Wisconsin Business Aviation Association
31Oct/130

October 2013 Correspondence

Sales and Use Tax Exemption for aircraft parts, maintenance, and labor

On October 23rd, the legislative Committee on Economic Development and Local Government held the first public hearing for the sales and use tax exemption for aircraft parts, maintenance, and labor. A few of our members were able to testify in favor of the Senate Bill in Madison. There were no speakers or letters written against the Bill at the hearing. On October 30th, an executive session was held where the Bill was recommended 5-0 by the committee to be scheduled to go before the Senate for the next step, before being passed on to the Assembly. I will keep local leaders informed on the importance of this Bill as it moves forward.

WBAA Sporting Clay 2013

Our 1st Annual WBAA Sporting Clay Fundraiser is scheduled for Thursday, November 7th in Brillion, Wisconsin at Triple J Wing & Clay, 2687 ManCal Road. We currently have 21 people attending the event. Proceeds from this event will help fund our scholarship program and legislative issues that arise, such as the sales and use tax issues, as needed.

SIC Scholarship recipient a PIC

CE500We received an email from Ben Wallander, the 2013 WBAA Golf SIC scholarship winner. He just returned from his training at SimuFlite, in the Citation 500 series. Our selection committee definitely selected the right person. When Ben arrived at CAE for the training, he decided to pay the difference and do the full PIC type training, which he completed within the week. Ben is very appreciative to WBAA and all the people that made the training possible for him. He is looking forward to putting his training to work now.

Congressman Paul Ryan

In the past two months I have had an opportunity to meet with former Vice Presidential Candidate Paul Ryan and one of his staff members. I shared concerns about per flight user fees on general aviation, which are part of Obama’s current budget, and FAA’s shortfall do to sequestration. Congressman Ryan assured me that general aviation user fees would not pass through the House of Representatives on his watch. He also thought that the Presidential signing of the bill that allowed moneys to be transferred from the AIP fund to the FAA for support through the end of the fiscal year was a positive way that aviation was able to support itself. Mr. Ryan agreed that this should only be a onetime occurrence and the FAA needs to budget appropriately for 2014 in order for the AIP fund not to be depleted in ways that is was not intended to be used. I believe that Congressman Ryan is an aviation guy, and understands like his counterpart Tom Petri, that business and general aviation are essential parts of both the U.S. and Wisconsin’s economy.

ADS-B

Performance Based Navigation and the ADS-B mandate is set for January 2020. Wisconsin currently has nine ADS-B transceivers on the ground throughout the state. As ADS-B is implemented, the old VOR DME system will become the backup. The FAA will decommission over half of its 967 VOR’s throughout the United States by December 2019. The FAA’s goal is to maintain VOR coverage at 5,000 feet AGL across the country. Equipping aircraft for the ADS-B mandate will take some time and money, so plan ahead.

Wisconsin Business Aviation Day at the Capital

We are still looking to get to Madison; therefore, we need to make sure that the representatives on the Transportation Committee know about us. Do you have someone in your organization who wants to participate?

Business Aviation:

  • Contributes $150 billion to the U.S. economy
  • Contributes Jobs - Majority of aircraft are manufactured, operated and maintained in the U.S. Additionally, includes tens of thousands of pilots, maintenance technicians, schedulers, dispatchers, flight attendants, training professionals, airport employees, and other support personnel
  • Users include governments, universities, charitable organizations and businesses - large, medium, and small
  • Reaches over 5,000 public use airports across the country

Membership

Please share WBAA with your colleagues and aviation friends. As we grow in numbers, we can have an influence. Also, if you become aware of any legislative issues impacting aviation,  let me know.

New members include:

Jeff Schimmel – Air BP

Thanks,
Matthew Dean

31Jul/130

July 2013 Correspondence

WBAA Golf Open 2013

Golfers were welcomed with a beautiful sunshine filled day in Madison for the 2013 WBAA Open sponsored by Gulfstream. Ben Wallander from Fox Valley Technical College was the recipient of the CAE sponsored SIC type rating for a Cessna Citation 500 Series airplane that also includes travel expenses for the training. Gabrielle Arsenault was also awarded a $1,000 scholarship to further her education in Aeronautics and Pilot Training at Fox Valley Technical College. The event, while raising $15,000, brought 48 pilots, golfers, and vendors together to support the scholarships and the efforts of the organization. The event was once again won by the group from Wings Insurance in Minnesota. The Wednesday evening reception at Wisconsin Aviation was well attended, we would like to thank Jeff Davis, Jeff Baum and all the staff at the terminal building for the great food, beverages and facilities provided to all that enjoyed the evening. A few pictures were taken during the day and can be viewed at http://wbaa.aero/wordpress/golfouting/. Finally, I would like to thank all who sponsored, volunteered and participated in making this great event happen and hope to see you all next year in the Appleton – Oshkosh area.

Reply from Congressman Tom Petri

Mike Voechting has been working hard to let local officials know the importance of general aviation. Below is the response letter he received from Congressman Petri:

Thanks for contacting me to express your support for business and general aviation. Let me assure you that I, too, recognize the important role that general aviation plays in the United States.

Earlier this month, I joined with over 200 of my colleagues in the House in sending a letter to President Obama expressing our opposition to the $100 per flight fee and requesting that he not include the proposed fee in his fiscal year 2014 budget proposal. Unfortunately, his budget once again included the proposal, but I hope that the fate of this year's proposal will be the same as in past years -- which means it will not gain any traction here in Congress.

As a past Chairman (and current member) of the House Aviation Subcommittee and a member of the House General Aviation Caucus, I am a strong supporter of general aviation in the United States. Over the years, I have repeatedly worked with many of my colleagues to oppose the flight fee proposal that is repeatedly offered by the Obama administration. Similarly, I opposed a comprehensive general aviation user fee proposal that was made by the Bush administration in 2007. Such a system would be costly and an administrative burden, with a detrimental impact on general aviation in the U.S.

During these uncertain times as we struggle to cut spending and deal with the deficit and debt, some have used business aircraft as an easy scapegoat, but they clearly do not understand the important role that business aircraft plays in contributing to our economy. General aviation is critical to a growing U.S. economy, responsible for supporting over one million jobs and generating $150 billion in economic activity each year. I know many businesses in Wisconsin rely on their aircraft to efficiently conduct business and are not the "fat cats" the Administration cynically refers to as a way of scoring cheap political points.

Please be assured that I value the role that general aviation plays in the U.S., and particularly as it relates to businesses in the 6th District of Wisconsin. Do not hesitate to contact me on issues of concern in the future.

Congressman Paul Ryan

In the past two months I have had an opportunity to meet with former Vice Presidential Candidate Paul Ryan and one of his staff members. I shared concerns about per flight user fees on general aviation, which are part of Obama’s current budget, and FAA’s shortfall do to sequestration. Congressman Ryan assured me that general aviation user fees would not pass through the House of Representatives on his watch. He also thought that the Presidential signing of the bill that allowed moneys to be transferred from the AIP fund to the FAA for support through the end of the fiscal year was a positive way that aviation was able to support itself. Mr. Ryan agreed that this should only be a onetime occurrence and the FAA needs to budget appropriately for 2014 in order for the AIP fund not to be depleted in ways that is was not intended to be used. I believe that Congressman Ryan is an aviation guy, and understands like his counterpart Tom Petri, that business and general aviation are essential parts of both the U.S. and Wisconsin’s economy.

ADS-B

Performance Based Navigation and the ADS-B mandate is set for January 2020. Wisconsin currently has nine ADS-B transceivers on the ground throughout the state. As ADS-B is implemented, the old VOR DME system will become the backup as FAA will decommission over half of its 967 VOR’s throughout the United States by December 2019. The FAA’s goal is to maintain VOR coverage at 5,000 feet AGL across the country. Equipping aircraft for the ADS-B mandate will take some time and money, so plan ahead.

Wisconsin Business Aviation Day at the Capital

We are still looking to get to Madison; therefore, we need to make sure that the representatives on the Transportation Committee know about us. Do you have someone in your organization who wants to participate?

Business Aviation:

  • Contributes $150 billion to the U.S. economy
  • Contributes Jobs - Majority of aircraft are manufactured, operated and maintained in the U.S. Additionally, tens of thousands of pilots, maintenance technicians, schedulers, dispatchers, flight attendants, training professionals, airport employees, and other support personnel
  • Users include governments, universities, charitable organizations and businesses - large, medium, and small
  • Reaches over 5,000 public use airports across the country

Membership

Please share WBAA with your colleagues and aviation friends. As we grow in numbers, we can have an influence. Also, if you become aware of any legislative issues impacting aviation, let me know.

New members include:

Aaron Lillibridge, P & M Leasing, Inc.

Tom Simon, Rockwell Collins

Stephen Hebert, Rockwell Automation

Tony Gilbert, Duncan Aviation

Mark Jaraczewski, Executive Air

Thanks,
Matthew Dean

16May/130

April 2013 Correspondence

WBAA Golf Open 2013

Save Thursday, June 20th, 2013, at Bridges Golf Course, 2702 Shopko Drive, Madison, WI for this great event. The golf outing is our runway to financial support to assure growth in the industry by promoting aviation careers at all levels from grade school through college by funding our scholarship program. Shane Colvin and CAE are presenting a SIC type rating for a Cessna Citation 500 Series airplane to a deserving Fox Valley Technical College student. We will need your help with attendance, prizes, charity thoughts, and getting the word out to others. Last year was fun, and with more flight departments, it can be better. A block of rooms have been reserved under Wisconsin Aviation at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, 4402 E. Washington Avenue, Madison, WI. For those golfers arriving Wednesday evening Wisconsin Aviation is hosting a hangar gathering sponsored by Avfuel with shuttle service from the hotel.

Wednesday:

Hangar reception:                6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

 

Thursday:

Registration:                         10:00 a.m.

Lunch:                                    10:45 a.m.

Shotgun start:                       11:30 a.m.

Reception:                               4:15 p.m.

Dinner:                                    5:00 p.m.

Reply from Congressman Tom Petri

Mike Voechting has been working hard to let local officials know the importance of general aviation. Below is the response letter he received from Congressman Petri:

Thanks for contacting me to express your support for business and general aviation. Let me assure you that I, too, recognize the important role that general aviation plays in the United States.

Earlier this month, I joined with over 200 of my colleagues in the House in sending a letter to President Obama expressing our opposition to the $100 per flight fee and requesting that he not include the proposed fee in his fiscal year 2014 budget proposal. Unfortunately, his budget once again included the proposal, but I hope that the fate of this year's proposal will be the same as in past years -- which means it will not gain any traction here in Congress.

As a past Chairman (and current member) of the House Aviation Subcommittee and a member of the House General Aviation Caucus, I am a strong supporter of general aviation in the United States. Over the years, I have repeatedly worked with many of my colleagues to oppose the flight fee proposal that is repeatedly offered by the Obama administration. Similarly, I opposed a comprehensive general aviation user fee proposal that was made by the Bush administration in 2007. Such a system would be costly and an administrative burden, with a detrimental impact on general aviation in the U.S.

During these uncertain times as we struggle to cut spending and deal with the deficit and debt, some have used business aircraft as an easy scapegoat, but they clearly do not understand the important role that business aircraft plays in contributing to our economy. General aviation is critical to a growing U.S. economy, responsible for supporting over one million jobs and generating $150 billion in economic activity each year. I know many businesses in Wisconsin rely on their aircraft to efficiently conduct business and are not the "fat cats" the Administration cynically refers to as a way of scoring cheap political points.

Please be assured that I value the role that general aviation plays in the U.S., and particularly as it relates to businesses in the 6th District of Wisconsin. Do not hesitate to contact me on issues of concern in the future.

Congressman Paul Ryan

In the past two months I have had an opportunity to meet with former Vice Presidential Candidate Paul Ryan and one of his staff members. I shared concerns about per flight user fees on general aviation, which are part of Obama’s current budget, and FAA’s shortfall do to sequestration. Congressman Ryan assured me that general aviation user fees would not pass through the House of Representatives on his watch. He also thought that the Presidential signing of the bill that allowed moneys to be transferred from the AIP fund to the FAA for support through the end of the fiscal year was a positive way that aviation was able to support itself. Mr. Ryan agreed that this should only be a onetime occurrence and the FAA needs to budget appropriately for 2014 in order for the AIP fund not to be depleted in ways that is was not intended to be used. I believe that Congressman Ryan is an aviation guy, and understands like his counterpart Tom Petri, that business and general aviation are essential parts of both the U.S. and Wisconsin’s economy.

ADS-B

Performance Based Navigation and the ADS-B mandate is set for January 2020. Wisconsin currently has nine ADS-B transceivers on the ground throughout the state. As ADS-B is implemented, the old VOR DME system will become the backup as FAA will decommission over half of its 967 VOR’s throughout the United States by December 2019. The FAA’s goal is to maintain VOR coverage at 5,000 feet AGL across the country. Equipping aircraft for the ADS-B mandate will take some time and money, so plan ahead.

December Meeting

December’s meeting was a successful event that brought pilots, mechanics, and schedulers together in Milwaukee to network and share ideas. As many first meeting are, it’s a chance to meet and greet one another. Flight departments are facing many of the same challenges. Therefore, since we are not competing with each other, let’s continue to work together. Thanks to Brad and the staff from Harley Davidson for helping with this event and Greg Babcock with Embraer for the sponsorship. I’m looking forward to the next meeting.

Wisconsin Business Aviation Day at the Capital

We are still looking to get to Madison; therefore, we need to make sure that the representatives on the Transportation Committee know about us. Do you have someone in your organization who wants to participate?

Business Aviation:

  • Contributes $150 billion to the U.S. economy
  • Contributes Jobs - Majority of aircraft are manufactured, operated and maintained in the U.S. Additionally, tens of thousands of pilots, maintenance technicians, schedulers, dispatchers, flight attendants, training professionals, airport employees, and other support personnel
  • Users include governments, universities, charitable organizations and businesses - large, medium, and small
  • Reaches over 5,000 public use airports across the country

Membership

Please share WBAA with your colleagues and aviation friends. As we grow in numbers, we can have an influence. Also, if you become aware of any legislative issues impacting aviation, let me know.

New members include:

Aaron Lillibridge, P & M Leasing, Inc.

Tom Simon, Rockwell Collins

Stephen Hebert, Rockwell Automation

Tony Gilbert, Duncan Aviation

Mark Jaraczewski, Executive Air

Thanks,
Matthew Dean

15Feb/130

February 2013 Correspondence

Wisconsin Aviation Conference - Safety Day

At the 2013 Wisconsin Aviation Conference, WBAA has confirmation that Jeppeson will be presenting “Ipads in the Cockpit” in Madison at this year’s conference April 29th – May 1st. Please correct your calendars. I would like to have another breakout session that would be of interest to the membership. Please contact me with any suggestions that would be of importance to your flight department. Ideas like int’l procedure recurrent, risk management in the flight department, corporate fuel farm safety, establishing a safety culture in your organization, SMS, any and all ideas are welcome. Additionally, WBAA will be presenting another scholarship at the conference to a deserving high school student pursuing an education in aviation. Please nominate your favorite Wisconsin student for the award.

ADS-B

Performance Based Navigation and the ADS-B mandate is set for January 2020. Wisconsin currently has nine ADS-B transceivers on the ground throughout the state. As ADS-B is implemented, the old VOR DME system will become the backup as FAA will decommission over half of its 967 VOR’s throughout the United States by December 2019. The FAA’s goal is to maintain VOR coverage at 5,000 feet AGL across the country. Equipping aircraft for the ADS-B mandate will take some time and money, so plan ahead.

December Meeting

December’s meeting was a successful event that brought pilots, mechanics, and schedulers together in Milwaukee to network and share ideas. As many first meeting are, it’s a chance to meet and greet one another. Flight departments are facing many of the same challenges. Therefore, since we are not competing with each other, let’s continue to work together. Thanks to Brad and the staff from Harley Davidson for helping with this event and Greg Babcock with Embraer for the sponsorship. I’m looking forward to the next meeting.

Wisconsin Business Aviation Day at the Capital

We are looking into March in Madison. This is our first meeting; therefore we need to make sure that the Senators on the Transportation Committee know about us. Do you have someone in your organization who wants to participate?

Business Aviation:

  • Contributes $150 billion to the U.S. economy
  • Contributes Jobs - Majority of aircraft are manufactured, operated and maintained in the U.S. Additionally, tens of thousands of pilots, maintenance technicians, schedulers, dispatchers, flight attendants, training professionals, airport employees, and other support personnel
  • Users include governments, universities, charitable organizations and businesses - large, medium, and small
  • Reaches over 5,000 public use airports across the country

 

 

WBAA Golf Open 2013

Save Thursday, June 20th, 2013, at Madison’s Bridges Golf Course for this great event. The golf outing is our runway to financial support to assure growth in the industry by promoting aviation careers at all levels from grade school through college by funding our scholarship program. January begins the push for getting sponsors, prizes and marketing. We will need your help with attendance, prizes, charity thoughts, and getting the word out to others. Last year was fun, and with more Flight Departments, it can be more fun. In addition to the High School and Young Aviators scholarship in 2012, we made a contribution to Veterans Airlift Command. Is the same organization okay or should we contribute elsewhere? Share your thoughts.

FAA Reauthorization

In February, Congress passed and the President signed the FAA Reauthorization, known as “FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012,” after four years of extensions. The Reauthorization has monumental affects on airports and operators in areas, such as Airport Improvement Program (AIP), Safety Management Systems, NextGen Implementation, and Aircraft Depreciation. Here in Wisconsin the Bureau of Aeronautics (BOA) estimates they will lose about four million per year in AIP Funding. The BOA has raised the state’s share for grants from 2.5% to 5%, which would leave 5% to airport sponsors, because of the new FAA funding reduction from 95% to 90%. Additionally, January 2, 2013 the Airport and Airway Trust Fund stands to lose an additional $415 million as part of the Budget Control Act of 2011. The scope of topics that are influenced by this Act can be viewed at the U.S. Government Printing Office website. Be aware how the new laws apply to your operations.

FET Tax

In March 2012 the IRS issued a memo articulating a legal opinion justifying expanding the scope of operations covered by commercial taxes to include private general aviation operations when those operations involve the owner utilizing an aircraft management company’s services. In the past, the IRS has taken the position that Part 91, private operations, conducted with the assistance of an aircraft management company is private and subject to noncommercial aviation taxes (Byer, 2012). WBAA encourages its members to visit NATA’s website and urge congress to write the IRS opposing commercial taxes on private aviation.

Membership

Please share WBAA with your colleagues and aviation friends. As we grow in numbers, we can have an influence. Also, if you become aware of any legislative issues impacting aviation, let me know.

New members include:

Aaron Lillibridge, P & M Leasing, Inc.

Tom Simon, Rockwell Collins

Stephen Hebert, Rockwell Automation

Tony Gilbert, Duncan Aviation

Mark Jaraczewski, Executive Air

Thanks,
Matthew Dean

Byer, E. R. (2012). IRS Joins FAA, TS in Circimventing the Rulemaking Process. Avition Business , 11.

   

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