April 2011

GREETINGS! First, Here is an update from Washington, D.C. U.S. Rep. John L. Mica (R-FL) is named chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, which will spearhead FAA reauthorization legislation. Rep. Thomas E. Petri (R-WI) will chair the Subcommittee on Aviation.

Secondly, The Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) will consider a safety study on the effectiveness of airbags in general aviation (GA) aircraft.

Thirdly, General Aviation will benefit from passage of a comprehensive tax bill that extends certain aircraft depreciation benefits into 2013, while renewing the research and development tax credit. The Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization and Job Creation Act of 2010 (H.R. 4853) was signed into law December 17, 2010. Bill permits 100 percent depreciation of capital investments-including engines, avionics, and other upgrades-during 2011, and 50 percent depreciation for such purchases in 2012.
Fourthly, Federal Communication Commission (FCC) stays a rule that would have prohibited the certification, manufacture, importation, sale, or use of 121.5 MHz emergency locator transmitters (ELTs).

Missouri House of Representatives
Bills Indexed by Subject

HB 840
Sponsor: Jones, Caleb --- CoSponsor: Diehl, John
Establishes the Aerotropolis Trade Incentive and Tax Credit Act to encourage foreign trade by authorizing the St. Louis City Mayor or the executive officer of certain counties to designate a gateway zone

HCR 28

Sponsor: Nolte, Jerry --- CoSponsor: Allen, Sue
Endorses an observer status for Taiwan in the International Civil Aviation Organization

SB 390 --- Sponsor: Schmitt, Eric
Authorizes tax incentives to encourage foreign trade

Note: Here's your web site address for Texas Legislation:
Look for Transportation-Aviation, to search all Aviation Bills.

Note: Here's your web site address for Illinois Legislation:
Look for Transportation-Aviation, to search all Aviation Bills.

All other states should follow this same format, to search your specific state's aviation and airport bills.

Remember, that as members of USPA, MPA, TPA, TXAA, NMPA, NPA, IPA, EAA, AOPA, or other pilot associations of which you may be a member, we have a powerful voice, in Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Texas, or whatever state you may represent. Every group of taxpayers and pilots carries a strong voice to Washington, D.C., as well as at the state and local level.
We need to learn how to use our voices, and speak up for general aviation.

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


Larry G. Harmon
Legislation Chairman
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