Aviation Coalition - New Jersey
P. O. Box 155
Pluckemin, NJ 07978
MID-ATLANTIC AVIATION COALITION ANNOUNCES LEGISLATIVE INITIATIVES
MAAC-NJ has established five key initiatives that it feels are important to the protection and preservation of New Jersey's general aviation airports. If you are interested in working with MAAC-NJ to achieve these goals, please contact MAAC-NJ at the email address above.
1. Establish airports as permitted uses
Today, airport owners must get permission from planning boards to even just construct a new T-hangar. This must be changed.
2. Update and publish the State Aviation System Plan
The State Aviation System Plan establishes the importance of general aviation airports to the state's multi-modal transportation system.
3. Pass a "Right to Operate an Airport" law similar to New Jersey's Right to Farm law
The New Jersey Legislature recognized the need for farmers to be protected from people who move right next to a farm then complain about farm noise. Airport owners need the same protection.
4. Amend the New Jersey Tax Act to alleviate the real estate tax burden on airports. Exempt all lands, buildings, paved areas, and other improvements dedicated to public use (e.g., runways, taxiways, ramp areas)
It is patently unfair to allow municipalities to levy high taxes on facilities that not only are not income-producing, but serve the public interest.
5. Establish the Commissioner of the DOT as the approval level for airport projects (while the Commissioner already has this authority, it has not been exercised by any Commissioner)
By allowing municipalities to decide what airport improvements are allowed, the state is abdicating its responsibility to establish statewide transportation and economic development policy.
MID-ATLANTIC AVIATION COALITION SEEKS INFORMATION ON AIRPORT OBSTRUCTIONS
MAAC-NJ is seeking information on runway obstructions caused by trees. If you would like to report a potential safety problem caused by trees, please contact MAAC-NJ at firstname.lastname@example.org.
MID-ATLANTIC AVIATION COALITION MISSION STATEMENT
The Mid-Atlantic Aviation Coalition advocates responsible growth of aviation as a means for enhancing economic development and improving quality of life in New Jersey. Its Mission includes:
a.Facilitating access to airports and airspace for all New Jersey aviation interests
b.Promoting general aviation to public policy makers as a key component of New Jersey's intermodal transportation system and as an important element in the state's pursuit of economic growth
c.Promoting general aviation education and safety
d.Representing the interests of the membership in general aviation matters by serving as a communication medium in general aviation matters between federal, state, and local officials and regulatory agencies and the membership
MAAC's Governing Principles include:
a.Promoting solutions that enhance general aviation's positive role in growing the economy and improving quality of life in New Jersey
b.Hearing the concerns of MAAC's members, the New Jersey aviation community, and all New Jersey residents
c.Establishing bridges of communications with all relevant parties
d.Listening to and learning from all points of view
MID-ATLANTIC AVIATION COALITION - NEW JERSEY
P. O. BOX 155, PLUCKEMIN, NJ 07978
The MAAC - NEW JERSEY serves as the voice of New Jersey's 15,000 licensed power and glider pilots, balloonists, airport owners, FBOs, and others with a strong concern about aviation. Our mission is to preserve New Jersey's public use airports and to improve their safety and capacity.
MAAC - NEW JERSEY educates key people in our State Legislature on the benefits of general aviation and on the potential impact of legislation that targets general aviation. MAAC-NJ monitors political actions and decisions that may affect general aviation, and alerts NJ aviators, airport operators, and others interested in preserving our general aviation airport infrastructure. New Jersey State Senate and Assembly members know that there is a citizens' group that cares about decisions affecting aviation. The legislature listens because of the strength of our positions.
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