Johnson to return as aviation director

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Brian Johnson is returning to a role he knows well – as the island’s director of civil aviation.

He takes the position on a temporary basis until a replacement for the outgoing director, Hartley Elder, is found.

Mr Johnson is currently the director of operations at Appleby Aviation Ltd and was the founding director of the Isle of Man’s aircraft registry in 2007. He left in 2011.

He has since advised Jersey on its aircraft registry.

Minister for Economic Development John Shimmin MHK said: ‘Understandably, given Brian’s current role with Appleby Isle of Man and his consultancy in relation to Jersey’s new aircraft register, there may be concerns in some quarters regarding this temporary appointment.

‘Brian’s role advising Jersey is based around the requirements to operate an effective register, not on winning business for it.

‘Having discussed issues of potential conflicts of interest with Brian, Appleby Isle of Man and the local industry, we feel that these matters can be managed to the satisfaction of all parties. However, if there are any concerns that industry has with this arrangement then I would encourage them to contact either myself or the chief executive directly.

‘Additionally, as a leading professional services firm, Appleby Isle of Man would not wish to place itself in a position where there is a conflict of interest. This interim arrangement is further reassurance that we can manage the situation properly.’

It is a requirement of the UK Department of Transport that the island has an appropriately qualified person to act as director of civil aviation and to run the registry effectively.

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