PLAN FOR AVIATION SAFETY The European Aviation Safety Agency published the 2018- 2022 European Plan for Aviation Safety (EPAS), which also includes the Agency’s rulemaking program. The EPAS, a key component of the European Aviation Safety Program, provides a coherent and transparent framework for safety work at European level, helping the identifi cation of major safety risks and defi ning the actions to take. It also supports the Member States of the European Union to implement their State Safety Programs and facilitates the sharing of best practice and knowledge. This year’s edition of the EPAS includes EASA’s strategy in the areas of International Cooperation and Technical Training. Patrick Ky, EASA executive director declares, “Safety actions need to be coordinated more than ever at regional and international levels, which explains the growing role played by regional safety oversight organizations in the fi eld of aviation and the pivotal activity of EASA in this domain”. In addition, the EPAS 2018-2022 includes several new

research projects, which illustrates the growing importance of Research in the EU policies as an enabler to enhance safety. The implementation of the plan is already extended

to European states not under the EASA umbrella. EASA is working closely with the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) of the United Nations to extend its scope to the 56 States that are part of the ICAO European and North Atlantic region. The EPAS and related materials are available on the EPAS page on EASA’s website.

CONKLIN & DE DECKER ANNOUNCES 2018 STATE TAX GUIDE FOR GENERAL AVIATION Conklin & de Decker announces the release of its 2018 State Tax Guide for General Aviation (“State Tax Guide”). Packed full of critical tax information, the State Tax Guide is a must-have reference tool for helicopter and fi xed- wing operators, accountants, dealers, brokers, aviation law professionals, and others. The State Tax Guide contains the latest taxes and fees imposed on general aviation in all fi fty states, and it addresses the sales and use taxes applicable to aircraft sales, ownership, leases, parts, and labor. Subscribers can search the State Tax Guide for common

exemptions from the state sales and/or use taxes such as common carrier, occasional sales, fl y-away and trade-in credits. Added in 2018 was the ability to search the State Tax Guide for states that have legislative activity and see the status of the legislation. Applicable registration fees, personal property taxes, jet fuel, and even aviation gasoline taxes are also covered. In addition to tax data, contact information for the Departments of Revenue and


Aviation in each state is included. The State Tax Guide is PC based and allows side-by-side comparisons of three states, enabling users to quickly compare tax rates and exemptions for the selected states. The State Tax Guide is an indispensable tool as states

are looking for ways in 2018 to “enhance their revenues”. As the states continue to make tax changes in their laws and statutes that aff ect general aviation, Conklin & de Decker does all the research, saving subscriber’s valuable time and keeping them current on all state tax law changes. Subscribing to the State Tax Guide also provides access to the most thorough general aviation state tax information with continuous updates and support throughout the year. Although the State Tax Guide is PC based, subscribers

can stay up to date on any state tax law changes that occur through the “View Update” section. Subscribers are also able to sort the updates date or message, and they can be easily printed. Additionally, access to each state’s pages is now easier through “STG – On the Go!” via the Conklin & de Decker website with a mobile device, such as a smart phone or tablet.

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