Kerry Lynch

Kerry Lynch
Managing Editor,
The Weekly of Business Aviation

Kerry Lynch has covered the business aviation industry for nearly 25 years. Lynch has edited The Weekly of Business Aviation since 2009, and also oversees business aviation content on the Aviation Week Intelligence Network. 
 
In 2012 she further became the Washington columnist for Business & Commercial Aviation magazine.  During her tenure with Aviation Week, she spent nearly five years as the Washington columnist for Aviation Week’s Overhaul & Maintenance monthly magazine.  She won the 2003 Gold Wing Award from the National Business Aviation Association for her Business & Commercial Aviation article, "Ghost Town On The Potomac," and was the 2004 recipient of the National Air Transportation Association’s Aviation Journalism Excellence Award.   
 
Lynch graduated from The Ohio State University with a bachelor of arts in journalism.

Articles
R&D, Bonus Depreciation Talks Draw White House Opposition 

White House officials are opposing a potential agreement by congressional leaders to either extend or make permanent a number of expired tax breaks, including bonus depreciation, the research and development (R&D) credit and small-business expensing. 

Reported early last week, the negotiations mark a compromise between the House—which is pushing to make some of the tax breaks permanent on a piecemeal basis—and the Senate, which has drafted a straight, two-year extension on about 50 different measures.

Confidence Increases In Industry Rebound 

Increased light-jet sales activity, improved operations in North America and a continued decline of used-aircraft inventory are increasing confidence that the long-awaited business aircraft recovery is finally arriving.

Business jet deliveries have increased 7% through the third quarter, and are expected to end 3% higher for the year, analyst firm J.P.Morgan predicts. This would mark the first increase of more than a percentage point since the downturn began in 2008. In 2013, the industry stabilized with a 0.9% increase, following four consecutive years of decline. 

Business Aviation Flight Hours Improve 

Global business aviation flight hours are inching up on the strength of an uptick in the Middle East, South America and Europe, according to hourly cost maintenance provider JSSI.  

JSSI’s Business Aviation Index tracks business aircraft flight hours by region, industry and aircraft. In the third quarter, global flight hours edged up 2%, and through the first three quarters business aviation activity is up 2.2%.

R&D, Bonus Depreciation Talks Draw White House Opposition 
Congressional leaders are negotiating over bonus depreciation and research and development tax breaks, but are running into resistance from the White House.
Drug/Alcohol Testing Rates To Stay At Minimums in 2015 

FAA is maintaining the minimum percentages for random drug and alcohol testing in 2015, after the industry once again remained well-below its positive-rate thresholds for 2013.

Federal law requires randomly testing a minimum of 25% of employees in safety-sensitive roles for drugs, and 10% for alcohol. But to be able to test to those minimum percentages, the prior year’s positive rate must remain below 1% for drug testing, and below .50% for alcohol. 

 
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