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