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Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Mark's Remarks - HL 288 (1)

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Finance - HL 288 (2)

Helpful miscellaneous articles regarding our retirement plan and planning.  Like you, I review my retirement nestegg and plan from time to time.  Recently, I went though some continued education for some credentials I maintain and it occurred to me that we all could use a review about these issues.  So with your help, we will share and post articles and info that may be helpful and of interest to many of you in this section.

If you are 70 ½ you can satisfy all or part of your IRA RMD with your QCD* donations!
*Qualified Charitable Distributions

New Tax Law Offers Added Incentive to Make Tax-Free Transfer of RMDs From Your IRA to Charity

Basic rules for charitable deductions stay the same under the new tax law, but a near doubling of the standard deduction may change people’s giving.
QI heard that the new tax law changed some of the rules pertaining to charitable giving. Can I still make a tax-free transfer from my IRA to charity and have it count as my required minimum distribution? I’m 75 and I’ve been doing that for the past few years.
Ayes. The new tax law doesn’t change the rules for qualified charitable distributions, or QCDs, which let people older than 70½ transfer up to $100,000 from their IRAs to charity each year and have it count as their RMD without being added to their adjusted gross income. In fact, the new law is likely to make QCDs attractive to more retirees.

The new law also doesn’t change the basic rules for charitable deductions (other than increasing the deduction limit for cash contributions from 50% to 60% of your adjusted gross income). But because the law nearly doubled the standard deduction, fewer people will itemize deductions – and you can only deduct charitable contributions if you itemize. Until Congress changed the rules, the 2018 standard deduction was scheduled to be $13,000 for joint filers, $6,500 for single filers and $9,550 for those filing as head of household. But now, the 2018 basic standard deduction will be $24,000 for joint filers, $12,000 for single filers and $18,000 for heads of household. Taxpayers older than 65 get an even better deal. Each spouse age 65 or older gets an extra $1,300, so if both husband and wife are 65 or older, the standard deduction is $26,600; single taxpayers and heads of household age 65 and older get an extra $1,600, bringing their standard deduction to $13,600 and $19,600, respectively. It makes sense to itemize only if your itemized deductions are larger than that threshold.
Meanwhile, the new law also limits some other itemized deductions that make it even more difficult to cross that threshold. For example, the law caps the itemized deduction for state and local taxes (including property, sales and income taxes) at $10,000. The deduction for interest paid on home-equity loans is eliminated for both new and existing loans. And the mortgage-interest deduction will be limited to interest on the first $750,000 of debt for home loans taken out after December 14, 2017 (interest on up to $1 million in mortgage debt is deductible for loans taken out on or before December 14).
 But the tax-free transfer from an IRA lets you benefit from making the gift to the charity even without itemizing. This way, you can still take the standard deduction but your charitable gift isn’t included in your adjusted gross income and taxed. “One of the groups that always benefited most from the QCD technique includes those who wouldn’t have been able to deduct their charitable contributions,” says Tim Steffen, director of advanced planning for Baird Wealth Solutions Group. “With more taxpayers claiming the standard deduction as a result of these changes, they won’t necessarily get a tax benefit from their charitable contributions. By using the QCD technique, they can actually still get a benefit for those donations.” Keeping $10,000 out of your taxable income, for example, saves $2,200 if you’re in the 22% tax bracket.
Keeping your RMD out of your adjusted gross income could also have other benefits. For instance, it may help keep your income below the threshold for being subject to the Medicare Part B and Part D high-income surcharge (which boosts premiums for people whose AGI plus tax-exempt interest is more than $85,000 if single or $170,000 if married filing jointly). And it may hold down the percentage of your Social Security benefits that’s subject to taxation (for more information, see Do You Have to Pay Taxes on Social Security Benefits?).
An even better article on this topic may be this one from Kiplinger: 

(As with any of these informative articles, anyone who needs someone to talk to about

this very subject contact me and I can direct you to a knowledgeable advisor).

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Events - HL 288 (1)

Date: 3/10/2018 4:33:09 PM
Subject: 3rd Thursday of the month ORD Delta DC-9 Layover

Remember these uniforms?

This coming Thursday, March 15th, is the 3rd Thursday of the month and time to see if you can still layover the ORD Delta DC-9 way of cheap beer, great pizza, phenomenal service and fantastic “flying the line” stories with fellow crew members and friends.
As always it is at 19:00 at Nick’s Pizza and Pub, 856 Pyott Rd, Crystal Lake, IL or ½ mile north of the Lake in the Hills airport (3CK).  Everyone and anyone is invited so bring a friend or two and enjoy this fun filled get together!
Enjoy, David W. Skjerven

P.S.  Leo, I won’t make the Layover since we’ll be out in Big Sky skiing.  Also, I won’t be back in time to send out the reminder about the 1st Tuesday breakfast, so, can you send that out?  Thanks and have a layover beer for me.  David

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Human Interest - HL 288 (1)

A neat story of compassion from Gene about the late great Billy Graham

From: Gene Hall
Date: 2/21/2018 4:32:22 PM
Subject: Personal With Billy Graham

 Billy Graham went home today. There must be one of the biggest celebrations in the history of Heaven going on now. I was 15 years old in the Summer of 1950 when, on a Sunday afternoon, my family took my younger brother and me from our home in Asheville to Ridgecrest to here Billy preach. He was already a national figure, because his scheduled 3 week Los Angeles Crusade ran for 8 weeks in 1949, and William Randolph Hearst sent a telegram to all his newspapers that said, “puff Graham.”

I had the pleasure of meeting Dr. Graham twice. The first time was in 1967 on the golf course at Tryall in Montego Bay, Jamaica. I was with a foursome, and my ex Delta pilot roommate, Jimmy was the head Golf Professional at Tryall. (That’s a whole another story, because I played lots of golf with Jim, and I never saw him break 90. However, he was an excellent salesman.)  The following is from a blog I sent to my Delta Air Lines retiree mailing list, years ago:

“.....and when we checked in at the pro shop, we were told that Jimmy was giving a lesson on the practice range.  I found him there giving a golf lesson to Billy Graham.  Adam Gimble of department store fame was waiting for the next lesson.  Jimmy introduced me to both of them, and we chatted for a couple of minutes....
.....On Sunday, August 25, 1968 I was flying Atlanta – Chicago O’Hare with a stop at Louisville. On letdown to Louisville, our horizontal stabilizer motor failed.  Louisville didn’t have jet ways, and we parked between a concourse and a house trailer that was being used as the temporary passenger lounge for the fixed base operator while construction was going on in the private airplane hangar.  

The gate agent came on board to tell the flight attendants that we had a celebrity passenger getting on.  He told us it was Billy Graham who was going to Chicago to give the invocation at the opening of the Democratic National Convention the next day.  I informed the agent that we would probably have a significant delay.  It was unlikely that the stabilizer motor could be repaired, and we probably would need to get a new one on the next flight from Atlanta.  He told me that Billy was standing in the concourse wearing a straw hat and sun glasses, and he had not been recognized.  

I went in and introduced myself, and with no hesitation he informed me, ‘that we had met the year before on the golf course in Jamaica.’ He and I had a two and one half hour conversation before he retired to the FBO lounge, about one hundred yards from where we were parked.

Breakfast was being served, and there was plenty for the crew.  One of the flight attendants came up (I think they were not called stewardesses anymore) about the time I was being served, and told me about a standby military half fare passenger who was going to be bumped.  He had a new baby that he had never seen, and he had already spent two days traveling from Panama.  She was distressed about his situation, and asked if I couldn’t do something to help him.  I told her that of course I could, I was the captain, and I would take care of it just as soon as I finished my breakfast.

Dr. Graham had called for a Lear Jet from Executive Jet Aviation in Columbus.  That is the company now known as Net Jets.  His associate, Grady Wilson was the only person with him, so I knew there was room on the Lear.  I walked over to the lounge and asked Billy if there was extra room on the plane, and he said yes, and jokingly offered me a seat.  I explained the situation, and he was happy to help.  I don’t remember the soldier’s name; I will call him Corporal Smith.  I told Corporal Smith that I had alternate transportation for him, but I didn’t tell him who it was with or what kind of plane.  He walked across the ramp with me and I introduced him to Billy and Grady, and asked him if he would mind riding to Chicago with them in their Lear Jet.  To say he was speechless is an understatement.  Billy asked him where he lived, and Corporal Smith said he lived about half way between Chicago and Milwaukee and would take a bus to the train station from ORD.  Billy explained that the Yippies were demonstrating in Chicago and the local buses and taxis were on strike, but that was not a problem, because ‘a local businessman was meeting their flight with a large limousine, and they would drop him off at the train station.’ Corporal Smith’s duffle bag was already at ORD, and Delta ops took it over to Butler Aviation for him.  I would love to have been a fly on the wall when that soldier told his family how he got home.

Dr. Graham asked for the address to write a good letter about the incident, and I told him I had dozens of good letters in my file, and rather than a letter, how about one of his autographed books.  He sent a book and a nice letter to me.”

This was 9 years before I became a believer, and I wasn’t at all interested in reading Christian books. I never got around to reading Billy’s book, and it has disappeared from my book shelf. The person who borrowed it, and forgot to bring it back is probably on this mailing list. If you have ever been to my home, and if you have any of Billy Graham’s books, check the inside front cover, and if you find a personal note to Gene, from Billy Graham....bring it back. 

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Misc - HL 288 (2)

From: dickhendrickson@comcast.net
Sent: 2/20/2018 3:00:23 PM Central Standard Time
Subject: Airlines flush with money spur pilots’ quest for lost pensions

I am sure thee almighty ALPA won’t help those of us that lost our retirements.  David W. Skjerven


Date: 2/19/2018 12:39:55 AM
Subject: A Friend Made an interesting talk...

Hello Mark,
A voice out of the deep past.
I watched the back and forth about the Ken Burns documentary on Vietnam. Personally I thought it hard to watch but fascinating and enlightening and about as good as we are going to get.
Terry Blalock seems an unhappy soul.
I expect JP Doyle gets it about right minus the hyperbole. Love that man. Think his politics are spot on.

Anyway, I was thrown, as a brand new freshman in college, with this guy into our small group of pre-med students in our orientation class at Chapel Hill in the fall of 1958, almost 60 years ago. His name is Harold Kushner. We called him “Kush” then. He goes by “Hal” now. He is an ophthalmologist in the Daytona Beach area. We were fast friends and had several classes together and played a LOT of cards. In the past few months and years we have been telephoning and emailing in correspondence again. He recently made a talk at the Clinton Center for Public Service in Little Rock. He has no love for the Clintons, but his talk was a remarkable and touching testimony. I think your readers will appreciate and be deeply moved by it. Warning: he is VERY bright.

Watch it to the end, including the Q & A. Thanks.
Blessings to all of my good friends out there,

Roscoe McMillan

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Hangar Flying - HL 288 (3)

From: 905thARS@yahoogroups.com
To: 2ndACCS@yahoogroups.com, 905thARS@yahoogroups.com
Sent: 3/6/2018 11:07:06 AM Central Standard Time
Subject: [905thARS] EC-135 “Looking Glass” Restoration
  This project has stalled out dollar wise, and they need all the help possible..
Boeing has not donated a dime or parts, and other corporations have donated few dollars, and some just parts or materials.
Any donations regardless of amount will be helpful.
Thanks from the Museum and the dedicated volunteers.

From: Nebraska Veterans Coalition <dkenkel@cox.net>
To: undisclosed-recipients: ;
Sent: Mon, Mar 5, 2018 9:19 pm
Subject: EC-135 “Looking Glass” Restoration
Please consider donating to the Museum.  Donations are tax deductible and can be made through our secure website www.SACMuseum.org

EC-135 “Looking Glass” Restoration

EC-135 “Looking Glass:”

The Calling Card to the Cold War

The Strategic Air Command (SAC) Airborne Command Post was airborne 365/24/7.
The “Looking Glass” mission, to ensure Nuclear peace, was successfully completed for over 37 years.
Serving the Mission

General John T. Chain Jr. landed the last mission on an EC-135 “Looking Glass” aircraft at Offutt AFB in 1990.
General Chain, Honorary Chair for this project said, “There was no other mission more important to the success of the United States winning the Cold War.”
Since 1993, EC-135 Looking Glass has been awaiting restoration.
The aircraft will be restored inside-and-out, to the configuration of that last mission in 1990. The Looking Glass aircraft display will feature exhibits with lessons in American history.
The lessons will include oral histories of the men and women who served, artifact displays, and lesson plans so the thousands of youth that visit the museum annually will learn about one of the most important missions in American history.

This will be the largest restoration project the Museum has taken on and we need support.
Restoration volunteers completed over 12,571 hours of work since 2015.
The Strategic Air Command & Aerospace Museum is a registered 501I(3) non-profit organization and is home to over 40 air- and spacecraft that span 70-years of history.
The Museum is not funded by any government source and we rely on support from individuals and the community in order to preserve history and bring learning experiences to our local schools and the thousands of visitors from all over the United States that visit us each year.

Welcome to the EC-135 “Looking Glass” Restoration page!

The EC-135 Looking Glass is an icon of the Strategic Air Command and a credit to the nation it served for many years. Read a letter from Gen. John T. Chain (USAF, r.) here- detailing the role “Looking Glass” played in winning the Cold War and the value it adds to the SAC Aerospace Museum collection.



The incredible story of a lucky SR-71 pilot who survived to a Blackbird disintegration at Mach 3+

Date: 2/26/2018 11:02:53 AM
To: marksztanyo
Subject: another pilot story

 Another pilot story


Jobs Jobs out there for the youngsters!
CAE Parc Aviation
February 2018 Newsletter

Now Recruiting for Emirates Airline

We are delighted to announce our partnership with Emirates Airline.

Emirates Airline is one of the world’s leading airlines, operating to over 150 destinations around the globe. With the largest fleet of Airbus A380s and Boeing 777s, their pilots have the opportunity to fly the latest and most efficient widebody aircraft.

We are now recruiting for the following roles:

The airline is offering a very competitive pay and benefits package, including modern accommodation for you and your family in beautiful Dubai.

With the diverse range of the opportunities within the Emirates Group, you will have the opportunity to not only upgrade your career with the airline, but also to experience a whole new lifestyle for you and your family.

If you’re interested in finding out more about these roles, please contact Naomi Woods today.

Interview with Jetstar Pacific A320 FO Aleksei Toropov  

We also recently spoke to one of our new First Officers at Jetstar Pacific, Aleksei Toropov, to find out about his experiences with the airline and the applications process.

How did you hear about CAE Parc Aviation?

My friend worked with CAE Parc Aviation at Jetstar Pacific Airlines. CAE Parc has very good reviews from all the staff. I think they are the best agency in Vietnam.

What was the application process with CAE Parc like and how did you find it?

I installed the app from Appstore to my Ipad, then I found the interesting job for me. I applied and in 2 hours I got the email message from agent. And just after 2 months, I have arrived to Jetstar Pacific for ground school. All the process takes 2 – 3 months.

Do you think it would have been more difficult to get a job with Jetstar Pacific if you didn’t go through CAE Parc?

Yes, of course. It will be more difficult with another agency. CAE Parc Aviation has the best support for pilots in Vietnam. Insurance and other interesting things.

How were the first couple of days in Saigon/Hanoi? 

The first days were really interesting, I have visited Saigon. The company provides hotel for the first time. I had a good time in Saigon for ground school and then I arrived at my base in Hanoi. I like Hanoi.

How long was your training period?

About 6 weeks including ground school and line training.
What do you like about working with Jetstar Pacific?

I like international team. So many approaches, I can get a lot of experience in a short time. The Asian experience is very good for pilots. After 2 or 3 years here, you can join any airline.

How do you find living in Vietnam now? Thoughts on food, culture, people and life style?

I live very well now. I live with my family. I have a very good apartment here. There are lots of different restaurants here. I like Italian and Japan cuisine. People are very friendly. Life style here is different from my country of course, but it is nice also. 

Have you had a chance to travel around Vietnam?

Yes. I have been to Phu Quoc island. Had an amazing vacation there. I also want to visit so many other places too.

If Jetstar Pacific sounds like the right move for you, we are currently hiring the following roles with the airline:

If you are interested in more information about these roles or our other roles in Vietnam, please contact our Vietnam Office.

Interview with Small Planet Airlines’ pilots First Officer Doruk Erpeden and Captain Stavros Stylianou

This month we chatted to A320 Pilots – First Officer Doruk Erpeden and Captain Stavros Stylianou, both of whom we recently placed with Small Planet Airlines, to find out how they enjoying their time with their new airline.

How did you find the application process with CAE Parc Aviation? 

Captain Stylianou: 
The application process with CAE was very easy and straight forward especially with the help of Mr Brian O’ Farrell.  
I think, yes, it would be more difficult to apply without CAE.

FO Erpeden: CAE Parc Aviation facilitated the initial communication process and explained my professional experience to the airline.

How was the assessment with Small Planet Airlines?

FO Erpeden: 
The assessment was pretty fair: a proper presentation about the company and short self-introduction session was done. These were followed by a multiple-choice theoretical exam. After the required papers were filled out, a one-on-one oral technical exam was done by the Captain in charge of recruitment. Having finished this phase of the assessment; the simulator check was completed a couple of hours later in the same day. The curriculum was just a standard assessment session which took about 30 mins per candidate.

Captain Stylianou: Assessment with Small Planet Airlines was exactly as it should be an assessment for pilot recruitment 

How were your first few days in Poland?

FO Erpeden: My first days, after all of the training had been done, consisted of looking for an apartment and doing basic shopping, visiting the city centre, etc. The company arranged hotel accommodation, enough to look for my own apartment. Some colleagues preferred to share one while some others chose to keep staying in hotels on their own payment. I found one flat for my own.

Captain Stylianou: My first days in Poland were good.

How long was the training period and please explain what it involved?

FO Erpeden: Following the first OPC which included raw data flying, single engine t/o, approach, ga and landing; as well as some medium-severity malfunctions like fuel leak, single hydraulic failures, etc. The line training was pretty constructive where the SOPs and some basic theoretical knowledge in addition to safe flying was observed.

Captain Stylianou: 
The training period was around 2 months total with days off.
It started with crm dangerous goods AVSEC safety equipment simulator opc.

Was it difficult to find accommodation and is it situated close to your base?

FO Erpeden: It was easy for me. After a couple of walks around the neighborhoods and with some help of people living there already, I found a basic flat with minimal furniture next to my hotel. It’s in 15 minutes walking distance to the airport.

Captain Stylianou: 
Accommodation was easy to find and the company also helps

Finally, how do you find the operation and what do you like about working for Small Planet? Can you see yourself becoming a Captain with the airline?

FO Erpeden: Operation is basically on charter leisure airline, where safety is never compromised. What I like most in Small Planet Airlines is the relaxed, supportive cockpit environment, namely good CRM. The management is I having non-punitive, constructive attitude through pilots, as I observed. I can very well think about becoming a captain in here.

Captain Stylianou:  
Operation with  Small Planet Airlines for me is a very good and safe company to work for it family wise environment from all colleagues and especially for a command upgrade is a good airline that promises and gives a lot of opportunities as long as you study and work enough and hard so as to get what you deserve 

We are currently recruiting for A320 Captains and First Officers for Small Planet Airlines.  If you are interested please follow the links below:

Or get in touch with Brian O’Farrell today to discuss these roles.

Now recruiting Rated & NTR Captains & First Officers for CityJet at bases across Europe 

We are currently seeking Rated and NTR First Officers and Captains for CityJet across their fleet for multiple bases in Europe. The airline accepts NTR pilots once you have an MTOW of 18 tonnes or more.  Additionally, First Officers have a great chance to upgrade within 12-18 months!  This is a great opportunity to get involved with a growing airline. 

Our current open roles are as follows:

If you’d like to hear more about our roles with CityJet, please contact Vikki Fitzpatrick for the roles in DUB and BRU, and Dominika Malcher for the ORY roles.

Featured Jobs

NTR A330 Captains & First Officers

We are currently recruiting for NTR A330 Captains and First Officers for Cebu Pacific in the Philippines. Great package on offer. NTR A320 Captain and First Officer roles also available.

B787 Captains

B787 Captains required for China Southern Airlines, one of Asia’s largest airlines. Chinese taxes covered by the airline. NTR B787 Captain roles also available.

A320 First Officers

Experienced A320 First Officers needed to join our Flight Deck team who will be operating for our client airline, Scandinavian Airlines Ireland. London Heathrow base. Captain roles also available.

CS-300 Simulator Instructors 

CAE are currently seeking CS-330 Simulator Instructors at the training centre in South Korea. Excellent package on offer.

NTR B737 First Officers 

NTR B737 First Officers needed for China Airlines, the flag carrier of Taiwan.  Excellent package including multiple bonuses and accommodation allowance. Captain roles also available.

ATR72 Line Training Captains 

We are seeking ATR72-600 Line Training Captains on behalf of IndiGo with various basing opportunities across India. IndiGo is India’s largest passenger airline, and there has never been a better time to join the fastest growing ATR operator in the world. 

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