Importing and exporting corporate aircraft is a complex addition to an already complex process.
Negotiated the purchase of one of the first Boeing Business Jets and Bombardier Global Express aircraft, and the first operational Eurocopter EC 155B VIP-configured helicopter delivered in the United States.
Represented the purchaser of a Gulfstream GV in connection with its purchase and import from the United Arab Emirates, and related financing.
Importing and Exporting
Importing and exporting corporate aircraft is a complex addition to an already complex process. An imported aircraft will require deregistration from any international government registry as well as evidence that it is free of liens and encumbrances not only of record with the foreign registry but of record with whatever local filing locations may be applicable.
In order for an aircraft to be able to operate after being U.S. registered, it will need to have a U.S. Certificate of Airworthiness, which can only be issued after it is U.S. registered (and therefore acquired). Similarly, a U.S. registered aircraft will need to be deregistered from the FAA registry for export. In both instances, it is also important that appropriate U.S. and foreign customs entries be made, and attention to value added tax liability be considered if the aircraft is located in a foreign jurisdiction at the time of acquisition.
Although there is typically no U.S. customs duty upon import of an aircraft into the U.S., significant penalties can apply if an appropriate entry is not made. A buyer or seller will also need to be on the lookout for doing transaction with persons on various government watch lists. A good aircraft purchase agreement will include provisions addressing these issues and the appropriate timing.
KEEPING YOU ON COURSE
We are experienced in working with tax, legal and financial advisors of companies of all sizes in addition to family offices, to implement appropriate operating structures and planning objectives. For first time business aircraft buyers, we can quickly assemble a team of experienced industry professionals and others to assist the client with business, technical and other aspects of an aircraft purchase and ongoing aircraft management under Parts 91 and/or 135 of the Federal Aviation Regulations.
One of the challenges of using aircraft in business is understanding the effect of personal use on an executive and the company, and strategies for addressing income tax issues.
Letters of intent are an important start to most aircraft transactions, and failing to give them the proper attention can create costly misunderstandings.
Letters of Intent
Understanding the aircraft acquisition process is important in order to avoid common pitfalls and costly mistakes.
Aircraft Acquisition Process
In order to register an aircraft with the FAA, an individual or company must meet specific requirements. There are methods available for non-U.S. citizens to register aircraft with the FAA.
Public Companies have unique concerns when purchasing corporate aircraft and structuring their operations, including from the perspective of SEC disclosure of non-business use, security and confidentiality.
Acquiring an aircraft currently registered outside the United States takes careful planning and requires answering some fundamental threshold questions. Exporting aircraft may not require the payment of duty, but failure to make appropriate customs entries can be costly.
Import / Export
Planning opportunities exist that can defer or even eliminate the imposition of sales and use taxes in almost every state.
Sales and Use Tax
In addition to aviation counsel, a successful transaction requires having experienced aviation professionals and tax advisors.
The Right Team
Our attorneys are experienced with helping clients navigate the often counter-intuitive rules of the FAA and other regulatory authorities.
The Dilemma of Single Purpose Entities
When acquiring an aircraft, several financing alternatives are available. Which is right for you?
THE RIGHT TEAM. THE RIGHT DEAL.
Using business aviation to run a company is not only smart, it means the organization is well managed.
- Stewart Lapayowker