Embracing the future - EBACE 2018


A Summary by Simon Williams, Director of Civil Aviation, Isle of Man Aircraft Registry

"EBACE 2018 started with the unveiling of an industry-wide initiative to further the development and adoption of Sustainable Alternative Jet Fuels. With international climate and emissions requirements in mind, the Isle of Man Aircraft Registry team are working hard to support clients understand and meet CORSIA requirements. The key themes that emerged were: Brexit; European airport and airspace access; Business Aviation’s role in times of crisis; and the promotion of career opportunities. Yves ‘Jetman’ Rossy was the keynote speaker and understandably attracted a great deal of interest. 

Europe is very important to the Isle of Man Aircraft Registry and we have grown to become the second largest European private/corporate business aviation registry. From my perspective as a Registrar and Aviation Safety Regulator I anticipate that Brexit will have little or no effect but we stand ready to assist in the face of unforeseen challenges. We have members of our team whose main focus is on working with and supporting our European based clients; we will do our utmost to help manage any challenges they face to a successful outcome, so that they can just get on with operating their aircraft safely and efficiently.

One of our main priorities this year is to complete the ‘repatriation of the aviation legislative process from the UK’ to the Isle of Man. Later this year I anticipate that the powers will be in place for us to be able to: draft; consult on; and then put into operation secondary legislation in a nimble and responsive fashion.

This will allow us to be at the forefront of aviation regulation whilst maintaining high standards of ICAO compliance and importing best practice from the UK, Europe and beyond. The new Isle of Man Air Navigation Order will be laid out to mirror the ICAO Annexes with a strong focus on clarity and accessibility. All of our work is based on my vision that the Isle of Man becomes a centre of aviation excellence.

I spent the entire EBACE event in back-to-back meetings, followed by evening networking events. I noticed a real sense of focus, genuine enthusiasm and optimism in those that I met. It was an altogether very positive and heartening experience.

I was delighted to note the consistent, strongly positive feedback for the hard-working team at the Isle of Man Aircraft Registry. I am not one given over to hyperbole or exaggeration, so am genuinely delighted to have received such a strongly supportive response from our clients, many of whom have been with us since we commenced operations in 2007.

In summary, EBACE 2018 was unquestionably a success. Business Aviation is a great industry populated by clever, dedicated and passionate individuals; the technology and continual advances in this area are extraordinary. I believe that we can look to the future with well-founded optimism. I very much look forward to attending EBACE 2019 and beyond."