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10 Year Anniversary for Isle of Man Aircraft Registry

This year the Isle of Man Aircraft Registry is celebrating 10 years of service, with over 952 aircraft registered to date.

Aircraft Registry Staff

Launched in 2007, the Isle of Man Aircraft Registry has grown substantially over the past 10 years, developing enhanced online services and driving excellence in standards of safety and customer support.

The anniversary year started in fine style with the Registry being awarded Best Global Aviation Registry for 2017 by World Commerce Review. In June the Isle of Man Aviation Conference took place, proving to be a great success and, for the first time in its history, was over-subscribed.

Registry staff are focused on maintaining momentum and this is demonstrated by continued improvements to customer service, a complete rebrand process and development of a brand new website due to be on line by late summer.

Martyn Perkins MHK, Member with responsibility for the Aircraft Registry, commented:

  • ‘The Isle of Man Aircraft Registry is truly a first-class registry, being the sixth largest international private business aviation registry in the world and home to hundreds of corporate aircraft. The Island’s economy is boosted by the efforts of the Aircraft Registry, with private sector companies working closely with us to provide extra services and support for the registered aircraft.’

Simon Williams, Director of the Isle of Man Aircraft Registry (IOMAR), commented:

  • ‘The growth over the last 10 years is testament to the hard work of the team at the Registry and the strong Isle of Man business model that we have developed and advanced. The IOMAR is synonymous with high regulatory standards. We have grown a quality Register renowned for its speed of service, dedicated support and international compliance. I am delighted to be here to celebrate the 10 year anniversary of the Registry and look forward to the next 10!’

Over the past 3 years, the IOMAR has:

  • Successfully introduced and continued to develop a new IT support system for clients.
  • Completed the transformation to entirely digital operations with all documentation now being generated and distributed electronically, which greatly enhances efficiency and service to our clients.
  • Significantly updated the Island’s aviation legislation to incorporate the latest international requirements and put in place an ambitious future legislative plan.

Further developments to IOMAR are planned into 2017 and beyond including:

  • Additional online services for clients.
  • The Cape Town Convention will become operational on the Isle of Man on 1st January 2018.
  • Continued pro-active support for M-registered, European-based clients striving for compliance with the evolving European aviation regulatory suite.

Consultation

The Isle of Man Civil Aviation Administration has issued a consultation on a Bill to amend the Aviation and Civil Aviation Act 1987 which would provide the ability to make secondary legislation to meet the Island's international obligations in respect of civil aviation and to regulate the Island's civil aviation in general.

Responses must be received by 5pm on Thursday 6 July 2017.

EBACE 22 - 24 May 2017

EBACE 2017

The Isle of Man Aircraft Registry will be represented at EBACE 2017 by Simon Williams, Director of Civil Aviation and Adrian Tickle, Flight Operations Technical Manager. They will be in attendance throughout the three days of the event and if you would like to arrange a meeting, please email aircraft@gov.im

During the event Simon and Adrian can be contacted by telephone or email using the contact information below:
Simon Williams - Mobile +44(0)7624 487909 or email Simon.Williams@gov.im
Adrian Tickle - Mobile +44(0)7624 350880 or email Adrian.Tickle@gov.im

Isle of Man Aircraft Registry nominated Best Global Aviation Registry 2017

World Commerce Award Winner 2017

The Isle of Man Aircraft Registry has been named Best Global Aviation Registry in World Commerce Review Magazine’s 2017 awards. The World Commerce Review award panel considered product innovation, on-going customer support, and best practice criteria. Shortlisted registries were also required to demonstrate a continuing commitment to deploying the best possible solutions for the benefit of their clients.

Simon Williams, Director of Civil Aviation stated:

‘I am delighted to accept this award from World Commerce Review. 2016 was another big year for the Isle of Man Aircraft Registry and it is excellent to see our hard work being recognised internationally. In the last 12 months we have continued to focus on incremental improvements to our customer service offering. We have successfully introduced key IT support upgrades and launched online services in line with Government’s Digital Strategy, all of which have significantly improved efficiency. We have also secured a long term arrangement for the provision of aviation support services, particularly airworthiness surveys, which further improves the support provided to our international clients. As the Registry approaches its tenth anniversary we have now registered the 925th aircraft since commencing operations and are maintaining our position as the sixth largest private/corporate aircraft registry in the world. The fact that we are still registering aircraft at a healthy rate notwithstanding the tough international trading conditions is a strong endorsement of the Isle of Man business model.’

New 'Safety Matters' Published

Isle of Man Aircraft Registry's (IOMAR) Safety Matters No: 01/17 has now been published. The publication contains a wide range of topics covering safety information for owners, operators, flight crew and maintenance organisations of Isle of Man registered aircraft.

Isle of Man Civil Aviation Administration and UK Civil Aviation Authority reach agreement regarding Part-SPA Approvals for Part-NCC operators

A Letter of Understanding (LoU) has been signed by the Isle of Man Civil Aviation Administration (IOMCAA) Director of Civil Aviation and the UK Civil Aviation Authority (UK CAA) Group Director, Safety & Airspace Regulation. The LoU lists the Operating Approvals issued by the Isle of Man Aircraft Registry (IOMAR) which will be accepted by the UK CAA for UK based operators of ‘M’ registered aircraft affected by the recently introduced Air Operations Regulations for Non-Commercial complex motor powered aircraft (Part-NCC). The LoU is the first of numerous similar formal agreements currently being finalised with other European Member States’ National Aviation Authorities and has been a major focus of the IOMCAA over this past year.

For operators of ‘M’ Registered aircraft who are required to declare to the UK CAA, the signed LoU means that all operational approvals (Part-SPA) issued by the Isle of Man will be accepted by the UK CAA.

First Aid Kit Contents Guidance for Operators of Isle of Man Registered Aircraft

The Air Navigation (Isle of Man) (Amendment) Order 2016 removed the requirement for a prescriptive list of mandatory first aid items to be carried on-board an ‘M’ registered aircraft.

As guidance to aircraft operators, the Isle of Man Aircraft Registry has published Registry Publication 58 which lists some typical first aid items that they may wish to consider, although operators may choose to vary from this to meet their own requirements and the circumstances of their flight operations.

Registry Publication 58 can be viewed using this link.

Cape Town Convention

The Aviation (Cape Town Convention) (No.2) Order 2016 was approved by Tynwald (Isle of Man Parliament) on 21 July 2016. This is a crucial step towards bringing the Cape Town Convention into operation on the Isle of Man.

Due to provisions stipulated in the treaty, the Order will not bring the Convention into effect on the Island until the first day of the month following the expiration of 6 months after the date of receipt by UNIDROIT (Depositary for the Convention and Protocol) of the UK’s notification that its ratification is to be extended to the Isle of Man. It is anticipated that this date will be late 2017.

The Order will give effect to the Cape Town Convention by implementing a modified version of the UK’s International Interests in Aircraft Equipment (Cape Town Convention) Regulations 2015 (SI 2015/912). The text of the Regulations as they will apply to the Island can be viewed by using this link and you can view the Order here.

IOMAR will issue guidance on the implementation of the Cape Town Convention on the Isle of Man in advance of the extension of the Convention to the Island.

EBACE 2016 - Geneva, 24-26 May

EBACE 2016

The Isle of Man Aircraft Registry will be represented at EBACE 2016 by Simon Williams, Director of Civil Aviation; Mark Manton, Flight Operations Manager and Adrian Tickle, Flight Operations Technical Manager. They will be in attendance throughout the three days of the event and if you would like to arrange a meeting, please email aircraft@gov.im

During the event Simon, Mark and Adrian can be contacted by telephone or email using the contact information below:

Simon Williams - Mobile +44(0)7624 487909 or email Simon.Williams@gov.im
Mark Manton - Mobile +44(0)7624 487715 or email Mark.Manton@gov.im
Adrian Tickle - Mobile +44(0)7624 350880 or email Adrian.Tickle@gov.im

AeroPodium Conference

The Isle of Man Aircraft Registry Flight Operations Technical Manager, Adrian Tickle, will be attending the AeroPodium Conference “Ready for New EASA Rules for Non-Commercial Operations?” which takes places in Berlin on Thursday 28th April 2016.

For more details and to register please follow the hyperlink http://www.aeropodium.com/ncc.html

Isle of Man Government Secures Ongoing Technical Support

The Isle of Man Government has awarded a 10 year contract to aviation safety consultancy company Baines Simmons to provide ongoing aviation support services.

The contract secures additional technical expertise to supplement the Isle of Man Aircraft Registry team and ensure the continuity of the high service and regulatory standards customers of the Registry have come to expect. Baines Simmons will provide flexibility for the growth and development of the Aircraft Registry over the next 10 years, continuing the availability of additional capacity to undertake surveys anywhere in the world and meet surges in demand.

Simon Williams, Director of Civil Aviation, said:

‘The highly specialist contract to provide Aviation Support Services to the Isle of Man Aircraft Registry went out to formal tender in 2015. The Isle of Man Government’s Treasury led a rigorous process which saw the numerous companies who submitted a tender undergo a very detailed, thorough and objective assessment. Baines Simmons is to be congratulated for their successful tender following months of hard work.

‘The team at the Isle of Man Aircraft Registry very much looks forward to continuing to work with Baines Simmons and to building on our highly successful strategic partnership. Formal confirmation of the Treasury decision provides an excellent opportunity to continue to build the Isle of Man aviation sector which in turn will make a significant contribution to the Island economy.’

New Operating Approval Application Forms

Following a review of the initial and renewal application forms for Operating Approvals, a number of changes have been made to simplify and reduce the number of forms our customers have to complete.

A new Registry Publication (RP4 Operating Approvals) has been produced to be read in conjunction with the Operating Approval Application Forms. All new Forms and RPs are available to be downloaded from the Aircraft Registry website.

Fatigue Management Guide for General Aviation Operators of Large and Turbojet Aeroplanes

ICAO have published a new guide on fatigue management specifically for GA operators of large and turbojet aeroplanes. The document, produced collaboratively with the International Business Aviation Council (IBAC) and the Flight Safety Foundation (FSF), complements a wider suite of ICAO fatigue management resources.

This new guide provides support to international general aviation operators of large and turbojet aeroplanes in meeting the ICAO Annex 6 Part II Section 3 requirements on fatigue management programmes, flight and duty time limitations, which are reflected in The Air Navigation (Isle of Man) (Amendment) Order 2016, that comes into force on 1st May 2016.

Isle of Man Aircraft Registry - Online services

Client access to the online reservation of registration marks, mortgage searches and the current Isle of Man Aircraft Register is now available. Guidance notes may be found on the Aircraft Registry Digital Information System (ARDIS) home page here. A login is not required to access these services which allow requests to be made via a dedicated website. Online payment for reservations and mortgage searches is required at the time of request. The Isle of Man Aircraft Registry extends its thanks to those customers who have participated in the testing of the system and is extremely pleased to offer this new development of service provision to our customers.

Amendments to The Air Navigation (Isle of Man) Order 2015

The Air Navigation (Isle of Man)(Amendment) Order 2016 will come into operation on 1 May 2016.

The amendments introduced by the Order bring The Air Navigation (Isle of Man) Order 2015 into line with the latest international requirements by including a new Part 17A in respect of large and turbojet aircraft to implement the requirements of the Convention on International Civil Aviation, Annex 6 Part II Section 3.

For more information on the implications of these changes please see Industry Notice 016.

The Order also revises Part 10 of the 2015 Order (Aerodrome Operating Minima) and includes new provisions concerning use of oxygen, loss of pressurisation warning and the dropping of persons from aircraft. Additionally, some minor amendments are made to Schedule 7 (Documents to be carried) and Schedule 11 (Penalties).

Company Operations Manual Template

Operators of Isle of Man registered large and turbojet aircraft will be required to have a company operations manual to comply with the forthcoming changes to the Isle of Man civil aviation legislation. Please refer to Industry Notice 015 for further information.

The Isle of Man Aircraft Registry has produced a framework template to assist operators of ‘M’ registered aircraft who do not already have a company operations manual in place. Operators of ‘M’ registered aircraft who wish to make use of the company operations manual template should contact the Aircraft Registry to request a copy.

EASA confirm that a CAMO is not required for European NCC operators of Isle of Man registered aircraft

European Implementing rules for continuing airworthiness (EU) 2014/1321 do not apply to European NCC operators for third-country registered aircraft.

In particular, tasks related to the continuing airworthiness management do not need to be implemented by a CAMO in the sense of Regulation (EU) No 1321/2014 (continuing airworthiness). However, an organisation for the continuing airworthiness management is mandatory in accordance with point 8 (g) of Annex IV of the Basic Regulation and as stated in Regulation (EU) No 1321/2014, M.A.201(f).

In short, NCC operators need to ensure that an organisation is managing the continuing airworthiness of their aircraft. For a non-EU registered aircraft performing non-commercial (NCC) operations, this organisation need not be a CAMO; it can be the operator itself or any other organisation or natural person under the responsibility of the operator.

Source EASA FAQ hyperlink - http://easa.europa.eu/the-agency/faqs/air-operations

AeroPodium Conference

The Isle of Man Director of Civil Aviation (Simon Williams) and Aircraft Registry Flight Operations Management Team (Mark Manton and Adrian Tickle) will be attending the AeroPodium Conference “Ready for New EASA Rules for Non-Commercial Operations?” The Conference takes places in London on Thursday 28th January 2016.

For more details and to register please follow the hyperlink http://www.aeropodium.com/ncc.html

New Air Navigation (Isle of Man) Order 2015

The Air Navigation (Isle of Man) Order 2015 (S.I. 2015 No. 870) was made on 19 March 2015 and will come in to force on 1 May 2015.

The Order can be viewed using this link:

The coming in to force of this Order on 1 May 2015 will revoke the following Orders;

(1) The Air Navigation (Isle of Man) Order 2007 (S.I.2007/1115)
(2) The Air Navigation (Isle of Man) (Amendment) Order 2008 (S.I.2008/1487)

If you require further information please contact the Isle of Man Aircraft Registry on +44 (0) 1624 682358 or email: aircraft@gov.im

EBACE 2015 - Geneva, 19-21 May

The Isle of Man Aircraft Registry will be represented at EBACE 2015 by Simon Williams, Director of Civil Aviation and Mark Manton, Flight Operations Manager. They will be in attendance throughout the three days of the event and if you would like to arrange a meeting, please email aircraft@gov.im

During the event Simon and Mark can be contacted by telephone or email using the contact information below:
Simon Williams - Mobile +44(0)7624 487909 or email Simon.Williams@gov.im
Mark Manton - Mobile +44(0)7624 487715 or email Mark.Manton@gov.im

ICAO Annex 6 Consultation

News Release December 2014

The Aircraft Registry in accordance with its commitment to the ongoing development of Isle of Man aviation legislation, is currently addressing the requirement for Isle of Man registered aircraft to comply with the standards contained in ICAO Annex 6 Part II Section 3 – Large Turbojet Aeroplanes.

In line with our policy of inviting feedback during the development stage, we would welcome views from interested parties on this issue preferably before the end of December 2014. Submissions should be emailed to the Aircraft Registry. Please ensure that your email contains the words “Annex 6 Consultation” in the header to ensure that it is directed to the correct department.

Isle of Man Aviation Conference 2013

The Aircraft Registry is very pleased to be supporting the Isle of Man Aviation Conference 2013, arranged by ICM Aviation. The theme of the conference this year is ‘The Global Connection’ and will take place on Thursday 13 June in the Royal Hall at the Villa Marina in Douglas, Isle of Man.

EBACE

News Update April 2013

The Isle of Man Aircraft Registry will be attending the 13th Annual European Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (EBACE) event, located at Palexpo, Geneva International Airport, Geneva, Switzerland between 21 and 23 May 2013. The Isle of Man private sector, Corporate Service Providers, Lawyers / Advocates, Aircraft Insurance, Tax / VAT Advisors are expected to be well represented at the exhibition and Hartley Elder, Director of Civil Aviation and Mark Manton, Operations Manager will be in attendance to support these organisations throughout the three days.

If you wish to make contact / arrange a meeting with Hartley or Mark, they can be contacted at the Registry +44 (0)1624 682358 or on their mobiles, Hartley +44 (0)7624 487909 / Mark +44 (0)7624 487715.

Isle of Man Aircraft Registry wins Customer Service Award

NEWS Release 19th November 2012

Awards 2012 logoIsle of Man Newspapers, in association with RBS International held their annual Awards for Excellence event in Douglas on the 15th November 2012. The Isle of Man Aircraft Registry was short listed as a finalist in the Customer Service category, sponsored by the Boston Group Limited.

Clive Anderson was the compare for the evening and the first award of the night was for the Customer Service category, the Aircraft Registry was announced as the winner by Greg Ellison who presented the award to Hartley Elder, Director of Civil Aviation.

More information via this link.

Middle East Business Aviation (MEBA) event; 11 - 13 December 2012

NEWS Update 14th November 2012

The Isle of Man Chamber of Commerce and organisations from the Islands private sector will be attending the Middle East Business Aviation (MEBA) event at the Al Maktoum International Airport, Dubai World Central, UAE between the 11th and 13th December 2012. Hartley Elder, Director of Civil Aviation will be working with these organisations during the three days.

The latest list of organisations attending include:

Aerotech International LimitedAffinity Management Services Limted
AirwaveAppleby Aviation Ltd
Boston Group LimitedCavendish Trust Company Limited
Cayman National Bank and Trust Company (Isle of Man) LimitedCharterhouse Lombard Limited
Döhle (IOM) LtdEquiom Trust Company Limited
Fortress Management Services LimitedICM Aviation Limited
ILS FiduciariesInTrust Manx Limited
PKF (Isle of Man) LLCSovereign Trust (Isle of Man) Limited
Standard Bank Group LimitedVantage Corporate Services Limited

Presentation made to owners of 500th ‘M’ registered aircraft

NEWS RELEASE 8th August 2012

Following on from the registration of the Isle of Man Aircraft Registry’s 500th aircraft, a Bombardier Global 5000, the Island’s Director of Civil Aviation, Hartley Elder, has made a presentation to a representative of the aircraft’s owners, Jana Aviation Limited, during a recent visit to Beirut at the facility of Executive Aircraft Services. See the full news release

Isle of Man registers 500th aircraft

NEWS RELEASE 29th June 2012

The Isle of Man Aircraft Registry has announced the achievement of a significant milestone with the registration late yesterday of its 500th aircraft since its inception on 1st May 2007. The 500th aircraft registered was a Bombardier Global 5000, registration M-SEAS, which was delivered new from the factory in Montreal Canada. See the full news release.

Isle of Man Aircraft Registry appoints new chief surveyor

NEWS RELEASE 7th March 2012

The Isle of Man Aircraft Registry has announced the appointment of Gary Raby to the role of Chief Surveyor. Working with Director of Civil Aviation, Hartley Elder, Gary will be responsible for ensuring that Isle of Man registered aircraft conform to international standards including airworthiness, certification and maintenance. He has 25 years of aviation experience, initially with the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, followed by Manx Airlines (British Airways CitiExpress/BA Connect) where he progressed to Engineering Manager, responsible for a base maintenance facility for six years. See the full news release

5th Annual Future of Business Jets conference

NEWS RELEASE 3rd October 2011

The Aircraft Registry is again a sponsor of the 5th Annual Future of Business Jets conference in London on 2/3 November 2011 - Further details can be found via this link.

Isle of Man Director of CAA to take up new challanges

NEWS RELEASE 16th June 2011

The Isle of Man Aircraft Registry has announced that it will be searching for a new Director of Civil Aviation to replace Brian Johnson, who will be stepping down from the role in the Department of Economic Development, effective 26th August 2011. Download the full News Release

Middle East Business Aviation (MEBA) event

NEWS RELEASE 15th November 2010

The Aircraft Registry will be represented at the Middle East Business Aviation (MEBA) event, www.meba.aero 07-09 December 2010, Dubai, UAE.

Isle of Man Aircraft Registry continues impressive growth

NEWS RELEASE 1st July 2010

The Isle of Man Aircraft Registry continues its impressive performance and during June registered the first Embraer Lineage 1000 in Europe and showed a 63% growth in new aircraft during the third year up to 30th April 2010 - Download the full News Release

4th Annual Future of Business Jets conference

NEWS RELEASE 14th June2010

The Aircraft Registry is again a sponsor of the 4th Annual Future of Business Jets conference in London on 10/11 November 2010 - Further details can be found via this link.

Double celebration for Isle of Man Aircraft Registry

NEWS RELEASE 1st May 2010

The Isle of Man Aircraft Registry marked completion of three years of operation today by announcing continuing impressive growth in its fleet and of the development of the Isle of Man’s first ‘home grown’ Aviation Regulator and Airworthiness Surveyor.

Since the Registry was established on May 1st 2007 over 240 high quality private and corporate jets and high quality twin turbine-engine helicopters have been registered. Download the full News Release.

Impressive growth of Island's aircraft register continues

NEWS RELEASE 9th November 2009

After only 30 months operation the Isle of Man Aircraft Registry has already registered 175 aircraft. Further information is available via this link.

The Future of Business Jets 4-5 November 2009

NEWS RELEASE 14th July 2009

The Isle of Man Aircraft Registry is proud to jointly sponsor the third Future of Business Jets Conference in London, UK. Further information is available via this link.

IBA launches a new repossession service and temporary registration in conjunction with the Isle of Man Aircraft Registry.

NEWS RELEASE 6th May 2009

Leading aviation consultancy, the International Bureau of Aviation (IBA), today announces its new 'turnkey' repossession service and temporary registration in collaboration with the Isle of Man Aircraft Registry. The new service has been set up to provide a register for commercial aircraft while they transition from one operator to another. Download the full news release here (Pdf file).

Isle of Man registers its 100th aircraft

NEWS RELEASE 27th November 2008

The Isle of Man Aircraft Registry has announced that it has just registered its 100th aircraft, a Learjet 60, since launching on 1st May 2007.

Director of Civil Aviation Brian Johnson commented:“This represents a significant milestone for us, but just as pleasing are the positive comments and compliments we have received from satisfied customers all over the world.”

DTI Minister Hon David Cretney MHK commented: “I offer my warmest congratulations to Brian Johnson and all the staff at the Aircraft Registry on this achievement. The high quality service they offer and their continued success has helped reinforce the Isle of Man’s position as an international business centre with a diverse economy.” Ends

First Isle of Man-based Airworthiness Surveyor thanks DTI for support

NEWS RELEASE 21st November 2008

The first Isle of Man-based Airworthiness Surveyor has thanked the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) for helping him achieve his certification.

Andy Dixon, Managing Director of Port St Mary-based ‘Aero Projx Limited’, received his Certificate of Authorisation from Director of Civil Aviation, Brian Johnson, earlier this month and was keen to highlight the support he had received from DTI to enable him to achieve this status.

Brian Johnson and Andy DixonPicture shows Brian Johnson, left, presenting Andy with his Certificate.

Andy Dixon commented: “In April 2007 I signed up to the DTI’s Small Business Start-Up Scheme which helped me think about business fundamentals and taught me the basic skills involved in running my own business. I also took advantage of the grant the Scheme offers to purchase a laptop and a desktop computer, which are vital accessories in enabling me to run my own business.”

Andy had decided to start his own business after opting to stay in the Isle of Man with his family following his ex-employer’s decision to relocate off-Island.

Andy continued:“My family enjoys such a great quality of life in the Isle of Man so we didn’t want to relocate back to the UK. I wanted to remain in the aircraft industry, specifically in technical project management, and start a business that would utilise my skills as a management consultant". The excellent support and help I received from the DTI helped me achieve that ambition and I started Aero Projx Ltd in May 2007 after completing the Small Business Start-Up Scheme.”

With the help of the Isle of Man’s Director of Civil Aviation, Brian Johnson, Andy was brought to the attention of Baines Simmons, an international leader in airworthiness and aviation safety consulting. They have now recommended that Andy be certified as an Airworthiness Surveyor for the Isle of Man Aircraft Registry.

DTI Minister David Cretney commented:“I am delighted for Andy that he has become the first Isle of Man-based Airworthiness Surveyor for the Aircraft Registry. Furthermore, on behalf of the Department I am grateful for his acknowledgement of the support we have provided him via the Small Business Start-Up Scheme and the Aircraft Registry. The Isle of Man has an excellent track record in helping local businesses with around 90% of supported start-ups succeeding, proving that the entrepreneurial spirit can flourish in the Isle of Man.”

DTI Minister congratulates Isle of Man Aircraft Registry on top award

NEWS RELEASE 17th November 2008

The Minister for Trade and Industry, Hon David Cretney MHK, has congratulated the Isle of Man Aircraft Registry on winning the Public Sector Achievement of the Year award at the Isle of Man Newspapers’ Awards for Excellence. Director of Civil Aviation, Brian Johnson, received the award on behalf of the Registry and thanked his team for their help and support since the Register’s launch on 1st May 2007.

Brian Johnson commented:“I would like to thank the staff in the Aircraft Registry for their hard work and dedication which has seen the number of aircraft registered in the Isle of Man reach nearly 100 in a little over 18 months. I am also grateful for the support of Minister Cretney and his office over this period. This is a really great team effort and I am delighted to accept the award on their behalf.”

DTI Minister David Cretney commented: “I am so pleased for Brian and his team as I know how hard they have worked over the last 18 months to establish what is now considered a world-class aircraft register. This new business sector of aircraft registration has opened up new opportunities for local companies, such as corporate service providers, who have benefited from the keen interest shown in exploiting the many advantages of registering an aircraft in the Isle of Man." Ends

Chief Surveyor appointment further strengthens Isle of Man’s fast growing Aircraft Registry

NEWS RELEASE 16th October 2008

The Isle of Man Aircraft Registry today announces the appointment of Hartley Elder to the newly created role of Chief Surveyor.

Hartley Elder, Chief Surveyor, IOM Aircraft RegistryWorking with Director of Civil Aviation, Brian Johnson, Hartley will be responsible for ensuring that Isle of Man registered aircraft conform to international standards including airworthiness, certification and maintenance.

The role is in line with the strategic development of the Island’s aircraft registry, which has easily surpassed expectations since its launch in 2007.

Hartley Elder brings over 30 years of aircraft maintenance and engineering experience in both the public and private sector. Prior to accepting the position with the Isle of Man Government he was technical officer-airworthiness with the International Civil Aviation Organisation. He has also held senior positions at the UK Civil Aviation Authority where he was a senior airworthiness surveyor and previous to this, with British Airways where he worked as a technical support engineer.

Commenting on his new position Hartley Elder said: “This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to join an aviation regulator whilst it is still in its formative stage. Since its establishment just 18 months ago the Isle of Man Aircraft Registry has enjoyed outstanding growth without sacrificing quality and service and I believe I have the knowledge and experience to help develop the register further."

“With the number of aircraft on the register growing rapidly the role also brings many challenges which I am looking forward to and I am proud to be part of a dedicated team who continually aim to deliver the highest worldwide standards.”

The Isle of Man Aircraft Registry started operations on 1st May 2007 with the aim of establishing the Island as a one-stop shop for aviation business. The registry’s target aircraft are professionally-flown new corporate jets for international blue-chip companies and high net worth individuals who will find that conducting aviation business on the Isle of Man is a friendly, efficient experience. In its first year over 50 aircraft were registered and only eighteen months after its establishment over 90 aircraft from all the major aircraft manufacturers, including Boeing and Airbus, have been registered worldwide.

DTI Minister David Cretney commented: “We are delighted to welcome Hartley to the Isle of Man at this exciting time. The recruitment of a Chief Surveyor is testament to the increase in numbers of people looking for a quality jurisdiction in which to register their corporate aircraft. As we fast approach 100 registrations, Hartley’s technical and professional experience brings to the Registry the necessary skills and talent to continue our exceptional growth as well as maintain the Registry’s unparalleled record in international safety and service standards.” Ends

Further information

Laura Moss/Harshna Brahmbhatt
+44 (0)20 7294 3694 / +44 (0)20 7294 3610

Brian Johnson, Director of Civil Aviation
+44 (0)1624 682358
Brian.Johnson@dti.gov.im
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