The 2-REG Channel Islands Aircraft Register based in Guernsey was launched in December, 2013 to provide a customer focused service for the registration of high quality aircraft involved in non-commercial flying activity around the world.
The safety standards that the register applies are on a par with the best of the world with the register accepting aircraft based on European (EASA), US (FAA) or Canadian (Transport Canada) certification standards.
Guernsey is the second largest of the Channel Islands.
The Channel Islands are situated approximately 14 miles off the Northwest coast of France and are made up of two administrative jurisdictions, or Bailiwicks, Guernsey & Jersey.
The Bailiwick of Guernsey includes the Islands of Alderney Sark & Herm.
There are no formal links between the two Bailiwicks although they both share the same relationship with the United Kingdom (UK) and Europe.
They are both part of the British Isles but not of the United Kingdom and as such, are dependent on the Crown for the administration of foreign affairs and defence. Otherwise the Islands are independent jurisdictions and are governed by their own ‘Parliaments’, the States of Guernsey and the States of Jersey.
Guernsey is widely recognised as one of the world’s premier international finance centres, having a unique mix of talent, independence and natural assets which has enabled financial services to flourish for almost 50 years.
What are the principal markets for the Guernsey Aircraft Registry?
The Registry principally serves the following markets:
- Owners and operators of business jet and turbine aircraft that are used for either private or corporate purposes based anywhere in the world
- Owners and operators of helicopters that are used for either private or corporate purposes based anywhere in the world
- Aircraft lessors in possession of aircraft parked and/or in between leases located anywhere in the world
- Channel Islands residents owning light aircraft
What aircraft can be registered in Guernsey?
The following aircraft can be accepted onto the Guernsey aircraft register:
- Aircraft based in the Bailiwicks of Guernsey or Jersey being any aeroplane or helicopter with a Maximum Take-off Mass exceeding 750 kg and not amateur built, ex-military or vintage.
- Aircraft not based in the Bailiwicks of Guernsey or Jersey being any turbine powered aeroplane with a Maximum Take-off Mass exceeding 2,700 kg or any turbine powered helicopter.
The operation of any Guernsey registered aircraft for commercial use is prohibited meaning that they are not allowed to conduct Public Transport and/or Commercial Air Transport and/or aerial work flights.
What is the eligibility criteria to gain access to the Guernsey aircraft register?
The eligibility criteria is wide in scope and designed particularly to encourage international ownership of aircraft.
For example, European citizens and companies are able to qualify for the registration of their aircraft in their own name directly.
What are the aircraft registration markings for a Guernsey registered aircraft?
The Guernsey aircraft registration prefix nationality mark is ‘2’ followed by a hyphen and four characters, i.e. 2-HIGH, 2-MUCH, 2-MANY.
What features might encourage an owner to register their aircraft in Guernsey?
A combination of some, if not all, of the following features of the Guernsey aircraft register may be attractive to owners and operators:
- High regulatory standards
- Flexibility of aircraft airworthiness, operating and licensing system – i.e. US/FAA or EASA/JAA
- High service levels
- Wide international ownership eligibility
- Fractional ownership is permitted subject to certain restrictions
- Neutral Nationality registration prefix ‘2-’
- Registration marks can be recycled on different aircraft
- The 2- followed by a four letter combination allows significant personalization of the registration markings, i.e. 2-HIGH
- Competitive scheme of charges
- No insurance premium tax (6% in UK)
- European time zone
- Guernsey is a well respected financial services centre on the OECD ‘white list’
- Clear and simple taxation regime
- Stable legal and political environment
- Guernsey is outside the EU VAT territory and does not have any kind of Goods or Sales Tax
Oceanskies Aircraft Registration Services
Oceanskies is an independent dedicated yacht and aircraft registration consultancy based in Guernsey whose principals have many years experience of registering aircraft in the main aircraft registry jurisdictions such as the Isle of Man, Cayman Islands, Bermuda, Malta and the USA.
Oceanskies will consult with the owner and/or operator to determine the best registration jurisdiction for their aircraft based on intended operational parameters.
We encourage owners, their advisers and any intermediary who might be considering options for the registration of their aircraft or reviewing their existing aircraft registration to contact us to discuss potential options.