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Channel Islands Aircraft Registry



Channel Islands Aircraft Register



Who:
It was made clear from the outset that the core of the register, certainly at the outset will be local GA aircraft and those UK/European aircraft that choose to take advantage of the real benefits.

Eligibility:
Any Channel Island resident aircraft is eligible and any aircraft held in a Guernsey company.

When:
The Registry is open for business

What:
The prefix will be “2” followed by four letters.  If owners wish a “premium” registration e.g. 2 -GOOD there will be an additional charge. Alternatively, for example 2-ABCD, there would be no premium charge.
Registrations will be transferrable i.e. not lost if aircraft are changed.

Charges:
You should speak to Dominic at the registry to get a steer on initial fees for registration. Thereafter the fees for GA are no greater than they would be if you remained on the G register.

Why:
There will be a cost for aircraft coming onto the register and therefore there has to be a good reason to change registration.
The cost of the initial survey.
The cost for an export C of A from a current register.
The cost of periodic renewal of a C of A, expected initially to be an annual renewal.
The cost of de-marking/re-marking the aircraft.
The cost for Registration in Guernsey.
The cost of setting up a Guernsey company for non-residents and maintaining it annually (currently £250 annual filing fee)
The cost of issuing by the DCA , the relevant initial ratings for a licence to fly “2” registered aircraft.

How:
An aircraft will need to be surveyed before it is accepted onto the register.
A registration will be allocated if not selected by the owner.

Where:
SGI have an extensive network of Surveyors and there will no doubt be some available locally based.

Licences:
All EASA and FAA licences plus those from acceptable ICAO compliant jurisdictions (eg Australia, Canada) will be accepted as evidence for the issue, by the DCA , of a Guernsey (rating/authorisation), ratings on those licences will be accepted.

STC's:
Any STC's issued by EASA or the FAA plus any acceptable authority will be accepted.


Summary of Major Advantages.

Example: A UK based N registered aircraft with a pilot who holds an EASA/UK PPL with a “piggyback” FAA licence and with an FAA I/R.

1.The engineering acceptance will be as thorough but more flexible than the current EASA scheme. Annual inspections will be necessary but many of the more stringent restrictions unnecessary in the GA sphere will be eliminated saving time and money.
2. The FAA I/R will allow pilots to operate in IFR in European airspace in a “2” registered aircraft.
3.FAA approved STC'S for engines/avionics will be accepted eliminating the requirement for an expensive approvals process currently required to gain EASA acceptance.
4.The requirement to hold an aircraft in a Delaware Co for all non US citizens with is attendant cost and issue concerning “ownership” is eliminated.
5.The omnipresent EASA threat to the N register is probably removed from the owner of a “2” registered aircraft who is also a Channel Islands resident. The threat to non Channel Island residents will not been known until EASA rules become clearer and that is some way off.
6.All charges when levied will be VAT free.
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