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The Michigan House of Representatives will soon vote on two sales and use tax bills related to aircraft parts and maintenance services.
According to officials with the Michigan Business Aviation Association and the National Business Aviation Association, while aircraft parts used in the repair of general aviation aircraft not based or registered in Michigan are exempt from the 6 percent state sales tax, the sales tax is applied to aircraft based or registered in the state.
Last December AMT attended the grand opening ceremony for AAR's newest airframe MRO facility located on the Chicago Rockford International Airport in northern Illinois. The two massive side-by-side hangars were impressive.
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The Fairness For Pilots Act would provide more protections for pilots who are facing investigation from the FAA.
Following the introduction of identical legislation in the Senate back in March, U.S. Rep. Sam Graves (R-Mo.) and co-sponsors Todd Rokita (R-Ind.), Colin Peterson (D-Minn.) and Dan Lipinski (D-Ill.) have introduced the Fairness for Pilots Act in the House of Representatives. Graves co-chairs the House General Aviation Caucus, and Graves, Rokita, and Lipinski are members of the House Aviation Subcommittee.
The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee is aiming to wrap up work on a must-pass aviation bill by the August recess, according to a top panel aide.
Holly E. Woodruff Lyons, deputy general counsel for the committee and staff director of the aviation subcommittee, said that the goal is to get legislation reauthorizing the Federal Aviation Administration "off the floor by August."
The FAA's legal authority expires at the end of September, which would give the House and Senate less than two months to hammer out a final product.
A shortage of aviation mechanics within the next decade threatens the projected expansion and modernization of the global airline fleet. Based on Oliver Wyman projections, the gap between the supply of mechanics and demand for them should develop in the United States by 2022 and reach a peak of 9 percent by 2027.
Lilium Aviation, of Munich, says it has flown a prototype of its all-electric VTOL tilt-engine aircraft that the company says will fly 160 knots in horizontal thrust configuration with a range of 180 miles. A video provided by the company of the first flight shows the aircraft, with what looks like a spacious automotive-style cabin, autonomously taking off vertically, turning tightly and transitioning to aerodynamic flight before landing vertically.
The Airbus Perlan Mission II sailplane broke its own record this week, soaring to 30,615 feet out of the Minden-Tahoe Airport in the Sierra Nevada mountain range in western Nevada. The glider was flown by Perlan chief pilot Jim Payne and pilot and flight test engineer Miguel Iturmendi.
While electric aircraft have gained press notice, they've lagged in market penetration, partly because buyers don't fully understand the potential for electric aircraft. "I think it all comes down to people's expectations. The most straightforward form of an electric airplane is one powered by batteries and batteries will always be a factor on the airplane, which is hindering endurance and performance," says Tine Tomazic, a developmental engineer for the Slovenian Pipistrel Aircraft.
Flying cars have long been a staple of science fiction, but until recently the technology to build small, versatile flying vehicles hasn't really existed. But that may be about to change.
John Markoff of the New York Times has given the world its first look at a single-person flying vehicle created by Kitty Hawk, a startup funded by Google billionaire Larry Page.
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