Department of Economic Development
Rheynn Lhiasaghey Tarmaynagh
News Release
Department of Economic Development
St George’s Court
Upper Church Street
Date: 15 June 2011
Isle of Man Director of Civil Aviation Brian Johnson announces his move to take up new challenges
The Isle of Man Aircraft Registry has announced that it will be searching for a new Director of Civil Aviation to replace Brian Johnson, who will be stepping down from the role in the Department of Economic Development, effective of 26th August 2011.
Whilst Brian will be leaving the full-time post held in the Department of Economic Development, he will remain committed to supporting the continued growth of the Isle of Man Aircraft Registry in an advisory capacity moving forward.
Hugely successful since its implementation in 2007, it is now the 8th largest business jet register in the world (according to the annual global book of business aircraft from Flightglobal), and has registered a total of 375 aircraft in that time.  Clearly bucking the trend, figures show that the Registry has grown by 50% since May 2010 and will continue to grow - more than 30 private and corporate jets are currently being processed for registration.
The Registry is built around high regulatory standards, personal service, and a competitive scheme of charges; all of which play a part in its ability to attract an increasing number of quality private and corporate jets from across the globe.  Aircraft from all of the world’s major business jet manufacturers have been registered, including many airliner variants produced by Boeing and Airbus.
Brian commented: ‘I have gained a huge amount of personal and professional satisfaction from developing the Isle of Man Aircraft Registry from its inception just over 4 years ago to its current status, by having built a highly successful team which has now registered in excess of 375 executive aircraft.
‘I have thoroughly enjoyed my time as Director of Civil Aviation in the Isle of Man, and whilst I am looking forward to new challenges, I will greatly miss the teams I have worked with and the many fantastic clients I have had the pleasure to meet.’
Isle of Man Minister for Economic Development, Allan Bell, MHK commented: ‘Brian has been instrumental in creating a hugely successful and well-regulated and managed operation which is highly respected in the industry and indeed the world. We thank him for his contribution and support for the Aircraft Registry which continues to go from strength to strength.’
Isle of Man Department Member for Economic Development, Alex Downie, OBE, MLC said: ‘As the politician who established the Aircraft Register with Brian from its inception, we are immensely proud of what has been achieved within the Aircraft Registry for the Isle of Man, and the growth in aviation business in the business community.’
The Government’s objective in starting the Aircraft Register was to provide a new business opportunity for the Island’s corporate service providers, lawyers and financial sector. Many global companies and high net worth individuals have registered aircraft in the Island - some conducting business with the Island for the first time - proving that the Registry’s objective has been achieved very quickly. Despite the global financial problems, the Registry’s high regulatory standards and unique ‘can do’ service standards have proved to be a winning formula in making it the fastest growing business jet register in the world.