In 2010, the Aircraft Registration Malta Act came into force, the main aim of this act is to regulate the registration of an aircraft in accordance with Maltese law. The Act also takes into consideration the registration and enforcement of aircraft mortgages and the implementation of the Cape Town Convention.
Malta is a highly competitive jurisdiction with high economic development in several areas of the aviation industry and a well-established legal infrastructure. Not to mention the freedom of movement within European Union Member States on international and internal flights has made Malta an ideal jurisdiction for private aircraft registration.
Maltese registered aircrafts are documented in a register by the Director-General whose authority falls under the Civil Aviation Directorate, this is the main authority responsible for aircraft registration.
Although Maltese law is not limiting the types of aircrafts that are registered in Malta, the eligible registrants differ depending on whether the aircraft is used for commercial air services or for private purposes. The following individuals may register an aircraft in Malta:
Such owner, operator or buyer is eligible to register an aircraft in Malta if the individual or company is either of the following:
With regards to private aircrafts, a natural person who is a citizen of, or an undertaking established in a jurisdiction approved by the Minister by the Legal Notice ‘Aircraft Registrations (Approved Jurisdictions) Regulations, 2011’, for the purposes of the Act (termed “International Registrant” in the Act), provided it has legal capacity to own/operate an aircraft in terms of law, may register an aircraft under Maltese law. Once an application is submitted by an International Registrant from an approved jurisdiction, the applicant is required to appoint, prior to registration of an aircraft, a Resident Agent who shall be based in Malta and who will act as the channel of communication between the International Registrant and the Director-General and other Maltese government departments and authorities.
The main advantages of registering aircraft in the Maltese jurisdiction are:
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