Conklin & de Decker part owner Nel Sanders-Stubbs, for years the NBAA’s prime source of tax knowledge and expertise, gave Conklin & de Decker aircraft acquisition planning seminar attendees some insights on what to expect in the way of federal passenger excise taxes as well as state sales, use and registration levies.
Taxes–when, where, how and why they must be paid–and how to avoid them captured a major share of attention among the users and providers of business aircraft transportation attending the fifth annual Conklin & de Decker aircraft acquisition planning seminar in Scottsdale, Ariz., this fall.
Last month nearly 30 business aircraft operators based at Westchester County Airport (HPN) received “Spirit of Noise Abatement Awards” for achieving 100-percent compliance with the voluntary night-flying restraint and high-range noise event programs in 2004. Operators achieving the lowest average sound level were US Cable, flying a Challenger 601, and JPMorgan Chase, flying a GIV and a Challenger 604.
Anchorage, Alaska-based regional airline Era Aviation in late December filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection after its main source of capital decided to restrict its funding in a dispute over cash-flow targets.
In his annual letter to shareholders, 75-year-old Berkshire Hathaway chairman Warren Buffett addressed the issue of management succession at his company: “As owners, you are naturally concerned about whether I will insist on continuing as CEO after I begin to fade and, if so, how the board will handle that problem. You also want to know what happens if I should die tonight.”
When Berkshire Hathaway chairman Warren Buffett speaks, everyone listens. As usual, he spoke aplenty in his latest annual letter to shareholders, which was released early last month.
U.S. fractional providers appear to be poised for growth. NetJets recently said it plans to hire 450 pilots this year, and New York-based analyst UBS Investment Research predicts the company will take delivery of 76 business jets by year-end. Bombardier Flexjet plans to hire 135 pilots this year, and a source close to the company said the operator will take delivery of 20 Learjets and Challengers during the same period.
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has launched an investigation into the accounting of certain maintenance costs by St. George, Utah-based SkyWest. Revealed in the company’s latest quarterly financial statement, released May 10, the probe relates to an accounting method change SkyWest instituted for certain engine overhaul expenses starting Jan. 1, 2002.
Everywhere we look in aviation today we can see long overdue signs of an economic recovery and return to the good old days. However, if you look beyond the obvious indicators, you will see clues that in the future our industry will not look the same as it did five years ago.
Canada’s private, user-fee-based ATC system–Nav Canada–believes that general aviation operators are double-charged for use of Canada’s aviation infrastructure and that fuel excise taxes should be reduced.