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Isle Of Man To Open Aircraft Registry

by Amanda Banks,, London

15 May 2006

The Isle of Man is in the process of introducing an Aircraft Register, intended to mirror the success of the Island's highly respected and successful Shipping and Superyacht Register.

This new Register is being implemented after consultation between the Government, the private sector on the Island and the UK. Legislation is currently being enacted for the establishment of the Register and Brian Johnson has been appointed Director of Civil Aviation.

Mr Johnson, who took up the post on 27th March 2006, has worked for more than 10 years in the flight operations inspectorate of the UK Civil Aviation Authority. Latterly he was Head Flight Operations Inspectorate - Aeroplanes, based at Gatwick, and also acted as the UK Safety Assessment Coordinator - Foreign Aircraft Programme, for the UK Department for Transport.

Commenting on the new initiative and Mr Johnson's appointment, Alex Downie, Minister for Trade & Industry, said:
"I am delighted that Brian has agreed to become the Isle of Man's first Director of Civil Aviation. His knowledge and experience will be invaluable to the Department as we progress negotiations with the UK authorities for a civil aircraft register. We have already achieved agreement to the principle of an aircraft register and Brian will lead detailed negotiations in respect of the supporting legal and technical framework.

"Government is fully committed to the establishment of an aircraft register and I believe that it has very significant potential as a further element of economic diversification. The Isle of Man already has a very successful ship register that is independently recognised as among the best in the world and we will aim for similar quality for our aircraft register. We also have a strong cluster of aircraft manufacturing and design, plus some niche aviation businesses. I am confident that by establishing an aircraft register we can further raise the Isle of Man's profile as a leading jurisdiction for aviation business and encourage further growth, bringing with it increased wealth and new jobs."

Regarding his appointment Mr Johnson said: "I feel very privileged to have this opportunity to help establish a Civil Aircraft Register in the Isle of Man and I look forward to us developing a Register, which is internationally respected for quality and service."

Anglo Irish Trust Company Limited are in the process of developing a new service for aircraft owners and operators who wish to take advantage of the Isle of Man's reputation as a highly respected and well regulated international financial centre.

Pauline Doyle, Director Anglo Irish Trust Company Limited, said: "I am very pleased that the Government has introduced this register and have appointed someone of Brian's experience to head up the new division. We have worked for many years with the Marine Administration and have personal experience of the expertise and first class efficiency of the Shipping Register. The success of our YachtsMann superyacht registration and management service is in part due to the professionalism and worldwide reputation of the Island's Marine Administration.

"We are currently developing the services which we will offer to the aircraft industry and will be launching these services in the near future."

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