Conklin & de Decker has released the latest Aircraft Cost Evaluator for 2011. The Aircraft Cost Evaluator delivers the most up-to-date variable, fixed and benchmarking cost data and is the most extensive operating cost database available to the aviation industry. It is part of the family of aircraft operating cost, performance data and acquisition data products developed by Conklin & de Decker addressing more than 500 jet, turboprop, helicopter and piston aircraft.  

The Aircraft Cost Evaluator (ACE) is the ideal benchmarking tool that is able to assist aircraft owners, operators, brokers and dealers with important side-by-side operating cost and performance data comparisons.  ACE helps users make critical decisions on aircraft acquisitions whether they are downsizing to a smaller more economical asset or taking advantage of the market with a larger aircraft purchase or trade. ACE is referred to as the industry standard and is currently used by AMSTAT, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Business Jet Traveler, Twin & Turbine, Executive & VIP Jets, World Aircraft Sales and many subscribers to ACE also use the data to satisfy SEC reporting requirements.

The 2011 Aircraft Cost Evaluator Volume I release has added six more aircraft, including the Nextant 400XT jet, 328 Support Services 328 DBJ jet and RUAG Do 228NG turboprop; AW109 GrandNew & Capri G2 helicopters; and the Diamond DA42 L360 piston. In addition to the newly added aircraft and updated fuel and fixed costs, this version includes Maximum Certified Ceiling data and users now have the ability to modify Fractional fuel cost surcharges.

ACE subscribers can save time by opting to use the new download tool available in the Members Only section of the Conklin and de Decker website.

With ACE, users can quickly compare up to three aircraft side-by-side, edit nearly two dozen variables, change currencies, and change measurement units to customize reports allowing comparisons of local costs and salaries.  A query function allows the user to narrow the selection to those that meet specific performance criteria. In addition, reports can easily be exported to Word, Excel and PDF with a click of a button.

“With today’s rapid pace of change, I don’t think anyone wants to get caught with data that is stale,” commented Bill de Decker, President of Conklin & de Decker. “The markets are constantly changing and ACE is the benchmarking tool that gives owners and operators an impartial way to compare their aircraft operating costs with the industry standard as well as assist them with critical decisions on aircraft transactions,” added de Decker.

The annual subscription price for the latest edition of Aircraft Cost Evaluator is $650 for Jets, $550 for Turboprops or Helicopters and $450 for the Piston databases.  Updated twice each year, the cost includes one free update.  Handbooks are available for an additional $100 each.  Discounts for multiple databases run from $100 to $300. Customized reports for individual aircraft can be special ordered with a 20% discount for multiple aircraft. In addition, multiple user licenses are available.