Kevin Boardman, who was the aviation director/chief pilot for Elmer’s Glue parent company Berwind Corp. from 1998 until earlier this year, was formally indicted by a grand jury of defrauding his former employer to the tune of at least $2.7 million. According to a release issued yesterday by the Eastern Pennsylvania U.S. Attorney’s Office, Boardman allegedly “devised numerous methods to embezzle money from his employer” between 2006 and last year.
Aircell unveiled new SwiftBroadband airtime programs for business aviation this week at EBACE. Business aircraft operators can now choose from a variety of SwiftBroadband data and voice plans offered by Aircell with accompanying services. Pay-as-you-go monthly data plans are available. These come with single monthly invoices for all Aircell SwiftBroadband, Iridium and Gogo Biz airtime services. Data compression is included at no additional charge. Heavy users of data are offered special annual plans.
Fuel price monitoring software provider and marketplace Fuelerlinx has added new automated invoice reconciliation (AIR) functionality to its subscription-based product, it announced this week at the NBAA Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference in San Antonio, Texas. According to the company, its software now has the capability to automatically cross-reference fuel transactions against vendor billing, thereby simplifying the task for accounting departments.
Maintenance consulting firm Flightech Advisory Services is offering maintenance management service to aircraft owners and flight departments that don’t want to be burdened by having their own maintenance department or by what it describes as the cost and complexity of being under contract with a larger management company.
Online charter portal Avinode (Stand 749) is launching its Cloud-based SchedAero software for European implementation. “Over the past six months we have completely rebuilt SchedAero to meet the needs of the European market,” said Niklas Berg, managing director of SchedAero, which allows air charter providers to integrate quoting, logistics management, aircraft and crew scheduling, fleet and crew tracking, invoicing and more across remote locations. Files can be simultaneously accessed and processed.
Universal Weather & Aviation (Stand C235) has doubled the number of countries covered by its UVAir service to provide fuel invoicing that is compliant with requirements for value added tax (VAT) due on aircraft fuel in Europe.
Universal Weather & Aviation (Booth No. 7030) is launching a new service to guarantee that fuel purchases in Europe are made at the correct rate of value added tax (VAT). The complimentary service, which started on May 1, should overcome the headaches commonly associated with calculating which VAT rate should apply based on an aircraft operator’s status.
FuelerLinx and SeaGil Software, creator of Bart flight dispatch and aircraft quoting software, have teamed to deliver “a complete fuel management system.” The partnership allows Bart users to build a trip and with a click of a button to access the most current prices at any location worldwide through the FuelerLinx software.
Valued-added taxes (VAT) may now amount to 25 percent of a jet fuel purchase in some parts of Europe. But that’s the bad news. The good news is that in most cases this tax may be refunded, as may VAT levied on many other business-
related goods and service expenses incurred by company employees traveling abroad.
Avantair, which operates a fractional ownership fleet of Piaggio Avanti twin turboprops, signed its 100th customer last month. Phil Satre, chairman of the board of Harrah’s Entertainment, purchased a one-eighth share. Avantair, established two years ago, has offices in Caldwell, N.J., Reno, Nev. and St. Petersburg, Fla.
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