and the final decision is expected soon.

 
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Who's Where back to top 
 

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AVweb Media: Look, Listen, Laugh and Learn back to top 
 

Video: An Illuminating Look at LED Landing Lights

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Help Us Celebrate AVweb's 15th Anniversary back to top 
 

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Names Behind the News back to top 
 

Meet the AVwebBiz Team

AVwebBiz is a weekly summary of the latest business aviation news, articles, products, features, and events featured on AVweb, the internet's aviation magazine and news service.

The AVwebBiz team is:

Publisher
Timothy Cole

Editorial Director, Aviation Publications
Paul Bertorelli

Editor-in-Chief
Russ Niles

Contributing Editors
Mary Grady
Glenn Pew

Features Editor
Kevin Lane-Cummings

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Contributors
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