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.
As reported last month in AIN, under FAA requirements civil jets must be equipped with ELTs starting this month. U.S. operators have been advised to consider installing 406-MHz units because satellite monitoring of 121.5-MHz units is scheduled to end in 2009.
Starting February 1, owners and operators of aircraft with "questionable registrations and/or no TSA required security measures/waivers" might be denied access to the National Airspace System.
Starting Thursday, owners and operators of aircraft with “questionable” registrations might be denied access to the ATC system, as well as trigger a violation notice to the owner. On June 23, 2003, the FAA published a notice stating that its aircraft registration system would be augmented to reflect the “observed status of an aircraft’s certificate of registration” and that registrations have to be updated at least every three years.
Operations by U.S.-registered aircraft owned by a company not considered a U.S. citizen will be eased.
Britain’s Department for Transport (DfT) has decided not to act unilaterally to impose new restrictions on UK-based aircraft that are registered overseas. In October 2005, the DfT completed a consultation on possible changes to the rules governing foreign-registered aircraft in the UK. The new rules would have limited the amount of time foreign-registered aircraft can be based in the UK to 90 days in any 12-month period.
The Isle of Man–a British Crown Dependency located in the Irish Sea between the UK and Ireland–expects to have its new aircraft registry, open only to corporate and private aircraft, up and running next spring. The UK government recently notified ICAO that it is allowing the Isle of Man to use the "M" tail number registration that was allocated to the UK in 1919 (along with the "G" tail number).
Seven months after the International Registry of Mobile Assets (IRMA) became effective, the controversial Web-based registry–known colloquially as the Cape Town Treaty–still has few fans and continues to create much confusion among business aviation users.
British authorities are expected to decide by mid-February how and when to apply new operating rules to business aircraft registered in the UK’s overseas territories. These new rules will likely be based on the International Standards for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO) drawn up and administered by the International Business Aviation Council (IBAC).
At the EBACE gathering in Geneva earlier this year, the joint industry working group on business aircraft operations (IWG-BAO), which includes NBAA, the European Business Aviation Association (EBAA) and the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA), presented the initial findings of its work on corporate, fractional and commercial operations, with a view toward making a recommendation to the ECAC Task Force on fractional ownership.