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  • August 09, 2022 9:31 AM | Anonymous

    Please see the NASAO Legislative Alert from August 8, 2022 below.

    NASAO Legislative Alert | August 8, 2022

    Yesterday, the Senate passed the Inflation Reduction Act (H.R.5376) along party lines with a vote of 50 to 50 with Vice President Kamala Harris breaking the tie. This is the largest investment in combating climate change in the United States and is projected to help cut greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 40 percent from 2005 levels by the end of the decade. The bill will now go to the House, which will reconvene on Friday to consider the bill.

    The bill includes more than $300 billion to address climate change and promote clean energy, a new minimum tax on large corporations, and provisions to lower prescription drug prices. Specifically, the bill includes a sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) blenders tax credit (BTC) for SAF producers and an enhanced value for SAF under the Clean Fuel Production Credit (CFPC) for a total of five years combined. It also includes $297 million for the U.S. Department of Transportation to provide grants to state and local governments, airport sponsors, air carriers, nonprofits, and others to support SAF and low-emission aviation technology projects. View below for more details of the SAF BTC and the new U.S. DOT grant program.

    View bill text, one-page bill summary, and summary of energy/climate change investments

    SAF BTC

    The SAF BTC would be in place from 2023 to 2024 only (2 years) at $1.25-$1.75 gallon. The CFPC, applicable to all transportation fuel and providing an enhanced value for SAF relative to ground transportation would apply from 2025 to 2027 (3 years) at up to $1.75.

    The SAF BTC provision was originally introduced as the Sustainable Skies Act by Representatives Brad Schneider (D-IL-10), Dan Kildee (D-MI-5) and Julia Brownley (D-CA-26) and Senators Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Reverend Raphael Warnock (D-GA), Maria Cantwell (D-WA), and Patty Murray (D-WA). NASAO worked as part of a broad coalition of stakeholders to encourage inclusion of this provision in a reconciliation package.

    ·     View the full list of SAF BTC Coalition

    ·     View Coalition Letter of Support for SAF BTC – April 2022

    U.S. DOT Alternative Fuel and Low-Emission Aviation Technology Program

    The bill provides $297 million for a competitive grant program carried out by the U.S. Department of Transportation for projects that produce, transport, blend, or store SAF, or develop, demonstrate, or apply low-emission aviation technologies. Of the $297 million:

    ·     $244.5 million is for projects related to the production, transportation, blending, or storage of SAF;

    ·     $46.5 is for projects related to low-emission aviation technologies; and

    ·     $5.9 is to administer and oversee the program.

    In carrying out the program, the U.S. Department of Transportation must consider:

    ·     The capacity for the eligible entity to increase the domestic production and deployment of SAF or the use of low-emission aviation technologies among the U.S. commercial aviation/aerospace industry;

    ·     Projected GHG emissions from a project, including emissions resulting from the development of the project, and the potential the project has to reduce or displace on a lifecycle basis U.S. GHG associated with travel;

    ·     The capacity to create new jobs and develop supply chain partnerships in the United States;

    ·     For projects related to the production of SAF, the projected lifecycle GHG emissions benefits from the proposed project, which must include feedstock and fuel production and potential direct and indirect GHG emissions, including resulting from changes in land use; and

    ·     Benefits of ensuring a diversity of feedstocks for SAF, including the use of carbon oxides and direct air capture.

    Entities eligible to apply for the program are state and local governments, air carriers, airport sponsors, higher education institutions, research institutions, and nonprofits, among others. The federal share is 75 percent of the proposed project but increases to 90 percent if the eligible entity is a small hub airport or nonhub airport. 


  • July 08, 2022 2:39 PM | Anonymous

    Nevada State Treasurer Zach Conine announced the State Infrastructure Bank is now accepting applications for qualified infrastructure projects. Please use the document linked here for full details and a link to the application to apply for low interest or no interest loan from the state infrastructure bank. This might be a great avenue to acquire the installation of revenue generating or vital infrastructure project. Some examples might include installation of a water line or other utilities, airport road access, fuel systems, etc.


  • June 02, 2022 7:34 AM | Anonymous

    Please see the document linked below for Bipartisan Infrastructure Law frequently asked questions.

    Bipartisan Infrastructure Law Frequently Asked Questions

  • April 27, 2021 5:40 PM | Jeff Fontaine

    The Nevada Department of Transportation's  Nevada Airport and Heliport System Plan (NAHSP) and Airport Economic Impact Study (AEIS) will establish a new basis for future decision making on aviation needs. The state of Nevada last completed an aviation system plan study in 2004, and there have been many changes to the national, state, and local aviation and economic environments over the past 15 or more years.

    NAHSP Goals and Performance Measures were recently completed.  You can read a status update of the NAHSP project by clicking here.

  • October 30, 2020 5:03 PM | Jeff Fontaine

    The Nevada Airports Association, an association of airport executives, policy-makers, and corporate supporters announced today that it has changed its name to the Nevada Aviation Association.  Click here to read the press release.

  • October 29, 2020 2:22 PM | Jeff Fontaine

    The Nevada Tax Commission will hold a public hearing on December 7, 2020 at 9:00 a.m. to receive testimony from all interested persons and consider and take action on proposed adoption of amendments, additions and deletions to the Nevada Administrative Code Chapter 361, regarding determination of taxable situs and allocation of value of locally assessed aircraft.

    The need and purpose of the proposed regulation is to provide necessary guidance to assessors for the determination of the taxable situs of aircraft. In the event that an aircraft has more than one taxable situs, the regulation provides a standardized formula for the allocation of value between Nevada and other locations. Click here for more information.


  • October 12, 2020 8:42 AM | Jeff Fontaine

    The Nevada Business Aviation Association (NVBAA) provides 

    free FAA Part 107 Drone Pilot Certification training for young Nevadans (16-25 yo), high school educators, and military veterans. NVBAA provides a professional self-paced online learning management system, with full access to all the training materials, and also holds weekly training calls every Saturday from 9-10 am PDT.

    NVBAA Part 107 learners have a 100% passing rate for the FAA Drone Pilot Certificate, and some have already obtained paid work. There are opportunities all across Nevada for drone pilots.

     Click here for more information and the enrollment application. 


  • April 17, 2020 4:39 PM | Jeff Fontaine

    Nevada’s airports will receive $231,448,014 under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) act (H.R. 748, Public Law 116-136), signed into law by the President on March 27, 2020.

    McCarran International and Reno-Tahoe International will receive $195,485,334 and $30,957,866 respectively and Boulder City and Elko will each receive more than $1M in grants. Twenty-six other airports in Nevada that are part of the National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems (NPIAS) will receive a total of $957,000 with individual awards ranging from $20,000 to $157,000.

    These funds can be used for any purpose for which airport revenue could otherwise be used. This means these funds are available for operating costs (salaries, utilities, etc.)

    In addition, the CARES Act provides funds to increase the federal share to 100 percent for Airport Improvement Program (AIP) and supplemental discretionary grants already planned for fiscal year 2020. Under normal circumstances, AIP grant recipients in Nevada must contribute 6.25 percent of the project costs.

    Click https://www.faa.gov/airports/cares_act/ for more information on the CARES Act grants for airports, including a detailed listing of grants by State, city and airport.


  • April 01, 2020 8:29 AM | Anonymous

    Please click the links below to view the travel advisories from Governor Sisolak:

    Travel Advisory 1

    Travel Advisory 2

    You are urged to self quarantine and monitor your health for 14 days as the state works to contain the spread of COVID-19. DO NOT visit public places or come into contact with persons not in your household. Learn more at nvhealthresponse.nv.gov.


  • November 22, 2019 4:52 PM | Jeff Fontaine

    November 21, 2019

    Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) applauded $2,000,000 in grant funding awarded under the Department of Transportation’s Airport Improvement Program to Battle Mountain Airport in Battle Mountain, Nevada. The funds will go to reconstruct the airport’s apron.

    “Airports in our rural communities in Nevada are economic hubs and vital parts of their health care delivery, which is why we’re glad to see this Department of Transportation grant to aid Battle Mountain Airport. With many Nevadans living hours from the closest hospital, it’s key to invest in our airport infrastructure to protect Nevadans in emergencies and keep businesses running smoothly day-to-day. We’ll continue to work in the U.S. Senate to improve infrastructure in Nevada and across the country.”

    BACKGROUND:

    The FAA’s Airport Improvement Program (AIP) provides grant funding to airports across the country in order to strengthen our nation’s aviation infrastructure. Airports are awarded funding based on their passenger volume and demonstrated project needs.

    Senator Cortez Masto has championed legislation that strengthens innovation and promotes critical infrastructure in Nevada and throughout America, including the 2018 FAA Reauthorization Bill.

    As a member of the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee’s Aviation and Space Subcommittee, Senator Rosen is a strong supporter of investing in Nevada’s aviation infrastructure.


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