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Chao Report The Chao Report - Monthly Status Report of Aviation in China for May 2017 China’s National Development and Reform Commission Announces GA Demonstration Centers in 26 Cities Hoping to realize what it sees as the enormous potential of the general aviation industry, China’s National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) recently published “Ideas Regarding the Construction and Implementation of General Aviation Demonstration Centers”. The new...
FAA Tips for International Flying Flying internationally always requires more planning than domestic travel. If you are intending to fly for an extended period of time in a particular country, then there may be additional requirements depending on the country you are operating in. Below are some general guidelines for flying outside the United States. Obtain all the permits/permissions required by the country you intend to...
Aero & Marine Tax Professionals 7 Tips for Smart Aircraft Purchases Top Aviation Attorney Shares His Experience for Buying Aircraft By Thomas Alston Aircraft are never a small purchase, and the price tag gets very big, very fast. Like any big purchase, you need to be smart about the process from start to finish. That means assembling the right team of experts to help you through every step of the way. The right lawyer is a lynchpin member of that team, and...
Aerlex Law Group Weighing Your Options When Your Aircraft Won't Sell Recently, I had a longtime client looking for alternatives for his aircraft, which had been listed for sale far longer than he ever expected. My client no longer wanted to own the aircraft, but was unwilling to consider the low offers being presented by interested buyers. Continuing the pattern of recent years, in 2017 certain aircraft categories are saturated with excess planes for sale. When...
Aerlex Law Group Hiring a Crew for Your Aircraft Aircraft owners often opt to hire a management company to assist them in operating, maintaining and managing every aspect of aircraft ownership. Recently, however, a number of my clients have decided when purchasing their aircraft to start their own flight department rather than using a management company, or to use a management company with more limited services. As a result, these clients...
Qualifying for U.S. Aircraft Ownership: Not as Simple as it Seems Qualifying for U.S. Aircraft Ownership: Not as Simple as it Seems Are you eligible to own an aircraft registered in the United States? The United States Code (or “U.S.C.”) enacted by the U.S. Congress establishes the ownership requirements for civil aircraft registered in the United States. A U.S. registered aircraft can be owned by (i) a person or entity who meets the definition of “Citizen of the United States” as set forth in 49 U.S...
ADS-B: Aircraft Owners and Prospective Owners, Learn the Alphabet! ADS-B stands for Automatic Dependent Surveillance – Broadcast. By January 1, 2020, the majority of aircraft operating within the United States will be required to have ADS-B Out capabilities – and for aircraft registered internationally, some compliance deadlines are even sooner. Aircraft lacking ADS-B Out capabilities after that date will be grounded or severely limited in where...
Aircraft Registration Numbers: Personalized "Plates" for Aircraft First-time aircraft buyers looking at a potential acquisition may not realize that the registration number painted on the fuselage or vertical stabilizer of the aircraft can be changed and personalized by the new owner. “Tail numbers” – the name often used when referring to aircraft registration numbers – can be chosen by an owner in much the same way as a “vanity...
Flight Department, Management Company or Hybrid? Aircraft owners have three options for managing their aircraft: hiring a management company to manage everything, including crew, maintenance, maintenance program management and insurance; creating their own flight department and handling all management tasks themselves; or selecting a customized hybrid of items a la carte for a management company to oversee. I recommend that first-time...
Upon Receipt of the Inspection Report... In most cases, when purchasing a preowned aircraft, the buyer pays for a pre-purchase inspection in order to evaluate the condition of the aircraft. A pre-purchase inspection normally consists of a complete review of the aircraft’s records and a survey of the aircraft’s current condition. Depending on the type of aircraft and, in some cases, where the aircraft has been located or...