According to media reports, the Norwegian tax authorities are looking into the practice of some low-cost airlines of hiring pilots through contracts with companies owned by those pilots. The question for the tax authorities to consider is whether a pilot flying for an airline is to be regarded as an employee of the airline, rather than self-employed or employed by the pilot's own company.
From the start of 2012 the Norwegian aviation industry will be a part of the EU Emissions Trading Scheme. This will result in various financial and organisational challenges to the industry. The European Commission's proposal will require aircraft operators to monitor and report emissions data arising from aviation activities in compliance with the regime.
A temporary agreement between Norway and Canada signed in October 2010 recently entered into force. It provides for the mutual recognition of certificates and licences relating to the airworthiness of civil aeronautical products, and establishes procedures that make such approvals simpler and more efficient than previously, and thus less expensive.
The Cape Town Convention on International Interests in Mobile Equipment establishes an international arrangement for the registration of mortgage and similar security rights in mobile equipment, including aircraft equipment. The Norwegian Parliament recently approved ratification of the convention and the Protocol on Matters Specific to Aircraft Equipment.
Since June 1 2005 Norway has participated in the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) as a member of the management board without voting rights. The purpose of EASA is to promote common standards of safety and environmental protection in civil aviation. Among other things, membership means that several EU regulations concerning the aviation sector have been implemented in Norway.
In July 2005 the Ministry of Transport and Communication presented - within the area of the European Union - an open invitation for tender on scheduled regional air services in Norway for the period from April 1 2006 to March 31 2009. On November 2 2005 exclusive route assignments to four airlines were announced.
On January 1 2005 new regulations on the payment of fees relating to civil aviation business entered into force. As a result, most fees for registration with the Civil Aircraft Register have increased considerably, especially for the largest and most expensive aircraft. The new fees are intended to cover the expenses related to the Aviation Authority's services.