Last week, 2-REG, the Channel Island Aircraft Registry, announced the registration of its first business jet, a Gulfstream GIV with the registration mark 2-TRAV. This registration was done on behalf of a Channel Islands-based company; the aircraft is being operated by ExecuJet Aviation Group.
Registering through 2-REG is an interesting idea. First, because the registrations themselves begin with the number "2", there are some fun and creative registration marks that are up for grabs. Their website offers some examples to get you thinking, like 2-COOL or 2-RESQ - they have an online lookup tool so you can see if a name of your choice is available, and you can reserve a name for up to three months by using an online form.
Interesting registration marks aside, there are other reasons why you might want to consider registering your non-commercial aircraft through 2-REG. With its headquarters in the Bailiwick of Guernsey, a tax-efficient offshore island, and offices on three continents, they offer 24/7 service in a variety of languages. They use surveyors located around the globe to keep the transaction costs down, and they are one of the few registries that accepts type certification from the major aviation jurisdictions - FAA, EASA, Canada.
Wim Ovaa, Director of 2-REG says they offer a similar kind of services as the Isle of Man, but with some differences:
- speedy service and shorter lead-times
- more competitive rates
- flexible regulations
2-REG is a private/public partnership, operated by SGI Aviation Guernsey for and on behalf of the States of Guernsey/Director of Civil Aviation. You can follow them on Twitter @2REGaircraft and they're also on LinkedIn