March 2005

GREETINGS! First, Here's an update from Washington, D.C. The FAA's Contract Tower Program, under the omnibus-spending bill, receives $86 million for the fully funded contract towers and $7 million for the cost-share program.

FAA funds repairs at 12 additional airports damaged by hurricanes Charley, Frances, Ivan, and Jeanne via a portion of the remaining $4.5 million from emergency legislation that provided a total of $25 million to help pay for hurricane damage to airports. The remaining $4.5 million will be distributed to airports in Alabama, Florida, and Puerto Rico. In October, FAA provided $20.5 million to 71 hurricane-damaged airports.

Secondly, General Aviation has never been safer, and accident statistics for 2004 prove it. Last year saw the fewest General Aviation accidents since record keeping began in 1938 and the lowest number of fatal accidents since 1945, according to preliminary data from the NTSB. The total number of General Aviation accidents dropped 8.4 percent compared to 2003, while the number of fatal accidents declined 11.7 percent and fatal instructional accidents down 50 percent. (There are very few fatal instructional accidents in any year. Last year there were 17.)

Thirdly, Office of Management & Budget completes its review of proposed changes to DOT regulation Part 375, which regulates the operation of foreign civil aircraft owned, controlled, or operated by persons who are not citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. Part 375 changes would expand the provisions of Part 91, Subpart F to some private, foreign aircraft registered in the United States.

Fourthly, Here's an update Concerning Missouri Aviation. The only Airports and Aviation Bills are as follows:

Missouri House of Representatives
93nd General Assembly, 1st Regular Session (2005)

Bills Indexed by Subject

HB 38 --- Sponsor: Jack Jackson
Authorizes an income tax designation to the Airborne Law Enforcement Fund

HB 306 --- Sponsor: Tom Dempsey
Extends the expiration of the aviation jet fuel sales and use tax exemption

SB 169 --- Sponsor: Charles Gross
Renews aviation sales tax until 2010 and technical addition to title section 305.230.

HB 713 --- Sponsor: Nathan Cooper
Extends sunset of transfer of jet fuel tax to the aviation trust fund and increases air control tower funding.

SB 396 --- Sponsor: Jason Crowell
Extends sunset of transfer of jet fuel tax to the aviation trust fund and increases air control tower funding.

SB 498 --- Sponsor: Robert Mayer
Amends sales and use tax exemption for aircraft sales to not-for-profit organizations.

Now, In Conclusion, Remember, we as USPA, MPA, EAA, AOPA, or any other State Pilot Associations of which you may be a member, all have a powerful voice, be it here in Missouri, Indiana, Texas, or whatever state you may represent. Every group of pilots and taxpayers carries a strong voice to Washington, D.C., and on the State and Local Level.

So Let's not forget to exercise our privileges, and continue to make a "Difference for General Aviation."



Larry G. Harmon
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