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October 24, 2012
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  • Tax disputes may damage Alaska's small-plane industry
    Alaska's charter-plane industry faces serious problems because of a tax dispute with the Internal Revenue Service over alleged unpaid back taxes resulting from a vague segment tax, say federal lawmakers. Rulebooks say that a $3-per-passenger tax is to be charged on flights that are flown "with some degree of regularity." Sen. Mark Begich, D-Alaska, proposed a bill in July to define the wording of the law. The Wall Street Journal/Bankruptcy Beat blog (10/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Aviation Update 
  • Blog: Company plane is the secret to success
    While the media make business aviation out to be an unnecessary expense, access to a company plane is the secret to success for many companies, blogger Mark Patiky says. Fractional ownership and corporate charter services make flying an option to businesses of all sizes. "Our airplane allows us to bring our people together with clients, conduct real business and resolve issues face-to-face. It is an unbelievably efficient use of our time," said Arthur Allen, president of ASG Software Solu­tions in Florida. Forbes/BusinessAviation blog (10/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Light sport airplanes make entrance at Ag Expo in Ga.
    Two new models of light sport aircraft from South Carolina-based Just Aviation got a lot of attention at the Sunbelt Ag Expo in Moultrie, Ga., last week. The rugged planes, which can take off and land in limited space, can be built from kits that start at just $22,000, not including the engine. Farm Futures (10/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Other News
  • Would you ever consider becoming a volunteer pilot?
    Yes. And I like the fact that that this course is telling me how  44.99%
    Maybe. It would depend on the mission and the time commitment  43.74%
    No. It's a laudable effort, but just not for me  11.26%
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  Airport Focus 
  Helicopter News 
  • AgustaWestland unveils new helicopter model at conference
    AgustaWestland unveiled its newest single-engine helicopter this week at the Air Medical Transport Conference in Seattle. The AW119Kx features a Garmin G1000H glass integrated flight deck system and highway in the sky and obstacle/terrain avoidance systems, improving situational awareness and increasing safety. Corporate Jet Investor (10/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Avionics & Technology 
  • Newest Boeing supersonic model is tested by NASA
    Boeing is working to bring back commercial supersonic flight with two new models, recently tested by NASA. Boeing and Lockheed Martin have been receiving funding from NASA to develop a supersonic aircraft that could be ready to enter service by 2025. AVweb (10/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Pilot Spotlight 
  • Ariz. pilot looks forward to fly-in
    Terry Emig of Casa Grande, Ariz., is looking forward to the Copperstate Fly-In and Aviation Expo in the state this week. He'll be joining 300 to 500 other pilots in the air, flying his Stearman biplane. "The people in aviation are great, wonderful people who will help you out," he said. "The people, and my love of airplanes, old airplanes in particular, keep me involved." Casa Grande Valley Newspapers (Ariz.) (10/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Policy Watch 
  • FAA moves forward with certification program
    According to Pete Bunce, president of the General Aviation Manufacturers Association, the Federal Aviation Administration is on board with the idea to make it easier for manufacturers to certify airplanes, as appropriate to their complexity. "When the FAA coins the term 'Twice the safety, half the cost,' I get excited," said Bunce. Flying magazine (10/2012) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  AOPA News 
  • FAA tightens LSA inspection rules
    FAA inspectors and designated inspectors must now notify headquarters when a new light sport aircraft make or model is presented for approval, or when a new company issues its first model. AOPA Online LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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