There was praise for the UK CAA /DfT negotiation team and how it handled the block permits issue – from speakers Bernhard Fragner, GlobeAir. Derek Thomson, Air Charter Scotland and Glen Heavens, Synergy Aviation.
“They have been a role model for all,” said Bernhard and deserve applause. “We had a transparent three months as EU operators coming into the UK and as the deadline neared they gave Austria notice that they needed to have a reciprocal process in place for UK operators or it would be withdrawn, he said. Yet Austria delayed – only jumping into action at the end of March when it was clear the UK would not extend without such reciprocity.
We were then being cleared on a flight by flight arrangement and it’s complex but a reciprocal position (with UK) has now been reached. The Associations have been most helpful, he added.
There was some talk about the UK aircraft registry with Martyn Fiddler’s Adrian Jones talking up importing to the UK directly – to avoid paying EU tax. (Like Channel Islands and Guernsey). The UK is actually a good closing jurisdiction he suggested. “Have an MRO company on standby in the UK to assist should there be an issue,” he said.
Glen Heavens agreed, suggesting work should be done on this to raise awareness of the appeal of the UK registry.
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