As the FAA wrestles with how to generate a stable and predictable revenue stream to fund its operations, the head of the Air Transport Association (ATA) went before a Senate panel to request a one-year reprieve from the 4.3-cent federal tax on jet fuel.
A letter from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) can cause any taxpayer’s heart to skip a beat. For aircraft operators, whose main focus of government compliance is the FAA, it can be easy to overlook the many nuances of the federal and state tax codes to ensure all taxes are being paid.
Unlike physics, economic forecasting is not an exact science, and significant natural disasters have a way of scattering the tea leaves. Nevertheless, it might be worthwhile to see what two experts are saying.
Interest rates for aircraft loans and leases are typically negotiated individually for each case, so lenders rarely publish their rates. Aircraft type, the value of the specific aircraft, its intended use, its location and the financial standing of the client, along with the down payment and length of the loan, all figure into the interest rate.
A vibrant level of new aircraft deliveries, strong sales of used aircraft, low interest rates and competition among lenders have provided banks and other companies involved in the financing of business aircraft with greater activity this year than last year.
Republican lawmakers have taken steps to shelve new tax rules in the 2005 Highway Bill designed to discourage truckers from using jet fuel to avoid higher taxes on diesel fuel. Sens. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) and Conrad Burns (R-Mont.) and Rep. Robin Hayes (R-N.C.) sent letters to U.S.
Business aviation groups welcomed a letter from the FAA to the commissioner of internal revenue asking him to suspend implementation of new fuel tax rules that would impose a “significant administrative burden” on general aviation businesses and “create financial risk for the Airport and Airways Trust Fund.” The new rules would raise the tax rate on jet fuel to that of costlier highway diesel fuel but allow aviation jet fuel buyers to apply fo
Former insurance competitors Aero Insurance and AirSure have merged to form what officials say is now the “largest general aviation insurance broker in the world.”
After sustaining losses of C$116 million ($91.4 million) after 9/11, Nav Canada, the private, non-share corporation that owns and operates Canada’s civil air navigation system, saw its rate stabilization account–a financial savings buffer to offset downturns in revenue–return to the positive side of the ledger in April.
1. Don’t overinsure or underinsure your aircraft. Hull insurance policies are stated-value policies. In case of a total loss the insurance company pays the stated value of the policy. Be sure to know your aircraft’s true replacement cost and insure the aircraft for that amount. Overinsuring your aircraft results in higher premiums; underinsuring means you’ll need to pony up extra money to replace that aircraft if it’s lost.