Goldman Sachs, the Wall Street investment firm, has a thing for business aviation, according to Sanjeev Mehra, the firm’s managing director. Raytheon Aircraft, purchased on March 26 this year, was its most recent acquisition. Investment funds controlled by the Goldman Sachs affiliate Goldman Sachs Capital Partners and Canada’s Onex Partners bought the Wichita OEM for $3.3 billion in debt and equity and renamed it Hawker Beechcraft.
EPG Insurance introduced a out-of-warranty maintenance plan that the company said covers almost all unscheduled repairs on small business jets and turboprops. The coverage plan, called Av-Guard, is restricted to aircraft that sell for $3 million or less. It is effective for 12 months or 500 hours of operation, whichever occurs first.
European private equity firm Bridgepoint has acquired Global Design Technologies from Stirling Square Capital Partners in a transaction worth $343 million. GDT makes permanent couplings used to connect hydraulic, fuel, air and other tubing in all types of aircraft.
Property and casualty insurance company Travelers is venturing into aviation with its Travelers Aviation division, announced last month.
Guggenheim Partners and UBS have formed Guggenheim Aero Finance, a corporate jet financing company that will combine worldwide reach with a streamlined approval process to offer aircraft financing solutions to individual and corporate buyers of new and pre-owned corporate jets.
Austrian-based operator Jetalliance announced here on Tuesday that it is now offering what it claims to be a new kind of business aircraft financing called asset-based leasing. Under the scheme, a firm or individual agrees to make a down payment for part of an aircraft–say, 30 percent. Jetalliance then buys the aircraft from the manufacturer. It will then own the remaining 70 percent.
European Union (EU) Regulation 785/2004, which went into effect April 30 and requires minimum aircraft insurance levels for war risk and third-party liability, has resulted in "severe financial impacts" for operators far greater than expected, according to the International Business Aviation Council (IBAC).
Following a hard look at the recent series of air charter accidents, the National Air Transportation Association has taken steps to assist operators in improving safety. NATA president James Coyne unveiled the association's new “Safety 1st” air charter Safety Management System (SMS) in a town hall meeting yesterday with some 50 aviation businesses at Teterboro Airport.
While the fractional market continues to expand, shareholder growth is advancing at a slower rate, according to data from the Union Bank of Switzerland (UBS).