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Proposed revision of Detroit Class B Airspace
The FAA is proposing to substantially expand Detroit Class B airspace (e.g. 20 and 30nm "rings" added, ceiling raised from 8,000 to 10,000 feet, floors lowered, etc.). The handout diagrams have been posted to the website - <here>. A few paper copies will be left in the office.

Written comments were solicited and should be sent to:
Mr. Roger McGrath
FAA ATO Central Service Center
Operations Support Group, AJO-2C2
2601 Meacham Blvd.
Fort Worth, Texas 76137


Grass and Lights
Terry Warren and Bill Bertrand would appreciate it if you would click CTAF (122.9 MHz) five times to turn on runway lights when you are coming in for a landing and you see them cutting grass. They do have hand held receivers but the tractor noise is as loud as voice information on the handheld. They always continue to look for aircraft, but sometimes it is possible to miss the traffic. When they see the runway lights come on, then they will know that a plane is landing.
 
PAPI
Our Precision Approach Path Indicator (PAPI) lights for runway 22 are not intended to be used for a precise landing approach.  MDOT approved their use as a safety device to help aircraft miss tall trees on the approach to runway 22 in poor visibility conditions.Consequently all you have to remember is:
 
            ALL WHITE, YOU'RE ALRIGHT
            ALL RED, YOU'RE DEAD

Michigan considering fuel tax hike, again

By AOPA ePublishing Staff

Feeling the economic pinch of the recession, the Michigan legislature is considering a proposal to increase the excise tax on fuels across the board, including aviation fuel.

The proposal would change the calculation of excise tax on aviation fuel from the flat rate of three cents per gallon to a percentage of the wholesale price of a gallon—a move that would spike taxes with every fluctuation of oil and fuel prices. The excise fuel tax is added to the state’s 6-percent sales tax on aviation fuel that goes into the general fund for nonaviation uses. No other state has a percentage-based excise tax on avgas—and few others impose any sales tax.

“With the combination of the sales and excise taxes, Michigan pilots are already facing a particularly high tax rate on fuel—with very little of the money being reinvested into aviation,” said AOPA Vice President of Airports and State Advocacy Greg Pecoraro. “Increasing the rates even more, and moving toward a percentage-based excise tax, would be damaging to the aviation industry in a state already reeling from a weak economy.”

AOPA worked to quash a rushed effort to push through the tax at the end of last year’s legislative session and will continue to work with state leaders to keep the proposal from transferring a disproportionate tax burden onto pilots.

May 20, 2009

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