Money

July 1, 2010
Business jet finance probably hit bottom in early 2009. Loans have become much more available since then, but we've yet to return to the halcyon days of 2007, when you could readily arrange 100 percent financing for aircraft at purchase prices that today seem grossly inflated. As Bank of America's Michael Amalfitano pointed out, "The days of aggressive deals at thin pricing are over."
July 1, 2010
Keep in mind that while premiums have dropped dramatically in recent years, t
After three straight years of historically low premiums and greatly expanded coverage offerings, the struggle among aviation insurance companies to gain or hold market share has begun taking its toll. Last year the industry experienced one of its worst for aviation claims since 2001, and 2010 continues the trend.
June 1, 2010
Looking for a bargain on a Cessna Caravan or other aircraft? You may find one
Every year the federal government auctions off to the public a handful of its used business-class jets, turbine helicopters and turboprops at prices that, at first glance, seem ridiculously low. Over the last decade, buyers walked away with deals that have included $30,000 for a Falcon 20, $101,000 for a Sabreliner 75A, $387,000 for a Turbo Commander 690A and $399,000 for a Gulfstream II.
June 1, 2010
As the used aircraft market's recovery continues, global issues are surfacing that could temper buyers' enthusiasm. Remember a couple of years ago, when we heard so much about the fast-rising BRIC countries-Brazil, Russia, India and China? Today the focus has shifted to the PIIGS-Portugal, Ireland, Italy, Greece and Spain, all of which have fairly weak economies and high debt.
June 1, 2010
When searching for a specific aircraft tail number, it's easy to conclude that all the good ones are taken. The folks who operate the FAA registry in Oklahoma City, however, think they've found a way to make many of these "unavailable" registration numbers magically accessible to the rest of us.
April 1, 2010
As winter loosens its grip and spring arrives, a similar thawing process is taking place in the heretofore frozen tundra that the used-aircraft market had become. Trading has increased because sellers have accepted the new price territory that has been established-or is being established, depending on what model we're discussing.
April 1, 2010
Executives often hear about the tax advantages of security programs, but its
An oft-cited benefit of business jets is that they provide greater security than the airlines. This same benefit can reduce your taxes, too.
February 1, 2010
Unless you’re Bill Gates, obtaining financing is no longer simply a question
The business jet finance field is unique because business jets are unique. For one thing, they move around-fast. A Gulfstream G550 that's in Zurich this morning could be in Tehran tonight.
February 1, 2010
After used aircraft inventory reached an all-time high last July, the market sustained a month-over-month decrease in supply, falling 8 percent below its peak of 3,100-plus.
December 1, 2009
If you own an aircraft and lease it out, can you be liable for damages caused when the lessee is operating it? The answer reminds me of a joke my securities law professor, Louis Loss, used to tell about a client wanting to hire a one-handed lawyer so the lawyer couldn't say: "Well, on the one hand...but on the other hand."

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