VistaJet, a global aircraft charter operator that flies only Bombardier business jets, opened its new Malta operations center late last week. Maltese Prime Minister Joseph Muscat and other top-ranking Maltese officials joined VistaJet founder and chairman Thomas Flohr to mark the occasion.
A Beechcraft 1900 on an April 7 ferry flight from Namibia is missing and assumed lost in the South Atlantic Ocean near Sao Tome off the southwest corner of Africa. Neither the pilot, the sole occupant of the aircraft, nor any portions of the airframe have been recovered. Weather at the time of the accident was reported as heavy rain, with lightning and high winds.
The San Marino Aircraft Registry secured the registration of a Pilatus PC-12 owned by a major Swiss company this week, marking the 43rd aircraft to be recorded at the registry, which made its debut in December at MEBA. Under new laws recently passed by the government of San Marino, it is now possible for aircraft to be registered in the principality under the name of the owner, ensuring that the process is completely transparent.
San Marino has relaunched its aircraft registry by taking steps to make it more attractive to foreign owners and has signed a partnership agreement with U.S.-based Aviation Registry Group (ARG), which already administers Aruba’s offshore registry.
The Mediterranean island of Malta, which was awarded Britain’s George Cross gallantry medal for its resistance against Axis air raids and a naval blockade during World War II, is now engaged in a campaign to become as involved in the aviation services industry as it previously has been in maritime affairs.
San Marino is introducing a new aircraft registry in partnership with Miami-based Aviation Registry Group (ARG), which already administers Aruba’s offshore registry. The landlocked microstate, which has no airport and is surrounded by Italy, will be outsourcing all technical tasks to ARG, which is promising to ensure high safety standards, competitive pricing and flexible service for the new offshore registry, which opens December 1.
Private jet booking service PrivateFly.com has launched in France, Germany and central Europe, offering dedicated local web platforms, multilingual operations teams and a regional sales effort covering Poland, Hungary, Slovakia and the Czech Republic. The move follows what the company called (but without specifying any detail) a “record-breaking sales month in May.” PrivateFly relaunched its UK website in April, along with a dedicated iPad app that enhanced its existing mobile applications.
India’s Directorate of Revenue Intelligence has slapped a $3.3 million penalty and fine on New Delhi-based Bharat Hotels for not paying customs duty on the Embraer Legacy 600 it imported for charter services in 2009. Customs duty in India is 18 percent for private use of aircraft and 2.5 percent for charter operations.
Malta has a long and successful history of support to the shipping industry, and ranks second in the list of vessel registrations in Europe. As part of a strategic government vision, the unified Transport Malta agency and its civil aviation directorate (Stand E335) have embarked on a program to emulate that success in the aviation sector.
Patients needing aeromedical evacuation from North Africa can now take advantage of a Synergy Aviation Hawker Beechcraft King Air 200 based in Malta. The King Air is based at Malta’s Luqa Airport and is equipped with a Lifeport stretcher and five passenger seats. UK-based Synergy and Medilink International are cooperating to deliver medical transportation and care services to clients in Europe, Africa and the Mediterranean.