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This important initiative is being driven by Karl H Hartmann and co-founder of Hill Robinson, Niall Robinson, and growing at a face pace. Karl comments on the current position: “We have been very active in the procurement of several seaplanes for our clients as well as building a comprehensive support package to operate and manage a fleet of fixed wing aircraft of helicopters. Building on this, we formulated a special division, Hill Robinson Aviation and added several new aeronautical specialists to our team who have hands on experience in not only managing aircraft from a technical point of view but are also highly experienced pilots.

The evolving aviation proposition widens the scope by offering customers an all-encompassing aviation service. Procurement is an important platform but Hill Robinson Aviation sketches out into all the management and operational facets to ensure that all bases are covered for demanding customers. The team can now offer specialist services such as new-build and customisation of all types of aircraft including the commissioning, in other words, the whole project management process”.

On building new working relationships with aviation suppliers, Karl adds, “Firstly, we are always interested in measuring our performance, especially as we are dealing with major players in the market. We were surprised to find out that we were considered hard task-masters in the procurement and delivery cycle but pleased that this was seen as a positive help to our supplier operations who have incorporated some of our systems. Nice to hear!

Regarding new business, we have been able to demonstrate to clients that we are approaching their aviation requierements in a fresh, highly efficient and cost effective manner. Word has spread because we are getting solid enquiries from Family Offices who are finding the aviation support requirement a headache as the complexity grows. We see Family Offices being a major touch point for our growth as a ‘one-stop-aviation-shop’.

For me getting involved in aviation, especially as I really love anything to do with flying, has its bright moments like a recent trip to Canada and getting up in a Canadair ‘scooper’ firefighting flying boat”.

The Isle of Man Government has welcomed the decision from European Finance Ministers not to place the Island on the list of non-cooperative jurisdictions for tax purposes.

The Isle of Man was among 92 jurisdictions screened by the Code Group, The ECOFIN announcement follows the report by the OECD Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange of Information for Tax Purposes, which gave the Isle of Man a fully compliant rating for tax transparency. This placed the Island as one of the only three countries so far to be given the top compliant rating in both the first and second round of reviews.

Chief Minister, Howard Quayle said, “We have had a constructive dialogue with the Code Group and we have made a high level of commitment to address its concerns. This Government will create an Island of enterprise and opportunity. We have a strong and diverse economy which we will grow, alongside encouraging a skilled workforce to relocate to the island. We can do that while ensuring we meet our EU and international commitments.”