Is this the way to San Marino?

After the success of the Isle of Man, many states, principalities and protectorates are keen to establish their own business jet registries. Last week San Marino launched its aircraft registry. In the next few years, about 10 other places have said that they are looking to launch international aircraft registries, with Guernsey hoping to open in 2013.

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Will the Channel Islands aircraft registry really work?

Oklahoma. The Cayman Islands. Aruba. The Isle of Man. Bermuda. Malta. There is no shortage of places to register aircraft. But we may soon have one more with Guernsey and Jersey, two islands in la Manche or the English Channel, between France and England, planning to launch.

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Not just cricket

Much of the world cannot understand the attraction of cricket. But in the Indian subcontinent it is by far the most popular sport. Yesterday worked stop in Pakistan and India as the two countries competed against each other in one semi-final of the World Cricket Cup. It was a busy day at Chandigarh Airport the closest airport to the match.

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The President and business jets

Spare a thought for the new President. His challenges include managing a slowing economy, negotiating tough foreign issues, continuing healthcare reforms and solving deep-problems with the financial system.

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Why commercial aircraft financiers should look at business jets and helicopters

Commercial aircraft are great assets to finance. However, your aircraft financing skills are transferable to other markets including business jets and larger utility helicopters (we are not talking about small owner pilot ones). Lots of your competitors are looking at

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One Minute NBACE 2012

One Minute NBACE 2012

  25,250. A lot of emphasis gets placed on the number of people attending business jet conventions and that was the figure of unique visitors that NBAA registered for its 2012 Convention in Orlando. So what does it tell us?

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Hawker Beechcraft’s problems are in Wichita and Beijing

Hawker Beechcraft’s problems are in Wichita and Beijing

Superior Aviation’s planned acquisition of Hawker Beechcraft was a complex transaction and, as with any deal, there were numerous things that may have stopped it from succeeding. According to people in China most of the problems were in Beijing –

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Will Gulfstream wait for NBAA 2012 to deliver the first G650?

Are Gulfstream waiting until the NBAA in Orlando before they deliver the first G650.

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War of words

You could easily get the impression that President Barack Obama does not like business jets. In June 2011 he attacked corporate jets six times in just one speech. Last week he mentioned them again in the presidential debate. If you want to understand why he is doing this I recommend a book by Dr Frank Lutz called Words that Work. Lutz was a senior adviser to the Republican Party and now advises companies. The Boston Globe called him: “the hottest pollster in America”.

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Superyacht Finance in 2012

I spent a few days in Monaco this week visiting the Monaco Yacht Show (it is a tough job but somebody has to do it) as well as Marine Money’s Super Yacht Finance Conference. As well as meeting a number of business jet and helicopter people it was interesting seeing how a similar high value luxury asset class is faring.

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