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First Isle of Man-based Airworthiness Surveyor 21 November 2008

The first Isle of Man-based Airworthiness Surveyor has thanked the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) for helping him achieve his certification.

Andy Dixon, Managing Director of Port St Mary-based ‘Aero Projx Limited’, received his Certificate of Authorisation from Director of Civil Aviation, Brian Johnson, earlier this month and was keen to highlight the support he had received from DTI to enable him to achieve this status.

Andy Dixon commented: “In April 2007 I signed up to the DTI’s Small Business Start-Up Scheme which helped me think about business fundamentals and taught me the basic skills involved in running my own business. I also took advantage of the grant the Scheme offers to purchase a laptop and a desktop computer, which are vital accessories in enabling me to run my own business.”

Andy had decided to start his own business after opting to stay in the Isle of Man with his family following his ex-employer’s decision to relocate off-Island. Andy continued: “My family enjoys such a great quality of life in the Isle of Man so we didn’t want to relocate back to the UK. I wanted to remain in the aircraft industry, specifically in technical project management, and start a business that would utilise my skills as a management consultant". The excellent support and help I received from the DTI helped me achieve that ambition and I started Aero Projix Ltd in May 2007 after completing the Small Business Start-Up Scheme.”

With the help of the Isle of Man’s Director of Civil Aviation, Brian Johnson, Andy was brought to the attention of Baines Simmons, an international leader in airworthiness and aviation safety consulting. They have now recommended that Andy be certified as an Airworthiness Surveyor for the Isle of Man Aircraft Registry.

DTI Minister David Cretney commented: “I am delighted for Andy that he has become the first Isle of Man-based Airworthiness Surveyor for the Aircraft Registry. Furthermore, on behalf of the Department I am grateful for his acknowledgement of the support we have provided him via the Small Business Start-Up Scheme and the Aircraft Registry. The Isle of Man has an excellent track record in helping local businesses with around 90% of supported start-ups succeeding, proving that the entrepreneurial spirit can flourish in the Isle of Man.”

Hon David Cretney MHK, Minister for Trade & Industry
01624 682350

Brian Johnson, Director of Civil Aviation
01624 682357

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