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October 4, 2013
Dassault Falcon 7X
Reduced inventories of several models suggest that, after years of weakness, the used-jet market is finally turning around. Though it’s too soon to start celebrating, we’re seeing more and more signs of a turnaround in the market for used jets.
August 6, 2013
Inventory Trends (click to enlarge)
Overall, jet buyers and sellers seem about evenly matched. But some models are in much greater demand than others. Gazing through the rearview mirror at the first half of 2013, we see that, overall, the number of used jets for sale is neither rising nor contracting. Some models are a different matter, however.
August 1, 2013
Maybe not, but you’d be wise to carefully consider the question.Unlike real estate lenders, most aircraft lenders don’t require title insurance, so airplane buyers rarely even know about it, let alone purchase it. That can be a big mistake.
June 26, 2013
Patch the holes in your aviation insurance
Two corporate aircraft runway accidents in recent years underscore the importance of understanding your aviation insurance policy and communicating key details to all pertinent parties. The 2007 accidents—in Nova Scotia, Canada, and Santa Barbara, California—resulted in no serious passenger injuries but caused millions of dollars’ worth of damage.
June 26, 2013
Global 6000
Interest rates remain at historic lows, in part due to the Federal Reserve Bank’s continued efforts to keep them there. Doesn’t this mean that you should finance your next business jet purchase?
May 13, 2013
Setting up an LLC just to own and operate your jet could mean asking for trouble.
If I owned a business jet, my worst nightmare would go something like this: my airplane is involved in an accident and I get sued for zillions of dollars in damages.
May 13, 2013
Gulfstream 550 (photo courtesy of Gulfstream)
It’s too early to predict overall sales for 2013, but one key indicator—the number of aircraft for sale—continues to tick lower, suggesting that a recovery is still ongoing. In fact, the number of available jets and turboprops is now at its lowest point in roughly five years.
February 26, 2013
The industry is already subject to substantial regulation. A Forbes 400 client purchasing an airplane recently faced the kind of scrutiny normally reserved for convicted felons. (Illustration by John Lewis)
Having emerged battered and bruised from the 2008 recession, aircraft lenders face fresh challenges. While worldwide economic woes linger like a bad cold that won’t go away, these lenders can expect accounting and regulatory changes that may have a significant impact on their business.
February 1, 2013
An airplane seller who was acting as his own broker told me that he’d been abandoned at the sales altar on three recent occasions, each time because of issues with buyer financing. “Welcome to the club,” I thought.
January 28, 2013
Buying business aircraft: The board member’s role
For most corporations, the purchase of a business jet represents a major transaction that requires approval of the board of directors. What should the directors consider when the company is thinking about buying an aircraft?

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-William Lear, in the early '60s, replying to a man who complained that he couldn't stand up in the original Lear Jet