TOPICS FOR ANNUAL CONFERENCE NEEDED
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The annual Aviation Indiana conference will be held October 15, 2019 – October 17, 2019 at the Blue Chip Casino Hotel, Michigan City, Indiana.
Last chance to submit conference topic ideas
The conference committee is hard at work planning an informative conference. If you have any topics you would like to hear about or have presentation or presenter recommendations (self-recommendations are fine), please send a short blurb with the topic/title and short description (100 words or less) and presenter if applicable to Carmen Batts-Porter Carmen@frickassoc.com no later than May 17, 2019.
It is not too late to help plan the conference – if you have an interest in helping plan the annual conference, there is still time to join the committee. Please express your interest to Susan Zellers firstname.lastname@example.org .
Look forward to seeing everyone in Michigan City in October!
Conference Committee Chairperson
Aviation Indiana 2019 Handbook HERE
Aviation Indiana on Facebook
Make sure that you like and share our facebook page! We will be sharing pictures and event information, and coordinating exciting giveaways through this page!
2019 Legislative Review
The 2019 session ended a few days earlier than expected. The Legislature passed the $34 billion budget that will cover the period July 1, 2019 – June 30, 2010. The budget funded the state’s match at $3.8 million a year for both years. This funding includes $2 million a year from the general fund and $1.8 million from the dedicated aviation fund. Aviation Indiana tried to get the remaining 10 cents per gallon on aviation fuel dedicated but we were unsuccessful. The good news is that we are getting slightly more funding via the general fund appropriation than if we were able to get the fund dedicated. We want to thank several members who contacted their legislators the last week of session as we made one last ditch effort.
The budget also contained up to $20 million to incentivize non-stop flights. This money comes from the Next Level Fund that was created after the Governor renegotiated the Toll Road Lease. This fund can also be used to “Accomplish the transportation plan of the department”.
We made some progress on our effort to move the 1 cent per gallon fee that goes into the underground storage tank remediation fund. We will continue to work on this as a means to get more aviation funding. We need to continue talking about airport needs at the local level.
HB 1019 increases from $100,000 to $150,000, the ceiling under which a board of aviation commissioners or an airport authority board may perform certain public construction projects with its own workforce and raises the threshold from $100,000 to $150,000 to projects that an airport can receive bids.
HB 1330 specifies that a “person” includes a political subdivision for purposes of the statute concerning liens for the repair, storage, servicing, or furnishing of supplies for certain motor vehicles, airplanes, machinery, and equipment. The bill also establishes a procedure for the disposal and removal of an abandoned aircraft or a derelict aircraft from the premises of: (1) a public-use airport; or (2) a fixed-base operator at a public-use airport.
HB 1116 originally had language that would have removed the party affiliations in airport BOAC members – however – this provision was removed after we expressed concerns of possible unintended consequences. The bill allows a political subdivision to receive electronic bids for public work projects that exceed a certain amount, if the bid solicitation states the procedure for transmitting the electronic bid and the means of transmission protects the bid contents. Requires a political subdivision that receives electronic bids to provide electronic access to the notice of the bid solicitation through the computer gateway administered by the state office of technology in addition to newspaper publication.
HB 1362 originally prohibited airports from regulating peer to peer vehicle sharing. The final version of the bill included a provision that we requested that allows the board of an airport authority or a board of aviation commissioners to enact or enforce an ordinance, resolution, policy, or rule regulating P2P vehicle sharing.
SB 535 deals with eminent domain by cities and towns outside of their territory. The bill removed the ability for municipalities to use eminent domain outside their jurisdiction– this may have been problematic for airports because the BOAC statute says airports can acquire land “subject to statutory limitations”. As a result, language was added that protected airports to use eminent domain within 4 miles of the city limits or to land that is contiguous to the airport.
Here is a complete list of bills that we tracked and have passed. The Governor has signed all the bills and most have an effective date of July 1. For a complete copy of all the bills we tracked, please click here.
How to find your Legislator
Click HERE for the link to find your Legislator
2019 Legislative Session
Legislative Agenda 2019 HERE
Live Link to Aviation Bills HERE
AI COMMITTEES (4/26/2019)
Below is a link to a document that contains AI Committees, Chairperson and Responsibilities.
AIRPORT OF THE YEAR APPLICATION / NOMINATION
Application must include Ten (10) Hard Copies and an Electronic File
A Member of the Awards Committee will visit the Applicant’s Facilities
Application Deadline: August 1, 2019
NO APPLICATIONS ACCEPTED AFTER AUGUST 1, 2019
Airport of the Year Winner will receive Four (4) Annual Conference Award Dinner Tickets
Click HERE for Application
Putnam County Regional Airport (Hotel & Restaurant)
The Putnam County airport authority IS REQUESTING PROPOSALS TO LEASE AND OPERATE A HOTEL FACILITY at the Putnam County Regional Airport LOCATED AT 1599 BALLARD LN., GREENCASTLE, IN 46135. please go to the website below for more information.
2019 FMA Solo Scholarship Recipients
Amaya Burns from Indiana is Among the Scholarship Winners of the Flying Musicians Association
Please see attached press release HERE
Aviation Indiana would like to thank Claire Meade and Flight1 for their presentation at the Quarterly Conference/Legislative Luncheon on January 31, 2018.
Please check out their Website HERE
ADVISORY: Special Notice- Central US- Fuel Contamination
Please see the attached notice from the FAA regarding jet fuel contamination. HERE
FAA Commercial Drone Rules
Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration has finalized the first operational rules (PDF) for routine commercial use of small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS or “drones”), opening pathways towards fully integrating UAS into the nation’s airspace.
The new rule, which takes effect in late August, offers safety regulations for unmanned aircraft drones weighing less than 55 pounds that are conducting non-hobbyist operations.
The rule’s provisions are designed to minimize risks to other aircraft and people and property on the ground. The regulations require pilots to keep an unmanned aircraft within visual line of sight. Operations are allowed during daylight and during twilight if the drone has anti-collision lights. The new regulations also address height and speed restrictions and other operational limits, such as prohibiting flights over unprotected people on the ground who aren’t directly participating in the UAS operation.
FAA Final Policy on Use of Airport Hangars
The FAA’s final policy on the non-aeronautical use of airport hangars appears in today’s Federal Register and will take effect on July 1, 2017. The FAA is issuing the policy to clarify how aviation facilities – including hangars can be used on airports that receive federal funds. The final policy strikes a balance between hangar use for aviation and non-aviation purposes.
The policy ensures hangars are available when there is an aviation need, and if demand is low, allows hangars to be used for non-aviation activities. The FAA recognizes that non-aviation hangar space rental allows airport sponsors to be economically independent when hangars are not being used to fulfill aviation needs. Airport sponsors must receive approval from the FAA before hangars can be used for non-aviation purposes.
In addition, the policy outlines the type of aircraft that can be built in a hangar, the equipment and items that can be stored in hangars, and the role of the airport sponsors to ensure tenants pay fair market value for hangar space.
Sales Tax Information – Replaces Bulletin from February 2016
As a result of questions that were raised at previous Aviation Indiana Quarterly meetings, The Indiana Department of Revenue has updated their Bulletin regarding the sales tax exemption on aviation parts.
Aviation Dedicated Funding Whitepaper
Read the AI whitepaper HERE