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Old 27th Nov 2018, 11:53
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Buy or leasing a helicopter?

In your opinion, from a business perspective, is it better to own or lease a helicopter? I intend to become an owner-pilot operator. This would be to offer services such as charter and aerial work. I'm sure there are VAT and other tax implications which would be great to hear. What are the pitfalls to either owning or leasing a helicopter? Does it depend on whether the engine is a piston v turbine? Does the answer depend on the purchase price or manufacturer (e.g. AW109 or R66)? Look forward to hearing your thoughts and wisdom.

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Old 27th Nov 2018, 13:50
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I was once wisely told...

If it floats, flies or f*cks..... RENT IT

Works for me...
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Old 27th Nov 2018, 14:13
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Originally Posted by pilot_tolip View Post
I intend to become an owner-pilot operator. This would be to offer services such as charter and aerial work.
Are you planning on having an AOC?
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Old 27th Nov 2018, 17:00
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At this stage unsure about an AOC, but possibly. Will be taking advice on this.
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Old 27th Nov 2018, 21:24
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Hi Pilot Tolip

I’ve sent you a PM.

Kind regards,

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Old 28th Nov 2018, 10:29
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Hi Rotorvation, thanks for the PM. Have replied. Thanks
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Old 28th Nov 2018, 20:25
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Having done both over the last 40 years I would say stay away from the aoc route !!! It will cost you more than you make . Having said that , Iím not sure you can lease or own and fly yourself . Get your clients to lease the aircraft and you manage it all and do the flying .
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Old 29th Nov 2018, 10:40
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Great advice from everyone. Thanks
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