Aircraft – Aircraft Walkaround Tue, 22 Nov 2022 15:26:54 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Aircraft – Aircraft Walkaround 32 32 Northrop Grumman will improve the capabilities of the UH-60V aircraft Tue, 22 Nov 2022 15:26:54 +0000

Northrop Grumman will improve the capabilities of the UH-60V aircraft

Northrop Grumman Corporation has been selected to provide engineering services for the $156.7 million, KBR-led, five-year Multi-Contract Vehicle (MAC) Analysis Center of the information from the Department of Defense (DoD IAC).

IAC MAC Task Orders are awarded by the U.S. Air Force’s 774th Enterprise Sourcing Squadron to develop and create new knowledge for the enhancement of the Defense Technical Information Center (DTIC) repository and community of research and development (R&D) and science and technology (S&T) .

“We are exploring a broad range of capabilities that will allow the UH-60V to remain relevant in the multi-domain operations environment of the future,” said Lindsay McEwen, vice president, navigation, targeting and survivability, Northrop Grumman. “Our modular and open architecture approach allows for rapid integration of enhanced capabilities.”

The UH-60V is a complete digital cockpit redesign that replaces the analogue instrumentation inherited from the UH-60L with a fully open and integrated avionics suite. The UH-60V flight architecture applies to current fleet and future vertical lift aircraft, and is expandable to Apache, Black Hawk and Chinook aircraft.

The DoD IAC, sponsored by DTIC, provides technical data management and research support for DoD and federal government users. Established in 1946, the IAC program serves the DoD S&T and acquisition communities to drive innovation and technology developments by enhancing collaboration through the integrated development and dissemination of scientific and technical information for the DoD and the community. S&T in the broad sense.

Northrop Grumman is a technology company focused on global security and human discovery. Our pioneering solutions give our customers the capabilities they need to connect, advance and protect the United States and its allies. Driven by a common goal of solving our customers’ toughest problems, our 90,000 employees define the possible every day.

jetsetgo: Delhi booze scam: JetSetGo claims its planes were not used to carry cash or booze Sat, 19 Nov 2022 06:04:00 +0000 JetSetGo owner Kanika Tekriwal Reddy said on Saturday his planes were not used to transport cash or alcohol, amid reports that the chartered flight service provider’s planes were involved in the alleged Delhi liquor scam. Reddy is the wife of Sarath Chandra Reddy, a director of Aurobindo Pharma who is now in the custody of the Directorate of Law Enforcement for her alleged involvement in the scam. Sarath Chandra Reddy is said to be one of the go-betweens for bribes given to Delhi government officials and politicians.

“I strongly condemn these reports which have made baseless allegations of the use of our company’s aircraft in the alcohol scam,” Kanika said in a statement on Saturday.

She also claimed her husband was innocent and there was no evidence of his involvement.

According to reports, the Directorate of Law Enforcement (ED) has asked the company to provide details of its fleet’s flights over the past few months as it suspects an airborne money transfer. JetSetGo Aviation Services Private Limited (JetSetGo) also said its senior management and board are aware of recent media coverage and speculation regarding the use of the company’s flight services.

“While recent speculation based on hearsay is completely unwarranted and baseless, we are happy to answer any legitimate questions regarding JetSetGo’s operations,” the statement read.

The CBI and ED are investigating whether the Delhi government’s excise policy, which has now been scrapped, was designed to provide undue and illegal favors to liquor manufacturers and distributors at the expense of the public purse.

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has registered an FIR against the accused as well as some officials and agents of the Excise Department, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia and others involved in the case.

How to register a plane in Nigeria Wed, 16 Nov 2022 18:51:20 +0000

As can be seen in my last article on aviation law (How to Acquire an Air Transport License and Air Operator License in Nigeria), the Nigerian Aviation Regulatory Framework contains detailed specifications on how to obtain certain participatory permits.

This article will be more focused on the subject of Aircraft Registrations in Nigeria with particular emphasis on the following topics:-

– The regulatory agencies in charge of aircraft registrations in Nigeria.

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– Requirements for aircraft registrations in Nigeria.

– Who is eligible to register an aircraft in Nigeria.

East plane registration obligatory in Nigeria?

Yes, it is, otherwise operating an unregistered aircraft can result in a wide range of civil and criminal liabilities.

Who government agency is in charge of plane registration in Nigeria?

The government agency responsible for aircraft registrations in Nigeria is the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA).

Who is eligible at have a plane registered in Nigeria?

An aircraft is eligible for registration if it belongs to: –

– A Nigerian citizen.

– An individual alien legally admitted for permanent residence in Nigeria.

– A legally incorporated company doing business under the laws of Nigeria if the aircraft is based and primarily operated in Nigeria.

– A Nigerian government entity or political subdivision.

– A foreigner who has leased the aircraft from one of the persons described above provided that:-

a). the aircraft can only remain on the Nigerian register as long as the lease remains in force;

b). the registration certificate includes the names and addresses of the tenants;

vs). the aircraft is no more than 22 years old and not registered under the laws of any state other than Nigeria.

What are the terms for plane registration in Nigeria?

Once the aircraft has been assessed and found acceptable for issuance of a certificate of registration, it is required to submit the following documents to the authority:-

– A certificate or notice of deregistration from the previous state of registration or a letter from the state of manufacture, if the aircraft is new and has never been registered in another state, confirming the non-registration.

– Documents proving the ownership of the aircraft, for example a bill of sale.

– A copy of a government-issued identification or other authority-approved identification.

– A Certified True Copy (CTC) of a Certificate of Incorporation issued by the Corporate Affairs Commission if the aircraft is owned by a corporation.

– Names of the directors of the company owning or renting the aircraft.

– A CTC of the lease agreement if the aircraft is on lease with proof of payment of all applicable stamp duty.

– A CTC of the power of attorney executed by the owner/lessor and the lessee of the aircraft.

– A CTC of a current aircraft insurance certificate.

– Proof of payment of the prescribed fees.

– A CTC of an Air Transport License (ATL), Air Operator License (AOL) or Non-Revenue Flight Permit (PNCF).

What is the procedure for the allocation of plane registration Brands?

Aircraft registration marks can be reserved after payment of a reservation fee which will be valid for 6 months.

Aircraft registration marks will be assigned to applicants in order with the prefix 5N-.

Special registration marks of the applicant’s choice may be assigned upon written request when available and are at an additional charge in addition to the regular aircraft registration fee.

Texas air show: 6 dead after pair of vintage military planes collide in Dallas Sun, 13 Nov 2022 19:10:00 +0000


Six people have died after two World War II military planes collided mid-air and crashed at Dallas Executive Airport during an air show on Saturday afternoon, killing all on board, the Dallas County Medical Examiner’s Office said Sunday.

“We can confirm there are six (deaths),” a spokesperson for the Dallas County Medical Examiner’s Office told CNN in a phone call.

More than 40 fire units responded to the scene after the two vintage planes – a Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress and a Bell P-63 Kingcobra – crashed during the Wings Over Dallas air show.

In video footage of the crash described by the mayor of Dallas as “heartbreaking”, the planes are seen shattering in mid-air after the collision, then hitting the ground within seconds, before bursting into flames.

Here are the latest developments as National Transportation Safety Board investigators are due to arrive at the scene on Sunday.

The Federal Aviation Administration said the crash happened around 1:20 p.m. Saturday. The death toll has not yet been confirmed, Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson said on Saturday.

The Allied Pilots Association – the union representing American Airlines pilots – identified two retired pilots and former union members among those killed in the collision.

Former members Terry Barker and Len Root were part of the B-17 Flying Fortress crew during the airshow, the APA said on social media.

“Our hearts go out to their families, friends and colleagues past and present,” the union said. The APA is offering professional counseling services at its headquarters in Fort Worth following the incident.

Terry Barker killed in Dallas plane crash on Saturday

The death of Barker, a former member of the Keller, Texas city council, was also announced by Keller Mayor Armin Mizani on Sunday morning in a Facebook post.

“Keller is in mourning as we learned that her husband, father, Army veteran and former Keller Councilman Terry Barker was one of the victims of the tragic Dallas Airshow crash,” wrote Mizani.

“Terry Barker was loved by many. He was a friend and someone whose advice I often sought. Even after retiring from City Council and flying for American Airlines, his love for the community was unmistakable.

At a press conference Saturday, Hank Coates, president and CEO of Commemorative Air Force, an organization that preserves and maintains vintage military aircraft, told reporters that the B-17 “normally has a crew of four to five. That was what was on the plane”, while the P-63 is a “single-pilot fighter type aircraft”.

“I can tell you he was normally equipped,” Coates said. “I cannot release the number of people in the manifesto or the names on the manifesto until I have been cleared to do so by the NTSB.”

Wreckage of two planes that crashed during the airshow.  The B-17 was one of approximately 45 surviving complete examples of the design, which was produced by Boeing and other aircraft manufacturers during World War II.

The Commemorative Air Force identified both planes as being based in Houston.

“Currently, we have no information on the status of the flight crews as emergency responders are working on the accident,” a statement from the group said, adding that it is working with local authorities and the FAA.

No bystanders or anyone on the ground were injured, although the crash’s debris field includes the grounds of Dallas Executive Airport, Highway 67 and a nearby shopping mall.

The B-17 was part of the Commemorative Air Force collection, nicknamed “Texas Raiders”, and had been kept in a hangar in Conroe, Texas, near Houston.

It was one of approximately 45 surviving complete examples of the design, of which only nine were airworthy.

The P-63 was even rarer. It is known that 14 examples survived, of which four in the United States were airworthy, including one belonging to the Commemorative Air Force.

More than 12,000 B-17s were produced by Boeing, Douglas Aircraft and Lockheed between 1936 and 1945, with nearly 5,000 lost during the war, and most of the remainder scrapped by the early 1960s. About 3,300 P -63 were produced by Bell Aircraft between 1943 and 1945 and were used primarily by the Soviet Air Force during World War II.

A still from a video taken during the airshow shows smoke rising after the crash.

The FAA was leading the investigation into the air show crash on Saturday, but it was to be turned over to the NTSB once its team arrived on scene, Coates said.

On Saturday evening, the NTSB announced that it was sending a team to investigate the collision. The team, made up of technical experts regularly dispatched to plane crash sites, is expected to arrive on Sunday, the agency said.

According to Coates, the people who fly the plane at CAF air shows are volunteers and go through a strict training process. Many of them are airline pilots, retired airline pilots or retired military pilots.

“The maneuvers they (the aircraft) were performing were not dynamic at all,” Coates noted. “It was what we call ‘Bombers on Parade’.”

“It’s not about the plane. It just isn’t,” Coates said. “I can tell you the planes are great planes, they’re safe. They’re very well maintained. The drivers are very well trained, so it’s hard for me to talk about it, because I know all these people, they’re family, and they’re good friends.

Mayor Johnson said in a tweet after the crash“As many of you have seen, we had a terrible tragedy in our city today during an airshow. Many details remain unknown or unconfirmed at this time.

“The videos are heartbreaking. Please say a prayer for the souls who soared to entertain and educate our families today,” Johnson said in a separate tweet.

The Wings Over Dallas event, which was scheduled to run through Sunday, has been canceled, according to the organizer’s website.

Professor of Aerospace Engineering, Student Collaborates on Award-Winning Paper Thu, 10 Nov 2022 17:06:10 +0000

Body of the review

Urban air mobility aircraft, which take off and land vertically, will one day go from concept to reality, but a number of technical questions remain. How many passengers does it make sense to design these planes to carry? How fast should they fly and how powerful should their engines be to carry that many occupants at that speed? How does aircraft size increase with distance traveled? Also, could a hybrid design with a battery and also a combustion propulsion system be more advantageous than using a purely electric vehicle, depending on the distances travelled?

These and other questions were explored by Imon Chakraborty, assistant professor of aerospace engineering, and Aashutosh Mishra, doctoral student in aerospace engineering, in their award-winning research paper, “Sizing and Analysis of a Lift-Plus-Cruise VTOL ( vertical take-off and landing) Aircraft equipped with electrified propulsion systems.

The paper was presented earlier this year at the AIAA AVIATION Forum in Chicago between June 27 and July 1. It received the “Best Paper” award from the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Electric Aircraft Technology Technical Committee at its recent conference in Chicago. The AIAA is the professional engineering society for aerospace engineers. The award-winning article is available here. Recently, this work was also accepted as an archival article in the AIAA Journal of Aircraft. The revised version of the article is available here. Chakraborty, director of the Vehicle Systems, Dynamics and Design Laboratory (VSDDL), summarized some of the findings.

“Our study shows that depending on the level of battery technology, if the distance flown is short enough, it might make more sense to design an all-electric (battery-powered) aircraft for this mission,” he said. declared. “But given current battery technology, beyond a certain threshold of distance flown, the all-electric aircraft would become too heavy, and it would make more sense to design a hybrid-electric or turbo-electric version. these two alternatives, electrical energy is used for propulsion, but in a different way.In the hybrid-electric design, electrical energy generated by a combustion gas turbine engine and electrical energy supplied by a battery work together to propel the aircraft. In the turbo-electric design, all electrical energy used for propulsion is generated entirely by the gas turbine and the batteries are not used for propulsion. Our paper has identified the threshold criteria for these designs.

Chakraborty said the award is further validation of the work done at VSDDL.

“We performed this research using a tool we developed in-house called the Parametric Energy-based Aircraft Configuration Evaluator, or PEACE,” he said. “This is the second Best Paper Award we have received for work with PEACE.”

He also spoke about the importance of AIAA technical conferences for students and young professionals.

“At these conferences, there are attendees who are affiliated with urban air mobility companies, and we get probing questions from them,” he said. “It’s a very exciting place for students like Aashutosh and very exciting for the lab as well, because these industry representatives are going to take note of where these people are coming from. For a student, it’s all about timing. You have to work on good search when it’s popular. Graduate students like Aashutosh, who work on urban air mobility vehicles, are at the right time in this wave of interest. They do a good job and there is a good chance that they can be integrated into this segment of the industry when they graduate.

Mishra, a graduate research assistant at VSDDL and recent winner of the AIAA Luis de Florez Graduate Award in Flight Simulation, said he hopes to one day use his experience at Auburn Engineering and work with take-off and landing aircraft. verticals for a career in the industry. It aims to develop a unified vehicle design and simulation framework that integrates aircraft stability and control assessment into the design iteration. In the next step, a real-time flight simulation of the developed concept can be performed to better understand the dynamic behavior of the vehicle during flight.

“It’s very gratifying to know that the work I’ve done in the lab is recognized under the umbrella of a great organization like the AIAA,” said Mishra. “Receiving recognition from this organization where people believe in what we do is very motivating and reassures me that our work is valuable to the community. It is an honor for me to be recognized for the work I have conducted in the area of ​​urban air mobility vehicle model development and simulation, and I feel inspired to contribute to the best of my ability to bridging the gap between a conceptual design and actual flight through real-time sizing and flight simulation studies.

Lake Victoria crash: commercial plane plunges into lake in Tanzania Sun, 06 Nov 2022 18:56:00 +0000


A Tanzanian commercial flight operated by Precision Air crashed in bad weather on Sunday into Lake Victoria, killing 19 people.

The country’s prime minister, Kassim Majaliwa, said officials believed all the bodies were found on the plane.

“We are starting to get luggage and personal effects out of the plane. A team of doctors and security agencies have started the process of identifying the dead and notifying the families,” Majaliwa said.

The airline confirmed the death toll and reduced the number of survivors to 24 in an updated statement on Sunday evening. Earlier, the carrier as well as local officials said 26 of the 43 people on board had been rescued.

“Precision Air extends its deepest condolences to the families and friends of the passengers and crew involved in this tragic incident. The company will endeavor to provide them with information and all the assistance they need during this difficult time,” the airline said.

“The names of passengers and crew on board the aircraft will not be released until all next of kin have been notified,” he added.

The flight, comprising 39 passengers and four crew members, had taken off from Tanzania’s commercial capital, Dar es Salaam, and was heading for the town of Bukoba before plunging into Lake Victoria. as he prepared to land.

Video circulating on social media taken by onlookers on the shores of Lake Victoria showed the plane submerged in water with rescuers coordinating rescue efforts from nearby boats.

Precision Air CEO Patrick Mwanri appeared visibly distressed when speaking to reporters in Dar es Salaam on Sunday.

Mwanri’s voice cracked and he had to stop to wipe away his tears as he said the plane had left around 6 a.m. and he was expected in the northwest lakeside town of Bukoba, at 8:30 a.m.

“But at 8:53 a.m. our operations control center received a report that this aircraft had not arrived,” he said in a televised statement.

The accident is said to have occurred during the final approach to the airport whose runway begins right next to Lake Victoria, Africa’s largest freshwater lake.

Local officials have suggested bad weather may have played a part in the crash, saying the area had experienced heavy rain and high winds at the time.

The regional airline has opened a crisis management center and established information zones in Bukoba and Dar es Salaam to communicate with families of passengers.

Following news of the crash, the Tanzanian president took to social media to appeal for calm as rescuers worked at the site of a downed plane.

“I received with sadness the information of the crash of the Precision Air flight at Lake Victoria, in the Kagera region,” President Samia Suluhu Hassan wrote on Twitter on Sunday.

“I send my condolences to everyone affected by this incident. Let us continue to be calm as the rescue operation continues and we pray to God for help.

Precision Air is a Tanzanian airline based in Dar es Salaam.

Man who flew plane jailed for three years Thu, 03 Nov 2022 22:44:14 +0000

Albert Rajram, the man who stole a quantity of items from a private plane at Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA), Timehri was today sentenced to three years in prison after admitting to committing the crime.

Rajram also known as the “Bunny” of Circuit Road, Timehri appeared before Magistrate Judy Latchman at Diamond/Grove Magistrate’s Court Two.

He pleaded guilty to two counts of breaking and entering and theft. Rajram was sentenced to 36 months in prison on each count. The sentences will be executed simultaneously.

Police arrested Rajram on Monday in connection with the crime which took place between Wednesday October 26 and Friday October 28.

He was questioned during which he allegedly confessed to having committed the crime.

Stolen items, including alcoholic beverages and electronic items, were also recovered.

Stabroek News was told that Rajram told police he dug a hole under the CJIA’s perimeter fence and drove onto the airport tarmac.

Once he broke through the perimeter fence, he broke into the plane and stole the items.

Reports indicate that the aircraft with registration number N111RE arrived here last Wednesday afternoon. He parked near the Guyana Defense Force Air Corps.

This newspaper has learned that when the pilots returned last Friday to prepare the flight for takeoff, they discovered there was a breach in the plane’s main door.

An alert was immediately given and a search was carried out during which the objects were discovered missing.

The plane left Guyana for Texas, United States, on Friday. He transported officials from an international company here to attend a meeting.

Air Lease Corporation announces the lease placement of three new Boeing 737-8s from Aeroitalia Tue, 01 Nov 2022 10:33:00 +0000

LOS ANGELES–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Air Lease Corporation (NYSE:AL) today announced long-term lease placements for three new Boeing 737-8 aircraft with Aeroitalia. These three new Boeing aircraft are expected to be delivered to the Italian airline from ALC’s backlog with Boeing from 2023 until 2024.

“We are very pleased to announce the placement of three new Boeing 737-8s with Aeroitalia,” said Steven F. Udvar–Házy, Executive Chairman of Air Lease Corporation. “The capabilities of the Boeing 737-8 will significantly improve Aeroitalia’s operational efficiency and the expansion of its fleet with the most modern and fuel-efficient aircraft.”

“Through this placement, Aeroitalia’s team of seasoned airline industry veterans is prudently expanding its fleet and operations to meet the needs of the airline’s ever-growing business,” said AJ. Abedin, vice president of marketing at Air Lease Corporation.

Gaetano Intrieri, Managing Director of Aeroitalia, added: “With this lease agreement, we strengthen our business relationship with ALC. We consider this agreement as a very important step for Aeroitalia in its sustainable green growth plan and to support the Italian market. Our team is very proud of the support and trust we have received from ALC, one of the largest rental companies in the world. Allow me to especially thank Mr. Hazy for believing in our project.

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About Air Lease Corporation (NYSE: AL)

Air Lease Corporation is one of the world’s leading aircraft leasing companies based in Los Angeles, California, with airline customers worldwide. ALC and its team of dedicated and experienced professionals are primarily dedicated to purchasing new commercial aircraft and leasing them to its airline customers worldwide through customized aircraft leasing and financing solutions. The company regularly posts information which may be important to investors in the “Investors” section of its website at Investors and potential investors are encouraged to periodically check Air Lease Corporation’s website for important information. Information contained on or accessible through ALC’s website is not incorporated by reference into, and does not form part of, this press release.

About Aeroitalia

Aeroitalia is a new fully privately owned Italian airline, born from the foresight of professionals in the air transport sector. Based in Rome and a startup hub in Forlì, Aeroitalia currently operates regional charter and scheduled flights across Europe with a fleet of three Boeing 737-800s.

]]> Flags of convenience: why some countries are more attractive than others when it comes to aircraft registration Sat, 29 Oct 2022 22:04:05 +0000

The clear Mediterranean waters, year-round mild weather and rich history make the island of Malta a top tourist destination, but these are not the only reasons why Ryanair, Wizz Air and Eurowings have settled in the smallest Member State of the European Union.

Forty airline operators with a combined fleet of over 500 aircraft were on the Maltese register as of last month; this number makes the small Mediterranean country one of the few jurisdictions that punches well above its weight when it comes to aircraft registration.

However, the usual names still top the charts. Data from aviation analysis firm Cirium shows that the United States leads by a huge margin in all aircraft categories, including commercial, business and general aviation; other large countries such as China, Canada and Brazil follow far behind.

However, not all leading countries in terms of aircraft registers are large, as the case of Malta shows. Other smaller jurisdictions like Ireland, Bermuda and the Cayman Islands have also carved out a remarkable place in the global aircraft registration market.

You can assume that the reason these small countries offer a noticeable number of aircraft registrations is due to taxes. While some of these jurisdictions may indeed have tax advantages for aircraft registration, TPG consulted various industry experts who downplayed this factor.

So why do some smaller countries offer comparable numbers of aircraft registrations? We took a closer look to find out.

Ryanair Boeing 737-800 on the runway at Dublin Airport. JJFARQUITECTOS/TWENTY20

Service reigns supreme

“Taxation has become less of a pull factor for new aircraft operating certificates and aircraft registrations, particularly since the introduction of European harmonization directives in the area of ​​taxation over the past decade”, said Stephan Piazza, a lawyer specializing in aviation and navigation consulting services. at the Maltese office of accountancy organization KPMG, said: “This is a trend that is likely to continue.”

If taxes aren’t driving the high number of aircraft registrations in smaller jurisdictions, what are? In other words, it is the speed of service that these countries are able to provide.

“The Malta Registry is a very service-oriented authority,” Piazza said. “Regulatory approval that can take months in a larger jurisdiction can be done in weeks here while, at the same time, ensuring the highest levels of regulatory compliance.”

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Others have further emphasized this point, including David Colindres – president of the San Marino Aircraft Registry who oversees aircraft registries in the small independent microstate of San Marino (where there is no airport ).

“Service is the main factor here,” Colindres said. “When a jet is purchased, wealthy individuals and businesses want to get it operational as soon as possible, and that’s something we can do. We pride ourselves on our ability to react very quickly. We work closely and align with the government, although the registry is run as a private company. »

Unsurprisingly, this ability to register aircraft quickly seems to resonate with business jet operators.

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Location, location, location

Beyond seeking prompt service, operators aim to derive maximum benefit from the jurisdiction they choose to register their aircraft.

“When choosing where to register an aircraft, it is important to consider the geographic region in which that aircraft will primarily operate,” said Brian Skehan, an industry executive and managing director of SARC, a consulting firm specializing in aviation regulation.

It will likely come with a few added benefits.

Malta, Ireland and Austria, for example, are members of the EU, so their fleets can operate unhindered throughout the EU without needing to obtain third-country operator authorisation.

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Policies matter

Maltese Prime Minister Robert Abela and Health Minister Chris Fearne. JONATHAN BORG/XINHUA NEWS AGENCY/GETTY IMAGES

Specific policies also play a role in deciding where to register an aircraft.

The international framework that regulates civil aviation – of which the Convention on International Civil Aviation (also known as the Chicago Convention) is a cornerstone – provides flexibility for countries to prioritize certain interpretations of registration rules so that they can attract more aircraft owners and operators.

For example, in some jurisdictions, an aircraft must be registered by its beneficial owner; other jurisdictions allow more complex ownership structures, providing additional flexibility for operators. This is another reason why Ireland regularly attracts operators to its shores to register their aircraft.

Malta’s ratification of the Cape Town Convention – an international treaty that protects property rights in highly mobile assets like aircraft – in 2010 also explains how Malta has become a major player in aviation services. By taking this decision and subsequently revamping its aircraft registry to better align with commercial interests, the country has invested more in maintaining and improving facilities, which operators can then benefit from. We are not talking here about a simple annotation on a register, but about hard and tangible metal which rolls on the tarmac of the local airport.

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At the end of the line

Just as countries compete to attract foreign investment into their economies, so does the market for aircraft registrations. The Aircraft Registry has become a key tool for jurisdictions that, regardless of size, want to play their part in the development of the global aviation industry.

Sparkchasers Aircraft Services Appoints New President Mon, 24 Oct 2022 19:50:00 +0000

Sparkchasers Aircraft Services appoints new president for North Carolina operations.

SMITHFIELD, North Carolina, October 24, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Sparkchasers Aircraft Services was founded in 1989 and has earned a reputation for reliable, high-quality aviation radio (avionics) repair, overhaul and installation solutions. Based at Johnston Regional Airport in Smithfield, North CarolinaSparkchasers continues to provide valuable equipment update, maintenance and repair services to keep an aging general aviation fleet well equipped for the modern aviation system.

In 2021, Sparkchasers attempted to expand to the new Blue Line Aviation facility at the airport. That expansion turned into a move when the Airport Authority suddenly, and for no apparent reason, failed to renew its lease on the facility it had occupied for decades.

Despite the challenges, Sparkchasers remains fully operational and serves a large market of aircraft owners. As he approaches his 33rd anniversary, Sparkchasers is still focused on growth, innovation and efficiency despite the economic and supply chain challenges plaguing our country. Sparkchasers continues to hire exceptional people from the community to learn how to work on these valuable systems. Training and certification are provided, so no experience is required.

In preparation for the next phase of growth, Sparkchasers is pleased to announce the hiring of Ray Walters to be its new president. Ray has over 40 years of aviation experience including as a private pilot, commercial pilot and flight instructor. Ray worked at the SAS Institute for over 20 years in various roles including project management and worked over 5 years in the aviation industry at Blue Line Aviation in various management, safety and compliance roles.

“Ray’s diverse background in management, project management and aviation makes him uniquely qualified to take on this challenge. We welcome him to the Sparkchasers family and look forward to seeing him setting up Sparkchasers for decades of success,” said Trey Waltersson of Ray and shareholder of Sparkchasers.

“I am grateful and delighted to have the opportunity to lead Sparkchasers and I am grateful for the confidence Trey has placed in me by taking me on to this position. I also look forward to meeting and interacting with the pilots and aircraft owners that this company has served for decades and continuing the great work that Sparkchasers is known for,” said Ray.

Sparkchasers Aircraft Services, Inc. is an FAA approved repair station founded in 1989 that performs valuable repair and upgrade services, including installing new Garmin and Avidyne Avionics systems. For more information, please visit our website (

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