NATA Statement

NATA Statement In Support Of Tiberi Bonus Depreciation Legislation


This month, Representative Pat Tiberi (R-OH) reintroduced legislation to make permanent the immediate expensing of 50 percent of new investments in equipment and software. Immediate expensing, or bonus depreciation, expired at the end of 2014. The House of Representatives approved similar legislation in 2014. 


The following is a statement by National Air Transportation Association President and CEO, Thomas L. Hendricks:


“NATA deeply appreciates Representative Tiberi’s commitment to this important job creating legislation and urges the House Ways and Means Committee to give it prompt consideration. The legislation’s permanent extension of 50 percent expensing for new equipment and software will assist the general aviation sector by encouraging aviation businesses to make immediate capital investments in the U.S. economy.”


GAMA Praises U.S. Representatives Graves and Veasey for Their GA Caucus Leadership

The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) last month welcomed U.S. Representative Marc Veasey (D-TX) as the new Co-Chair of the bipartisan U.S. House General Aviation Caucus. Representative Sam Graves (R-MO) will continue to serve as the other Co-Chair.

The House General Aviation Caucus serves as a forum for highlighting and educating members of Congress about general aviation and its important contributions to the U.S. economy. Established in 2009, the House General Aviation Caucus holds regular briefings, events, and other activities to ensure members and their staffs stay up-to-date on the issues facing the general aviation community.

“We are delighted that Congressman Veasey—with his strong understanding of general aviation and manufacturing issues—will join Congressman Graves in this key leadership role in the 114th Congress,” GAMA President and CEO Pete Bunce said. “Congressman Veasey spoke eloquently at GAMA’s General Aviation Jobs Rally in Dallas, Tex. this past March about the significant economic and jobs impact of general aviation manufacturing on his district and the nation. We look forward to working closely with him on issues important to the general aviation community, such as streamlining the certification process, enhancing safety, and promoting policies that sustain manufacturing. Congressmen Graves and Veasey will be a powerful team to lead the Caucus in the 114th Congress.”


GA Groups Urge FAA to Take Immediate Steps to Lower Barriers to ADS-B

The general aviation community has banded together to urge the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to address critical barriers to ADS-B (Automatic Dependent Surveillance—Broadcast) equipage, including high cost and lack of certified solutions for some types of aircraft.

In a joint letter sent to FAA Administrator Michael Huerta on Jan. 23, 14 general aviation groups representing tens of thousands of aircraft owners asked the FAA to take aggressive steps that would allow more aircraft to meet the agency’s mandate to equip for ADS-B Out by 2020.

“We hear every day from members who want to meet the FAA’s mandate but can’t, often because they can’t afford it or because there is simply no path to compliance,” said Mark Baker, president of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA). “Too many of these pilots tell me they’ll be doing a lot less flying if we can’t find workable, affordable solutions before the mandate takes effect.”

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EAA Clears Confusion Over Training in Restricted Category Aircraft

Uncertainty surrounding flight training in restricted category aircraft, and potentially experimental exhibition aircraft, has been clarified following EAA efforts to reach out on behalf of those who own these unique aircraft and train pilots to fly them.

EAA received reports from specialty aircraft examiners of restricted category aircraft that the FAA was considering policy changes that would prohibit the aircraft from being used for initial type rating exams, recurrent proficiency exams, and other flights necessary to operate as pilot in command of the aircraft. The restrictions would have put owners in the awkward position of not being able to qualify pilots to fly their unique airplanes.

While aircraft in the restricted category are generally not associated with EAA members, such as agricultural and firefighting aircraft, any policy change could have an unintended effect on experimental exhibition category aircraft, including warbirds and unique vintage airplanes.

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DOT Sets Date to Complete Review of Proposed Medical Reforms

 By Elizabeth A Tennyson, AOPA

The Department of Transportation has announced plans to complete its review of proposed third class medical reforms on Jan. 26, allowing the FAA’s draft rule to move to the Office of Management and Budget for another round of mandatory reviews. Meanwhile, AOPA has pledged to keep pushing for legislation to relieve thousands of pilots of the third class medical requirement.

“The general aviation community has waited too long for medical reform,” said AOPA President Mark Baker. “We will keep pushing for action on every possible front, including seeking a legislative solution with help from our friends in Congress.

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