BUSINESS JET INVESTMENTS +
AVIA DESIGN GROUP
also see About Us)
business community, organizations need not commit to long-term,
full-time staffing for every skill position and every eventuality.
The idea that resources (human resources and aircraft in particular)
should be engaged only when required...where required...and for
the duration required, is a centerpiece of Avia’s thinking.
We are structured accordingly.
Beyond Avia’s core staff, certain additional team members
are utilized, as needed, for clients’ projects. Compensation
for such service is based only on the actual period of usage of
these specialists. Of course, long-term working relationships with
Avia staff and team members can be negotiated when deemed beneficial.
Potential clients are invited to view us as a proven, ready reserve
work force...spring loaded to react when needed, freeing Avia clients
from the growing pains typical of most organizations during fast
expansions or during short-term projects. Avia is unique, given
its seamless “one company answers all challenges” approach
to its client’s needs. A brief review descriptive of some
key Avia resources follows:
Avia Capabilities and Services
Avia Specialist Team consists of very senior industry problem solvers
- creative experts in all jet flight operations and maintenance
disciplines - available to efficiently resolve the serious challenges
that can 'ground' an organization and aircraft, alike.
Sometimes organizations need an 'overhaul', similar to an aircraft
or a turbine engine. And, often an owner is left to deal with issues
regarding skill positions, staff and circumstances that are highly
nuanced and far beyond his everyday business and expertise. The
FAST rapid response team answers emergencies with critical timing
needs... tailors its first responder team, long-term staff solutions,
corrective actions and level-of-effort to each project's demands
and to the term of service required.
principal interests and core skills are connected with the purchase,
sale and lease of business jets and airline equipment - for its
own account or for the account of its clients. It has completed
transactions involving several hundred jet aircraft and a number
of turbo-props. Avia is knowledgeable of the new and used equipment
of all the major aircraft manufacturers, most helicopter manufacturers
and the large luxury yacht producers – particularly regarding
the most effective means of their purchase and sale.
A by-product of engaging in any high end mobile equipment marketplace
such as that of jet aircraft or luxury yachts, is the conduct of
business in many cultures throughout the free world. It has been
a welcome perquisite for our staff and associates to transact business
from Austria to Australia, Russia to South Africa and Alaska to
Argentina...and in doing so, gain the reward of meeting people of
true accomplishment in many of the world’s most distinguished
corporations, families and governmental bodies.
One of our founding business concepts in 1977 was that of aircraft
joint ownership (and joint “usership”) based on the
notion that business jets are built in whole units...buyer’s
could only purchase (or lease) one, two or three aircraft, etc...yet,
the needs of many potential buyers could be met by the use of a
fraction of an aircraft. A new market segment was created in which
one jet could serve many users in a manner superior to charter &
superior to sole ownership. Avia’s approach was to utilize
its joint ownership structure to significantly reduce costs for
our clients upon their entry into fractional aircraft usage, during
their participation, and upon their exit - not for Avia to profit
unduly from our clients at every opportunity…as was to become
very much in evidence with the various fractional ownership organizations
that began a decade or more after Avia.
Traditionally, Avia’s interest in leasing
aircraft for its own account had largely been driven by U.S. tax
incentives. Since the termination of Investment Tax Credit in 1988,
and prior to the recent Jobs Creation Act (Bonus Depreciation),
the most attractive leasing incentives for Avia and its clients
have not been as intensely tax oriented.
However, incentives for Avia clients certainly have included their
capture of optimal initial investment values, plus their enjoyment
of the high residual values typical of well selected jet aircraft
(through opportune purchase options that Avia can offer, or Avia’s
aggressive residual value assumptions – things we are uniquely
able to offer because, above all, we are aircraft investors with
decades of jet aircraft investment experience, not a financial institution,
limited by regulation, that conducts some of its business in aviation).
Avia is a unique lessor. Avia does not infuse the equipment into
its leases at retail, or retail plus, as is all too common in the
industry, nor does it have an institution’s regulatory constraints
on residual value assumptions that, if required to govern a lease,
will drive up the lessee’s rental expense…and Avia openly
advises clients to clearly recognize, and how to benefit from, the
typically buoyant residual values of quality jet aircraft. In short,
we share the rewards of each transaction with the lessee. Avia offers
the aircraft and the lease financing as a package…and, importantly,
Avia: passes through to its clients the benefits of Avia’s
market knowledge in acquiring the finest aircraft at the best possible
price/value; selects the optimal model for the client’s missions;
and selects the best investment in present and future value terms.
In the normal course of business, Avia has become knowledgeable
of all the various permutations within the leasing industry. This
enables Avia to tailor a lease structure to its client’s exact
Avia offers consulting
services that include: feasibility studies; aircraft mission analyses
and optimal model selection…negotiations with the manufacturer
regarding new aircraft acquisitions; contract authorship; basic
spec and optional equipment analysis; oversight of new aircraft
production and green acceptance; new aircraft completions; and the
final delivery inspections, contract conformity, penalty clause
administration, function tests and the flight test of new aircraft…the
placement into service of new and used aircraft...negotiations with
sellers of used aircraft; contract authorship; pre-purchase inspection
oversight of used aircraft; the updating, modification, redesign
and refurbishment of used aircraft…traditional and lease financing
of new and used aircraft…as well as imports and exports. Avia’s
recognized aircraft appraisers have been engaged by investors, lending
institutions and the government of the United States regarding aircraft
current valuations and future value projections.
Management...Transport Category Projects:
is a service that we have made available on a long term basis through
our highly experienced staff and associates. This can be conducted
in various nations and under various flags of registry. Short term
services that Avia has provided include the set-up of new flight
departments, the set-up of Part 135 operations, consultations regarding
the set-up of new airlines and the transition of flight departments
to new aircraft types. We have specialized in the operation of Bombardier,
Gulfstream, Falcon, Hawker, Citation, Lear and Westwind models and
we can make consultants available regarding most Boeing and McDonnell-Douglas
types and certain Airbus types.
The cornerstones of the safety regime of quality aircraft operations
include well selected equipment, thorough and ethical maintenance
and the finest human resources in the cockpit.
Avia Design Group…Refurbishment
Avia recognizes how
important quality build and cosmetics are in optimizing any acquisition,
lease or resale effort. We offer our clientele consultancies involving
the entire range of build and design activities including “green
production” oversight, design specification work-up, negotiations
with candidate refit shops and completion centers and the comprehensive
oversight of aircraft refits and completions.
Rather than create its own facility for such undertakings, Avia
conducts refit and completion oversight in existent facilities around
the globe, as masters of the many disciplines required and involving
a great variety of aircraft models. A cosmetic refit may be done
during inspections, maintenance, mechanical updates or avionics
updates. To optimize the quality of design, materials selection,
execution, and the cost-effectiveness of the shops, Avia has a policy
of strict on-site project supervision.
To illustrate one small distinction that makes a big difference…the
narrow discipline of a “colorist” is an important industrial
design function. Color, finish, texture, materials and the interaction
of the variety and volume of each, can mean the difference between
adding significant value...motivating potential buyers...or the
diminution of the value, salability, and serviceability of an aircraft
or yacht. With that in mind, Avia has obtained the skills of truly
talented, experienced colorists and designers.
Avia’s range of capabilities may be best demonstrated by our
multiple Gulfstream II wing de-mate projects during the 1980’s.
These investments involved re-winging existent Gulfstreams with
new GIII wings and upgraded undercarriage assemblies to create GIIB
aircraft. These undertakings included complete aircraft rewiring,
interiors (among the Gulfstream factory’s first interior projects),
major maintenance and updates of avionics, ASC, AD & SB status.
In addition, Avia is experienced in engine retrofit projects. For
our own account, Avia conducted multiple British Aerospace (Hawker)
125 fan jet engine retrofits with full EFIS avionics and interior
refits done with the manufacturer at Chester, England...and Avia
is highly experienced with the original outfitting (completion)
of newly manufactured aircraft ranging from Citations & Lears,
to Falcon & Global Express models, to Embraer Lineage, Boeing
& Airbus Corporate Jets.
acquisition, design and production oversight…to launch, sea
trials, operational set-up and management…and, ultimately,
to resale…Avia offers a broad range of yachting services to
its clientele that is similarly comprehensive to that of Avia’s
business aviation roles. This industry cross over has been prompted
by: many Avia clients developing interests in yacht ownership contemporaneous
to their business jet ownership…no other organizations offering
Avia’s full services in both the aviation and the marine markets...Avia’s
appreciation for the similar quality of life enhancements that both
technologies deliver to our clients…and Avia’s recognition
that business jets and yachts can each attain the stature of functional
“mobile art work” with quality design and meticulous
build standards faithfully incorporated due to our completion/refit
oversight. Clearly, there is a significant transference of form
and function between these two means of very personal transport.
Our emphasis has been placed on the production of the highest quality
Dutch, German, Italian and American yards: Feadship, Amels, Heesen,
Royal Denship, Moonen, Lurssen, Abeking & Rasmussen, Schweers,
Blohm &Voss, Benetti, Burger, Delta, etc...particularly vessels
of the 30 - 75 meter length (approximately 100 - 250’).
Fractional Yacht Sales:
Ownership of brand new 93' Benetti Delfino model yachts is now immediately
available... initial deliveries have been completed and more are
en-route. Sister-ships built to the exact same specifications, featuring
every type of water sports equipment, will join this professionally
managed fleet and be positioned in the world's most popular cruising
grounds. Fractional owners and their guests will experience the
finest cruising, world-class personal service, great cuisine and
many adventures in world exploration. These rewards await new participants,
absent the expense of sole ownership. Our message is - escape. Escape
the burdens of yacht oversight workloads... escape the expense of
gaps in your time spent cruising... escape long, costly ocean crossings
required to reposition your yacht... return to the idea that yachts
do provide freedom.
In addition to appealing to new yachtsmen, this program also presents
a unique solution to many experienced owners facing the dilemma
of selling their present vessel, well suited to continued regional
use, in order to commit to the acquisition of a much more costly
successor... a successor capable of 'blue water' crossings so the
owner can enjoy the Med, Caribbean and Pacific. Now available is
the highly practical alternative of adding a fraction of a new,
professionally crewed and managed yacht. And there is a bonus -
the option of exchanging time aboard a like-kind Med based yacht
for one vacation... a Pacific based yacht for the following vacation...
or selecting from other exciting cruising grounds.
Our program permits participants to pick their cruising grounds
- take the option of traveling via our jets, or traveling on their
own - and, after enjoying their adventure, return home, free of
the labors of managing a remotely located investment. Fractional
ownership of larger and smaller models will also be offered. Contact
us for details about our unique aviation-marine usage opportunities...
plus our strategic alliance with luxury vacation experiences and
the right amount of time aboard...
no ocean crossings...
flexibility of exchanges...
use options !
Avia has comprehensive
abilities…and is available to seamlessly resolve 100% of a
client’s aviation needs. This has been the model for our comprehensive
marine services as well.