Press Release

Aircraft Transactions Forum to Update Industry March 4-5 in Scottsdale

Presented by ALM’s Insight Information, Rep. Sam Graves headlines strong lineup of industry leaders, discussing registry, financing and legal issues

NEW YORK – January 17, 2012 – The 20th annual Aircraft Transactions Forum, set for March 4-5 at Scottsdale, Arizona’s Phoenician resort, has been uniquely designed to update both general and commercial aviation industry participants on critical registry obligation, deal financing and legal issues, including the “fiscal cliff” fix’s aviation tax impact.

Rep. Sam Graves, a key Member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and Co-Chair of the General Aviation Caucus, will provide important insights into prospective regulation and legislation. Other keynoters of the conference, presented by ALM’s Insight Information, are Peter J. Bunce, President and CEO of the General Aviation Manufacturers Association; Joseph R. Standell, Aeronautical Center Counsel of the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration; and Jeffrey Wool, Secretary General of the Aviation Working Group.

In addition to presentations on: critical registration obligations and procedures; tax, lease negotiation, and financing developments; international transaction and registration considerations; and the International Registry under Generation II, the Aircraft Transactions Forum offers professionals multiple platforms for interactive discussions and networking opportunities. The expert presenters represent the full industry, from airlines, manufacturers and lessors to trustees, banks, insurers, and legal stakeholders.

Among the topics covered are:

  • Impact of January’s “fiscal cliff” legislation on bonus depreciation deductions
  • Recent FAA developments and what can be expected
  • Understanding return conditions: operating vs. finance leases
  • Challenges with redelivery of aircraft on old leveraged leases
  • Lessons learned from recent litigation: aircraft finance and the aviation industry
  • Export credit financing
  • Understanding the second generation of the International Registry
  • Opinion issues related to the Cape Town Convention
  • Export and embargo laws in cross-border aircraft transactions
  • Structuring aircraft ownership for international operations

Targeted breakout sessions focused on business and general aviation cover federal transportation excise tax on Part 91, structuring management agreements, recent tax developments, fractional ownership issues, IRS’s final Entertainment Cost Disallowance regulations, and new strategies to maximize aircraft deductions.

Targeted commercial aviation sessions include discussions of structuring capital markets deals, growth and consolidation in the aviation industry, as well as a practical guide to English aviation law for U.S. lawyers.

The full agenda and registration information are available at or by calling ALM’s Insight Information at 888.777.1707.

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