The House voted 169-3 for House Bill 164, sending it now to the Senate.
Rep. Alex Atwood, R-Brunswick, had the House clerk display a photo of an airplane during debate on the bill in which he pointed to the screen saying, “It doesn’t take long for an aircraft to come into the state of Georgia or to go out of the state of Georgia.”
Supporters say the tax exemption is designed to keep customers at the state’s 50 repair businesses from flying to another state for maintenance.
Rep. Ben Watson, R-Savannah, defended the tax break, noting that Gulfstream Aerospace had recently added more than 4,000 jobs.
“That’s like putting one Kia plant in the city of Savannah,” he said.