Illegal aircraft charter has been overhyped

Illegal aircraft charter has been overhyped

Brian Johnson spent 20 years as an aviation regulator. Here, he discusses why people should not call it grey charter and how the extent of it is overstated.

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What next for Hawker Beechcraft?

What next for Hawker Beechcraft?

The big question for the new owners is whether to keep the company whole or split it up. Hawker Beechcraft has had many enquiries from possible buyers and there is an argument that it is worth more if the company is split up.

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Hawker Beechcraft deserves credit for hanging on so long

In The Turnaround Kid, the excellent book written by Steve Miller, CEO of Hawker Beechcraft, he warns companies that the people who lend you money originally are not the ones that deal with you when you get into trouble.

Hawker Beechcraft has spent many months negotiating with these people at banks. According to people whom have attended some of these meetings, the biggest comment they have faced from lenders is: “How have you kept going so long?”

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Opinion: Bad parents – Hawker Beechcraft is a bad advert for private equity

Opinion: Bad parents – Hawker Beechcraft is a bad advert for private equity

Onex and Goldman Sachs Capital Partners have let Hawker Beechcraft down.

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Opinion: Blink and it is still there

It is easy to attack very light jet air taxi operators but Blink and GlobeAir have fought hard. In fact, they deserve credit for fighting hard and may almost be ready to exit.

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Opinion: HyperMach’s success is not about engineering. It is about money

Building an aircraft that flies has less to do with aerodynamics or engines than it does with money or regulatory approval.

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People really are the most important asset

At Oriens we believe that people are always a business’ most important asset.  Very easy to say – but extraordinarily difficult to live the values that truly underpin that “asset strategy”. 

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Kirsten Bartok: The truth about investing in corporate jets

While the leasing market for commercial jets is based on well-understood financing techniques and has attained a high level of sophistication, that for investing in corporate jets is at an earlier stage of development. For many would-be participants the corporate jet market is one of misconceptions and, for the present, incomplete information.

This article covers points made by Kirsten Bartok, vice  presentation structured finance, Hawker Beechcraft, at International Corporate Jet & Helicopter Finance 2011.

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Death, taxes and business jets

Death, taxes and business jets

The main driver in any financial transaction should not be avoiding tax. As Warren Buffet wrote: “Ultimately there are three ways to avoid a tax:  (1) to give the asset away, (2) to lose back the gain; and (3) to

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Getting asset strategies right: A guide for aircraft operators

In the first of a series of columns, Edwin Brenninkmeyer, CEO of Oriens Advisors, explains why aircraft operators need to get their asset strategy right to improve cash-flow and cut legal problems.

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