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Chief Surveyor appointment further strengthens Isle of Man’s fast growing Aircraft Registry 16 October 2008

The Isle of Man Aircraft Registry today announces the appointment of Hartley Elder to the newly created role of Chief Surveyor.

Working with Director of Civil Aviation, Brian Johnson, Hartley will be responsible for ensuring that Isle of Man registered aircraft conform to international standards including airworthiness, certification and maintenance.

The role is in line with the strategic development of the Island’s aircraft registry, which has easily surpassed expectations since its launch in 2007.

Hartley Elder brings over 30 years of aircraft maintenance and engineering experience in both the public and private sector. Prior to accepting the position with the Isle of Man Government he was technical officer-airworthiness with the International Civil Aviation Organisation. He has also held senior positions at the UK Civil Aviation Authority where he was a senior airworthiness surveyor and previous to this, with British Airways where he worked as a technical support engineer.

Commenting on his new position Hartley Elder said: “This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to join an aviation regulator whilst it is still in its formative stage. Since its establishment just 18 months ago the Isle of Man Aircraft Registry has enjoyed outstanding growth without sacrificing quality and service and I believe I have the knowledge and experience to help develop the register further. With the number of aircraft on the register growing rapidly the role also brings many challenges which I am looking forward to and I am proud to be part of a dedicated team who continually aim to deliver the highest worldwide standards.”

The Isle of Man Aircraft Registry started operations on 1st May 2007 with the aim of establishing the Island as a one-stop shop for aviation business. The registry’s target aircraft are professionally-flown new corporate jets for international blue-chip companies and high net worth individuals who will find that conducting aviation business on the Isle of Man is a friendly, efficient experience. In its first year over 50 aircraft were registered and only eighteen months after its establishment over 90 aircraft from all the major aircraft manufacturers, including Boeing and Airbus, have been registered worldwide.

DTI Minister David Cretney commented: “We are delighted to welcome Hartley to the Isle of Man at this exciting time. The recruitment of a Chief Surveyor is testament to the increase in numbers of people looking for a quality jurisdiction in which to register their corporate aircraft. As we fast approach 100 registrations, Hartley’s technical and professional experience brings to the Registry the necessary skills and talent to continue our exceptional growth as well as maintain the Registry’s unparalleled record in international safety and service standards.”

The Isle of Man Aircraft Registry is a joint sponsor of the forthcoming Future of Business Jets Conference being held in London on the 23rd and 24th October and will be represented by the Director of Civil Aviation, Brian Johnson.

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