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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.
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.
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?
August 15, 2012
Choosing your aviation lawyer
When you need legal help buying, owning, operating or selling an aircraft, whom do you call? Many people contact their regular business attorney. That can be a big mistake.
July 20, 2012
Surviving a tax audit
As a big-ticket asset promising large potential tax adjustments, a business jet easily captures the attention of IRS auditors. Given the woefully complicated tax rules applicable to these aircraft, who can blame the IRS for seeking additional revenue opportunities in the flight department?
April 20, 2012
The perfect airplane
Like other lawsuits, most of the ones involving business jets are settled out of court. Every once in a while, though, a corporate jet case will not only reach a judge but produce a decision that shines a spotlight into some dark corner of business aviation. One such case is JDI Holdings, LLC v. Jet Management, Inc., et al., 732 F. Supp.
February 1, 2012
In these days of sluggish economic recovery and historically low interest rates, the biggest competition for those offering business jet financing is a four-letter word: cash. Those who still have the resources to buy aircraft often prefer to pay cash rather than finance, for the simple reason that they now have few other attractive places to put their money.
November 15, 2011
Cabotage Caveats
Sports fans panicked a couple of years ago when the Department of Transportation, the FAA's parent organization, ordered a charter service run by Air Canada to cancel sports-team flights in the U.S.
October 1, 2011
One of the first things you hear about when you begin using business aviation in the U.S. is the mysterious but important distinction between Part 91 and Part 135 operations. Many people still think about the difference in simplistic terms: Part 91–good; Part 135–bad. The facts are considerably more complicated.
August 1, 2011
Chartering your own aircraft can help you save on sales and use taxes and, in
You wouldn't think of buying a house and then renting it to yourself. Why would you ever want to charter your own aircraft?

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“I have an obligation to get you to your destination. You have an obligation to pay. What else is there? We don't need 24 pages of legalese.”

-VistaJet founder and chairman Thomas Flohr, on the company's unusually brief, easy-to-understand contracts