Remarks of Derek Bloom at ATO Aviation Conference

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Of the 400-450 aircraft owned by Russian businesses and individuals, very few are registered here in Russia. I’ve seen two sets of statistics. I have in front of me some papers from the Ministry of Transportation showing foreign-manufactured aircraft registered in Russia as of June 1, 2010. There is a total of a 103 and many of these are not business jets. Many are propeller aircraft. I also have in front of me the current issue of Top Flight magazine. Here it is reported there are 25 foreign manufactured business jets registered in Russia. That is only 25 out of the total of up to 450. Interestingly, Top Flight reports that there are 108 foreign manufactured business jets based in Russia. These 108, except for the 25 that are registered here, are presumably being regularly flown to other countries so they are not triggering Russian customs clearance requirements.

So, this is where we need to start when we begin to talk about legal aspects of the Russian business aviation market, with this primary distortion in the market that only 5% of the aircraft owned by Russians are registered here, and 95% are not.

This is one of the primary characteristics of the market, and one of the reasons why it’s hard to make progress, because so many of the owners are not present here and they are not actually operating Russian-registered aircraft. That’s what I want to say by way of introduction.

What I’d like to present next is a thesis for discussion, an analysis of pending legal reforms, and then a few conclusions which I think follow from the material.

The argument I would like to present is that the Russian market for business aviation, and the regulation of business aviation in Russia, are in an unsatisfactory state.

I have twelve reasons why the state of affairs is unsatisfactory..

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