What a difference a year makes.
International Water-Guard Industries (IWG) is “adjusting its pricing and business policies in response to the unprecedented shift in exchange rates between the U.S. and Canadian dollar.” According to IWG president and CEO David Fox, the Burnaby, British Columbia-based company has raised its U.S. prices by 7 percent “while working with non-U.S.
A law recently approved by the California State Assembly would assess all fractional ownership flights in the state with personal property taxes, according to the National Air Transportation Association (NATA). The legislation stipulates that all flights operated under a fractional ownership program in California would be subject to the property taxes of the county in which the operation occurs.
An 11th-hour effort on January 31 failed to keep OEM startup VisionAire afloat after a federal district court judge placed the company back into Chapter 7 bankruptcy on January 21. The company had been operating under Chapter 11 bankruptcy since September, when the judge agreed to the voluntary insolvency after five creditors petitioned the court to place VisionAire into involuntary Chapter 7 bankruptcy in July.
Energy companies’ experience of the early-1990s Gulf War suggests that any sudden increase in oil prices owing to a new Iraq conflict might be brief, since the market has become much more responsive to demand. However, current oil supplies are plentiful, according to a petroleum industry senior executive.
President Bush planned to sign legislation that will increase from 30 percent to 50 percent the first-year depreciation allowance for capital goods, including aircraft. The provision, part of the Jobs and Growth Tax Act of 2003 passed by Congress late last month, “should be a big boost to general aviation,” said General Aviation Manufacturers Association president and CEO Ed Bolen. “This is a real financial incentive to buy airplanes now.”
According to the National Air Transportation Association (NATA), a law recently approved by the California State Assembly would assess all fractional ownership flights in the state with personal property taxes.
Corporate aviation operators at all levels received good and bad news from insurance representatives at the 26th annual Aviation Insurance Association conference held in Kansas City, Mo., on April 29 and 30.
Somewhat lost in the shuffle of recent events, NBAA and the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) have released the second part of a study of how the use of business aircraft affects shareholder value.
On September 24, Signature Flight Support began requiring customers at its worldwide chain of 46 FBOs to sign an “indemnification agreement for acts of war and terrorism.” The “hold harmless” agreement was the result of a decision by insurers to cancel Signature’s extended coverage endorsement for war risk liability insurance, effective 8 p.m. that day.