Isle of Man Aviation Conference 2018


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

"The 8th annual Isle of Man Aviation Conference took place at the Villa Marina in Douglas on Wednesday 13th June 2018.

Now in its eighth year, the event has become a must-attend for all Business Aviation industry professionals working in regulation, finance, legal, operations, ownership and management.

We were welcomed by Graham Williamson, president of TAG Aviation Europe, followed by Keynote address by Sir Richard Gozney KCMG CVO Lieutenant Governor of Tynwald.

As Director of Civil Aviation, Isle of Man Aircraft Registry I was honoured to once again be asked to speak and give an update on the Isle of Man Aircraft Registry.

Isle of Man Aircraft Registry has grown to become 6th largest private/corporate Business Aviation register in the world and the 2nd largest in Europe. When I talk about growth I am referring to ‘appropriate growth’ based on the fundamentals of being a high quality register and founded on our ‘Safety with Service’ ethos. I am happy to report that we are completely digital, which means that our customers benefit from ever-increasing efficiencies. We started 2018 with two awards: WCR Best Global Aviation Register & WCR Most Recommended Global Aviation Register. 

My Vision for the next decade and beyond is for the Isle of Man to become a Centre of Excellence for Aviation. I believe in large part that this is what has already been happening here, but I want to clearly state that Vision and use it as the catalyst for us to refocus & rededicate our efforts so that the next decade proves to be at least as successful as the last. For me this is about establishing a genuine, long lasting legacy based on real substance.

I then went on to touch upon some of the things that we have delivered since the last conference. This information can be found in my accompanying presentation slides here.

Panel discussions then got into full swing and covered a very broad range of topics: Overview and update on BREXIT; VAT - IOM, UK & beyond (topical issues); EBAA - How to use your association; Managing Risk - Compliance & Safety in Business Aviation; Aviation carbon emissions - Emissions Trading Scheme & CORSIA; New or pre-loved; a sales perspective; Operations - Are things changing?; and then a final Q&A Session.

This year’s Isle of Man Aviation Conference once again saw speakers from many sectors in the aviation industry and attracted a worldwide, high profile audience. Senior industry professionals came together in a friendly, business-focused environment to share ideas and experiences plus enjoy Manx hospitality and fine dining. Another successful year for the Conference and I am already looking forward to the 2019 conference, as it continues to grow year-on-year. We have already started planning for the 2019 event so please mark you diary for 27th June 2019; we very much look forward to welcoming you."

to view highlights of this years event please click here.