New head of civil aviation announced

Simon Williams

Simon Williams

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The government has announced the identity of the island’s new director of civil aviation.

Simon Williams will take over on October 1.

He has held a number of senior operational and staff appointments. He has operated as an aircraft commander, training captain, qualified helicopter tactics instructor, and instrument rating examiner and has flown a wide variety of aircraft including Royal Air Force search and rescue Sea Kings, Special Operations Pumas and civil Boeing 757s and Boeing 767s, most recently for British Airways.

During five years at the UK Civil Aviation Authority, he developed a regulatory and safety portfolio which saw him chairing groups at national and international level.

More recently, he increasingly devoted much of his time to working with the business aviation community, latterly focussing on seeking to influence regulations, in particular for non-commercial complex motor powered aircraft.

He replaces Hartley Elder, who retired earlier this year.

More on this story in next week’s Isle of Man Examiner Business News

Hartley Elder was appointed in 2011.

Brian Johnson took over on a temporary basis after Mr Elder retired earlier this year.

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