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AVIATION LAW NEWS: Advocates Tanti-Dougall & Associates attend Aviation Summit 2012

Monday, 17 September 2012 16:39

Dr Michael Tanti-Dougall, Managing Partner and Dr Jacqueline Tanti-Dougall, Partner of Tanti-Dougall & Associates, Advocates participated at the Mediterranean Business Aviation 2012 Summit held on the 14th September, 2012 at the Intercontinental Hotel, St. Julians, Malta.

Organised for the first time in Malta by AeroPodium, the summit proved to be an excellent platform for all those involved in the aviation business including owners, manufacturers, lessors, lessees, financiers, national airlines and aviation authorities as well as law firms providing the many and varied legal services associated with the industry in particular aircraft registrations, sale/purchase and or lease transactions, financing, asset management, security, health & safety, taxation and litigation issues.

The Mediterranean Business Aviation 2012 Summit which was well attended by some 120 participants, attracted a good number foreign leading players in the market including Airbus Corporate Jets (France), AOSAC JLT (Dubai), Private Jet SA (Switzerland), Gates & Partners (UK), Affinity Management Services Limited (Isle of Man & Malta), Shergroup (UK), AVISA Aviation Safety System Ltd (UK), BAA Aviation (UK), GainJet Aviation (UK), Mango Aviation Services (UK), FL3XX (Austria), Airclaims – Part of McLarens Young International (UK) and Ascend (New York & Honk Kong).

As from October 1st, 2010 Malta has introduced a new law on aircraft registration having acceded to the Cape Town Convention and the Aircraft Protocol following their adoption by the EU. The Aircraft Registration Act provides a comprehensive legal and fiscal framework for those owners and lessors who intend to register their commercial and private aircrafts, including a National Aircraft Register, allowing for certain initiatives like for example, the possibility to register an aircraft when still under construction. The new law caters for fractional ownership, aircraft leasing and aircraft finance with their respective legal complex considerations relative to mortgages and privileges. The relative legislation is expected to be revised during the last quarter of this year to incorporate simpler VAT applications to the industry, making it further attractive to those using Malta for their commercial aviation operations in particular for aircraft registration.

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 Organisation (ICAO) and relative European regulations.

Dr Jacqueline Tanti-Dougall is mainly responsible for the practice area, having graduated with Diploma in Aviation Law following a course at the IATA Aviation Training and Development Institute in Switzerland.