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Pilotcast is the podcast for pilots, by pilots.  Join Pilot Tiffany, Pilot Kent, and Pilot Bill for interesting discussions and interviews, some news or industry coverage, and a whole lot of fun virtual hangar flying.

May 5, 2006

Hangar flying with Pilot Dan, Pilot Kent, and Pilot Mike.

Pilot Kent is calling in from Housatonic, Massachusetts.

Hangar flying:
  • We're prepping for Oshkosh!
  • An update on Connecticut Senate Bill SB520
    • The bill has been sent back to committee, which usually means it has been killed
    • Pilot Dan sent emails to local pilots, urging them to contact their Senator about it
    • A portion of it ended up getting snuck in as part of the budget bill
    • Ended up with an exemption from sales and usage tax on all parts and maintenance, but...
    • No exemption on the sale of aircraft
  • AOPA has scheduled their 2007 convention for Hartford, Connecticut, near the Brainard Airport
    • Some local developers and politicians have their eye on the airport river-front property
    • A group is organizing to make sure they don't have another Meigs Field incident
    • An AOPA representative will be attending the first "Save Brainard Field" meeting, at the Chowder Pot restaurant
  • Do you have to register as a pilot or register your aircraft with the state?
    • Some Oregon pilots are upset because they're required to register with the state
    • Wisconsin seems to be the most GA friendly state
      • Home to the EAA
      • $78 to register an aircraft for two years
      • The state has a contract to keep a weather computer in every airport
      • Pilots get free access to the Flight Brief website
    • Illinois used to not charge use tax on aircraft sales between private parties
      • The registration form seemed to want to trip you up on where the aircraft was purchased.
      • They would still request the tax, hoping the new owner didn't know the law
      • The "loophole" has since been closed
  • Pilot Kent did some flying in Oregon
    • Rented a Twin Comanche in Hillsboro
    • Had a beautiful view of Mount St. Helens, directly ahead, on takeoff from Runway 02
    • Flew down the Columbia River, over the Pacific, and over the Tillamook Valley
  • Pilot Mike passed his medical and got by with a fairly easy annual on his plane
In the news:
  • AOPA President, Phil Boyer has declared war on the airlines
    • He released an editorial and open letter that was sent to all members of Congress
    • It says the airlines' user charge proposal is a control grab
  • Diamond's D-Jet completed its maiden flight
    • There's a concern with pilots who fly infrequently, flying these personal jets in the same airspace as commercial and military aircraft
    • Certification and insurance requirements will help alleviate some of the safety issues
    • Both Pilot Dan and Pilot Kent have had the experience of being followed by jets while on final approach
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