Malta Business Aviation Round Table

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The EBAA and MBAA organised a business aviation round table on the 26th March 2019. This roundtable provided an excellent opportunity to get the latest updates from the business aviation industry as well as to share concerns from the industry in Malta. It was a successful event attended by more than 20 delegates, representing operators, FBO’s, MRO’s, and service providers.

 

The agenda will covered:

  • The  latest regulatory developments that directly impact your business.
  • Market developments in the region.
  • Projects that the EBAA/MBAA are working on to improve Business Aviation operations

 

Earlier in the day we also met the director of Civil Aviation Capt. Charles Pace who confirmed his support for the industry.

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Malta Business Aviation Conference

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The Malta Business Aviation Association was once again a supporting association to Quaynote’s 7th Malta Business Avaition conference, held on the 27th of March at the Hilton Malta.

The conference was once again chaired by Richard Kow, Managing Director of WINGX and co-chaired by Oscar Garcia of InterFlight Global.  THe MBAC foused on “The Rise of the Super-Waelthy and the impact they have on the Business Jet Industry and the Leisure and Tourism Industries.  

The growth in this segment affecting various regions was fuelled by HNWIs from China, India and Russia.

Maltese and international operators were invited to join in the conference both as speakers and as VIP delegates.  The strategic imprtance of having a Malta based delegates was high on the agenda, especially in view of the post Brexit scenario.

Stanley Bugeja, president of the MBAA, and one of the leading experts in business aviation in Malta sat on the panel.

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The effect of no deal Brexit on Business Aviation

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Even though recently the EU has granted an extension to the UK in regards to Brexit, a no deal scenario is very possible, especially since it seems that there are various factions in the UK parliament which is making it hard to reach an agreement on the path to follow. 

A no deal Brexit will impact the business aviation segment, especially the  UK licensed pilots and UK approved maintenance, design and manufacturing. 

 

How will a no deal Brexit affect Business Aviation stakeholders:

  • UK AOC holders will become Third Country Operators with no freedom rights on charter point to point in Europe. This is an approval process and is not currently automatic. Approval to become a TCO should be sought now;
  • UK pilots can continue to fly UK registered aircraft commercially within the UK and outside of Europe but cannot fly EASA registered aircraft unless their licences have been validated by another member state that is remaining EASA. This must happen pre 29 March, 2019 as there is currently no mutual recognition agreement between the EU and the UK for aviation licenses, approvals and certificates
  • UK-issued EASA licences and approvals for maintenance, manufacture, design etc will no longer be recognised in the EU post-EU exit unless validated by another EASA state.
  • The UK will leave the customs union meaning that UK/Isle of Man imported aircraft may need to be re-imported into Europe and may also need to be imported into the UK, depending on ownership, use and operation.
  • The UK have stated they would recognise EASA certificates, approvals and licences for use in the UK aviation system and on UK-registered aircraft at least for a period of two years following withdrawal but there is no reciprocity yet agreed with the EU. In fact the EU has stated publicly it will not do so.

 

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Dr. Katerina Abela Joins the newly set EBAA Advocacy Committee

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The MBAA would like to congratulate Dr. Katrina Abela of GVTH for making it through the EBAA selection process to form part of the EBAA Advocacy Committee. This committee will provide strategic advice and input in developing common industry positions for the business aviation sector on a range of important issues and topics.

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