The Isle of Man launched its own business aircraft registry on 1 May as owners flocked to take up the M-country designator prefix of this self governing UK crown dependency.


The first two owners are Jim Mellon, businessman and long-time resident of the island (pictured above); and Eddie Davies, owner of Bolton Wanderers Football Club.

The Isle of Man offers aircraft owners many benefits, from high standards of safety oversight and customer service to attractive rates of personal and business tax.

The register, which is being operated as a cost neutral entity is already proving “very popular”, says the aviation authority, with a handful of aircraft and helicopters currently going through the registration process.