Brazilian tax, police and aviation authorities joined forces to seize nine business jets last week, and they have targeted 13 more aircraft. According to officials, Brazilians allegedly own and use the jets but registered them overseas to avoid Brazilian state and federal import taxes of nearly 35 percent. Foreign-registered airplanes can remain in Brazil for up to 60 days without paying import duties.
AINalerts » June 26, 2012
Chinese prime minister Wen Jiabao announced at the Rio+20 conference in Rio de Janeiro on Thursday that his country’s Aviation Industry Corporation of China (Avic) has signed an agreement to build Embraer Legacy 650 executive jets in Harbin, China. The project will use the infrastructure, financial resources and workforce of their joint venture, Harbin Embraer Aircraft Industry, which began operations in 2002 building Embraer ERJ145 regional jets.
Rep. Thomas Petri (R-Wis.) sent a letter early last week to Dave Camp, chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, asking for clarification of Congress’s intent on applying the Federal Excise Tax (FET) to managed aircraft.
Operators flying older Gulfstreams have a new option to upgrade the original avionics–the PlaneDeck retrofit. Gulfstream Aerospace’s PlaneDeck retrofit, which recently received FAA and EASA certification, replaces six cathode-ray-tube displays with Honeywell DU-885 liquid-crystal displays and adds capabilities such as XM graphical weather, electronic charts and maps and display of video to the approximately 700 GIVs, GIV-SPs, GVs, G300s and G400s still flying.
Provincial parliament committee hearings into Ontario’s air ambulance service, Ornge, will continue into the summer, thanks to a last-minute deal struck among Canada’s three major political parties. Progressive Conservatives had accused Ontario’s Liberal-led government of trying to stymie the ongoing probe into Ornge by the Select Committee on Public Accounts and threatened to retaliate by blocking Ornge’s $150 million annual government funding.
A Gulfstream Aerospace spokesman categorically denied a report published by British tabloid Daily Mail saying that the company, along with NASA, Boeing and Lockheed Martin, would “sketch out” details of a supersonic business jet at the Farnborough Airshow, which starts July 9. Further, Lockheed Martin does not have any civil aircraft announcements planned at the UK airshow.
ExecuJet and Angkasa Pura 1 announced today that they have signed a memorandum of cooperation to design, construct and manage as many as 13 general aviation terminals at airports in Indonesia under the management of Angkasa Pura 1. The agreement was recently signed by ExecuJet Asia managing director Graeme Duckworth and Tommy Soetomo, the president, director and CEO of Angkasa Pura 1, an Indonesia state-owned enterprise that manages airports and air traffic services in East Indonesia.
Boston-based Magellan Jets is offering all-inclusive packages to attend the 2012 Summer Olympic Games, which start later next month in London. The package includes transportation on a charter business jet to London Brize Norton Airport, luxury accommodations at the nearby countryside Old Swan Hotel and Minster Mill and tickets to the Olympic Games, along with private helicopter service or direct rail to the stadium. Prices start at $69,000 for a one-way flight from New York City to London on a 12-passenger Gulfstream IV.