The recent removal of the loophole that allowed aircraft owners to import aircraft into the European Union (EU) via the UK at a zero rate of value-added tax has prospective buyers scrambling for fiscally friendly alternatives. One option is for private operators to find a way to get registered for tax purposes under a commercial aircraft operatorπs certificate, but this could subject the operator to unfavorable scrutiny by the authorities.
Recent pilot reports have suggested that French civil aviation authorities are requiring foreign operators to demonstrate that they have a safety management system (SMS) or flight operations quality assurance (Foqa) program before they grant traffic rights.
Starting this fall, U.S. aircraft owners will be required to reregister their aircraft after the FAA issued its final ruling on the matter last month. The agency issued an NPRM in 2008, which was approved in June by the Office of Management and Budget, and establishes specific certificate expiration dates over a three-year period for all aircraft registered before Oct. 1, 2010.
The FAA yesterday issued its final ruling mandating the re-registration of all U.S. civil aircraft. In an effort to clear clutter from the aircraft registry and provide more up-to-date information to law enforcement and other agencies, the FAA will require owners to begin re-registering their aircraft in a rolling program that will begin November 1 and end in December 2013.
In response to scuttlebutt that the FAA had ceased processing aircraft registrations for foreign-owner trusts, the agency sent a letter to a group of stakeholders clarifying that it has not imposed any moratorium on the issuance of pending or future registrations involving non-citizen trusts.
Global Coverage Closer for Free In-flight TV
Honeywell (Booth No. 7041) has introduced an upgrade to its satellite television system for business jets to allow operators to receive free-to-air satellite TV in China, India and Russia, thus matching the service available on the ground.
With the AIS-2000 system users can now receive free-to-air
Despite the industry’s troubled times, the European Business Aviation Association (EBAA) now has more members than in its entire history–425 companies–and proportionally more of them are aircraft operators than ever before.
Operators using the newly activated automatic dependence surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B) ATC and information system in the Gulf of Mexico will likely see flight leg times cut by an average of 15 to 25 minutes and individual IFR routes shortened by at least 30 miles, compared with using the old grid ATC system in the Gulf, according to the FAA and individual operators.