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April 1, 2008
Bonus depreciation can save you a lot on taxes–or not. It all depends on your
Bonus depreciation was introduced in the so-called Job Creation and Worker Assistance Act of 2002 in response to the economic malaise following 9/11. Under that act, if you contracted to purchase a factory-new aircraft on or after 9/11 and satisfied certain other requirements, you could start your tax depreciation with a 30-percent "bonus" amount in year one.
April 1, 2008
New owners “don’t always want their shiny airplane in the hands of stranger
After BJT quoted Long Island, N.Y. businessman Michael Pascucci's claim that his flights on his three aircraft are "free" based on the offset revenue he earns from their charter, we received feedback from readers questioning whether this is truly possible.
February 1, 2008
Since a $10 million jet is as much work for a bank as a $40 million one, the
Uncertainty about aircraft values in the current market poses a major challenge for the companies that finance their purchase. For many new aircraft, the wait for outfitted delivery is as long as five or six years. This backlog puts a lot of pressure on the pre-owned market, where inventories for some models are at all-time lows.
February 1, 2008
The Learjet 45 is a popular model, and inventory of this mid-sized jet has de
In the first quarter of 2006, phones weren't ringing for used-jet sellers. Last year, the situation was the opposite, as activity out of the gate was head-spinning and never slowed. It's anybody's guess how '08 will unfold, but one thing seems clear: no longer does the market's health depend solely on the U.S.
February 1, 2008
Before you say yes to a candidate's request for a ride, check with your tax a
As the presidential primary season heats up and Election Day approaches, you may be asked to make your aircraft available for travel by government officials and political candidates. Before doing so, you should familiarize yourself with the many laws, regulations and rules that govern such transportation.
February 1, 2008
The least obvious and sometimes least protected liability target is the aircr
After 9/11, there is no need to invent catastrophic-damage scenarios involving airplanes. The attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon demonstrated conclusively that jets can cause damage on a previously unimagined scale.
December 1, 2007
What you'll pay for air charter varies not only by aircraft type and model but by region. Here are the average per-hour rates for popular aircraft nationally and in the Northeast U.S. now and a year ago. Look for price data for other parts of the country in future issues.
December 1, 2007
Proposed regulations on deductions for entertainment use of business aircraft, issued by the IRS in June, are meant to help aircraft owners comply with changes to the Internal Revenue Code that were introduced in the 2004 Jobs Act. Those changes disallow tax deductions if certain top executives, called "specified individuals," use the aircraft for "entertainment."
December 1, 2007
Preowned Aircraft Annual Report 2007
Like sharks hunting for fresh blood, business jet buyers in 2007 used brokers as sonar to zero in on their hard-to-find prey. Then, early in the acquisition process, some customers tended to over-negotiate, not fully grasping how rapidly the market was changing. Consequently, they let their quarry slip away and once again found themselves swimming against the current.
December 1, 2007
Learjet 35A
Since 1963, when William Lear's Model 23 Lear Jet had its first flight, manufacturers have turned out thousands of business jets. Most of them are still flying. They give the lie to many business, accounting and tax assumptions concerning the useful life of business jets.

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