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CONGRESS, A MOVE AGAINST USER FEES
U.S. Rep. Jerry Costello,
D-Ill., and Rep. Tom Petri, R-Wis., senior members of the House
Transportation Committee, are circulating a letter among fellow
lawmakers asking them to join their effort to persuade President Barack
Obama to avoid general aviation user fees in the next federal budget.
Costello said he favors maintaining the current mechanism of using fuel
taxes to support the Aviation Trust Fund. "We want to reiterate that a
user-fee proposal would be a step backward," said Costello. "This is an
issue that we have had bipartisan agreement on in recent years and there
is no reason to reconsider it. I will not support a budget or an FAA
Reauthorization bill that includes user fees." More...
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STEALTH FIGHTER FLIES
China's stealth fighter, the J-20, has
flown for the first time, Chinese officials said on Tuesday. The
15-minute flight took place Tuesday morning from the Chengdu airfield
where it was seen last
week. Chinese President Hu Jintao confirmed that the first flight
had taken place when asked by U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates, who
is in China this week. Hu said it was coincidental that it occurred
during Gates' visit. The J-20 appears to be a stealth fighter, but
defense experts have said the aircraft appears to be less advanced than
U.S. fighters. China's own defense minister, Gen. Liang Guanglie, said
this week that China is not an "advanced" military force. "The gap
between us and that of advanced countries is at least two to three
decades," he said, according to The Guardian. More...
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EYES REPEALING PLANE TAX
While it may have seemed like a good
time when it was introduced, Maine legislators on both sides of the
house now seem unified in getting rid of a controversial "use tax" on
private aircraft. The difference between then
and now is that Maine is trying to build an aerospace industry and the
tax will almost certainly get in the way of that. "Maine's got a big
black star over it, because we're the only state in New England that
still charges this tax," Sen. Stan Gerzofsky told the Times Record. Under the law, anyone who's purchased
an airplane in the previous year in a state that doesn't charge sales
tax on airplanes and has it Maine for more than 20 days will be sent a
bill for 5 percent of the value of the aircraft by the state. "I've seen
some pretty tall sales tax bills go out to people who didn't know the
law and brought their planes here to get service or to go on vacation,"
Gerzofsky said. But what may have brought the issue more into focus for
Maine's lawmakers is the chilling effect it is having on the fledgling
aerospace industry. More...
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SHOULDER HARNESSES: NTSB
The NTSB is recommending the FAA
require retrofitting shoulder harnesses in all general aviation aircraft
that don't have them as the "cheapest and simplest" way of improving
crash survivability. In a study that was mainly focused on the potential
safety benefits of airbags in GA aircraft, the board determined that
while airbags will probably help, installation of shoulder harnesses in
lap-belt-equipped planes would make the biggest difference. "Based on an
analysis of over 37,000 GA accidents, the Board concluded that the risk
of fatal or serious injury was 50 percent higher when an occupant was
only restrained by a lap belt as compared to the combination lap belt
and shoulder harness," the board said in a statement. The NTSB could
only find 10 survivable accidents with which to assess the value of
airbags and found that of the 12 occupants of aircraft involved in those
accidents, at least two of them avoided more serious injury or death
because of the airbags. The board stops short of recommending that
airbags be made mandatory and actually makes some safety recommendations
about the design and installation of the bags, which deploy from the
shoulder harness of specially equipped seatbelts.
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AND HOUSES: THERE ARE JUST TOO MANY
Although there isn't
usually a strong link between them, the business jet and housing markets
appear to be on parallel courses to a long and slow recovery, according
to a Wall Street analyst. David Strauss, of UBS, told The Wall Street Journal that the divergent
industries suffer from the same boom-induced malady: too much inventory.
The rush of construction and manufacturing in 2007 and 2008 has left a
glut of high-quality, almost-new homes and airplanes that compete
directly with new homes and airplanes. What's worse is that used prices
are continuing to soften, meaning even tougher competition for new
aircraft. The proverbial light at the end of the tunnel is no longer a
train, however. More...
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Annual Headset Preference Survey
For the 10th year of their independently conducted survey, readers were
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PROMOTED AT ACI-NA
Airports Council International-North
America has announced the promotion of Deirdre Clemmons to vice
president of meetings convention and education. Clemmons has been with
ACI-NA since 2008. More...
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