Alan Klapmeier, chairman of Cirrus Aircraft, has formed a team to raise funds to try to buy the Vision SF50 single-engine personal-very-light-jet program from Arcapita Bank, the majority owner of Cirrus. “I feel comfortable that we can do this,” said Klapmeier.
Financing, Insurance and Taxes
Issues regarding financing of aircraft; aviation insurance; tax issues for aircraft operators; new companies and people in the aviation financing and insurance industries.
Bend, Ore.-based Stratos Aircraft last month began taking refundable $50,000 deposits, which will be placed in escrow, for its four-seat, single-engine Stratos 714 personal very light jet. The first 25 aircraft will be sold for $2 million each, after which there will be a modest, but as-yet-undetermined, price increase.
“Only in 2012 will [business jet] deliveries start growing again,” Embraer executive vice president Luis Carlos Affonso said in a pre-LABACE press briefing. He expects 2010 and 2011 will be “difficult years” for the business aviation industry, but noted that there are already signs that the industry is starting to recover. He said the company will meet Phenom delivery goals, if it can build the airplanes fast enough.
Dassault Aviation reported ?900 million ($1.28 billion) in Falcon sales in the first half, down slightly from the ?1.1 billion ($1.56 billion) recorded in the same period last year, but cancellations of previous business jet orders far exceeded sales. Thus, the value of Dassault’s consolidated orders for the first six months was -?1.13 billion
Sources for financing of corporate aircraft purchases may be harder to find this year than last, but Toennies von Limburg, director of international sales with Bank of America Corporate Aircraft Finance (Booth No. 394), said there is value to be had in what has turned rapidly from a buyers’ to a sellers’ market.
Is the bizliner immune to the current economic and financial crisis, or have slumping demand and order cancellations simply not yet caught up with that segment of the industry? Some among the narrow- and wide-body manufacturers say that executive segment of the industry remains relatively healthy and take a somewhat optimistic stance.
Customers who finance an aircraft through Bank of America can arrange more attractive lease terms if they also hire Gama Aviation for management services. Michael Amalfitano, corporate finance executive for Bank of America, and Scott Ashton, vice president for business development at Gama, announced the alliance at Gama’s booth (No. 1247).
As receivers of bankrupt regional jet manufacturer Fairchild Dornier awaited a takeover bid from a partnership led by Russian conglomerate Basic Element last month, another group of investors that hopes to prove more palatable to aircraft program stakeholders and the German government suddenly surfaced.
If you want to buy a big business jet, there’s no shortage of brokers and management companies that are eager to help you in the areas of mission analysis, acquisition, finance, accounting, legal contracts, insurance, refurbishment, maintenance, crew selection, training and day-to-day operations. But what if you’re interested in owning a smaller aircraft–maybe even flying it yourself?
Echoing a refrain that has been sung around Washington for years, Air Transport Association president and CEO James May reiterated recently that the airlines have been subsidizing general aviation, business aviation and government users of the civil aviation system for years, and he called for a sweeping reform of tax policies.