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Conklin & de Decker release 2008 Life Cycle Cost

Jan. 3, 2008, Orleans, MA - Conklin & de Decker recently announced the new release of their innovative LIFE CYCLE COST 2008 Volume 1.

January 3, 2008  By Carey Fredericks

life_bigJan. 3, 2008, Orleans, MA – Conklin & de Decker recently announced
the new release of their innovative LIFE CYCLE COST 2008 Volume 1.  The
most comprehensive and easy to use aircraft budget analysis tool
available, LIFE CYCLE COST is part of a family of aircraft operating
and acquisition data products developed by Conklin & de Decker.

LIFE CYCLE COST provides extensive ownership and operating cost data
for more than 300 jets, turboprops, helicopters and piston aircraft. 
Newly added aircraft in this 2008 edition include the Sierra
Industries’ Citation models FJ44 Stallion, Eagle II, Super II, and
Super SII, the Pilatus PC-12 Next Generation, the Agusta Westland
AW119Ke helicopter, and the Cessna 172 Turbo Diesel.   

The LIFE CYCLE COST budgeting software puts all aspects of owning and
operating an aircraft into one easy to use program.  Aircraft
acquisition costs, operating costs, taxes, the final residual value and
even revenues, if it is in commercial operations, are all included in
this updated budgeting tool. 

Users can quickly choose different methods of acquisition (lease,
finance, purchase, shared & fractional ownership), and then select
the type of operation (corporate, commercial or managed).  Then there
are eight different tax-depreciation schedules, including a
user-defined schedule to choose from.  Based upon these user selections
the spreadsheet populates with preloaded operating costs as researched
by Conklin & de Decker. The preloaded data alone saves users
numerous hours of research. The user can easily edit any of the
pre-loaded costs and utilize the Budget Analysis Tool to display a
12-month summary of all costs and revenues making it simple to create
an annual budget.


Running LIFE CYCLE COST requires a Windows PC or Mac with Microsoft
Excel 97 or later. Databases options include Jets, Turboprops,
Helicopters, Pistons and the major US-based Fractional Ownership
programs. Prices for the software (delivered in the US/Canada) are $695
for the jets database, $550 for the turboprop or helicopter database
and $450 for the piston database. The Fractional database is free with
the purchase of any other Life Cycle Cost database. A single aircraft
version is also available. Users can specify from one to five aircraft
and pay for only those aircraft that they need.  Pricing is $225 for
the first aircraft, with a 20% discount when ordering more that one

Conklin & de Decker is a leader in aviation research, consulting
and education with offices in Orleans, Massachusetts, Arlington, Texas
and Phoenix, Arizona.  The company, founded in 1984, focuses on fixed-
and rotary- wing aircraft operating cost, performance and specification
databases, maintenance management software, financial management, fleet
planning, market research, aviation tax issues, and financial, tax and
management seminars.  Conklin & de Decker consults with numerous
individuals, corporations and government agencies on fleet planning,
ownership structures, tax planning, cost & budget analysis and
financial planning, worldwide.  For more information on their products
and services please go to


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