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Aviation Law | Malta Aircraft Registration Act and Cape Town Convention

With the advent of the Aircraft Registration Act on October 1st, 2010, Malta is now deemed to be a highly competitive jurisdiction for aircraft registration having established itself as the first Member State to accede to the Cape Town Convention and Aircraft Protocol following accession by the EU.

The Aircraft Registration Act provides for a National Aircraft Register although there is no seperate register for aircraft engines. However, its legal and fiscal framework is intended to attract aircraft owners and lessors who would want to register their commercial and private aircrafts in Malta, subject to certain restrictions, allowing them also the possibility to register an aircraft still under construction. The definition of an aircraft includes air balloons, gliders, seaplanes and helicopters.

Indeed, aircraft registration in Malta compliments the long established registration within the shipping and yachting industry which indisputably, has been a successful milestone making Malta a maritime Mediterranean hub of international repute.

In the aviation sector, Tanti-Dougall & Associates, Advocates can provide services in connection with aircraft registration, dry and/or wet lease agreements, aircraft financing and advice on tax applicability as well as on Health & Safety and aircraft security issues, including Airport Safety & Security and Airport Emergency Plan in line with the International Civil Aviation Orgnaisation (ICAO) and relative European regulations.

Tanti-Dougall & Associates, Advocates's team includes an IATA Diploma graduate on Aviation Law.