The Isle of Man Aircraft Registry, launched with modest expectations by the island’s government in May 2007, is seeing no letting up in activity as business aircraft owners seize on the advantages of using the M-register. Various factors are driving the registry’s popularity, including banks’ advising owners to distance themselves from Russia; VAT rules; impending ratification by the UK of the Cape Town Convention; intensified scrutiny of U.S.
A discussion at the NBAA’s International Operators Conference last week raised the issue of the 2006 midair collision between a Boeing 737 and an Embraer Legacy over the Brazilian jungle.
In the wake of the Block Aircraft Registration Request (Barr) program’s demise, FltPlan is offering a “call sign” program that allows business aircraft owners and operators a way to prevent their “tail number from appearing on flight tracking programs.” The company’s program, which costs $250 per year per aircraft, is much more inclusive than the FAA’s new Certified Security Concern list, which allows aircraft tail-number blocking only if oper
Beginning this month, 22 additional European countries require all aircraft entering their airspace above FL 245 to be equipped with 8.33-kHz VHF radios. In addition, current exemptions to the requirement already in effect in seven other European countries will not be extended and no new exemptions will be approved.
Effective at the end of the month, 22 additional European countries will require all aircraft entering their airspace above FL 245 to be equipped with 8.33-kHz VHF radios. In addition, starting next month, current exemptions to the requirement already in effect in seven other European countries will not be extended and no new exemptions will be approved.
Next month’s scheduled adoption of the final fractional operation rules–Part 91 Subpart K–will likely reignite the controversy between the FAA, JAA and some European countries on what constitutes a private versus commercial aircraft operation. The JAA has no equivalent rule and doesn’t have plans to promulgate any, according to British aviation lawyer Ian Clark.
A handful of business aircraft operators have started transmitting flight-intent data to the FAA’s ATC System Command Center in Herndon, Va. Fractional-share operator Bombardier Flexjet was the first nonscheduled operator to sign up for the program and six more (a mix of charter operators and corporate flight departments) will join soon, according to Joanne Damato, manager for NBAA’s GA Desk at the command center.
A proposed rule would allow non-commercial operations of U.S.-registered aircraft owned by a company not considered a U.S. citizen to use the options of FAR 91.501 without obtaining a “foreign aircraft permit.” Under existing rules, U.S.-registered aircraft are considered foreign-owned if the management and/or board of directors of the corporation are not composed entirely of U.S. citizens. Comments to the notice are due by April 8.
Operations by U.S.-registered aircraft owned by a company not considered a U.S. citizen will be eased.
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