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First Isle of Man Director of Civil Aviation Appointed 6 March 2006

    The Department of Trade & Industry, in conjunction with the Civil Service Commission, is pleased to announce the appointment of the first Director of Civil Aviation for the Isle of Man.

    The post, which has been created specifically to progress the establishment of an aircraft register in the Isle of Man, is to be filled by Brian Johnson, an aviation professional with a wide experience in civil aviation regulation.

    Brian, who is scheduled to take up post on 27th March 2006 has worked for more than 10 years in the flight operations inspectorate of the UK Civil Aviation Authority. He is presently Head: Flight Operations Inspectorate – Aeroplanes, based at Gatwick, and also acts as the UK Safety Assessment Coordinator – Foreign Aircraft Programme, for the UK Department for Transport.

    Prior to joining the UK CAA Brian was, for many years, in commercial aviation as a flying instructor, chief pilot, training captain and aircraft type rating examiner. His flying career has included a variety of aircraft from a 1940 Piper Cub floatplane, various types of turbo-prop aircraft, business jets and the Airbus A320.

    The Minister for Trade & Industry Mr Alex Downie 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 my Department as we take forward 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 Brian 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.”

    Further information can be obtained from:

    Mr Alex Downie, Minister for Trade & Industry - phone +44 (0) 1624 682354 or email

    Mr Keith Stewart, Isle of Man Government Personnel Office - phone +44 (0) 1624 687554 or email

    6th March 2006

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