Air we go with final preparations for aviation event

Flashback to last year's aviation conference and Simon Williams addesses delegates

Flashback to last year's aviation conference and Simon Williams addesses delegates

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ICM Aviation, Douglas based provider of corporate services to the business aviation industry, is founder and organiser of the Isle of Man Aviation Conference, which takes place at the Villa Marina on Thursday, June 23.

The conference attracts international delegates and high profile speakers, and is supported by the Isle of Man Aircraft Registry.

ICM Aviation organises three networking events for delegates starting on Wednesday, June 22 and ending on Friday, June 24.

This annual event continues to grow in popularity and has become a key date in the business aviation diary.

Mark Byrne, director of the ICM Group and founder of the conference, said: ‘I am delighted that our event continues to attract key players from across the international business aviation industry. It is hard to believe this is our sixth year of running the event.

‘I wanted to bring aviation professionals to the island to showcase the breadth of sector expertise that has developed here, in parallel with the growth of the Isle of Man Aircraft Registry.

‘The conference has evolved into much more than that.

‘It is now seen as a serious platform for discussing current topics, challenges and opportunities for the business aviation industry.

‘We have a great line up of speakers this year and Clare Christian, president of Tynwald, will open the conference and welcome our overseas delegates to the island’.

The conference has recently been awarded accreditation by the CPD Certification Service. This means it is recognised as contributing to Continuing Professional Development and delegates will be awarded a certificate after the event.

Martin Kennaugh, manager of ICM’s aviation services, said: ‘We are really pleased to have been awarded this accreditation. For those professionals who have to undertake a certain amount of CPD each year, this conference provides a good opportunity for them to boost their knowledge about the industry and get seven CPD hours.

‘We know the content and the quality of our panels and presentations is appreciated by delegates as we always get great feedback.’

Some of the topics to be discussed at the conference are VAT and customs, what the benefits of the Isle of Man are for owners and operators of corporate jets, Part-NCC, the Cape Town convention, a view from America and an update from the British Business and General Aviation Association (BBGA).

Simon Williams, director of civil aviation on the Isle of Man, will update delegates on the Isle of Man Aircraft Registry. As the conference is on the same day as the UK EU referendum, Brexit is also expected to be a hot topic, and in particular the impact of an out vote on the industry.

Confirmed speakers so far include Marc Bailey, CEO of the British Business Aviation Association, Joel Hencks of, Bob Atkinson of B Capital Partners LLC, the MD of Global Jet Capital, Simon Davies and Patrick Margetson-Rushmore of London Executive Aviation. Local tax experts Ian Jones of Ernst & Young, Phil Morris of PWC and Paul Cawley of KPMG will join Adrian Jones, tax director of ICM group company Martyn Fiddler Associates Limited, for a panel discussion about the latest developments in aircraft importations and other customs and duty matters.

The conference is sponsored by Aviatrax, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Estera, JSSI, Ernst and Young and Lapayowker Jet Counsel.

To register for the Isle of Man Aviation Conference and for further information about sponsorship opportunities and the networking events visit or contact Jenny Oliver at or on 682400.

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