Imports of business aircraft into the UK have ground to a halt since tax authorities there scrapped its zero-VAT rating in January, according to Gama Aviation CEO Marwan Khalek. The change was forced on the UK by the European Commission with the intent of harmonizing VAT rules for aircraft sales, but the outcome has been a confusing muddle in which no one seems sure how VAT should now be applied.
“We believe the recent improvement in our survey and many of the other key indicators that we monitor, including increased flight activity and lower used inventories, are reflective of an early-stage recovery,” UBS Investment Research U.S. aerospace and defense analyst David Strauss wrote in his firm’s latest monthly business jet market report.
On March 28, David Sokol resigned from his job as chairman of several Berkshire Hathaway-owned companies, including fractional-share provider NetJets. NetJets president Jordan Hansell took over as chairman and CEO.
In its newly released annual safety management system (SMS) audit results report, Argus says its Prism subsidiary has generally found a lack of SMS training at several business aviation flight departments. This latest report is based on 65 audits Argus performed last year, from which the Prism team reviews and compiles the results.
Berkshire Hathaway shareholder Mason Kirby filed a lawsuit on Monday against Berkshire Hathaway, company executives Warren Buffett and Charles Munger and other officers and directors, including director Bill Gates, as well as former NetJets chairman and CEO David Sokol.
As you've probably read, NetJets chairman and CEO David Sokol resigned abruptly from that company and parent firm Berkshire Hathaway on March 28, after questions arose about his purchase of stock in a firm that Berkshire subsequently offered to buy.
“We remain guardedly optimistic about a recovery in new business jet demand this year, but the path is a winding one and data points are mixed,” JPMorgan aerospace analyst Joseph Nadol III said in his firm’s latest monthly business jet report, released late last week.
ACSF Seeks Support for Single Audit Safety Standard
Britain’s coalition government–composed of an exotic combination of Conservatives and Liberal Democrats–is at war with itself in more ways than one. But its recent proposals for a new tax on private aviation are a prime example of this conflict.