This is OPMAS
At OPMAS, we have dealt with aircraft customs handling for more than two decades. This is the only service we provide. We are not involved in financing, offshore tax structures, tax planning or yachting etc. We focus strictly on aircraft importation and admission matters for aircraft owners and operators flying within the EU. Over these last 20 years, we have learned that long-term local presence and knowhow are essential when it comes to aircraft importation and admission in order to avoid unpleasant surprises. Our experienced acquired knowledge and strong and invaluable handling with the Danish authorities ensure a smooth handling process.
Denmark as a jurisdiction
Denmark has the very best reputation both within the EU and worldwide. Denmark is further number one on the Transparency List over the least corrupt nations in the world. We are known always to implement all EU-directives promptly and 100% by the book without ANY bending of the rules in favour of local companies. Denmark is the only EU member state that is known to facilitate aircraft importation and admission for non-EU operators where the member state is not considered a tax haven.
Qualifications and experience
We have an extensive legal, aviation and administrative background. Our founder and CEO, Lasse Rungholm, is an aviation lawyer (L) and commercial airline pilot (ATPL, EASA and FAA) with more than 20 years of experience in these fields. Denmark has been the member state of choice for these procedures for a long time and our local presence and detailed knowledge of the systems mean that any proposed change in legislation can be easily detected and implemented. We are not strangers setting up shop in a foreign jurisdiction. We know that one of our strongest assets is our extensive local knowledge and long experience working with the authorities.
OPMAS is a seasoned partner in any aviation-related legal or financial matter in connection with importation into the EU – recognized by banks, financing corporations, law firms and organizations within the aviation industry as one of the absolute market leaders. We cooperate with respected international legal and financial advisors to fine-tune our procedures as well as support them with our rare, practical knowledge and expertise when required for the benefit of our mutual clients.
Prior to the customs handling
Procedure instructions for incoming flights called CREW INFO are updated on a monthly basis and include accurate information/instructions about all the practicalities about when the you first enter the EU, the entry flight, and the handling at EKAH/Aarhus/Denmark.
All documents and information are treated strictly confidential.
We deal with the authorities almost on a daily basis with more than one aircraft imported per week. We handle all necessary pre-arrangements prior to your visit for a successful customs handling.
All cases are preceded by written approvals from Danish Customs and Tax (SKAT) with the specific aircraft identified by serial number.
If required, we can recommend to well-known international tax advisors if you would like a second opinion about the procedures available.
All cases are backed by our own quality system to verify adherence to all procedures.
When in Aarhus/Denmark for the customs handling
We are based locally, and we will meet, follow and support all aircraft and crew during the stay in Aarhus/Denmark to ensure that no one is left alone dealing with the Danish authorities.
No core services are handled by a third party. Our staff is available 24/7 during the stay to help with all practicalities and offer any help you might need in the city or at the airport.
Coordination of all local airport services at EKAH/Aarhus/Denmark. OPMAS has reserved parking on stand 15 or 16 at EKAH/Aarhus/Denmark for our clients. EKAH/Aarhus/Denmark is an uncomplicated international airport with unrestricted access. RWY 28/10 is 8,500’ with an ILS in both ends. There is no requirement for PPR and no parking restrictions. The airport usually closes at midnight but can be opened anytime on request.
All normal FBO services are included in our fee; dishwashing, laundry service for onboard linen/napkins and storage of cool and frozen catering items during the stay.
We take care of all local services such as transportation, accommodation, food and catering etc., and we only use the best providers in the city. All services are paid by OPMAS to ensure and support your comfort during the customs handling.
We always arrange professional private transportation for crew and passengers to and from the airport. Crew and passengers will be driven to the aircraft door at the ramp for your convenience.
We always arrange an early hotel check-in and a late check-out to match your needs so that crew and passengers will be able to relax right until departure and ensure that nobody have to wait at the front desk.
The crew will receive a welcome folder upon arrival with practical information about the stay and vouchers to selected cafés and restaurants close to the hotel. These vouchers can be used without restrictions.
The customs process is normally handled in 3-6 hours on a workday. Most aircraft stay overnight.
After the customs handling
Our documentation includes a regular EU-wide recognized official customs form typed in English and stamped by Danish Customs and Tax (SKAT).
Thorough instructions on how to handle a customs ramp check and prepare documentation for any audits are provided for each individual case.
Detailed guidelines about widely known customs issues related to business aviation are published and updated yearly.
We are a full-service provider with no exception and we will support you in any situation. You will never walk alone.
Our fee includes everything you will need during your stay in Denmark except airside fees, fuel, oil, de-icing for the aircraft or technical assistance, if needed. Nothing else needs to be paid in Denmark. Our fee is a one-time charge with no recurring annual payments. No extra costs are invoiced if the entry flight is cancelled or delayed. We will adapt.
We are available at the office from 0800 to 2200 CET every day, including weekends.
Our OPS center is open 24/7/365 for incoming aircraft.
Our hotline is open 24/7/365 with assistance to existing customers if you have any questions or need help to explain the customs procedures to any customs service in the EU.
Our management team
CEO, Lasse Rungholm is an aviation lawyer specialized in EU importation and admission, customs duties related to aircraft/aviation, and all matters with regard to EU VAT. Since the establishment of OPMAS in the early 1990’s Lasse has acquired a great deal of expertise in all aviation areas and as a member of NBAA and EBAA and has been a panelist at numerous different conferences and is a well-known speaker. Lasse maintains a relationship with DELACOUR which is one of the top law firms in Denmark where he still handles a few selected aviation cases every year before court. Lasse’s published articles include review of court cases and new legislation some of which can be found on the OPMAS website. Lastly, Lasse is also a professional pilot with both EASA and FAA ATPLs with multiengine land and seaplane ratings. He is rated on Twin Otters on floats, the L-29, ATR42/72s and Citation II 550 series and flies them regularly.
Director, Frank Hansen graduated from Aarhus School of Business in the late 1980s. Frank handles all administrative matters and personally ensures that all aircraft and corresponding paperwork are handled as efficiently as possible. Frank has been working with EU importation and admission issues for more than 15 years.
We do proudly introduce these Quick Guides after many requests to present the two importation alternatives in a different way.