Brazilian tax authorities, police and aviation officials seized nine business jets late last month and have targeted 13 more. Allegedly, Brazilians own and use the jets but registered them overseas to avoid state and federal taxes of nearly 35 percent. The value of the jets, $275 million, is almost equal to the country’s total customs seizures last year. Foreign aircraft can legally remain in Brazil for up to 60 days annually without paying import duties.
Although the recent economic downturn has led to a drop in charter activity among legitimate business travelers, the head of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s aviation division said he expects an increase in the use of charter aircraft by drug traffickers.
AIN has confirmed that Franklin Rodriguez, the U.S. Air National Guard pilot arrested April 12 for smuggling the so-called love drug Ecstasy into the U.S. aboard a C-5A Galaxy, was a Beechjet captain at that time for Flight Options. The fractional provider declined comment, citing employee-employer confidentiality.
Cessna 425 Conquest I, Lone Tree, Colo., Aug. 13, 2005–The SGavit Aviation Conquest I was making a night ILS approach to Runway 35R at Centennial Airport (APA) when it crashed, killing all four occupants. Radar data showed deviations above and below the glideslope, and left and right of the localizer.