Sonas Aviation, the new Shannon-based aircraft charter and management company, founded last year by Graham Williamson, former CEO of TAG Aviation Europe, is just weeks away from acquiring its Irish AOC. 

Sonas’s first managed aircraft, a Bombardier Challenger 605, will be available for charter on the new EJ-register.

“We are reaching out to owners of corporate jets seeking predictability, stability and continuity in these uncertain times,” said Graham.

“The impact of Brexit – deal, no deal, interminable status quo, political uncertainty and its subsequent effects on the aviation community in the United Kingdom is a real and immediate issue.”

Sonas Aviation is offering aircraft owners a simple transition for their aircraft to an EASA operation, allowing free movement in Europe and unfettered traffic rights to the 44 countries covered by EU bilateral agreements, including the USA and Canada. 

“Looking at EASA’s newly updated Guidance Notes, it is difficult to predict how aircraft operated, crewed, registered, maintained or managed from the UK will be affected, and this throws up uncertainty regarding importation, free circulation, certification and licensing,” said Graham.

“Ireland, with its EJ registry, offers a simple importation and tax environment for owners. It is a renowned and secure legal jurisdiction for financiers and the Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) is committed to developing and growing its already strong aviation sector.”

Sonas Aviation