Kerry Lynch

Kerry Lynch

Kerry was Managing Editor of The Weekly of Business Aviation until November 2014.

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Questions for Steven Levesque

1.  You have built a foundation for a chain now with five facilities.  What are your long-term plans?

Levesque: We started the year with two and added facilities in Chicago, Atlanta and Eau Claire, Wisconsin. We would like to grow to 15 or 20 facilities. But we want to grow smartly and in the right way.  We are not in a rush.  We have looked at a lot more than we have attempted to acquire.

2.  What do you look for in a potential acquisition?

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%.

Champions in Caucus 

Over the past several years, the still relatively young House and Senate General Aviation Caucuses have emerged into some of the strongest and largest on Capitol Hill. The House caucus, which exceeds 250 members, is the largest in the chamber, while the Senate caucus stood strong at 40 members.

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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Apr 15, 2015
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Briny Water May Challenge Future Mars Spacecraft Design

"These finding have implications for planetary protection policies for future landed spacecraft," according to the Nature Geoscience report. "Cl-bearing brines are very corrosive and this may have implications on spacecraft design and surface operations."...More
Apr 14, 2015
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Apollo 13 Story Is Still Gripping After 45 Years (1970) 2

The flight of Apollo 13 in April 1970 was one of the most dramatic events in the history of human spaceflight –- and ultimately one of NASA’s finest hours. For three days, the lives of three astronauts who had been bound for the third lunar landing mission hung in the balance....More
Apr 13, 2015
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NavWeek: Ballistic Bombast 14

China may be able to take out an American aircraft carrier with its feared DF-21 antiship ballistic missile (ASBM) without even taking a shot....More
Apr 10, 2015
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Lessons From Space Shuttle Columbia (1981) 10

The space shuttle was a magnificent machine, the most capable spaceship ever built. It was also a fragile monster that required an expensive standing army to fly, and punished the slightest inattention to detail in its preparation and operation with fatal results....More
Apr 8, 2015
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Photo: Water Cannon Salute For Inaugural Memphis-Dallas Love Field Service

Southwest Airlines inaugurated Memphis-Dallas Love Field service on Wednesday morning, opening up direct commercial service between the two airports for the first time....More

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