Isle of Man To Start Aircraft Registry
The Isle of Man–a British Crown Dependency located in the Irish Sea between the UK and Ireland–expects to have its new aircraft registry, open only to corporate and private aircraft, up and running next spring. The UK government recently notified ICAO that it is allowing the Isle of Man to use the "M" tail number registration that was allocated to the UK in 1919 (along with the "G" tail number). Brian Johnson, the Isle of Man's director of civil aviation, has incorporated all the necessary legal articles into the air navigation order and presented a draft of this to the UK Department of Transport. Over the next six months, Johnson's department will be employing aircraft surveyors and setting the standards by which aircraft will be considered for entry to the new registry. The Isle of Man intends to offer an aircraft registry that combines credibility for technical requirements with the flexible and attractive fiscal terms for which the territory is known.