Sparta, N.J.-based Brian Foley Associates, a consultant for investors entering into business aviation ventures, asserts that the outlooks of OEMs and other forecasters are overly optimistic. “The next delivery trough will be more pronounced than generally accepted and the recovery much longer,” noted president Brian Foley.
As oil soared to nearly $147 a barrel this summer, U.S. airlines began tacking fuel surcharges onto the prices of their tickets. The commercial carriers also began charging for previously free items, such as a second (and in some cases, a first) checked bag, blankets and drinks.
Training provider ServiceElements launched a service delivery audit program that is designed to help business aviation maintenance and other aviation service providers find and solve service-delivery problems. The company has been developing the audit program for the past three years.
As AIN launches this column, “SOP: Strategies, Options & Perspectives,” I find myself in the new capacity of NBAA president emeritus, self-employed entrepreneur based at Morristown Municipal Airport in New Jersey and commenter on the passing scene.
If you’re the kind of pilot who relishes the moment when you flee the FBO in the crew car for a round of golf or a night on the town, there is a phalanx of insurers and associations that are out to change your lifestyle. The National Air Transportation Association (NATA), NBAA and the Flight Safety Foundation are leading the charge, staunchly backed by insurance companies such as U.S. Aviation Underwriters.
To better understand insurance it helps to understand what it really is. The historical foundation of insurance is that disaster can strike anyone, at any time. The concept of insurance is the good fortune of many helping provide for the bad fortune of a few.
The state of the assets of bankrupt Silver State Helicopters is providing clues about how the troubled company was run before its shutdown and Chapter 7 (liquidation) bankruptcy filing in February. At the time of its closing, Silver State was the largest civilian helicopter school in the U.S., with 2,400 students and more than 700 employees distributed among 33 locations.
In a curious illustration of how current events make strange bedfellows, the Air Transport Association of America (ATA) has joined Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) and NBAA to fight what they perceive to be causes of record-high oil prices. The two associations are members of the newly formed Stop Oil Speculation Now (S.O.S. Now) campaign, which includes airlines, trucking companies and travel associations. S.O.S.
A new federal tax-cut law contains an increase in the bonus depreciation percentage from 30 percent to 50 percent in the first-year allowance for the purchase of capital goods, including new aircraft. The rate will be available for any new aircraft–regardless of value if used under Part 91–acquired after May 5, 2003, and before Jan. 1, 2005. The aircraft must be placed in service before Jan. 1, 2006.
Despite a second-quarter charge of approximately 22 cents per share for delays on its airborne early warning & control (AEW&C) program, Boeing expects per-share earnings of $5.70 to $5.85 in 2008. The company also continues to expect strong double-digit earnings growth in 2009 with earnings per share unchanged at $6.80 to $7.