by Lana Joy Hatmaker on July 7th, 2017

June was another great month for The Avsource Group.  We completed and continued to stay busy on several projects all over the world.  We had a productive annual meeting in the beautiful mountains of western Colorado, where we discussed current and future projects.  Please see below a list of our June completed and current projects.
​Avsource USA
  • ​Completed an aging aircraft inspection a 767-38E, in Rockford, IL
  • Completed an Export Certificate of Airworthiness for a MD-80 going to Argentina.
  • Conducted an Aging Aircraft Inspection of a 767-300 at IAI, in Tel Aviv, Israel.
  • Continuing projects in San Antonio, Texas for two B737-400s, undergoing bridging checks.
​Avsource Brasil
  • ​Our team is continuing to assist the largest Latin American Airline on their redeliveries.
    • We are currently working on 9 re-deliveries.
      •  including A319s, A320s and A330s in São Paula and São Carlos, Brasil San Jose, Costa Rica and Abu Dhabi (UAE).
  • Assisted our client on two pre-purchase inspections of (2) E195s.
  • Completed two mid-lease inspections on (2) E195s.
  • Were awarded the contact to perform six mid-lease inspections on (6) E195s by a major financial institution in combination with the third biggest Brazilian Airline.
​God Bless,
The Avsource Group – North and South





​​Sao Carlos, Sao Paulo
 





​Completed Re-delivery in ​Congonhas, Sao Paulo
 

by Lana Joy Hatmaker on June 1st, 2017

​The Avsource Group is welcoming the warmer weather of Summer and are looking forward to a very prosperous season.  May was a great month for both our North and South American teams.  See below a list of May’s current and completed projects. 
​Avsource USA
  • ​Completed an Aging Aircraft Inspection on a 767-306 for Paladin Aerospace in Singapore.
  • Completed an Aging aircraft inspection on a 737 for Paladin Aerospace, in Kelowna, Canada.
  • Completed a conformity inspection on an A320 for Latam In San Jose, Costa Rica.
Avsource Brasil
  • ​Completed two pre-purchase inspections on two E195s for Aircastle at Azul Airlines.
  • Completed a redelivery of a B767-300 for Latam Airlines.Completed a redelivery of a A319-132 for Latam Airlines.
  • Completed a redelivery of a A323-233 for Latam Airlines.
The Avsource Group,
(North and South) 
San Jose, Costa Rico
​Redelivery for Latam

by Lana Joy Hatmaker on May 4th, 2017

​April was fantastic month for The Avsource Group.  Our Representatives and Chief DAR have traveled all over the world completing projects for many satisfied customers.  We all had the pleasure of enjoying the MRO of the Americas in Orlando, where we were able to take the time to visit with many of our associates and clients.  Please see a list of our current projects.
Avsource USA
  • Completed aging aircraft inspection on a 747 for Paladin Aerospace in Hong Kong, China
  • Completed an Export Certificate of Airworthiness on a Mooney M20R to China
  • Currently working on an Aging aircraft inspection for a 737 for Paladin Aerospace, in Kelowna, Canada.
  • Continuing projects in San Antonio, Texas for two Vallair B737-400s, bridging checks.
Avsource Brasil
  • ​The ​São Paulo team is continuing to assist Latam Brasil with the redelivery process of several aircraft including A319, A320, A330, B767.  In ​São Paulo and San Jose, Costa Rica.
  • Completing In-Service Evaluations and pre-buy inspections for Aircastle on several Embraers.
747 Aging Aircraft




Paladin 747 - Aging Aircraft Inspection
Mooney Team In China




​Gary's Warm Welcome to Mooney in Zhengzhou, China
2017 MRO Of The Americas, Orlando, Florida

by Gary R. Loyd on April 5th, 2017

​March was a busy month for both our North and South American teams.  The Avsource Group continues to provide top notch aircraft certification, records, and transaction support all over the globe.  See a list of our current, ongoing and completed projects below. 
​Avsource USA
  • ​We completed a Special flight permit of a 737-400 for Vallair in Dothan, AL.
  • Reissued two Special Flight Permits of 737-31L for Sideral Airlines in San Antonio to Brazil.
  • We issued an Export Certificate of Airworthiness to Bermuda on a 777 for Boeing Capital Corporation in Victorville, CA.
  • Completed a conformity inspection on an A320 for Latam In San Jose, Costa Rica.
  • Continuing project in San Antonio, Texas for a Vallair B737-400.
​Avsource Brasil
  • ​Continued A350 transition between operators. 
Latam Airlines Brasil subleased 3 aircraft to Qatar Airways. The first one was delivered in March and two are to be delivered in April. 
  • ​São Paulo team is working on several redeliveries of B767, A330, A319 and A320 aircraft. 
​Services include records review and organization, report preparation, ANAC (Brazilian Aviation Authority) support and lessor interaction for record and maintenance issues. Engineering support was added to the package with 3 additional reps in addition to FAA-DAR services. 
  • ​Performed a mid-lease inspection of one E195 at Azul airlines.
  • Concluded the sale of a B737-400F to Sideral Airlines.
  • Assisted Latam Brasil during the transition to the new Muscat, Oman based airline Salam Air.
​The Avsource Group,

North & South

by Gary R. Loyd on March 1st, 2017

​We are welcoming spring here at The Avsource Group and are looking forward to a prosperous year ahead.  We’ve been busy with several new and ongoing projects.  We’ve recently entered a new partnership and are moving forward with expanding our services to include flight operation services. See official press notice below.
​**Press Notice**
The Avsource Group, Inc. and Fly Fast Aviation, Inc., a subsidiary of MMO Aviation Services Inc., have joined forces to provide your ferry/test flight needs.  If we can be of service, please contact Jim Young, President and Chief Test Pilot, through the link below.
Flight Operations


 

​Avsource USA

  • ​We completed a Ferry permit for Vallair 737 to move from Dothan, AL to San Antonio, Texas.
  • Completed an Export of an Aircastle A330 to Argentina.
  • Executed an export and ferry permit of a Sideral 737 to Brazil.
  • Completed a conformity inspection of an Aerothech 777 in Victorville, California.
  • Performed an aging aircraft inspection of ex-Singapore airlines 747F in Singapore.
  • Ongoing project in San Antonio, Texas for a Vallair B737-400.

​Avsource Brasil

  • ​In Addition to the A319s, A320s, A330s and B767 we are currently working on, we have added 4 new A350’s  to the list of aircraft we are preparing for  transition (redelivery, sell or sublease) for Latam Brasil.
  • Our reps are working in Sao Paulo & Sao Carlos (Brasil), San Jose (Costa Rica) and Abu Dhabi (UAE) to make sure Latam can make these aircraft transitions in the most efficient, economical way.We are continuing to assist our clients on the pre-buy inspections of two Embraer 195s.
  • We are completing a mid-lease inspection of another Azul aircraft.
  • We are currently in the process of finishing the delivery of a B737-300F to Sideral.
​God Bless,

The Avsource Group (North and South America)

by Lana Joy Hatmaker on February 9th, 2017

Good Job to our Sao Paulo team for yet another successfully completed redelivery of a A320 for Latam Brasil.  

by Gary R. Loyd on January 11th, 2017

​​We trust everyone had a good holiday season and that you are beginning a prosperous new year.  We begin this new year with a relocation and re-organization of our company.  We have moved our primary location from Mesquite, NV to Rifle, CO and we have changed our company name from Avsource LLC to The Avsource Group, Inc.  

 

​Avsource USA

  • We completed a special flight permit to France and export airworthiness certificate for a Boeing 737-400 freighter conversion to Romania.
  • We completed a special flight permit for a 737-400 from storage in California to Dothan, AL for a cargo conversion.
  • We are preparing to issue a special flight permit and export airworthiness certificate for a Boeing 737-300 to Brazil.
  • We are preparing to issue an Export Airworthiness Certificate for an Airbus 330 to Argentina.

​Avsource Brasil

  • ​We are still assisting LATAM during redelivery process of several aircraft A319/320, A330 and B767. We have completed 14 A330s with 3 more to go.
    • Services are being provided to LATAM at:
      • Brasil HQs in Sao Paulo, TAM-MRO
      • São Carlos, Etihad-MRO
      • Abu Dhabi, UAE
      • Coopesa in San Jose, Costa Rica
  • We completed a B737-400 full analysis for Modern Airlines.
  • In service evaluations were completed within major South American airlines for clients.
  • We are currently assisting Vallair on a transition (sale) of a B737-400F to Sideral Airlines in Tampa, FL and Curitiba, Brasil.
​God Bless America (North and South).
The Avsource Group

by Lana Joy Hatmaker on January 4th, 2017

​2017 Standard Mileage Rates for Business, Medical and Moving Announced

​Beginning on Jan. 1, 2017, the standard mileage rates for the use of a car (also vans, pickups or panel trucks) will be:

·         53.5 cents per mile for business miles driven, down from 54 cents for 2016
·         17 cents per mile driven for medical or moving purposes, down from 19 cents for 2016
·         14 cents per mile driven in service of charitable organizations

The business mileage rate decreased half a cent per mile and the medical and moving expense rates each dropped 2 cents per mile from 2016. The charitable rate is set by statute and remains unchanged.

The standard mileage rate for business is based on an annual study of the fixed and variable costs of operating an automobile. The rate for medical and moving purposes is based on the variable costs.

Taxpayers always have the option of calculating the actual costs of using their vehicle rather than using the standard mileage rates.
A taxpayer may not use the business standard mileage rate for a vehicle after using any depreciation method under the Modified Accelerated Cost Recovery System (MACRS) or after claiming a Section 179 deduction for that vehicle. In addition, the business standard mileage rate cannot be used for more than four vehicles used simultaneously.
 

by Gary R. Loyd on December 1st, 2016

Avsource USA
  • ​We completed a US export certificate of airworthiness and a special flight permit for two new Boeing 737-800s to China. 
  • We are preparing to issue a special flight permit to France and export airworthiness certificate for a Boeing 737-400 freighter conversion to Romania.
  • We are preparing to issue a special flight permit and export airworthiness certificate for a Boeing 737-300 to Brazil.
  • We are preparing to issue a special flight permit for a 737-400 from storage in California to Dothan, AL for a cargo conversion.
  • We are preparing to issue a special flight permit to Singapore and export airworthiness certification for a Boeing 777-200 to Bermuda.
  • We performed a pre-buy inspection/report on a 737-300 for a leasing company including video borescopes for the engines.
  • We performed pre-buy inspections/reports on two new Pilatus PC-12 NG aircraft that went to operators in Brazil.
  • We performed a conformity inspection on a 777-200 exporting to Bermuda.
  • Our chief DAR, Gary Loyd, is now authorized to perform Aging Aircraft Inspections on behalf of the FAA.  Please give us a call if your airplane/s require this service. 
Avsource Brasil
  • ​We keep assisting LATAM in phasing out their A330 fleet plus A320s & B767 redelivery processes including records organization, structural items engineering support, cabin and internal inspections, workscope preparation and all aspects of a redelivery process. 
  • We are doing an airworthiness directive (AD) review for a 737-400 for Modern Logistics. 
  • We completed midlease inspections for different customer in seven E195 operated by Azul Linhas Aereas.
  • We completed midlease inspections for a customer in nine A319/A320/A321 operated by Latam Brasil.
​God Bless America (North and South).

The Avsource Group
Aircraft Consulting,

by Gary R. Loyd on October 1st, 2016

​It’s been a busy month for all of at Avsource with the recent passing of our Patriarch and founder, Barry Hicks.  It was so good to see so many of his friends and colleagues at the Memorial service last Sep. 10th.  He is greatly missed as we continue the work of the company that he started.  We are grateful for all the donations and cards that came in Barry’s memory. (see the Gary's Eulogy speech below).   Business is good as we still receive requests for additional services.  We look forward to working on those.
Avsource USA
  • ​We completed a US export certificate of airworthiness and a special flight permit for a Boeing 737-341 Freighter to South Africa. 
  • We are actively completing a fresh annual inspection on a Mooney M20F.  We ran the engine last week for the first time in 9 years.  It cranked right up as though it never went to sleep.  All indications were in the normal range.  Remaining tasks are to install the flight instruments, radios, and perform the final operational checks.
  • We are preparing to issue special flight permits and export airworthiness certificates for two Boeing 737-800s going to China this month.
​Avsource Brasil
  • ​​We are still assisting LATAM in phasing out their A330 fleet, 14 A319/A320s and 1 B767.  
  • We were also awarded a contract to provide aircraft maintenance records research for a 737-400 operated by Modern Logistics.  This work is well underway.
​God Bless America (North and South).
The Avsource Group
 
​For Barry
September 7, 2016
 
Barry Hicks was a special person and admired by many.  He always had a smile and pleasant, respectful greeting for everyone.  He usually called me “Mr. Gair,” and he greeted others in like manner with a humble attitude.  We knew each other and worked together for the last 30 years.  Of course, in that span of time we shared many experiences. 
Barry was an independent thinker, sharp witted, and very unpredictable as to what he would say next.  He did not speak using clichés.  He truly had a mind of his own and spoke accordingly.

We traveled many places together around the world; France, Italy, Brazil, Bangladesh, to mention a few.  He would always use as much of the local language as he could with foreign words like Bonjerno, Grazzi, Prego, when we were in Italy.  And Bon Dia, Toto Bon (bone), Toto Ban (bane), Muito Obrigado, in Brazil.  He always enjoyed the local cuisine, especially the Gelato of Italy, which he could never pass up.  Barry always said “life’s too short for cheap ice cream,” so we would splurge for the Gelato.

We would be in meetings together or on the phone to discuss business ideas and if I suggested something he liked, he would say “keep thinking, Butch.  That’s what you’re good at,” (a famous line from the movie, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid).

He always had a humorous comment to the business at hand.  We might be in a meeting with a client to sign a business agreement and Barry would say, “you hold the pen, we’ll move the paper.”  And “move the paper” he did.  Barry saw to it that we had service agreements with most of the major airlines, leasing companies, and manufacturers of transport airplanes.  That put food on our tables and kept the kids in shoes, for which we are grateful.

Barry always respected the religious beliefs of others and I’m sure he won’t mind me telling you this.  He was a God-fearing, gun-toting, American family man who stressed the importance of The Golden Rule.  You may not agree with his philosophy or his personal religious beliefs, but one of his favorite scriptures comes from Joshua 24:15, “…but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”  Rest well Mr. Hicks.  You have now landed on that runway paved with gold and will always be the honored Emeritus and Patriarch of The Avsource Group.
 
 
Written by Gary Loyd, Sr. Partner, The Avsource Group

by The Avsource Group on September 2nd, 2016

Barry J. Hicks

​To all our clients and friends of Mr. Barry Hicks,

It is with sincere regret that we inform you of the passing of our dear colleague, Barry Hicks.  He fought a difficult and grueling battle with ALS for the last 3 months.  Please join us in keeping his family in our thoughts and prayers.

Barry worked at McDonnell Douglas in Product Support from 1986 to 1994 and then became the founder of our aviation consulting firm, The Avsource Group, which has been in business now for more than 20 years.  He was a major contributor to the Launch Teams for the MD-11 as it was introduced to the airlines around the world.  He enjoyed flying the small airplanes he owned throughout the years and traveling around the world. 

Although Barry is no longer with us, he will always be the honored Emeritus and Patriarch of The Avsource Group.

May he rest in peace with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Barry J. Hicks
February 21, 1956- August 16, 2016
​Memorial Service to be held at:
Clifton Christian Church
3241 F ¼ Road
Clifton, CO 81520
September 10, 2016 10:00 AM
Light Reception Following in Church Reception Hall

If you wish to mail condolences please mail to:
The Avsource Group
810 North Crest Suite #2
Grand Junction, CO 81506- 3964
 
In lieu of flowers please consider donating to one of Barry’s favorite charities:
World Vision – www.worldvision.org
Hope West Hospice – www.hopewestco.org

by Gary R. Loyd on September 2nd, 2016

​Avsource USA
  • ​We completed a US export certificate of airworthiness for an Airbus 330-200 to Argentina. 
  • We are actively completing a fresh annual inspection on a Mooney M20F.  We installed all new side windows last month, and re-installed the previous interior and engine instruments. Remaining tasks are to install the flight instruments and perform the final operational checks.
Avsource Brazil
  • ​We are still assisting LATAM in phasing out their A330 fleet and 3 A320s.  In mid-August we were awarded 11 additional aircraft for redelivery preparation for Tam/Latam.
  • We were also awarded a contract to provide aircraft maintenance records research for a 737-400.
​God Bless America (North and South).

The Avsource Group

by Lana Joy Hatmaker on August 25th, 2016

​​Dear Friends, Clients, and Customers:
 
At the passing of our Founder, Sr. Partner, and General Manager, Barry J. Hicks, we are reaching out to let you know that the services provided by The Avsource Group, will continue as always. We appreciate each and every one of you and we are committed in continuing to provide the best, most complete, and comprehensive service available in our worldwide industry.
 
Our other Sr. Partner, Mr. Gary R. Loyd, will be assuming the general management position of The Avsource Group. Gary is available for questions regarding any services, schedules or needs you may have and the entire Avsource staff is here to assist you in any way.  Names and contact information are listed below.
 
Thank you again for your continued business. We look forward to a prosperous and continuing working relationship.
 
Sincerely,
The Avsource Group
www.avsource.com
+1 702 727-4293
 
 
 
Gary R. Loyd – Sr. Partner, Manager & DAR
garyrloyd@avsource.com
+1 719-331-2169
 
Marcio de Moraes – South American Operations
marciodemoraes@avsource.com
+55 11 999854595 (Brazil)
+1 970-261-7779 (USA)
 
Julie Davidson – Accounting & Business Services
jdavidson@avsource.com
+1 970-270-1306

​Lana Joy Hatmaker – Customer Relations & Travel
lanajoyhatmaker@avsource.com
+1 970-260-1006
 
 

by Gary R. Loyd on August 2nd, 2016

Avsource USA
  • ​We completed a US export certificate of airworthiness and a special flight permit for a new 737-800 to China. 
  • We look forward to exporting two more yet this summer to China.We issued a special flight permit to a DHC-6-300 (twin otter) for an overweight operation from the US to Jordan.
  • We performed an on-line records review for a lessor on a 737-400.
  • We are actively completing a fresh annual inspection on a Mooney M20F.  We just installed all new side windows.
  • The 1957 Chevy pick-up that we recently restored sold at the Mecum Auction in Denver.
​Avsource Brazil
  • ​We are still assisting LATAM in phasing out their A330 fleet and 3 A320s.  Please see the recent photograph of the Avsource Brazil Team.  They are doing an outstanding job. 
​God Bless America (North and South).

The Avsource Group
Gary Loyd - Mooney M20F
​Mecum Auction in Denver
​Avsource Brazil Team

by Gary R. Loyd on June 3rd, 2016

​Avsource USA
  • We issued a special flight permit to ferry a 737-400 from Brunswick, GA to Miami, FL where the airplane will undergo heavy maintenance and a passenger to freighter conversion.  
  • Bruce Beadell and Gary Loyd attended the DAR seminar in Seattle, WA to keep current with the latest FAA rule changes for aircraft certification.​​

​Avsource Brazil
  • ​We are supporting TAM (Now LATAM Brasil) on A330s and A320s redeliveries and selling. Plus we will be performing Mid Lease Inspection in 4 B777s for Aircastle in June.
​God Bless America (North and South).

The Avsource Group

by Gary R. Loyd on May 2nd, 2016

​Avsource USA
  • We completed the first US export certificate of airworthiness for a Mooney M20TN (Acclaim) to China.  The airplane received its Chinese registration and airworthiness certificate last week.  General aviation is just beginning to open up in China.  Plans are underway for the new M10 Mooney Trainers to be manufactured and sold there.  The first prototype is now under construction at the Mooney facility in Chino, CA. 
  • We issued a special flight permit to deliver a 757 Freighter to Belgium following the export certificate of airworthiness.  The airplane is now in Belgium being readied for service with TNT Airlines.
​Avsource Brazil
  • We are still assisting TAM in phasing out their A330 fleet and 3 A320s.
  • We completed In Service Evaluations and Mid Lease Inspections of 10 A320s at Avianca, Brasil for Aircastle.
  • We completed a pre-purchase inspection of 1 B737-400F for Vallair.
  • Modern Logistics, a new cargo airline based in Campinas, SP, is negotiating to have us assist them on the implementation of their Technical Control System primarily on AD analysis and control.
​God Bless America (North and South).

The Avsource Group



Gary Loyd in China with Mooney
MRO Dallas, Texas

by Gary R. Loyd on April 1st, 2016

​Avsource USA

  • We completed another US export certificate of airworthiness and a ferry permit for one 737-322 to Mexico.  The airplane will go into passenger service with Magni Charters.
  • We’re entering our second year of routine Export Certification of cargo door kit parts for a major P2F supplier.
  • We’ve received NDA to discuss representation of an aircraft components firm to expand manufacturing.
  • We’re awaiting vetting of an expert witness for a litigation case to represent a major carrier.
  • We’ve seen an increase in queries regarding business aircraft certification and transactions globally.
  • We’re involved with several regional and company development marketing plans for business growth opportunities.

​Avsource Brazil

  • We are still assisting Tam in phasing out their A330 fleet and added a preparation of 1 A320 redelivery and 2 A320s for sale in Congonhas, Sao Paulo.
  • We are also working on a mid lease inspection of 10 x A320 at Avianca, Brasil in Congonhas, Sao Paulo.
  • Just now we are beginning a pre-purchase inspection (that will be followed by a lease back) of 1 B737-400C operated by Modern Logistics to Vallair.
  • Yesterday we closed the Azul project with 6 ATR-42/-72s returned to lessors and 3 more prepared.
​We look forward to seeing many of you at the MRO Conference in Dallas, TX next week.  Until then, God Bless America (North and South).

The Avsource Group

by Gary R. Loyd on March 4th, 2016

​Last month was a typical month for winter in Colorado when activity seems to slow down just a bit.  We love the 4 seasons and the opportunity to enjoy the variety of the pace of life in the Rockies.
 
We completed another US export certificate of airworthiness for one 737-300PCF to EASA (European Aviation Safety Agency).  The airplane was exported to Denmark to fly with Jet Time.

During our spare time, Gary has been busy restoring a 1957 Chevrolet model 3100 pick-up.  It was an enjoyable and relaxing project because for once, he can ignore all the FAA regulations and just have fun with the work at hand.  The vehicle belongs to a family friend who passed away in December, 2012, just as the individual body pieces were coming out of the paint shop.  Gary promised the cancer-stricken owner that he would finish the restoration for his wife and family left behind.  It took 150 work days since Dec. 2012 to complete the restoration but it is now complete and the Jim Taylor family is very pleased with the outcome.  Gary is anxious to get the truck out of his hangar to make room for the next project, which is hopefully an airplane this time.

Also during our spare time, one of our key associates, Bruce Beadell, had the pleasure of donating much of his time and skills to the Boeing Museum of Flight in the effort to resurrect the first 727-22, N7001U, for one last flight from Everett to Boeing Field in Renton.  This airplane operated with United Airlines for the first 27 years of its life before being donated to the Boeing Museum of Flight.  Bruce utilized his FAA DAR authority to issue the special flight permit for the flight which took place on the morning of March 2, 2016.  Gary was instrumental in obtaining the environmental permission for the flight because the airplane did not meet stage III noise levels. 

Barry had the thankless duty of dealing with the legal aspects of Avsource Services in making sure our donated services were held harmless in the event of things unforeseen.  Many thanks also to volunteer associate Joe Kinsella for his work in finalizing the status of airworthiness directives.  Joe’s prior experience at United and his consulting experience brought a lot of expertise to this project.  Many thanks to all the Avsource participants and congratulations to the Boeing Museum of Flight. 

We look forward to seeing many of you at the MRO Conference in Dallas, TX next month.  Until then, God Bless America (North and South).

The Avsource Group





727-22, N7001U




727-22, N7001U




727-22, N7001U




Restored 1957 Chevrolet 3100 pick-up




Restored 1957 Chevrolet 3100 pick-up




Restored 1957 Chevrolet 3100 pick-up

by Gary R. Loyd on February 2nd, 2016

As we write this newsletter today, it is snowing in Colorado.  The local weather forecasters are saying this could be our biggest storm of the winter season.  It was just last weekend when New York and Washington DC were reporting blizzard conditions through all of the major television networks and cable channels.  Ironically, you probably won’t hear anything about our big snowstorm in Colorado except through this newsletter. 

From Avsource, Brazil.
​Avsource was elected and is current working on phase out of A330 (9 aircraft – sales and re-deliveries) for a major South American carrier using a group of 10 associates involved on the project.   5th ATR42/72 was redelivered successfully and ASG team is working on 3 more for a growing Brazilian airline.  Avsource formed a new partnership with FELCA, so we are now offering a complete interior inspection report for pre-redelivery that includes full inventory of flammability control affected items with relevant cosmetic items normally required upon redelivery.
  
From Avsource, USA.
We completed the US export certificate of airworthiness of one 757-200PCF to EASA (European Aviation Safety Agency).  This is not an easy task, despite all the so-called “harmony” between the US and EASA in the bilateral agreement.  EASA requires documentation for all repairs, major and minor.  The FAA does not require transfer of records for minor repairs and that’s the rub.  The exporter went to great expense in both time and money to provide satisfactory documentation for the minor repairs. 

For our associates, please be advised of the latest mileage rates from the US government for business expenses. 
Beginning on Jan. 1, 2016, the standard mileage rates for the use of a car (also vans, pickups or panel trucks) will be:
  • 54 cents per mile for business miles driven, down from 57.5 cents for 2015.
  • The business mileage rate decreased 3.5 cents per mile from the 2015 rates.
  • The standard mileage rate for business is based on an annual study of the fixed and variable costs of operating an automobile.​

God Bless America (North and South).
The Avsource Group

by Gary R. Loyd on January 1st, 2016

​We begin this New Year, 2016, with a fresh overhaul of our website.  This is something that we have neglected for too long.  It is our desire that our website be meaningful and useful to our valued clients and associates, both in the USA and Brazil.

We saw several significant events in Aviation in 2015.  Along with the introduction of many new aircraft models, we saw the termination of the C-17 production line in Long Beach.  We also saw the drastic expansion and interest in the light drone market and the new requirement from the FAA to register all radio controlled aircraft and drones.  There was a bit of good news in the passing of the Pilots Bill of Right 2 near the end of the year.  This will be good for the general aviation crowd and those GA pilots who have a special interest in class III medical reform.

We lost three valued associates in death this past year. John Brower and Harold Nedrow worked for Avsource after retiring from lengthy careers at McDonnell Douglas, Long Beach. Tom Ruffino worked for Avsource after retiring from a successful career with TWA.  All were dedicated professionals and will definitely be missed.

2015 also marked 21 years for The Avsource Group.  We did not celebrate as such, but we surpassed being in business for 21 years in November.  It has been said that “90% of small businesses fail within the first 5 years. Furthermore, 90% off those 10% remaining fail within the next 5 years.”  This is truly a remarkable feat in today’s business world and is certainly worthy of recognition.

We look ahead at 2016 with positive thoughts and hope.  We wish all of our clients and associates a happy, healthy, and prosperous New Year.

God Bless America (North and South).
The Avsource Group