Aruba and The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia execute art. 83bis Agreement ICAO

The Department of Civil Aviation of Aruba (DCA) and General Authority of Civil Aviation of Saudi Arabia (GACA), has executed and ICAO 83bis Agreement which allows Aruba registered aircraft to operated commercially under a Saudi AOC’s issued by GACA. ARABASCO  is the first operator to place under its Ops Specs the first Aruba registered aircraft with the nationality marks P4-NOF.

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On 27 July 2015 United Kingdom’s instruments of ratification to the Convention on International Interests in Mobile Equipment and the Protocol to the Convention on International Interests in Mobile Equipment on Matters specific to Aircraft Equipment were deposited with UNIDROIT. The United Kingdom made declarations under Articles 39(1)(a)-(b), 39(4), 52, 53 and 54(2) of the Convention, and under Articles XXIX, XXX(1), XXX(2) and XXX(3) of the Aircraft Protocol. The Convention and the Aircraft Protocol will enter into force for the United Kingdom on 1 November 2015.


Aruba is good for business/continues as a tax complaint state: EU publishes list of tax havens

The European Union recently published its first list of international tax havens as part of a crackdown on multinational companies trying to avoid paying tax in the 28-nation bloc. The list of 30 territories includes Hong Kong and Brunei in Asia, Monaco, Andorra and Guernsey in Europe and a series of Caribbean havens including the Cayman Islands and British Virgin Islands. Aruba does not appear on the list and continues to enjoy its tax compliance status. This compliance is good for business and benefits the P4 aircraft registration program.

The full list is: Andorra, Liechtenstein, Guernsey, Monaco, Mauritius, Liberia, Seychelles, Brunei, Hong Kong, Maldives, Cook Islands, Nauru, Niue, Marshall Islands, Vanuatu, Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Grenada, Montserrat, Panama, St Vincent and the Grenadines, St Kitts and Nevis, Turks and Caicos, U.S. Virgin Islands.

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Aruba Airport launches biometrics as a key identifier project

Aruba launched the “Aruba Happy Flow Project” at the Queen Beatrix International Airport. Aruba’s government reports that Aruba is the first airport in the world to provide a 100% self-service passenger experience. This pilot project makes it possible to use biometrics as a key identifier at the airport checkpoints. The checkpoints use facial recognition technology to identify passengers at check-in, bag drop, border control and aircraft boarding. The pilot project will run for two years. The Aruba Happy Continue reading “Aruba Airport launches biometrics as a key identifier project”

Brazil’s Embraer and DNW sign aviation agreement

The Brazilian aircraft maker Embraer has signed a cooperative agreement with DNW German-Dutch Wind Tunnels. In the presence of Lilianne Ploumen, the Dutch Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation, the two companies signed an agreement as part of the aviation programme of the Dutch trade mission visiting Brazil this week.

Embraer, the world’s third largest aircraft maker, has been working with DNW for over 10 years. Scale models of Embraer’s commercial and military aircraft have long been tested in DNW’s wind tunnels. The results of the wind tunnel tests are used to improve aircraft designs. The two companies signed an initial agreement in 2009, in the presence of then prime minister Jan Peter Balkenende. The new agreement means that they will exchange more information and personnel. This will provide Embraer with more expertise in measuring technology and DNW with more information on the development of new types of aircraft. As a result, measuring technology will improve, and Embraer and DNW will probably cooperate more closely.

Aruba Introduces Exchange Rate Margin Compensation

The National Ordinance Exchange Rate Margin Compensation was introduced effective April 1st, 2015. This levy has been introduced with the purpose to finance the (regulatory) activities of the Central Bank of Aruba (“CBA”).The Exchange Rate Margin Compensation is a levy on all purchases and sales of foreign exchange transactions settled through the commercial Continue reading “Aruba Introduces Exchange Rate Margin Compensation”

Comlux Malta is awarded IS-BAO registration

Fly Comlux, the VIP airline of the Comlux Group, is pleased to announce that its European branch Comlux Malta Ltd has been awarded the Certificate of Registration to the International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO).
Issued by the International Business Aviation Council, Montreal – Canada, and verified through an audit conducted by an independent accredited IS-BAO auditor, this certification confirms the company has programs, systems, processes and procedures in place to meet the safety and security standards of this top-of-the-range business aviation code of practice.

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Southwest Airlines kicks off international service at Hobby – first flight Aruba!

Southwest Airlines launches service between Houston and Aruba Saturday, marking the first international flight at Hobby Airport. The service is possible because Aruba is a federal “pre-clearance” location, which means U.S. border agents living aboard can process travelers through customs before they arrive in the U.S.

Aruba court upholds non-competition clause in employment agreement – March 2015

The Court of First Instance of Aruba in a recent decision upheld a non-competition clause in an employment agreement.

This decision is in line with (some) previous decisions in which such a clause was upheld. It should also be mentioned that in some cases such clauses were not upheld. This is typical in employment litigation in which the particulars of the case are very determinant factors for the outcome of the case.In this case it was wine salesperson working for a local wine wholesaler (“Employer”) that after a(n) (short) employment left the company to work for another wine wholesaler (“New Employer”). The Continue reading “Aruba court upholds non-competition clause in employment agreement – March 2015”

India makes change to aircraft registration regulations to enable foreign owned aircraft to be (finally) de-registered, but will India (actually) comply?

Apparently the Indian civil aviation ministry has amended the Aircraft Rules 1937 that governs inter alia the registration of aircraft in India The objective of the change is to bring the aircraft de-registration practice in India in conformity with the Cape Town Convention & Protocol The amendment codifies the fact that the Indian civil aviation authority has to de-register i.e. cancel the registration upon first demand by the owner/lessor/designated party under the Cape Town Convention & Protocol. This change should now, after (too) many years, should make it possible for owners/lessors that have had aircraft “stuck” in India a/o with an Indian registration, to (finally) de-register their aircraft and bring it back home. This change comes after ruling(s) by the Delhi High Court where it was decided that the owner/lessors were entitled to de-register their aircraft(s).

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