Friday, February 18, 2011

Congress Taking Action on SEMA Priority to Repeal 1099 Reporting Rule

Reprinted from SEMA News......

As Congress continues the lengthy debate to repeal the costly 1099 reporting requirement included in last year’s health care law, SEMA is again pushing for immediate action. SEMA President and CEO Christopher Kersting sent a letter to the House Ways and Means Committee requesting immediate consideration of proposed repeal legislation. The Committee has since approved a repeal bill (HR 4) and a funding mechanism (HR 748), sending the important bill to the House floor for a vote. The Senate has already approved a repeal measure.

Unless the law is repealed, businesses will be required to issue 1099 forms to all vendors from whom they buy more than $600 worth of goods or services in any year, beginning in 2012. The provision has garnered widespread opposition on Capitol Hill, and President Obama called for its repeal during his State of the Union address. The only obstacle to eliminating the provision has been finding an offset to recoup lost revenues. The requirement was intended to prompt vendors receiving 1099 forms to declare and pay taxes on the income. SEMA contends that it will fail to collect much under-reported income, but it will succeed in punishing small-business taxpayers that already comply with U.S. tax law.

SEMA is working independently and with four other industry coalitions to repeal the 1099 provision. For more information, please visit www.semapac.com or contact Dan Sadowski, congressional affairs manager, at dans@sema.org.

Friday, February 11, 2011

DuPont Performance Coatings Accepting Entries for Calendar Competition

Contact: Janine Little-Stoms
302-992-2959
janine.r.little@usa.dupont.com

DuPont Performance Coatings Accepting Entries for Calendar Competition

Winners Featured on 2012 Calendar and Receive Cash Prizes

WILMINGTON, Del., Feb. 11, 2011 – Owners of vehicles painted with DuPont Refinish, Hot Hues or Cromax® Pro products can compete for cash prizes and to have their cars or trucks appear in the 2012 DuPont calendar. There is no entry fee and entries can be submitted using a web-based submission process.

Entrants must be at least 18 years of age at time of entry and a legal resident of the United States or Canada. Entries may be motorized passenger automobiles (import or domestic), trucks or motorcycles, provided they are finished exclusively with DuPont Hot Hues™ Custom Finishes, DuPont Refinish or Cromax® Pro products. Entrants must own or have finished the vehicle entered into the competition.

Judging will be based on “best use of color,” including finish quality, technical difficulty and design originality. Winners will be notified by May 20, 2011, from among all eligible entries received. There will be 12 winners selected, with each winner receiving a cash prize of $500. There will be one grand prize winner, selected from the 12 winners, who will receive an additional $2,000 cash prize. All winners will have a professional photo shoot of their vehicle and receive 35 copies of the 2012 DuPont Refinish Hot Hues™ calendar. The grand prize winner also will be featured on the cover of the calendar.

Entries must be made online by visiting www.hothuescalendar.dupont.com, completing the competition registration form, in its entirety, and uploading 2 photos of the vehicle. More than one vehicle may be submitted per entrant, but each vehicle must be entered as a separate competition entry. Deadline to enter is 11:59 PM ET on April 30, 2011. Complete competition rules and entry requirements can be found on the website www.hothuescalendar.dupont.com, or at www.hothues.dupont.com. Some restrictions apply.

DuPont (www.dupont.com) is a science-based products and services company. Founded in 1802, DuPont puts science to work by creating sustainable solutions essential to a better, safer, healthier life for people everywhere. Operating in more than 90 countries, DuPont offers a wide range of innovative products and services for markets including agriculture and food; building and construction; communications; and transportation.

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Thursday, February 10, 2011

Senate Committee Proposes 65 Percent Fuel-Tax Hike

More fuel taxes....I guess its better than user fees!

Reprinted from AVWEB 

The Senate finance committee approved a plan to hike the taxes on general aviation jet fuel by 65 percent, from 21.8 cents per gallon to 35.9 cents, The Hill reported on Tuesday. The change would raise $400 million per year, which the committee says will help fund NextGen, the FAA's plan to modernize the air traffic control system. The committee also approved a surcharge of 14.1 cents per gallon on jet fuel used by fractional aircraft. Fuel taxes have been supported as a better option than user fees by most aviation advocacy groups. "In the last two Congresses, AOPA and its members agreed to 25 percent and 65 percent increases on aviation gasoline and non-commercial jet fuel, respectively," AOPA noted on Tuesday. "Our position really has not changed," AOPA spokesman Chris Dancy told AVweb. "In 2007 and again in 2009, we and our members agreed to higher fuel excise taxes as a way to fund the FAA and NextGen in lieu of user fees."

NBAA agreed that the committee's plan is acceptable. "The business aviation community has long said that the best way for companies that rely on general aviation to help fund aviation system modernization is by building upon the proven and efficient general aviation fuel tax," NBAA said in an e-mail to AVweb. "The bill approved by the Finance Committee today mirrors previous Congressional FAA reauthorization proposals supported by NBAA and the rest of the general aviation community, in that it makes adjustments to the fuel tax in lieu of new user fees for general aviation. The revenues raised through the fuel-tax increase will go to funding aviation system modernization; we welcome this legislation, and look forward to working with its supporters in Congress to ensure its final passage." The full Senate is expected to continue its work on the FAA bill over the next week or so. The House Aviation Subcommittee also is holding hearings this week to hear from government officials and advocacy groups about FAA funding. After both the House and Senate have completed their bills, a final bill will be worked out. The current funding bill has been extended 17 times, and may have to be extended at least once more before a final bill is worked out, with a term of two to four years.

Monday, February 7, 2011

The original pocket wrench.

I have owned oen of these for years....take a look at how handy this can be.

The Original Pocketwrench II™
One piece tool kit that fits  in the palm of your hand.
Self-tightening gripping action allows Pocketwrench II™ to grip fasteners that standard wrenches won't.
Grips both inch or metric sizes, hex or square -- anything that fits in the opening.
Reverse direction of rotation by simply turning tool over.
Variable width straight blade screwdriver doubles as a high-leverage, high-strength mini prybar.
1/4" hex socket allows you to use Pocketwrench II™ as socket or screwdriver bit insert handle.
Laser engraved inch and metric scales are convenient for measuring fasteners and other small items.
Laser cut from 400 series, high-carbon stainless steel (surgical grade) which is then heat treated and tempered for maximum durability.
Works great as a mini prybar for opening paint cans, etc.
Polished to a fine, lustrous, brushed finish.
Conveniently fits in sheath with other multi-function tools, in your pocket, or on your keychain.

Friday, February 4, 2011

free flying bald eagle very cool!!

Music video featuring a special free-flying Bald Eagle named 'Challenger' (in honor of the lost space shuttle crew) cared for by the non-profit American Eagle Foundation (AEF).


He's a 'human-socialized' bird accidentally raised by the people who rescued him - after being blown from a wild Louisiana nest in a storm as a baby in the late 1980's. Declared 'non-releasable' by federal and state wildlife authorities, he was trained by the AEF to perform educational free-flight demonstrations at high profile public events.

He's the first Bald Eagle in U.S. History that learned to free-fly into stadiums, arenas and ballrooms during the singing of the Star Spangled Banner. The celebrity eagle has appeared at numerous major sporting events like the World Series, Pro-Bowl, All-Star game, BCS National Championship, Fiesta Bowl, Men's Final Four, etc.

Challenger has also flown before 4 U.S. Presidents!

His life story is told in a children's storybook titled 'Challenger, America 's Favorite Eagle.' Turn on your speakers and click on link below.

Challenger - Amazing Free-Flying Bald Eagle

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oOZF4vTAF2M&feature=channel

source unknown

Thursday, February 3, 2011

"Two Weeks To Taxi" Adds Amphib

As many of you know, I am a fan of many kit planes and the Glasair Aircraft (Sportsman, Glastar, Glasair) is one.  This is just one more great product added to their line.

This article was reprinted from AVWEB...

Glasair has added an amphibious version of the Sportsman 2+2 to its "Two Weeks to Taxi" program, which provides builders with two weeks of support at the Arlington, Wash., factory. The company is offering an introductory price of $199,000. The Sportsman is "a go-anywhere, do-anything airplane, and it's fun to fly," says company president Mikael Via. Two kids can ride in back, or the seats can be quickly removed and provide a roomy space for camping gear, golf clubs or fishing equipment. The amphibious version provides more options for backcountry excursions. The amphib has a useful load of 950 pounds, a cruise speed of 110 knots, and a 600-mile range.

Glasair's two-week builder-assist program provides a step-by-step building program. Customers get access to the company's tools and expertise to accelerate build time significantly, "without violating the spirit or intent of the 51-percent rule," according to Glasair. Owners can choose from a variety of instruments, avionics, engines and propellers. Kitplanes editor Marc Cook built his Sportsman in the program; click here for a 2009 video report on the airplane by AVweb editorial director Paul Bertorelli.

Fuel tank repairs....

This is Paul Beck from out in Willmar. I believe i told you about maybe buying the Mooney fuel tank shop out here. Well i got it done in December and i was wondering if you would be willing to give out my new website? www.weepnomorellc.com If you can, that would be great! I would really like to be able to help out the RV community, fixing leaks, building up the tanks. I know we spoke some time ago about this, but now I'm on my own and in more of a spot to be able to help.


Paul Beck

Weep No More, LLC