Conklin & de Decker last month released the 2008 State Tax Guide for General Aviation. The guide contains the latest taxes and fees for all 50 states, as well as sales and use tax applicable to aircraft sales, ownership, lease, parts and labor.
Aviation International News » February 2008
Stuttgart, Germany-based DC Aviation (formerly known as DaimlerChrysler Aviation) replaced NetJets in December as the executive jet service provider for Lufthansa Private Jet (LPJ), the business jet division of Deutsche Lufthansa. The Germany-based airline and NetJets Europe terminated their partnership last year, but there is disagreement about the effective date.
Hawker Beechcraft has designated UK-based FR Aviation an authorized Beechcraft service center. FR Aviation is based at Bournemouth International Airport and provides military airborne electronic warfare training and special-mission services throughout the world.
EADS Socata chairman and CEO Jean-Michel Léonard announced last month that the France-based manufacturer is evaluating production of a new turboprop or business jet that is bigger than the TBM 850 turboprop single. “We have the capability, market expertise and credibility to produce a faster and longer-range aircraft,” he said, adding that the new airplane would offer two more seats than the 850.
A system of in-pavement stoplights, designed to prevent runway incursions, has received endorsement from Transportation Department Inspector General Calvin Scovel. Known as runway status lights (RWSL), the system has been under test at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) since 2003 and at San Diego International Airport since 2005.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has launched a pilot project in cooperation with Signature Flight Support at Anchorage, Alaska, and Shannon, Ireland, to scan general aviation aircraft for potential nuclear hazards as they enter the U.S.
The Air Transport Association (ATA) expects U.S. airlines to post a $3.5 to $4.5 billion net profit this year, following back-to-back net profits in 2006 and 2007. The past two years were the first consecutive profitable years since 1999-2000. According to ATA, whose members transport more than 90 percent of all U.S.
Best AeroNet, a business aviation contract fueling company that was launched in the 1980s, is no longer in business, having saddled FBOs through which it sold fuel with more than $2 million in unpaid bills, according to sources close to the situation.
Due to increasing customer demand, NetJets Europe last month negotiated with several business jet manufacturers to accelerate delivery of 39 new aircraft worth some $715 million. The airplanes to be delivered ahead of the original schedule include 10 Cessna Citation XLSes; three Dassault Falcon 2000LXs and two Falcon 7Xs; one Gulfstream G450 and three G550s; and seven Hawker 400XPs, nine Hawker 750s and four Hawker 4000s.
The Transportation Department inspector general announced last month that the office will audit controller workload at the major ATC facilities in the Chicago metropolitan area, following reports of “staffing emergencies” at various ATC facilities. According to the DOT IG, the NTSB has cited controller fatigue as a potential contributing factor to controller operational error, which the Board called a “significant” aviation issue.