Isle of Man hosts international aviation conference
ON 21 JUNE the Isle of Man will host over 150 representatives from the international business aviation community. ICM Aviation, a Douglas based provider of aviation corporate services, has organised the second Isle of Man Aviation Conference, supported by the Isle of Man Aircraft Registry.
Mark Byrne, director of ICM Aviation, told us why the conference is important for the Isle of Man:
‘This conference is an opportunity for us to showcase the aviation expertise we have on the Island. We have a really strong programme of speakers, designed to inform business aircraft owners, operators and financiers of the changes on the near horizon. We shall be reflecting on the phenomenal growth of the Isle of Man’s Aircraft Registry which at just five years old has reached a fleet of almost 500 aircraft. We are honoured to have the Island’s Chief Minister deliver the conference’s keynote speech. We have speakers from the Isle of Man’s Treasury, Customs and Excise (VAT) Office and, of course, the Isle of Man Aircraft Registry. We have seven off-island speakers, including Trevor Esling of Gulfstream Aerospace, Brian Humphries, President of the EBAA, Marc Bailey of the BBGA, Isabelle Newson, Director of Aviation Finance for Credit Suisse, Armando Cairoli, EU ETS Analyst for EUROCONTROL and Graham Williamson of TAG Aviation Europe.’
The conference will be chaired by Brian Johnson, Director of Operations for Appleby Aviation Limited, who was instrumental in developing the aircraft registry before it passed in to the safe hands of current Director of Civil Aviation Hartley Elder. Brian commented on the importance of this initiative:
‘I am extremely proud of the Isle of Man Aircraft Registry and its success over the past five years. It is thanks to the efforts of Isle of Man based businesses and the success of initiatives such as these that the Isle of Man is seen as the jurisdiction of choice for the private operation of aircraft,’ he continued, ‘I would like to thank ICM for their efforts in organising such an informative event and I look forward to chairing the discussions that will take place.’
The conference has been sponsored by local businesses LloydsTSB International, PwC, Appleby (Isle of Man) LLC, Luviair, The Private Jet Company, MAC Group and European Aviation Maintenance Limited. The conference media partner is international business aviation publication Fly Corporate.
Further information about the conference can be found at www.icmaviationconference.org and delegate places are still available.