HB 1035 was filed by Rep. Mike Fazano on February 26, 2013. Sen. Alan Hays filed companion SB 1270 February 28, 2013 – Premises Protection. An act relating to premises liability; amending s. 2 375.251, F.S.; revising the term "outdoor recreational purposes" to include noncommercial aviation activities; providing an effective date. FATA will work with AOPA and other aviation groups on this issue. Many states have passed legislation recently to address this issue. You can read more at the Recreational Aviation Foundation website.
SB 432, introduced by Senator Altman (R-24), has passed through the Senate Transportation Committee. Representative Dave Hood (R-25) filed HB 661 is currently in the Economic Development & Tourism Subcommittee. Establishes lower takeoff weight threshold for rotary wing aircraft qualifying for certain tax exemptions.
On February 13, 2013, the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation announced subcommittee assignments for the 113th Congress. Senator John Rockefeller (D-WV) and Senator John Thune (R-SD), Chairman and Ranking Member, respectively, named the following Senators to the Subcommittee on Aviation Operations, Safety and Security.
State and national organizations are working together to have Governor Rick Scott, sign a proclamation noting the importance of aviation in our state. Organizations include, Florida Airport Council, Florida Aviation Trades Association, Florida Aviation Aerospace Alliance, the Alliance for Aviation Across America, National Business Aviation Association, National Association of State Aviation Officials, Aircraft Owner’s and Pilot’s Association, and National Air Transportation Association recognize and promote the interests and importance of aviation in Florida and throughout the world. The Proclamation has been submitted through the proper channels to reach the Governor.
Last year, FATA was instrumental in changing language in Florida Statute 212.08 to lower the maximum takeoff weight to 2,000 pounds for aircraft eligible for a tax exemption on labor charges for repair and maintenance and replacement engines, parts, and equipment used in the repair or maintenance of aircraft. Senator Thad Altman (R-24), has introduced a bill to take the exemption one step further to include helicopters. The Bill would lower the maximum takeoff weight from 10,000 pounds to 2,000 pounds to be eligible for the tax exemption. FATA supports this Bill and will keep members informed of its progress.
State Legislative Issues
FATA Asks Governor Scott to sign HB7087 - Read FATA letter to Governor
Just passed! Intangible Tax Exemption for Airport and Sales Tax Exemption - Read important information about the passage of HB 7087
SB 1384 - Legislation would allow tax exemption on labor and parts for aircraft maintenance weighing 2,000 pounds or more
SB 1242- SB 1242 Senator Bennett - decrease wait restrictions from 15,000 pounds to 2,000 pounds for exemption of tax on certain labor and parts
Bill passed to make use/sales tax exemptions for fractionals- Read text of the new language that passed this session.
FAC Releases end of Session Report- Florida Airports Council releases end of Legislation session repor
This article written by the Florida Department of Revenue explains the issues involving the sales and use tax for aircraft.
Read what you can do the counterattack the airlines ads.
Read a story that appeared in the Vero Beachside News, February 20, 2007 that ponders why some in Indian River county seem to be protected from paying highter property taxes.
FAA Letter to Witham Field-
The FAA has written to the airport to aaure them that there will be no approval to shorten the runway.User Fee Controversy Continues-
Important information about the continuing views on user fees for general aviation