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.
Both houses of Congress last month passed a bill recognizing the entire general aviation community, including business aviation, for Haiti relief efforts following the devastating January 12 earthquake that struck the island nation. According to NBAA, business aircraft have made more than 715 flights to Haiti since the earthquake, carrying 3,800 passengers and more than 1.4 million pounds of relief supplies.
More than two months after the Haiti earthquake, business aviation’s mercy flights continue but on a much smaller scale. In the first 60 days after the temblor, donated business aircraft made more than 700 flights into and around the region, transporting approximately 3,700 passengers and delivering 1.35 million pounds of supplies, according to the industry disaster response charity Corporate Aviation Responding in Emergencies (Care).
In the aftermath of the devastating earthquake that struck Haiti on January 12, civilian aid agencies and governments have mobilized airlift efforts to fly aid into the disaster area. Led by the U.S. under Operation Unified Response, the aid effort is focused on Port-au-Prince’s Toussaint L’Ouverture Airport.