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The Role of Aviation Consultants

February 11, 2014 Leave a comment

Manuel Rivero Jr. of Miami, Florida, possesses more than 20 years of financial aviation experience. After providing accounting and taxation services at Coral Gables Professional, Inc., from 1993 to 1997, he operated Rivero & Associates, LLP, as an aviation consultancy for 14 years. He is highly knowledgeable in human resource compliance issues as well as airline passenger government user fees. Manuel Rivero Jr. currently works at Airstream Service Corporation as an executive manager.

A successful aviation consultant is knowledgeable in diverse areas, from aviation insurance policy rules to the specifics of aviation itself. Insurance policies in the field are strict and require operators to adhere to specific guidelines. For this reason, an aviation consultant must possess experience in common policy terms and guidelines in order to deliver expert advice. He or she must also understand the expectations of insurance companies, educate new clients on the regulations of aviation, and provide auditing services.

An aviation consultant benefits from maintaining a well-connected business network as a source of valuable advice. Large networks that include aviation professionals, insurance company managers, and financial experts provide consultants and their clients with easy access to valuable resources.


Basics of Effective Human Resources

January 20, 2014 Leave a comment

Based in Miami, Florida, Manuel Rivero Jr. applies more than 20 years of financial aviation experience to his current position at Airstream Services Corporation. An executive manager and implementation expert with more than a decade of experience in the human resources field, Manuel Rivero Jr. also provided financial consulting and analysis services for Rivero & Associates, LLP, until 2011.

An important component of any successful company, the human resources department nonetheless presents its own set of challenges. No single model of human resources will cover all of a company’s needs all the time; as a business changes, human resources must adapt. Successful human resources managers, however, recognize that a flexible department can also be a focused department. Making human resources employee- and user-friendly can ensure a productive and efficient workforce.

Human resources professionals should also strive to grow and develop in their field. By constantly learning about advances in the industry, human resources professionals can anticipate challenges and meet them effectively.

Manuel Rivero Jr.: Representing, Leading, and Serving the Airline Industry

Manuel Rivero Jr., of Miami, Florida, has over 20 years of world-wide experience in the airline industry. Fluent in both Spanish and English, he is also a member of Asociacion Internacional de Transporte Aereo, also known as the International Air Transport Association. For over 60 years, the International Air Transport Association has been the global trade organization for one of the most dynamic, complex industries in the world: air transport. With a mission to “represent, lead, and serve the airline industry,” the Association is home to over 240 carriers that make up the world’s leading passenger and cargo airlines. The Association represents the airline industry through improving communications among important decision makers within the industry, as well as with national and global economies. Leadership is accomplished via Association efforts to help airlines create simpler processes, reduce costs and environmental harm, and improve overall efficiency and safety. In addition, the Association serves the airline industry by helping both people and goods to reach their final destination, no matter how many different airlines and/or flights they take. Through the International Air Transport Association, Manuel Rivero Jr. has been able to aid the airline industry, from airlines and passengers to governments and cargo agents.

Global Eagle’s Entertainment Deal, by Manuel Rivero Jr.

Global Eagle recently announced a $430 million deal that will make them a major player in the arena of in-flight entertainment. Global Eagle, which is changing its name to Global Eagle Entertainment, acquired Row 44 Inc., a company that provides satellite broadband to Southwest Airlines. Global Eagle also acquired an 86 percent controlling share of Advanced Inflight Alliance (AIA) in the deal. AIA is a German company that provides in-flight entertainment around the world, servicing over 130 different airlines.

Currently only about 1,800 out of 13,000 commercial aircraft are able to provide passengers with internet access. Global Eagle hopes to increase the number of planes with internet access, providing new forms of entertainment, including in-flight video games. The deal is still undergoing regulatory approval.

About Manuel Rivero Jr.: Mr. Rivero is a Vice President at Airstream Services Corporation, a Florida-based consulting firm that caters to clients in the aviation industry, and a member of the International Air Transport Association.

What Are Airline User Fees? By Manuel Rivero Jr.

Airline user fees are the extra fees which passengers are often required to pay on top of the basic price of the flight ticket. As opposed to airline taxes, user fees are paid to the federal government for either goods or services which they provide.

User fees cover a range of services including customs, to ensure that all goods brought into the country comply with customs laws in the US. Fees also apply to any merchandise brought into the US to ensure that customs and trade laws are not being violated.

An immigration user fee is also common to ensure that people entering the country are not breaking any laws of immigration. Finally, a fee may be applied to any plants and animals entering the country to ensure that they do not pose any risk to public safety.

About the Author: Manuel Rivero Jr. has over 20 years of experience in Financial Aviation and Aviation Consulting. Based in Miami, Florida, Manuel Rivero is the Managing Director and Vice President of Airstream Services Corporation.

Manuel Rivero Jr. on Aviation Finance Consulting

December 8, 2012 Leave a comment

Aviation finance is a field that covers a variety of topics, from manufacturers and air traffic management to airports and leasing companies. Its main focus is on working with airlines to finance their expensive aircraft. Passengers of Southwest and Ryanair, for example, fly in 737-700s, which cost about $55 million dollars, though most airlines have less expensive aircraft.

Airlines pay for their fleets in a variety of ways, from cash and credit loans to leasing. Because of the variety of ways to purchase aircraft, airlines require the special knowledge of a consultant who understands the industry. Aviation finance consultants usually offer consulting in the areas where their special expertise is needed in order to move forward with a purchase, as well as ensuring corporate compliance with aviation industry standards. They offer much-needed advice on safety, security, and privatization, as well as economics, environmental impact, and climate change.

Manuel Rivero Jr., of Miami, Florida, has over 20 years of professional experience in aviation finance. Currently, he is an aviation finance consultant at his own practice, Rivero & Associates, in Coral, Gables Florida.

Welcome to my Blog!

September 10, 2012 Leave a comment

Manuel Rivero, Jr., a resident of Miami, Florida, assumed an executive role at Airstream Services Corporation in 2011. In this position, Manuel Rivero, Jr., manages quotidian operations at the aviation finance company and supervises its employees. In addition, he holds a number of human resources responsibilities, including ensuring insurance compliance and creating benefits packages. In addition to his work with Airstream, Manuel Rivero, Jr., consults through his firm, Rivero & Associates. He focuses primarily on tax audits and finance, and he provides each client with personalized attention and advice.

A graduate of Florida International University in Coral Gables, Manuel Rivero, Jr., holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting. He returned to school and earned his Master of Science in Taxation from the same institution’s School of Accounting in 1996. After obtaining his graduate degree, he established ML Rivero & Associates, LLP, which offered accountancy, analytical, finance, and advisory services. During this period, he gained considerable experience in the foreign aviation industry, especially in the field of compliance and payroll, which led to his current position at Airstream.

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