Monday, November 27, 2017

Senate Tax Bill Targets Some Foreign Airlines: Georgia Republican’s proposal would have big impact on three Persian Gulf airlines that have grown rapidly in U.S.



TARGETS OF TAX PROPOSAL

A proposal in the Senate tax-overhaul bill would require airlines based in 14 nations or territories to pay U.S. corporate taxes on a portion of their profits:

British Virgin Islands
Cape Verde
Ethiopia
Fiji
French Polynesia
Jordan
Kuwait
Malaysia
Qatar
Samoa
Saudi Arabia
Serbia
Suriname
United Arab Emirates

The Wall Street Journal 
By Susan Carey
Updated Nov. 27, 2017 9:11 p.m. ET

Some overseas airlines would be forced to pay U.S. corporate taxes on part of their profits under a proposal in the Senate tax-overhaul bill that would upset decades of protocols governing international aviation.

In general, airlines only have to pay taxes in their own countries, not on income generated abroad. The U.S. and other nations have negotiated a web of tax treaties and formally recognized agreements that enshrine this principle.

The tax bill is due to go before the U.S. Senate in the coming days.

An amendment from Sen. Johnny Isakson (R., Ga.) could affect three big Persian Gulf carriers that have expanded rapidly in the U.S. in recent years from their home bases in the United Arab Emirates and Qatar, according to people familiar with the provision. Those airlines—Emirates Airline, Etihad Airways and Qatar Airways—are already embroiled in a three-year old trade dispute with the three largest U.S. carriers, including Delta Air Lines Inc. 

Mr. Isakson, a longtime politician from Atlanta, home to Delta, said his proposal was intended to boost fairness and competition. “Foreign airlines should not receive preferential tax treatment if their countries choose not to open their markets to U.S. companies,” he said in a statement.

Critics said, however, it would hurt a system that has allowed airlines to operate international flights without having to pay taxes in multiple jurisdictions. The International Air Transport Association, the global trade group, opposes the proposal, saying it “would upend decades of precedent—which the U.S. has long supported—on the taxation of international aviation.”

The trade group also said foreign governments—even those not directly affected by the proposed language—“would be tempted to follow the U.S. example and impose reciprocal taxes.”

The Arab Air Carriers Organization, a regional trade group, also raised alarms at its annual meeting last week.

United and Delta recently dropped their daily flights to Dubai, flights that didn’t attract many passengers and fared poorly against the big connecting hubs operated by their Persian Gulf carriers in their home markets.

The proposed measure would need to pass the full Senate, then survive a reconciliation process with a House bill that lacks such language.

In addition to the three big Persian Gulf carriers, the proposed tax change would hit airlines in a dozen other nations including Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Kuwait, Fiji, Ethiopia and Malaysia, according to the people familiar with the proposed provision. That is because the language would apply to nations that don’t have full-fledged tax treaties with the U.S., and those that don’t attract at least two weekly round-trip flights by U.S. passenger airlines.

A spokeswoman for Mr. Isakson said the tax provision could raise $200 million in revenue from foreign airlines. The bipartisan Joint Committee on Taxation estimates the amendment would yield $100 million through 2022 and $200 million over a decade.

The trade spat with the three Persian Gulf carriers was started in 2015 by Delta, American Airlines Group Inc., and United Continental Holdings Inc. They have asked the U.S. government to amend its so-called open-skies air treaties with the U.A.E. and Qatar, alleging that the three carriers in those nations are backed by billions of dollars in state subsidies that allow them to expand without thought to earning a profit.

Such open-skies agreements have been negotiated by the U.S. and more than 120 other countries over the past 25 years. They give airlines on both sides unfettered access to the other’s countries and the ability to freely set prices and schedules.

The three Gulf carriers have denied they are subsidized and claim the U.S. airlines are being protectionist. Other U.S. passenger and cargo carriers have urged the U.S. government to stay out of the Gulf-airlines dispute and maintain its open skies strategy.

American, Delta and United declined to comment on the tax amendment, as did Emirates. Qatar Airways didn’t respond. Etihad, in a statement, called the amendment “inappropriate under U.S. law and contrary to several international agreements.”

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Mooney M20E, N6002Q: Accident occurred November 26, 2017 near Ryan Field Airport (KRYN), Tucson, Pima County, Arizona

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Scottsdale, Arizona

http://registry.faa.gov/N6002Q

NTSB Identification: GAA18CA059
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, November 26, 2017 in Tucson, AZ
Aircraft: MOONEY M20, registration: N6002Q

NTSB investigators will use data provided by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator, and will not travel in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft accident report.

Aircraft force landed off the airport property.

Date: 26-NOV-17
Time: 17:22:00Z
Regis#: N6002Q
Aircraft Make: MOONEY
Aircraft Model: M20
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: SUBSTANTIAL
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
City: TUCSON
State: ARIZONA

Robinson R66, C-GARW: Incident occurred November 25, 2017 in Young, Gila County, Arizona

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Scottsdale, Arizona

Rotorcraft landed in a field under unknown circumstances. Damaged a home.

T-Corp Companies Inc:  http://www.regosearch.com/GARW

Date: 25-NOV-17
Time: 19:30:00Z
Regis#: CGARW
Aircraft Make: ROBINSON
Aircraft Model: R66
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
City: YOUNG
State: ARIZONA

Quicksilver GT 500, N599RA: Accident occurred November 25, 2017 at Willows-Glenn County Airport (KWLW), Willows, California

The National Transportation Safety Board did not travel to the scene of this accident.

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Sacramento, California

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board: https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf

http://registry.faa.gov/N599RA

Location: Willows, CA
Accident Number: WPR18LA036
Date & Time: 11/25/2017, 1515 PST
Registration: N599RA
Aircraft: DOSHIER WILBERT A GT-500
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under:  Part 91: General Aviation - Personal

On November 25, 2017, about 1515 Pacific standard time, a Doshier Wilbert (Quicksilver) GT-500, N599RA, was substantially damaged during forced landing following a loss of engine power at Willows-Glenn County Airport (WLW), Willows, California. The private pilot was not injured. The airplane was registered to and operated by the pilot under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed no flight plan had been filed.

In a telephone conversation with the National Transportation Safety Board investigator-in-charge, the pilot reported he had departed runway 16 for a local flight. At about 70 feet above ground level, he experienced a momentary engine sputter followed by a complete loss of engine power. The pilot attempted to land straight ahead; however, he reported that it was likely he did not maintain proper airspeed which resulted in an aerodynamic stall and impact with terrain. Both fuel tanks were topped off prior to takeoff and no recent maintenance was performed on the airplane. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: DOSHIER WILBERT A
Registration: N599RA
Model/Series: GT-500 NO SERIES
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: 
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: 
Condition of Light: 
Observation Facility, Elevation: KOVE, 190 ft msl
Observation Time: 1453 PST
Distance from Accident Site: 28 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 19°C / 13°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 5 knots, 150°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.99 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Willows, CA (WLW)
Destination: Willows, CA (WLW)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 None
Latitude, Longitude: 39.515833, -122.217222 (est)

Mooney M20C Ranger, N6852U: Incident occurred November 25, 2017 in Woodland, Yolo County, California

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Sacramento, California

Aircraft on landing, gear collapsed.

http://registry.faa.gov/N6852U

Date: 25-NOV-17
Time: 20:00:00Z
Regis#: N6852U
Aircraft Make: MOONEY
Aircraft Model: M20
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
City: WOODLAND
State: CALIFORNIA

Cessna 177RG, N34891: Incident occurred November 25, 2017 at Buchanan Field Airport (KCCR), Concord, Contra Costa County, California

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Oakland, California

Aircraft on landing, nose gear collapsed.

http://registry.faa.gov/N34891

Date: 25-NOV-17
Time: 01:29:00Z
Regis#: N34891
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: C177
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
City: CONCORD
State: CALIFORNIA

Smith Aerostar 601P, N831GW, Aspen Flight Operations LLC: Incident occurred November 25, 2017 at Lake County Airport (KLXV), Leadville, Colorado

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Denver, Colorado

Aircraft landed gear up.

Aspen Flight Operations LLC:  http://registry.faa.gov/N831GW

Date: 25-NOV-17
Time: 17:40:00Z
Regis#: N831GW
Aircraft Make: SMITH
Aircraft Model: AEROSTAR 601P
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
City: LEADVILLE
State: COLORADO

Cessna 172G Skyhawk, N1171F, KP Aviation LLC: Incident occurred November 25, 2017 in Swainsboro, Emanuel County, Georgia

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Atlanta, Georgia

Aircraft force landed in a field.

KP Aviation LLC:  http://registry.faa.gov/N1171F

Date: 25-NOV-17
Time: 16:13:00Z
Regis#: N1171F
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: C172
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
City: SWAINSBORO
State: GEORGIA

Piper PA-28-161, N2172D: Incident occurred November 24, 2017 at Montgomery County Airpark (KGAI), Gaithersburg, Maryland

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Baltimore, Maryland

Aircraft on taxi, went off the runway.

http://registry.faa.gov/N2172D

Date: 24-NOV-17
Time: 17:18:00Z
Regis#: N2172D
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA28
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: TAXI (TXI)
City: GAITHERSBURG
State: MARYLAND

Aveko VL-3C-1, N876MB: Accident occurred November 24, 2017 at Northampton Airport (7B2), Hampshire County, Massachusetts

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office;  Windsor Locks

http://registry.faa.gov/N876MB

NTSB Identification: GAA18CA065
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Friday, November 24, 2017 in NORTHAMPTON, MA
Aircraft: AVEKO SRO VL-3C-1, registration: N876MB

NTSB investigators will use data provided by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator, and will not travel in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft accident report.

Aircraft on landing, went off the runway and struck the VASI box.

Date: 24-NOV-17
Time: 13:30:00Z
Regis#: N876MB
Aircraft Make: AVEKO SRO
Aircraft Model: VL3C
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: SUBSTANTIAL
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
City: NORTHHAMPTON
State: MASSACHUSETTS

Piper PA-32RT-300, N856SC: Incident occurred November 26, 2017 at Vicksburg Municipal Airport (KVKS), Warren County, Mississippi

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Baton Rouge

Aircraft during flight, bird struck windshield and penetrated cockpit. Landed without incident.  

http://registry.faa.gov/N856SC

Date: 26-NOV-17
Time: 00:30:00Z
Regis#: N856SC
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA32RT
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: MINOR
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: EN ROUTE (ENR)
City: VICKSBURG
State: MISSISSIPPI

Aviat A-1B Husky, N465C, RW Air LLC: Incident occurred November 25, 2017 at Henderson Executive Airport (KHND), Las Vegas, Clark County, Nevada

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Las Vegas, Nevada

Aircraft on landing, went off the runway into a ditch.

http://registry.faa.gov/N465C

Date: 25-NOV-17
Time: 18:30:00Z
Regis#: N465C
Aircraft Make: AVIAT
Aircraft Model: A1B HUSKY
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
City: HENDERSON
State: NEVADA

Piper PA-32R-300 Cherokee Lance, N5868V: Incident occurred November 26, 2017 at Hector International Airport (KFAR), Fargo, Cass County, North Dakota

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Fargo, North Dakota

Aircraft during flight, engine cowling separated from fuselage and struck the propeller. Landed without incident.

http://registry.faa.gov/N5868V

Date: 26-NOV-17
Time: 21:22:00Z
Regis#: N5868V
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA32
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: UNKNOWN (UNK)
City: FARGO
State: NORTH DAKOTA

Cessna R182, N756AU, Metroplex Flight Services LLC: Incident occurred November 26, 2017 at Meacham International Airport (KFTW), Fort Worth, Texas

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Fort Worth, Texas

Aircraft on landing, nose gear collapsed.

Metroplex Flight Services LLC: http://registry.faa.gov/N756AU

Date: 26-NOV-17
Time: 19:41:00Z
Regis#: N756AU
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: C182
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
City: FORT WORTH
State: TEXAS

Cessna 150F, N8637S, registered to Skycops, LLC and operated by a private individual: Accident occurred November 26, 2017 in Midland County, Texas

The National Transportation Safety Board did not travel to the scene of this accident.

Additional Participating Entities:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Lubbock, Texas
Continental Motors; Mobile, Alabama

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board: https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf

Skycops LLC:  http://registry.faa.gov/N8637S

Location: Midland, TX

Accident Number: CEN18LA040
Date & Time: 11/26/2017, 0915 CST
Registration: N8637S
Aircraft: CESSNA 150F
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under:  Part 91: General Aviation - Instructional

On November 26, 2017, at 0915 central standard time, a Cessna 150F airplane, N8637S, impacted terrain during a forced landing following a total loss of engine power near Midland, Texas. The student pilot, who was the sole occupant, was not injured, and the airplane sustained substantial damage. The airplane was registered to Skycops, LLC, Midland, Texas, and operated by a private individual. The instructional flight was conducted under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and a visual flight rules flight plan had been filed for the solo cross-country flight. The flight departed the Midland Airpark (MDD), Midland, Texas, about 0900, and was destined for San Angelo, Texas.

The student pilot stated the airplane preflight, engine run-up, and takeoff were normal with no anomalies noted. About 15 minutes into the cross-country flight, the engine lost total power, and the pilot performed a forced landing to a mesquite tree covered area. During the forced landing, the airplane impacted a power line and mesquite trees.

The airplane and engine were examined by Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspectors at the accident site, and after the airplane was recovered. Examination of the airplane revealed oil residue on the back of the engine, lower engine cowling, and the right main landing gear strut. The top nut on the generator was missing, and the two lower nuts were loose. A hole in the engine crankcase was noted above the No. 1 cylinder.

On the day of the accident, the FAA inspector examined the engine run-up and taxiway area at MDD, consistent with where the student pilot completed his engine run prior to the flight. The engine run-up area contained a large oil stain and residual oil.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information


Aircraft Manufacturer: CESSNA
Registration: N8637S
Model/Series: 150F F
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan


Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: MDD, 2805 ft msl
Observation Time: 0915 CST
Distance from Accident Site:
Temperature/Dew Point: 10°C / 1°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: Calm
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.36 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: VFR
Departure Point: Midland, TX
Destination: San Angelo, TX

Wreckage and Impact Information


Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 None
Latitude, Longitude: 32.036667, -102.101667 (est)

Van's RV-9A, N666BK: Accident occurred November 24, 2017 at Canyonlands Field Airport (KCNY), Moab, Grand County, Utah

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Salt Lake City, Utah

http://registry.faa.gov/N666BK


NTSB Identification: GAA18CA057
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Friday, November 24, 2017 in Moab, UT
Aircraft: KARPAYEV VLADYSLAV V RV-9, registration: N666BK

NTSB investigators will use data provided by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator, and will not travel in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft accident report.

Aircraft on landing, struck a fence.

Date: 24-NOV-17
Time: 18:00:00Z
Regis#: N666BK
Aircraft Make: VANS
Aircraft Model: RV9A
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: SUBSTANTIAL
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
City: MOAB
State: UTAH

Drone pilot arrested for dropping leaflets over NFL games

Photo courtesy of Santa Clara PD


SANTA CLARA, Calif.

A Northern California man accused of flying a drone over two NFL games this weekend and dropping political leaflets has been arrested in a case that raised concerns about security at professional sports events, police said Monday.

Federal and local laws prohibit flying drones near football games, and authorities are examining additional ways to prevent the unmanned aircraft from hovering over crowds of tens of thousands of people after the flights Sunday, Santa Clara police Lt. Dan Moreno said. He declined to discuss the security measures being considered.

The Federal Aviation Administration also is investigating, spokesman Ian Gregor said.

Police cited Tracy Michael Mapes, 55, with misdemeanor charges and released him after a drone was spotted over Levi's Stadium as the San Francisco 49ers and the Seattle Seahawks played.

The drone released fliers criticizing television news media during the second quarter of the game, but most of the papers blew out of the stadium during the windy, rainy game, Moreno said. It didn't disrupt play.

Surveillance cameras helped detectives track the drone to its operator, who was seen driving away from the Santa Clara stadium and identified by a license plate, Moreno said.

Santa Clara detectives called their counterparts in Oakland in anticipation that Mapes would go there next as the Raiders hosted the Denver Broncos.

Oakland officers spotted a drone over Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum and it dropped the fliers again, Moreno said. That game also was not affected. Mapes was arrested shortly afterward while leaving in his vehicle.

Mapes didn't respond to an email inquiry sent through Facebook.

Original article  ➤  http://www.ledger-enquirer.com

Sailors Killed in Philippine Sea Crash Hailed From Florida, Louisiana: Grumman C-2A Greyhound transport aircraft was traveling to the USS Ronald Reagan when it crashed on Wednesday

U.S. Navy sailors Ordnanceman Airman Apprentice Bryan Grosso, Lt. Steven Combs, and Airman Matthew Chialastri died Wednesday n an aircraft crash in the Philippine Sea.



Associated Press
Nov. 25, 2017 2:37 p.m. ET


MIAMI—The U.S. Navy says two sailors from Florida and another from Louisiana died in an aircraft crash in the Philippine Sea.

In a news release, the Navy’s 7th Fleet said the families of Lt. Steven Combs and Airman apprentice Bryan Grosso of Florida and Airman Matthew Chialastri of Louisiana were notified of their deaths following the Wednesday crash.

The C-2A “Greyhound” transport aircraft was traveling to the USS Ronald Reagan when it crashed. Eight people were rescued. U.S. and Japanese ships searched for the three missing sailors.

“Their service and sacrifice will be lasting,” said Vice Adm. Phil Sawyer, commander of the 7th Fleet.

The release didn’t provide hometowns for the men, but all three were assigned to the Ronald Reagan.

The Navy is investigating the cause of the crash.

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