NBAA president and CEO Ed Bolen gave a big thumbs down yesterday to legislation sponsored by Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) “that would single out one industry, general aviation, for a change in its established depreciation schedule.” Gillibrand’s proposal would extend the current five-year tax-depreciation schedule for general aviation aircraft to seven years.
Though its parent company Finmeccanica yesterday reported €786 million in losses last year, subsidiary AgustaWestland posted strong 2012 results that included revenues of €4.2 billion, new orders of €4 billion and an accumulated backlog of €11.87 billion, as well as earnings before interest, taxes and depreciation of €473 million. The helicopter manufacturer’s results reflected marginally improved results over its 2011 performance and also reflected a slight increase in research and development spending, to €506 million.
Bedford, Mass.-based Jet Advisors is offering a new tool, dubbed the Private Jet Index, to support the aircraft-selection process by ranking and statistically scoring more than 30 parameters. Company president Kevin O’Leary said the patent-pending index also considers the needs and wants of each individual buyer and then weighs the aircraft scores accordingly.
Offshore-energy helicopter service operator Bristow Group reported increases in revenue and net income for the fourth quarter of last year. Compared with the same period in 2011, operating revenue increased by 17 percent, to $346.7 million, and adjusted net income grew to $42.6 million, a $14.8 million jump from the comparable 2011 period.
The latest data from online charter portal Avinode shows a contrasting picture of demand fluctuations on either side of the Atlantic Ocean. Its forward-looking demand indices for March 4 shows demand in Europe picking up significantly in the light, midsize and heavy jet categories tracked, with the biggest increase being in the midsize segment where the index rose by almost 67 points month-over-month, to 184.6.
Irish leasing company Avolon has endeavored to dispel what it characterizes as some common misperceptions about the market implications of the introduction of the Boeing 737 Max and Airbus A320Neo in a new report titled Transitioning to Neo and Max: An Investor’s Guide. Speaking last Monday on a conference call from Dublin, Avolon executives argued for the likelihood of an orderly and healthy transition from the Airbus A320ceo (current engine option) and 737NG to their re-engined counterparts,
Inadequate infrastructure, excessive government fees, legal barriers and skills shortages are the main factors holding back the growth of business aviation in Africa, according to a policy document published yesterday by the African Business Aviation Association (AfBAA).
Comments by President Obama’s press secretary that tax depreciation schedules constitute “loopholes” for corporate jets ignited a blitzkrieg of return fire from general aviation on Tuesday. Pete Bunce, chairman and CEO of the General Aviation Manufacturers Association, declared that politics in Washington continues to demonstrate that facts can be conveniently overlooked when one is trying to point fingers and score sound bites.
In a decision opening the way for Hawker Beechcraft to emerge from Chapter 11 bankruptcy in the second half of this month, the U.S. Bankruptcy Court approved the Wichita OEM’s joint plan of reorganization late Friday. “[This] ruling marks the final significant step in the restructuring process,” said Hawker Beechcraft CEO Steve Miller.
Many, but not all, former Silver State Helicopter students have had their student loans forgiven in the wake of the 2008 bankruptcy and liquidation of what was then the largest civil helicopter school in the U.S. However, Cleveland-based KeyBank did not offer loan forgiveness, prompting 100 former students to sue, charging that the bank knew of Silver State’s precarious financial condition when it offered them high-interest-rate loans of up to $70,000 to attend the school. Arguments in the case were heard late last year by the Ninth Circuit U.S.