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01/02/2011 - Malta's value proposition for business aviation...
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There are almost 100 aircraft registered on the Maltese Aircraft Register. To date we count 19 business jets on the Maltese aircraft register. The remainder of the aircraft are a mixture of airliners, and turboprop aircraft the majority belonging to the national carrier Air Malta and Medavia an air taxi operator with a fleet of Casa 212's, Dash 8's, Dornier 328 and B1900's.

Albeit the recent launch of the Malta Aircraft register act which amongst other things ratified the Cape Town convention, the Maltese Aircraft register has been around for some time. Over the past two years, even before the current legislation has been enacted, we have seen a number of business aviation aircraft operators obtaining a Maltese AOC. The reasons are varied, Malta is an English speaking country, strategically placed at the centre of the Mediterranean, from a survey conducted by the International Living Magazine(ILM), Malta was ranked joint second in the Quality of Life Index, (one may read the whole article on http://internationalliving.com/2010/12/quality-of-life-2011), the Civil Aviation Department has a godd standing with EASA, ICAO and the FAA and most importantly is receptive and supportive to the business aviation needs.

As one could read in the article from Ms. Renson, the government is being very supportive in many ways, such as the Safi Aviation Park, a €17 million aviation park spanning over 200,000 square metres is being built at Safi, able to host a number of business aircraft operators and MRO's. The VAT department has made it clear that operators with an AOC are for all intents and purposes airlines and as such all operations are VAT exempt including aircraft purchase and importation into the EU. Private operators have to wait a short while longer before the local authorities come up with a ruling, however the Malta Business Aviation Association is confident that the Malta take on this would be very important for the growth of the industry in Malta. Through members in the association the Malta Business Aviation Association will help any interested party in exploring the Malta opportunity.