Discounted Price for members: VAT Master Class on Marine and Aviation

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The Malta Institute of Taxation will be delivering a VAT Master Class on Marine and Aviation, on 28 October 2019, at the premises of the Malta Financial Services Authority, Notabile Road, Attard, between 2pm and 5pm.

This Master Class will address the VAT considerations relevant to two industries which attract special provisions in EU VAT law. The session will focus on the practical implications of the applicable rules and will cover the operation of vessels and aircraft both in a commercial and private scenario. The session will take the format of an interactive discussion / case-study analysis, which will give participants the opportunity to discuss practical issues and the interpretation of the provisions of the law by reference to case law of the European Court of Justice.

This VAT Master Class is set at an advanced level.  It is directed at professionals, such as CFOs, who already have a good knowledge of VAT but who would like to attain a more in-depth understanding of the rules affecting the marine and aviation sector, in the context of the EU VAT system.

This Master Class will be delivered by Mr David Ferry.  David is a Certified Public Accountant. He joined PwC Malta in 1994 and was admitted as a partner in July 2009. David has extensive experience in corporate taxation as well as VAT and other indirect taxation matters on which he services a varied portfolio of clients. He has specialised in VAT matters since 1997 and has participated in a number of lectures, presentations and conferences on this subject. He has also assisted various clients in VAT tribunal cases. David currently lectures with the Malta Institute of Taxation and is a fellow member of the Malta Institute of Accountants where he is a member of the Taxation Committee. David is the partner primarily responsible for VAT related matters at PwC Malta.

The fee to attend this Master Class is EUR 150 for MIT Members and EUR 175 for Non-MIT Members.

The MBAA has negotiated a 10% discount on the NON-MIT Member price for all MBAA members.

To reserve a place at this Master Class, send an email on or book online at

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Come and discover the world of business aviation at Malta’s largest aviation conference and exposition


As part of the first aviation conference & expo in Malta (MACE), the Malta Business Aviation Association (MBAA) and European Business Aviation Association (EBAA) are looking forward to welcoming you to their dedicated presentations and receptions focused exclusively on business aviation. 

On Thursday, 31 October 2019, from 9:00 am onward, these industry-specific sessions will uniquely offer national and European policymakers and the business aviation community a platform to discuss the industry’s positive impact on corporate growth, local development and economic expansion, and debate how business aviation could be better integrated within Malta’s transport and economic framework.


Opening and Plenary

8:00 Registration
09:10 – 09:25 Welcome & Opening Remarks Address by Dr Joseph Muscat, Prime Minister of Malta
09:25 – 09:40 Aviation in Malta Address by Dr Ian Borg, Minister for transport, infrastructure and capital projects
09:40 – 10:20 Plenary Session 1: Malta Aviation Industry Overview and Outlook 
10:20 – 11:00 Plenary Session 2: Aircraft Financing & Leasing Captain Charles Pace, Director General Civil Aviation Directorate, Transport Malta
11:00 – 11:30 Coffee Break
Dedicated Business Aviation Conference Program
11:30 – 11:45 Contributing to a stronger Europe  Keynote address by Athar Husain Khan, Secretary-General of the European Business Aviation Association
11:45 – 12:00 Contributing to a stronger Malta Keynote address by Stanley Bugeja, President of the Malta Business Aviation Association
12:00 – 13:00 Business Aviation in Malta: positive impact and challenges ahead Miriam Dalli, Member of European Parliament, Razvan Stefan, CEO Emperor Aviation, Filippo Aracleni, Partner DFS Advocates, Dr Katerina Abela, GVZH Advocates, moderated by Stanley Bugeja, President, Malta Business Aviation Association A dynamic panel discussion addressing the positive impact of business aviation on the Maltese economy. Panelists will address the main challenges facing the industry and will share proposals for how to make the Malta Aviation Strategy more inclusive of this essential sector.
13:00 – 14:30 Lunch
14:30 – 15:15 What future for Business Aviation in Europe?  A panel of industry experts and regulatory officials exploring the influential role business aviation plays across Europe and addressing critical issues such as access to airspace and infrastructure, innovation & investment and sustainability.
15:15 – 16:00   Business aviation’s competitive advantage for businesses Presentations by Guillaume Chamoin, Jetcraft and Roland Degoumois, RC Monaco Jets The essential role business aviation plays in corporate productivity, security and competitiveness.
16:00 – 17:00  Business Aviation afternoon tea Sponsored by Collins Aerospace
17:00 – 17:45 The future of urban air transport Plenary Keynote by Dr. Anita Sengupta, Co-Founder and Chief Product Officer (CPO) of Airspace Experience Technologies (ASX)
19:30 Networking Dinner

Opening and Plenary

Please share this invite with colleagues within your organisation who might be interested in joining the discussion!


Click here to register


Grand Hotel Excelsior

Great Siege Road, Floriana FRN 1810, Malta

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MBAA Board Candidates

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The MBAA is growing. In order to assist with our growth we asked our members to submit an expression of interest to be members on the board.

We have received six candidatures.

These candidates (in alphabetical order) are:

Dr. Katerina Abela – GVZH

Katrina graduated Doctor of Laws from the University of Malta in 2013, having submitted a thesis entitled ‘Global Transparency and the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act’. She was called to the bar in 2014.

Katrina joined the firm GVZH as an associate in September 2015. Her main areas of focus are maritime law and aviation law. Over the years, Katrina has advised on a number of yacht sale and purchase transactions, as well as ownership structures, VAT, importation and registration matters.

Dr. Filippo Maria Arcaleni – DF Advocates

Born in Perugia, Umbria Italy, Filippo has a background of classical studies including latin, ancient Greek language, philosophy and art. Graduated in Law at University of Perugia and qualified as an expert in “international contract law and negotiation” for national and international small and medium business enterprises.

He has collaborated with the University of Perugia (Cattedra di diritto Civile) and with the University of Malta. He trained, worked and co-operated with Italian Law firms and companies in Italy, UK, Spain and Malta.

Filippo currently is an Associate with DF Advocates, wherein he specialises in corporate commercial law, gaming and technology law and aviation.

Filippo stepped into the aviation scene around five years ago and has steadily grown as an industry expert. He frequently advices and assists clients on a multitude of complex transactions relating to the business aviation industry.

Dr. Adnan Brambo – iJet

Adnan holds a PhD in Business Law, he is Business Builder, Author, Passionate about Negotiation and Persuasion, an Airline and Aviation Industries Expert. He is the CEO of iJet since 2014, the year he founded it. iJET is a new provider of international trip planning and flight support services to aircraft operators around the world.  iJet has offices in Dubai and Turkey, and Malta besides a global network of relationship with CAAs, ground handlers and airports around the world.

Adnan is a member of the MBAA and was previously representing a founding member of African Business Aviation Association (AfBAA).

Stanley Bugeja – DC Aviation

Stanley Bugeja has been serving on the Board of governors of the EBAA since 2010.

Stanley has occupied various positions in the Maltese and European aviation industry since 1990. He left Mediterranean Aviation Co. Ltd in 2002 as Assistant Operations Manager. That same year he setup Sierra Aviation Co. Ltd. as owner and CEO of the Island’s first dedicated business aviation aircraft handling company, building an aircraft charter brokerage base out of Malta.

Between 2007 and 2008 he occupied the position of Managing Director for CharterX Wyvern Europe. At the time CharterX was the leading platform for online business jet charter trading worldwide.

He is currently Managing Director of DC Aviation (Malta) Ltd., a subsidiary of DC Aviation GmbH (a merger between ex Daimler Chrysler Aviation and Cirrus Aviation). In October 2015 been appointed Managing Director of Distinct Crew Management, a crew leasing company operating out of Malta. Together with Adrian Spiteri and Dr Tonio Fenech, Stanley Bugeja founded the Malta Business Aviation Association (MBAA) in October 2009. Stanley Bugeja has been serving as President of the MBAA ever since.

Adrian Spiteri CMILT – BizAv Services

In an aviation career spanning 37 years, Adrian has occupied senior management positions, in AOC organisations and Part 145 Approved Aircraft Maintenance Organisations  As part of on-going consultancy contracts he currently holds the position of Safety Compliance and Security with a worldwide AOC holder. In addition as a part owner of BizAv services he has been responsible for project management and technical consultancy for various AOC and aircraft registration applicants in Malta and is a founder member of the Maltese Business Aviation Association (MBAA.)

Razvan Stefan – Emperor Aviation

Stefan graduated at Timisoara National Polytechnic University, he holds a Bachelor’s degree, Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering.

He worked for Carpatair and Hyperion Aviation, and now is accountable manager and CEO at Emperor Aviation since 2016.

He has experience in Operations Control Center, Flight Operations Management, Flight Dispatch, Crew Planning & Control ACMI and charter.

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