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regional groups deliver results
on state tax issues
Greater St. Louis Business
the Greater St. Louis Business
Aviation Association, the nation's
second-oldest regional business
aviation association, has a long history
of successful advocacy.
"It's all about promoting business aviation in our region," said Jeremy Cox,
outgoing president of GSLBAA. "the
grass-roots level is so important. We're
the 'boots on the ground.' We are organized, we are effective, and we are proud
of the many years we've been at the
forefront of business aviation in the St.
GSLBAA boasts more than 350 individual members, who represent more
than 70 companies and organizations,
including Peabody Coal, monsanto,
Emerson and Enterprise. It has monthly
luncheon meetings, usually held at Spirit
of St. Louis Airport (SUS) and often
featuring industry speakers or aircraft
the annual charitable golf event is
the longest running of its kind and has
generated more than $1 million since
1976 for scholarships and organizations
like Wings of Hope. GSLBAA also hosts
an annual three-day safety event, the St.
Louis Aviation training Seminar.
As noted at right, the association is
active on the legislative front, and it also
continues to focus on aviation education. "We want to be staunch supporters
of young people in aviation," said Cox.
the GSLBAA Educational Foundation
contributes a significant amount of
money to scholarships yearly.
Learn more about GSLBAA at
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Across the country, state tax regulations
favorable to aviation interests are being
enacted, and unfavorable taxes are being
repealed, due in part to the growing clout
of state and regional aviation organizations.
"Regional aviation groups are becoming more effective at communicating with
their elected officials about the importance
of business aviation and the economic
and social benefits it brings to a region
or state," said Steve Hadley, NBAA director of regional programs and Southwest
regional representative. "NBAA is working
with groups all over the nation that are
increasingly dedicating time and resources
toward making the voice and needs of
business aviation heard in their state."
In New England, the efforts of the
members of the massachusetts Airport
management Association (mAmA) have
prevented the state legislature from
repealing the aviation sales tax exemption
enacted in 2005. "We will continue our
constant outreach and education to key
legislators, as well as those with airports in
their districts," said Dave Dinneen, mAmA
Keeping the aviation sales tax exemption is a top mAmA priority, as is helping
to expand the state legislative aviation
caucus, keeping lawmakers aware of the
issues and supporting the massachusetts
Department of transportation.
Nearby, the New york Aviation management Association (NyAmA) successfully
advocated for the elimination of state sales
tax on aircraft repairs and maintenance.
the group is now working to get the tax
on aircraft sales repealed.
"We call it our AJA - Aviation Jobs
Act," said Ann Crook, NyAmA president.
According to Crook, NyAmA's efforts are
well coordinated and targeted, and the
group has made good connections in the
state legislature and the governor's office.
NyAmA was also instrumental in getting the
state aviation caucus - which now boasts
more than 100 members - initiated.
Further west, a coalition of missouri
aviation advocacy groups - including
the Greater St. Louis Business Aviation
Association (GSLBAA), missouri Airport
managers Association, missouri State
Aviation Council and others - succeeded
in getting a sales tax exemption on aircraft
parts and maintenance, which took effect
in 2009. However, the exemption is slated
to sunset this year, so missouri aviation
interests are again working together to
obtain a renewal of the exemption.
"NBAA is working with groups
all over the nation that are
increasingly dedicating time and
resources toward making the
voice and needs of business aviation heard in their state."
Director of Regional Programs, NBAA
John Bales, director of aviation for Spirit
of St. Louis Airport and a former president
of both the missouri airport group and
GSLBAA, said that the exemption has
created or saved at least 500 jobs. ✣
for more INformaTIoN
View NBAA's state Aviation Tax report at www.
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