Commercial Aviation

Make Success Your Final Destination

Though economic disruption significantly shifted business plans for many in the commercial aviation field, major growth and recovery opportunities are on the horizon.

Taking a proactive approach to tax planning; research and development (R&D), international, and state and local tax incentives; buy- and sell-side due diligence; cybersecurity; and other issues, however, is crucial to stay ahead of change and move your business forward.

Discover how our industry-smart services can help you focus on what matters most: getting your carriers’ customers to their destinations safe and satisfied.

Conquer Industry Challenges

Navigate the evolving industry landscape with help from our professionals.

Execute Deals Confidently

Make strong, informed decisions and validate your position ahead of a merger, acquisition, or transaction. Achieve your goals by uncovering risks and issues early so you can strengthen your transaction strategy.

Create business value, raise equity and debt capital, or evaluate strategic alternatives driven by our strong relationships with private equity firms and other potential buyers and investors. For businesses owned by private equity investors, we can help strengthen portfolio acquisitions through due diligence and by meeting ongoing assurance, tax, and consulting needs.

Enter a deal prepared with our Valuations, Due Diligence, Merger Management Services, and more.

Make Data-Driven Decisions

Leverage the power of IT solutions to help boost your operational efficiencies through access to comprehensive, real-time views of your entire business.

Illuminate vital data to transform your business into a collaborative, data-driven organization. Enterprise systems can also provide insight into greater safety, quality, and compliance.

Test or enhance your technology standing with our Enterprise Systems Consulting, IT Development & Integration, IT Assessment & Planning Services, and more.

Protect Valuable Assets and Data

Cybercriminals infiltrate businesses at alarming rates with targets including trade secrets, sensitive business information, financial systems, and more. 

A security breach could have massive financial and reputational implications for your company—ranging from regulatory penalties, infrastructure disruption, stolen funds, and damaged customer relationships—if sensitive data leaks.

The most effective way to mitigate a breach is to prevent one from happening. Test your current systems, or implement new ones, to evaluate your safety levels and identify controls you need for further preventive measures.

Prepare your business before a cyberattack strikes with our Cybersecurity Services

Pursue Tax Incentives for Your Innovation

The level of innovation and research activity across the aviation industry make it a natural fit for R&D tax credits.

Navigating the claims process, however, can be a complex process that requires consistent guidance to avoid draining time and resources.

Your company can pursue R&D credits for eligible activities if you:

  • Generate prototypes and first articles for testing and validation
  • Develop new machines, fixtures, jigs, and tools for aircraft manufacturing and assembly
  • Develop new or improved metal forming, welding, and machining techniques
  • Develop engineering designs for integration of new monuments, galleys, seats and inflight entertainment (IFE) systems, into an aircraft
  • Design and develop new or improved aircraft monuments and components
  • Develop new or improved manufacturing processes, such as computer numerical control (CNC) machine programs and manufacturing plans, to build aircraft components with stringent specifications or tight tolerances

Several states also offer tax credits and incentives, grants, and programs beneficial to aviation companies. Notable offerings include:

  • Washington’s Property and Leasehold Excise Tax Credit
  • Washington’s Qualified Aerospace Product Development Expenditures Credit
  • California’s Sales and Use Tax Refund Review
  • Colorado’s Aviation Development Zone Tax Credit
  • Texas’s Enterprise Fund

In addition, businesses with international exports could reduce taxable income by creating interest charge domestic international sales corporations (IC-DISC).

Put money back into your business with our Tax Credits and Incentives, R&D Tax Credit Services, and more.

We’re All In

Businesses from across the industry look to our professionals for guidance, including:

  • Small parts to aircraft interiors
  • Avionics
  • Composites
  • Maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO)
  • Parts manufacturer approval (PMA)
  • Engineering and design
  • Tooling
  • Precision machining
  • Space and defense contractors

Valued Industry Perspectives

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As the largest accounting, consulting, and wealth management firm headquartered in the West, our professionals are rooted in the country’s most prominent aviation hubs—including our nine Washington locations—while also serving clients nationwide.

Deeply immersed within the commercial aviation industry, our professionals have extensive knowledge of the nuanced operations of aviation businesses. Our collaborative approach takes the time to understand the specifics of your business needs and strategically develop unique solutions contextualized among greater industry trends and activity.

Our clients aren’t the only industry leaders who look to us for guidance. We frequently collaborate, volunteer, sponsor, and serve on boards with influential industry organizations and events such as the Pacific Northwest Aerospace Alliance, A&D Forum, National Business Aviation Association, Aerospace Futures Alliance of Washington, Future of Flight Foundation, East Bay Advanced Manufacturing Partnership, Arizona Aerospace & Defense Forum, Southern California Aerospace & Defense Forum, and SFMade.

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