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October 15th, 2014 by Lori N. Edwards-McGee

International aircraft transactions can spiral out of control fast. How can you protect your investment and avoid costly mistakes? Collaborating with an aviation attorney should be your first step. They can expertly guide you through all the complex international buy/sell events, all requiring flawless execution to guarantee a successful closing.

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October 3rd, 2014 by Kent S. Jackson

I was an unmanned aircraft expert until I turned 16. Up until then, I built squadrons of balsa and tissue control-line airplanes and competed with them. But then I soloed in a Cessna 150, discovered girls and forgot about toy airplanes.

Now, toy airplanes are “Unmanned Aircraft Systems,” and the economic, social and legal implications continue to loom larger while the “aircraft” get smaller and smaller.

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September 17th, 2014 by Kali M. Hague

There are three key points to consider when negotiating an aircraft’s delivery condition. Don’t under estimate the time and legal expertise necessary for a successful transaction. A detailed description of individual delivery conditions ensures buyer protection and helps regate or resolve potential disputes.

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August 20th, 2014 by Michelle M. Wade

When scanning the SALE ads for pre-owned aircraft, go ahead and imagine yourself taking off from the runway but first consider the legal, financial and tax implications that differ between buying used versus new.

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July 31st, 2014 by Phil Crowther

Every aircraft owner is potentially liable for a wide variety of state and local taxes: sales and use tax, income or franchise tax, personal property tax and/or registration tax. To make matters worse these tax laws vary from state to state, and can apply in multiple states. The attached article addresses the common problems, general concepts and several myths relating to taxation of aircraft.

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http://www.nbaa.org/member/admin/taxes/state/StateTaxes.pdf


July 30th, 2014 by Kali M. Hague

When purchasing an aircraft, resist the temptation to guess on aircraft financing. Aircraft transactions and the legal financing documents are intricate, complex and contain many concealed restrictions. Such transactions should never be initiated without qualified, professional support.

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July 24th, 2014 by Michelle M. Wade

Corporate inversions implemented to reduce corporate taxes are a hot topic.  Congress recently held hearings on the corporate tax code.  Could this tax issue affect the corporate jet?

If your company is involved in a cross-border merger or acquisition, where over 25% of the company will be owned by individuals or entities which do not meet the FAA’s definition of US citizen, then you need to talk with your business aviation lawyer about whether your US-registered aircraft is still validly registered.

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July 2nd, 2014 by Kali M. Hague

Thinking of operating an aircraft in a sole purpose company to minimize liability? Think again. One of the most frequestly violated FAA regulations is also one of the most well-known, but misinterpreted, provisions.

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June 25th, 2014 by Lori N. Edwards-McGee

When purchasing a new aircraft, or making a change in the operating structure, often the last items to be considered are the FAA Letters of Authorization (LOA) for operations. For years the operator specific nature of the LOAs has gone unnoticed by the FAA, and the business aviation industry. Ongoing confusion led to the persistant belief that a single LOA, or use of a charter operator’s authorizations, was sufficient for the aircraft. This assumption is inaccurate and aircraft owners and operators need to reevaluate their LOAs.

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May 30th, 2014 by Michelle M. Wade

Aviation is a highly regulated industry requiring constant monitoring. The FAA, IRS, State Department of Revenue and other governmental agencies all have laws, rules and regulations governing your aircraft and how it is owned and operated. Staying informed is critical. Focusing exclusively on taxes, on Federal Aviaiton Regulations (FARs) or on perceived liability shields creates problems.

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