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Federal Excise Tax Changes For Charter
Kent S. Jackson | March 11, 2021

Effective January 19, 2021, new tax regulations clarify how the charter industry should address the Commercial Aviation Federal Excise Tax (“FET”) with managed aircraft. The new regulations will give the charter industry a new sales tool:  charter flights for owners in their own aircraft will not be subject to FET.  This means that aircraft owners […]

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Will 2021 Change the Business Aviation Tax Code?
Kent S. Jackson | March 11, 2021

“No bucks, no Buck Rogers.”  This quote from The Right Stuff neatly sums up the interrelationship between business aviation and the tax code.  Many years ago, Bob Dole was a Senator from the airplane-building State of Kansas.  Senator Dole was a commanding presence in the Senate, particularly when it came to crafting the tax code […]

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Tail-End Ferry Fatigue – Get-Home-Itis Isn’t the Only Factor
Kent S. Jackson | March 11, 2021

In September, the NTSB published a Final Report with a very simple determination of probable cause: “The pilot’s loss of helicopter control as a result of fatigue during cruise flight at night.” The flight was a “tail-end ferry flight.” Unlike FAR Part 121 operations, charter operators under FAR Part 135 have no rest requirements for […]

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Pilot Records: This Goes in Your Permanent File!
Kent S. Jackson | October 8, 2020

Performance in simulated training can predict a pilot’s success.

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Sharing Aircraft Under Part 91
Kent S. Jackson | August 28, 2020

When Does “Sharing” Become Illegal Charter? The FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018 contains a section entitled “Report on Illegal Charter Flights.” The law includes several requirements to identify and combat illegal charter flights. The FAA has been revising inspector guidelines. They even sent a letter to every pilot on record about the new emphasis on […]

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Base Inspections for Part 91 Flight Departments
Kent S. Jackson | April 14, 2020

The FAA is Coming For years the FAA’s lack of budget dictated cut backs on “non-essential travel” to places like: airports. Budget cutbacks also resulted in Flight Standards Offices (formerly known as FSDOs, or GADOs if you are older) migrating from convenient airport office buildings to cheaper office parks that are nowhere near an airport. And of […]

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