The 7th Annual Isle of Man Aviation Conference

The 7th Annual Isle of Man Aviation Conference was held on Thursday 22nd of June 2017. Organised by the Martyn Fiddler Aviation and supported by Isle of Man Registry, the conference attracted 153 delegates from 13 different countries, representing 89 different companies.

The conference was chaired by Stewart H. Lapayowker, Esq of Lapayowker Jet Counsel and included three panel sessions and several presentations by high profile speakers. The conference programme and video is available to view on the conference website.

Held at the Villa Marina, on Thursday the 22nd of June, The Isle of Man Aviation Conference was organised by the Martyn Fiddler Aviation and supported by the Isle of Man Aircraft registry. The conference attracted 153 delegates from 13 different countries, representing 89 different companies.

Regular attendee and speaker at the event, Marc Bailey, CEO of British Business and General Aviation Association BBGA, commented:

“Between government, industry and regulation, it just works so well.’ 

Tanya Raynes, CEO of Centreline based in Bristol, attended the conference for the second time. She told us:

“It’s an event where you have lots of people together, all the people we’re talking to about structuring. You’ve got financers, lawyers and accountants. It’s big enough to have everything in the right place, but small enough so that you can have meaningful discussions with a number of people who are relevant for our business.” 

Martyn Fiddler Aviation organised three networking events during the conference for delegates and speakers to join including an evening at the Isle of Man Motor Museum. Nicole Taylor, Marketing Co-ordinator from the Group told us:

“The Aviation Conference is all about bringing people from the aviation industry together at one event, where they can be informed by high profile speakers and be well networked. Delegates have been coming back year after year since we first started the conference in 2011, and our team has built a relationship with them. We focus on delegate feedback to ensure the event only keeps getting better.” 

The team at Martyn Fiddler Aviation has already started planning the next Isle of Man Aviation Conference which will take place in June 2018.

The full 2017 conference programme is on the Isle of Man Aviation Conference website and the photos of the event are available on Flickr.

2017 Agenda Confirmed

Stewart H. Lapayowker to chair the 2017 Isle of Man Aviation Conference

Stewart H. Lapayowker

ICM Aviation is pleased to announce that experienced business aviation legal counsel, Stewart H. Lapayowker has agreed to chair the conference this year.

Stewart, who hails from Philadelphia PA, is a long-time resident of Fort Lauderdale, FL where his practice, Lapayowker Jet Counsel, P.A., focuses on business aviation law.

His business devotes its law practice to corporate aircraft transactions. It counsels corporate and individual clients, foreign and domestic, on issues relating to the acquisition, leasing, registration and financing of new and pre-owned jet aircraft (including fractional aircraft). It counsels on a wide variety of aviation matters, including implementing tax efficient structures, related FAA and DOT regulatory matters, regulatory evaluation of operations, aircraft management arrangements, personal use issues and compensation-related SEC issues in connection with the use of business aircraft by public companies.

Stewart is past-Chair of the NBAA’s Tax and Regulatory Committee, past Chair of its Aircraft Transactions Working Group, past Vice-Chair of its Regulatory Working Group, and is a member of the Aviation Law Committee of The Florida Bar.

Mark Byrne, Director of ICM Aviation commented:

“We are delighted that Stewart has agreed to return to the island once more to act as this year’s chair. Stewart is a previous speaker of the conference and has attended three years. His business is giving expert advice on the acquisition and disposal of business aircraft both nationally and internationally, making his knowledge of matters relating to the Isle of Man Aviation Conference extensive.”

Stewart has written numerous articles and editorials, been quoted in the press and in the courts and frequently lectures on various topics in business aviation. He is devoted to helping aircraft owners and operators find solutions to challenges that they face on a daily basis.

He hosts an internet radio show PlaneTalkRadio.

His firm is committed to supporting a variety of charitable causes, including the Corporate Angel Network and Debbie’s Dream Foundation for Curing Stomach Cancer.

In April 2016, he was recognised as Humanitarian of the Year by the Board of Directors of Debbie’s Dream Foundation.

Stewart also annually performs stand-up comedy at the Improv at the Hard Rock in Hollywood, Florida as part of the Debbie’s Dream Foundation Night of Laughter.
Mark Byrne remarked:

“Come June the world will have some experience of life under President Trump and we may be a little wiser as to the meaning of Brexit. If matters are in danger of getting too heavy, we are fortunate that Stewart’s CV even extends to the world of entertainment; so however interesting the conference gets it will surely be enjoyable too.”

2017 Topics Confirmed


The topics for the 2017 conference once again promise to deal with current matters affecting the industry. Speakers will be confirmed early next year.


Make sure you don’t miss our early bird registration offer of only £250 + VAT! – This rate will end on 28 Febuary 2017 and includes access to all networking events.
Please click here to register.

Registration on the day starts at 08:30 and the conference will begin at 09:00.

We have discounted room allocations for conference delegates at four hotels in Douglas.
If required, you can book a hotel room and flights when you register.

Delegate and Sponsor information can be found in the Downloads section.

Networking events

Located in Jurby, the Isle of Man Motor Museum features a collection of over 300 vehicles including classic cars and motorcycles.

Isle of Man Aviation Conference 2016 Presentations

Following the recent conclusion of the Isle of Man Conference 2016, we are pleased to release the presentations given by our excellent speakers. We would like to thank them for making the conference such an informative and enjoyable event.

Top 10 ways to have your legal bill as high as possible, and the FAA enters an age of digital signatures (sort of)

Stewart Lapayowker is the Legal Counsel for Lapayowker Jet Counsel, P.A.

Safety Oversight and conforming to Part NCC with IS-BAO

Sonnie G. Bates is the Director of IS-BAO Programme for International Business Aviation Council Ltd

Part NCC Overview by Joel Hencks

Joel Hencks is the Managing Director of

The Value of Business Aviation and How we are Perceived Today

Marc Bailey is the CEO of BBGA.

Isle of Man Solutions by Steven Quayle and David Kinsella

Steven Quayle is the Of Counsel of Cains and David Kinsella is the Tax Director for ICM Group.

Isle of Man Aircraft Registry Update Presentation

Simon Williams is the Director of Civil Aviation for the Isle of Man Aircraft Registry

Thank You to Our Sponsors

We would like to thank and acknowledge our generous sponsors for making this event possible.

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