Aviation Law

Aviation Law

The wealth of Chetcuti Cauchi’s experience enriches the Aviation Law field, which includes the registration of aircrafts in Malta, sales and purchase deals, aircraft chartering and leasing as well the negotiations and drafting of aviation related service agreements such as servicing maintenance and repairs agreement.

Aviation law – Malta and Cyprus

The tourism industry in Malta is a very important economic factor, and the aviation industry is essential and lucrative for such an industry.  The Maltese Aviation Law scenario has seen changes in the recent years due to changes in the legislative framework, and also due to Malta’s entry in the European Union, which has facilitated the ability of aircrafts registered in Malta to operate freely within the EU.

Malta is rapidly becoming a jurisdiction of choice for matters dealing with aviation law, and thus, this gives a boost to the quality and value in services with regards to aviation law and also accounts for the increase in the number of aircraft and mortgage registrations.  Such increase is based on number of attributions, which include:

  • The implementation of the Aircraft Registration Act 2010 intended to revitalise growth of the industry and providing for boarder eligibility rules for registrations of aircraft which are not used for commercial air service and recognition of fractional ownership of aircraft.
  • The implementation of the Cape Town Convention in international interests in mobile equipment and its Aircraft Protocol
  •  Participation in numerous international aviation agreements as well as conventions, including the Chicago Convention
  • Mutual recognition of Air Operator’s Certificate (AOC), flight crew licenses and engineer’s licenses
  • Membership in EASA with high reputation for safety standards
  • International mutual recognition of Maintenance Organisation
  • Adequate laws assisting parties to seek remedies in various forms including mortgages  

Furthermore, Chetcuti Cauchi specialises in the use of Malta companies in local and international aircraft ownership and management structures for the purpose of VAT and tax planning maximization. Our Aviation Team’s work includes high profile matters, such as corporate structuring and tax planning.  The services offered by our aviation team are complemented by services from our tax advisers and accountants, who provide corporate structuring and tax planning solutions.

Chetcuti Cauchi also thrives as a one-stop-shop firm for aircraft management solutions in Cyprus.  Our diligent team has established itself as a leading firm in aviation law practice representing aircraft holding and management companies as well as aviation financiers and private jet owners in Cyprus and Malta. 

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