The Danish government is preparing to impose a 25-percent value-added tax (VAT) on imported aircraft to close a loophole that has allowed owners to bypass taxes due in other European Union countries. Aircraft imported for “personal transportation” are currently zero-rated for VAT purposes in Denmark, and this has exempted just about all aircraft applications apart from gliders and other forms of recreational flying.
The Danish government is preparing to impose a 25-percent VAT sales tax on imported aircraft to close a loophole that has allowed owners to bypass taxes due in other European Union countries. Aircraft imported for “personal transportation” are currently zero-rated for VAT purposes in Denmark, and this has exempted just about all aircraft applications apart from gliders and other forms of recreational flying.
Turkey’s indigenous primary/basic trainer program now has a name–Huˇrkus¸. It officially received its name on May 23, during the International Defense Industry Fair in Ankara. The name honors Vecihi Huˇrkus¸, who made significant contributions to the local aerospace industry and was chosen after a questionnaire was circulated among employees of Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI).
The European Business Aviation Association (EBAA) is looking for a new CEO to succeed Brian Humphries, who will become part-time president of the Brussels, Belgium-based group. Humphries took the chief executive’s position on a part-time basis in 2004, having previously been EBAA chairman while also serving as managing director of Shell Aviation.
Concerned about continuing international shipping delays because of post-9/11 U.S. Customs regulations, Raytheon is opening a spare parts center in Liège, Belgium. The 147,000-sq-ft, fully automated facility will match its current Dallas/Fort Worth spares depot capability. The European facility initially will be stocked with $10 million worth of inventory in support of all Raytheon models, including out-of-production types.
In December, the enhanced tactical flow management system data-distribution system (ETFMS-DDS) provided by German ATM supplier Comsoft successfully passed its site acceptance tests at the central flow management unit (CFMU) in Brussels. In a first phase during 2001/02, Comsoft implemented the ETFMS data-collection system (DCS) for Eurocontrol.
The 80-seat Antonov An-148-100 won type approval from Russian and Ukrainian authorities in late February, marking the successful completion of the first new regional jet design in the former Soviet Union since the fall of the Iron Curtain.
European Business Aviation Association chairman Brian Humphries is to become the group’s CEO in October. He will succeed Fernand François, who is retiring after 12 years as CEO. Humphries is set to step down from his current position as managing director of Shell Aircraft, the flight department of the Royal Dutch/Shell energy group, at the end of September.
Twin Jet, the largest French operator of Beechcraft 1900 turboprops since the demise last year of R-lines, continues its growth following the addition in March of two new regional routes. By year-end it expects to add at least two more links.
The Czech government has pledged $13.5 million over three years to a consortium of 16 companies to build and market a nine- to 14-seat twin turboprop dubbed the EV-55. Organized by the Czech Aviation Manufacturers’ Association and led by Kunovice-based Evektor, the program would awaken a virtually inactive Czech civil aerospace industry and help regain some of the status it enjoyed during the peak of Let 410 and Zlin glider production.