We are delighted to announce that Corporate Jet Investor Miami returned to the Fontainebleau Miami Beach on November 1st – 3rd.
Covid has sped up the transformation of the business aviation industry, bringing in new customers and capital. The year 2021 will also be transformational and CJI Miami brought the industry together to connect, engage and analyse future opportunities.
Deals were closed – and both new and pre-owned aircraft are sold at the event – but the real value comes from the long-term nature of the content and relationships developed from the few days at the event.
What was included in the ticket price for CJI Miami 2021?
Exclusive access to the two day conference
The annual CJI Miami Golf Tournament
The Dealmakers Dinner
Three cocktail receptions
Ice breaker poolside reception
Corporate Jet Investor Miami and NATA’s Aviation Business Conference took place during Miami Business Aviation Week 2021, a comprehensive week for aviation businesses November 2-4 at the Fontainebleau Hotel. These events offered a number of opportunities to network and visit with your industry colleagues, including at the Wednesday night crossover reception.
Michael Amalfitano is the President and CEO of Embraer Executive Jets, leading the company’s global business with annual revenues of $1.5 billion and a fleet of more than 1,400 aircraft with over 850 customers worldwide. A long-standing industry veteran, Amalfitano brings 40+ years of experience in executive leadership, global originations, product portfolio management, strategic planning, marketing, communications, aircraft valuation, asset management and lease/finance structural analysis for the business aviation industry.
Prior to joining Embraer, Amalfitano served as Executive Vice President, Senior Managing Director of Business Aviation at Stonebriar Commercial Finance. He also led as Managing Director and Executive Head of Global Corporate Aircraft Finance at Bank of America Merrill Lynch for more than 22 years, following a decade-long tenure in sales management at GE Capital.
For the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA), Amalfitano chairs the Communications Committee and serves on their Finance, Investment and Strategic Committees. He is actively engaged with the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) and serves as Vice Chair of their Advisory Council, as well as a member of their Leadership Council and Joint Task Force Committee. In addition, Amalfitano is a member of the board of directors for the International Aircraft Dealers Association (f/k/a the National Aircraft Resale Association), serving on their Marketing Committee, and is an active member of the European Business Aviation Association.
Past associations include the Equipment Leasing and Finance Association, the National Aircraft Finance Association and Helicopter Association International. Amalfitano also holds the distinction of being the former two-term President of the National Aircraft Finance Association and of being the former Chairman of the Associate Members Advisory Council for the International Aircraft Dealers Association.
Amalfitano graduated with a B.A. in Economics and a master’s in Financial Management from Fairfield University in Fairfield, Connecticut. He has written numerous articles for aviation industry publications and is an active speaker and panelist at business aviation seminars and finance conferences throughout the industry.
As a partner at Aerlex Law Group, Amanda Applegate brings her outstanding legal expertise as well as impressive negotiating skills and business savvy to the service of the firm’s clients. Ms. Applegate joined the firm as Senior Transactional Attorney in 2011 and was named partner in 2016. She specializes in whole aircraft transactions and has successfully closed hundreds of sales and purchases for all types of business aircraft around the world. Additionally, she has a unique and comprehensive understanding of fractional ownership due to her previous experience in that industry.
For over two years, Ms. Applegate represented 25 Avantair fractional owner groups, comprised of nearly 300 shareholders, following the grounding of the Avantair fleet and subsequent bankruptcy proceedings. She managed the disposition and assessment of all planes and parts and devised successful sales opportunities for aircraft and associated equipment, including “as-is” live auctions and recertified brokered sales.
Ms. Applegate was admitted to the State Bar of Ohio after graduating from Oklahoma City University School of Law in 1998. Prior to joining Aerlex, she served as Associate General Counsel and Vice President of NetJets Services, Inc., where she spent twelve very productive years with the company that pioneered fractional jet ownership. As the company’s Associate General Counsel, Ms. Applegate directed a diverse range of business, including multimillion-dollar contract negotiations, contract enforcement, fractional ownership and leasing, and daily business matters. She also worked with NetJets’ sister company, Executive Jet Management, and gained insight and experience into the field of whole aircraft ownership, management and operations.
Ms. Applegate is ranked by Chambers & Partners as one of the premier aviation attorneys worldwide. She speaks frequently on business aviation topics to organizations including the National Business Aviation Association. Since 2012, she has been a featured columnist for BusinessAir Magazine, writing monthly on key topics regarding the acquisition, ownership and operation of business aircraft.
As the Chief Operating Officer of AircraftPost, Jo-Anne Arruda heads administration, finance, IT and research. She applies her professionalism, leadership and administrative expertise daily to monitor content and ensure quality data across various platforms. Jo-Anne joined AircraftPost in 2007 as an Administrative Specialist and was named a partner in 2017. Jo-Anne is an Accredited Member of the American Society of Appraisers (ASA). She is a member of the International Aviation Women’s Association.
Charlie Bravo Aviation Co-Founder and CEO Rene Banglesdorf provides company leadership and management from her work in a number of fields. She pulls marketing and entreprenuerial experience from the software, telecom, retail, publishing and aviation industries.
Rene serves as a spokesperson for business aviation and women in aviation in speaking and press appearances all over the world. She is an advisor to Phoenix Arising Aviation Academy, a group that teaches the love of STEM learning through aviation in her local community. She also serves on the board of International Aviation Women’s Association as the industry vice president for General Aviation, Business Aviation and Helicopters. Rene also is an active member of the Women Presidents Organization, the National Business Aircraft Association and the National Air Transportation Association President’s Council.
Anthony Banome is the Director of Sales for Fontainebleau Aviation. Banome joined the company in 2017 to help manage, grow, and overlap all aspects of Fontainebleau’s facility and services in Miami. Building a strong network while providing first-class hangar, office, and fuel services is the company’s primary focus. Expansion opportunities into other markets are always on the horizon.
Anthony received his education from Saint John’s University Tobin College of Business in New York City. Before breaking into the corporate world, he taught Mathematics for the New York City Department of Education. After teaching, he honed his FBO management and aviation skills during his 10-year tenure as FBO Director of Sales at Teterboro Airport. Anthony was presented the “Business Aviation Top 40 under 40” award by the National Business Aviation Association in 2018. His passion for business relationships, analytics, and machine learning are what drive his daily efforts.
Banome is also the Treasurer and active volunteer of the Humble Heroes of FDNY charity. Humble Heroes is a group of committed volunteers who join forces with members of the FDNY to achieve one common goal – to lift the spirits of ill and grieving children. Disguised as the most famous superheroes of our time, they visit local hospitals, grief centers, and Corporate Angel Network flights to bring joy and inspire kids to keep fighting.
Fabian Bello is CEO and founding member of Journey Aviation, one of the world’s top Gulfstream operators. Under his leadership, the company has demonstrated notable growth since its inception in January of 2014, exceeding $200 million USD in total revenue within its first 5 years in business, while establishing itself as an industry preferred quality operator.
In April 2019, Bello acquired Longtail Aviation, the only AOC in Bermuda which currently operates a BBJ and can operate any aircraft with no weight or seat restrictions.
While in the aviation industry, Mr. Bello has held various positions, such as executive vice-president and president/CEO of an international division, as well as president/CEO of other related aviation companies. Most notably, Mr. Bello is known for managing the introduction of Deer Jet’s BBJ’s and ACJ fleet into the Middle East, catapulting the company’s penetration into the international markets.
Prior to entering the aviation industry, Mr. Bello worked in the logistics industry, working for a top worldwide logistics company with over $3 billion USD yearly turnover. In addition to his extensive business knowledge, Mr. Bello has vast experience working with and uniting diverse cultures worldwide; particularly Hispanic, European, Asian and of Arabic regions. He has an innate ability of bringing and keeping individuals working together in pursuit of a common goal. Getting things done effectively, efficiently and with the buy-in of all related parties is one of the strongest attributes to his management style.
Mr. Bello was born in Havana, Cuba and immigrated to Miami, Florida at the age of three. He was raised in South Florida and attended the University of Miami where he earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Marketing in preparation for his management career.
Senior Vice President and General Manager US Operations
David Best is Senior Vice President and General Manager US Operations for Jet Aviation, responsible for the Fixed Base Operation, Aircraft Management, Staffing and Charter businesses across North America along with Business Development globally. With over twenty years industry experience he has worked across the world with experience in both the business aviation and commercial aviation sectors.
In addition to his role at Jet Aviation David serves on the Board of National Air Transportation Association and Leadership Council of the National Business Aviation Association, has also served as Vice Chairman Asian Business Aviation Association and on the Governing Board of the International Business Aviation Council. David has worked and lived in Europe, Asia, and the USA throughout his business career.
Previously he served as Chief Commercial Officer based in the USA, and was Managing Director Europe, Middle East and Africa for a large FBO chain, Prior to returning to the USA he was based in Asia where he headed up the strategic development of an aviation services and aftermarket businesses in the Region.
He is a graduate of the University of Strathclyde where he earned his MBA and is a member of the Institute of Directors.
Megha Bhatia leads as Vice President of Sales & Marketing for the dedicated business aviation organization at Rolls-Royce. Her passion for technology combined with a degree in Aerospace Engineering and Masters of Business from Embry-Riddle University has enabled her to serve as a driver of change within the aerospace industry.
During her time in business aviation, she has led the introduction of the pioneering sustainable program, SAFinity, which enables carbon neutral flight by combining sustainable projects with a direct investment in SAF, and launched CorporateCare® Enhanced which was the first aftermarket program to expand its premier comprehensive protection for nacelles.
Prior to her current position, Megha specialized for more than a decade in Sales and Business Development with Rolls-Royce. Based both nationally and internationally in the United Kingdom and Singapore, Megha has partnered with customers globally within marine, airlines and business aviation sectors. She led Sales & Business Development for an innovative division focused on advancing ship intelligence, including autonomous solutions. She also headed the global Customer Issues Resolution team to transform their process with significant improvements in customer satisfaction. Megha brings with her a breadth of customer & strategy expertise with the proven ability to positively impact business revenue and performance while maintaining strong customer relationships.
Megha also co-founded Rolls-Royce Women Houston Chapter, and is currently a member of the NBAA Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion working group
Lee Brewster’s career started in an FAA Part 147 school, where she was active in career advisement and compliance. Lee was a founder of and served as the President/Executive Director of NCATT, which evolved into the ASTM NCATT Certifications. Her career then led her to FlightSafety International as the Product Sales Manager for the DFW Center’s maintenance training. Her responsibilities encompassed the full line of Falcon Jets, Gulfstreams, Honeywell engines and avionics, and the Pratt & Whitney Canada engine line. She is currently the VP of Marketing & Engagement for ATP, an aviation software company specializing in technical publications, maintenance management, operations, and inventory control. Lee is an active member of the Tarrant County College Aviation Advisory Board, Women in Corporate Aviation, and the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) Maintenance Committee, where she serves as committee secretary and the chair for the annual NBAA Maintenance Conference. An NBAA 40 under 40, Lee holds a bachelor’s in business administration and a master’s in education.
Bryan Burns is President of the Air Charter Safety Foundation (ACSF) and is responsible for the foundation’s daily operations and leadership.
Burns has over 30 years’ experience in the fixed base operator (FBO) industry. Prior to joining the ACSF, he was the general manager for Signature Flight Support at the Washington Dulles and Ronald Reagan Washington National Airports, where he was responsible for all daily operations. Under his successful management, Signature Flight Support at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport was rated the #1 FBO in the nation for four consecutive years by Pro Pilot Magazine.
Previously, Burns served as the vice president of Jackson Hole Aviation, where he managed 35 employees in line service, customer service, aircraft maintenance and properties. Prior to that, Burns was the President of Vail Valley Jet Center in Eagle, CO. While in Vail, he developed a strong partnership with the local airport board and improved their ranking in the Aviation International News survey year after year. He has held similar positions with other FBOs in Florida and St. Louis.
A private pilot, Burns holds a B.S. degree from Florida Institute of Technology.
Mr. Chatterjee is a Senior Executive for SES and is responsible for Aviation Services and Products for one of the world’s largest Satellite Operators which provide services to this segment.
With over 30 years of experience in developing and operating satellite-centric data networks in the areas of mobility, Mr. Chatterjee has been directly involved with Aviation connectivity for almost 10 years. Over these years, he has had extensive customer facing involvement and has worked with both Business Aviation and Commercial Aviation customers.
With an extensive technology driven background and years of experience in product development, Mr. Chatterjee now focuses on implementing global satellite aviation network services utilizing the next generation of technologies and services.
Mr. Chatterjee holds a BTECH degree in Electronics and Communication Engineering from IIT (India) and a Master’s degree in Computer Engineering from Virginia Tech, USA
Jeff Chatterton is a high-stakes, risk and crisis communications specialist, and the author of the best-selling book “Leaders Under Fire: The CEO’s Survivial Guide to Navigating Corporate Crisis.”
Chatterton’s work handling high-stakes situations has taken him all over the world – from Sydney, to Stockholm, to the Serengeti.
Whether it’s an explosion on the Las Vegas strip, a high profile aviation accident, or angry passengers threatening to call CNN, Chatterton is no stranger to controversy in the public eye, and navigating the intense world of highly stressed stakeholders. He has repeatedly been described as the guy you want in your corner when the spotlights turn on, the Governor is on line one, and NBC is on line two.
He’s the calm voice who helps clients navigate and promote the truth.
Patrick Clancy (New York) joined KKR in 2015 and is focused on financial institutions and specialty finance investing out of the opportunistic credit pools of capital. He serves on the Board of Directors of Altitude Aviation, Corniche Maritime, KKR Chord IP Holdings, KKR DVB Aviation Capital, K2 Aviation, DCAL Aviation, Orchard Marine Holdings, LCI Helicopters, Callodine Commercial Finance, and Global Jet Capital. Prior to joining KKR, Mr. Clancy was at Morgan Stanley & Co. in its leveraged finance group. He holds a B.S., magna cum laude, from Georgetown University.
A graduate of the Purdue University School of Business, David started his career in the aviation sector in 2001 acting for the aircraft registry, regulatory and safety oversight division of The Registry of Aruba.
In September 2012 David was appointed President of the San Marino Aircraft Registry, with the main objective of leading its development.
President &CEO, Sentient Jet & Lead Executive, OneSky
As the President and CEO of Sentient Jet, Andrew Collins is responsible for a $350 million aviation business that has rapidly flourished over the last five years. Under his leadership the company has benefited from both a digital and business model transformation, in addition to an organizational restructuring. This includes re-positioning the brand, integrating a full suite of retail and wholesale technology applications, doubling Jet Card sales, and moving topline revenues by 60 percent, while also evolving Sentient into an EBITDA-positive entity.
With his direction, the company has also leveraged its exclusive partnership program to include such leading, world-class brands and events as Aspen Snowmass, the Breeders Cup, Sothebys, and YPO/WPO. In 2016, Sentient Jet became the first official private aviation partner ever for the Kentucky Derby and Churchill Downs.
In 2018, Collins, on behalf of parent company OneSky, led the acquisition of international digital charter provider PrivateFly (London, UK) to help establish a $100 million, on-demand global platform with a network of 20 localized websites and offices in London, Boston, New York, and Florida. In addition to helming Sentient Jet, Collins is also the Global Brand Leader for PrivateFly, acting as the teams executive sponsor as this platform is further enhanced.
In recent years Collins has motivated a significant digital and technology transformation at Sentient Jet and its parent company, OneSky. This has included the creation of retail product, online consumer touch points, novel mobile applications, and a brand-new, supply-side platform for driving further efficiencies in flight time procurement.
Collins has been featured in a number of media outlets and public speaking forums. Coverage and visibility include CNN, CNBC, Forbes, Fox Business News, NBC, the Wall Street Journal and Worth magazine. In addition, in 2016, Sentient Jet and Collins were featured in a Harvard Business School case study entitled Sentient Jet: The Uber of Private Jets.
With extensive additional experience in software and internet-related technologies, Collins has helped lead, establish, or improve a number of prominent, venture-backed technology enterprises.
Collins resides in Needham, Massachusetts, with his wife and two children. He received his BA from Union College of Schenectady, NY , and a Masters Degree from the Sloan School of Management at MIT. He is a member of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO) and the Wall Street Journal CEO Council.
Known in the Industry as ‘JetValues Jeremy’. I am very active in the aviation industry. I currently hold valid
A&P, IA, and FCC Licenses and a Commercial Certificate with Instrument Rating. As a former member of the
Society of Licensed Aircraft Engineers and Technologists, I was elected by the Royal Aeronautical Society as
a Technician of the Society in 1987. I am actively involved in the Greater St. Louis Business Aviation
Association. During my varied career, I have also been very active in various roles for the National Business
Aviation Association, the Popular Flying Association, the Experimental Aircraft Association; and the Aircraft
Owners and Pilots Association. I was formerly the Vice President at JetBrokers, Inc, a professional aircraft
sales company. My duties at JetBrokers included acting as a direct interface between aircraft purchasers and
sellers, marketplace research, prospecting, technical status/compliance review, pre-purchase inspection
monitoring, reporting, and aircraft appraisal. Prior to JetBrokers I was the Vice President at a St. Louis based
full service FBO and Repair Station, and Aircraft Parts Manufacturing company. My forty-plus years of diverse
technical and operational experience includes North Atlantic aircraft delivery experience, S.T.C. approval
processing, government contract negotiation and awards, FAA coordination and extensive maintenance
experience on light aircraft through Air Carrier aircraft. I have also been a Director of Maintenance for several
different companies and have also been employed by several airframe manufacturers’ independent Service
Centers which include Dassault, Gulfstream, Raytheon, and Lockheed. I also have air-towed targets for the
British and NATO fleets prior to emigrating to the United States from Great Britain. Finally, I am also a regular
contributing aviation writer, having been published in a variety of trade journals. Most recently I am now
working full-time as an Aircraft Appraiser accomplishing more than 100 aircraft appraisals / year. I am also an
ASA Instructor for the Aircraft Valuation Program: ME201-ACS ‘Introduction to Machinery and Equipment
Valuation’; ME202-ACS ‘Machinery and Equipment Valuation Methodology’; ME203-ACS ‘Advanced Topics
and Case Studies’; ME204-ACS ‘Advanced Topics and Report Writing’; Also, ME162-WEB ‘Appraising Off-
Book Aircraft. Managing all of the Necessary Value Components.’ I first started his aviation career at the age
of nine as a helper and student pilot at the Dorset Gliding Club in Great Britain.
David Crick is an Accredited Senior Appraiser of the American Society of Appraisers (ASA). He serves as the Machinery & Technical Specialties Discipline Governor on the ASA International Board of Governors and is the recent President of the ASA Australian Chapter. He also serves as the Chair on the Finance & Leasing Committee of the Helicopter Association International.
David is the Managing Director of the DavAir Group, an Australian company providing international aviation inspection, appraisal and advisory services.
He has an unparalleled passion for the aviation sector performing appraisals of both fixed wing & rotary aviation assets in Australia, the Asia Pacific Rim, the USA and various countries in Europe & the Middle East.
With over 20 years of specialised valuation and consulting experience to many different sectors, David has considerable knowledge of corporate valuation requirements for financial reporting, mortgage security assessments, insurance & liquidation disposals. He performs appraisals for finance and leasing, aviation sales, mergers and acquisitions, insurance disputes, and expert witness for the legal fraternity.
David has presented at various international forums addressing current issues in aviation assets and appraisal methodologies, including events in the UK, USA, Russia, Europe, Asia, Australia, and New Zealand. He also lectures at the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in the USA on Aircraft Appraisal methodology and processes as well as teaching Aircraft Appraisal courses in London, UK.
David was formerly with Lloyds Asset in Australia joined DavAir in August 2016
Senior Vice President, Development and Sustainability
Scott leads strategic development activities and directs marketing and sustainability initiatives across Clay Lacy’s diverse line of business jet services. Scott also oversees operations at our John Wayne Airport FBO in Orange County, California. He is a third-generation pilot whose business aviation expertise spans a wide spectrum of disciplines. His passion for aviation started early. Upon receiving his B.S. in business management from Biola University, he became a Certified Flight Instructor with instrument and multi-engine instruction privileges. In 2000 he began working as a dispatcher for an aircraft management and sales organization with four aircraft that grew to over 75 business jets in 25 cities in the U.S. and China. During his 14-year tenure he served as operations manager, sales director and then vice president of marketing and aircraft management. Scott joined Clay Lacy in 2013 as vice president of marketing, later serving as senior vice president of business operations prior to his current role. In 2021 he received his Corporate Aircraft Manager (CAM) certification from the National Business Aviation Association. He serves on the National Air Transportation Association’s (NATA) Environmental Committee, the National Business Aviation Association Environmental Sub-Committee, the Paragon Aviation Network FBO Advisory Board, and is an advocate member of the International Aviation Women’s Association.
Steve Day is the Head of Origination for North, Central and South America at Global Jet Capital. Prior to joining Global Jet Capital, Steve spent 20 years with GE Capital, where his latest role was Head of Investor Development for the company’s securitization platforms. Steve also spent several years with GE Capital Corporate Aircraft Group, managing a domestic team of 13 sales representatives responsible for over $9B portfolio, $2.5B in annual volume origination, and $80MM in net income generation from corporate aircraft financing and leasing activities.
As Director of Customer Success at Avinode, a global tech tools provider for air charter brokers, operators, and flight departments with the world’s leading leading B2B platform for sourcing air charter, Saskia is responsible for managing the regional Customer Success team and covering a portfolio of Key Accounts in EMEAA and the Americas. She’s responsible for setting customer targets and objectives, implementing sales strategies, analysing trends and championing the development of new opportunities for both customers and Avinode. Saskia has been with Avinode since she started in 2012 as the Sales Manager for the Midwest and Southwest regions.
Kenny Dichter is the Founder, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of Wheels Up. Mr. Dichter has long
been recognized as an entrepreneur with expertise in branding, marketing, public relations and
advertising. Prior to founding WUP, Mr. Dichter founded Marquis Jet and pioneered the first-ever
fractional jet card program. Mr. Dichter successfully led Marquis Jet through its sale to Warren Buffett’s
Berkshire Hathaway’s NetJets in 2010.
Among his other founding credits, in 2010, Mr. Dichter co-founded Tequila Avion, an ultra-premium
tequila brand which was acquired by Pernod Ricard in 2014. Mr. Dichter is also a founding investor in
Juice Press, an organic food and juice company with 86 locations in the United States. Earlier in his
career, Mr. Dichter co-founded Alphabet City, a sports marketing and music company that was sold to
Robert Sillerman’s SFX Entertainment in 1998.
Mr. Dichter is very involved in philanthropic initiatives and in 2020, he spearheaded Meals Up with
Wheels Up partners and ambassadors to fight hunger using the Wheels Up Cares platform to support
the efforts of the organization, Feeding America. Mr. Dichter is a major supporter of his alma mater, the
University of Wisconsin-Madison. In 2019, he partnered with the Office of Admissions and Recruitment
in Madison to launch the Fly High Fund, which will support digital outreach to students with diverse
backgrounds to encourage them to apply. Mr. Dichter holds a B.A. of Sociology from the University of
Keri L. Dowling earned her Juris Doctorate and was admitted to The Ohio Bar in 1998.
She represented the City of Cleveland before the FAA, NTSB and other governmental agencies, and in negotiations with tenants, landowners and contractors during the expansion of Cleveland Hopkins International Airport, the largest civil aviation airport expansion in US history.
Keri Dowling represented various airports and aircraft manufacturers in civil litigation in both state and federal courts until 2005, when she, newly admitted to the Florida Bar, began to represent various aircraft owners in the purchase of aircraft, structuring of ownership and operational needs, as longwell as other transactional related matters.
Dan Drohan, a lifelong aviator, founded Solairus in 2009 after decades of experience owning and operating successful aviation companies. His entrepreneurial drive and his strong business and sales acumen quickly established Solairus as one of the industry’s most highly respected aircraft management firms. After more than ten years under Drohan’s leadership, Solairus now manages one of the nation’s largest fleet of managed business jets, serving clients around the globe, and is supported by one of the most experienced and respected executive management teams. Drohan is an ATP-rated pilot with qualifications in multiple business jets. He is an active philanthropist and is an advocate for the Business Aviation Industry.
Prior to founding Guardian Jet in 2002, Mike Dwyer held Regional Sales Manager positions at Gulfstream Aerospace, Cessna Citation and Mooney Aircraft. An avid and experienced pilot, Mike has amassed more than 3,000 hours of flight time and holds both an Airline Transport Pilot rating and a CitationJet type rating. Mike’s education includes a bachelors degree in Business Management from the University of Rhode Island, in Kingston, Rhode Island, and a Masters Degree in Finance from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, in Troy, New York.
Mike is well-known throughout the corporate aviation industry for his expertise, professionalism and integrity. He has authored many industry publications, and is a leader in fleet planning and optimization, aircraft brokerage / acquisition, and aviation business consulting.
Andrew Farrant serves as Chief Marketing Officer for Global Jet Capital. Prior to joining GJC, Andrew was the Vice President of Strategic Planning, Marketing, and Corporate Communications for Sequa Corporation and Chromalloy where he led strategic planning and brand development. He previously worked at StandardAero, leading brand development and management. Prior to that, he led the successful corporate rebranding of Landmark Aviation, a Carlyle Group company formed after the merger of three aviation businesses, including an engine maintenance, repair, and overhaul network. He previously spent 15 years in marketing leadership positions at Bombardier Aerospace. Andrew holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Concordia University in Montreal, Canada.
Augustine (Gus) Faucher is senior vice president and chief economist of The PNC Financial Services Group, serving as the principal spokesperson on all economic issues for PNC.
Prior to joining PNC as senior macroeconomist in December 2011, Faucher worked for 10 years at Moody’s Analytics (formerly Economy.com), where he was a director and senior economist. He was responsible for running the firm’s computer model of the U.S. economy, edited a monthly publication on the U.S. economic outlook, covered fiscal and monetary policy, and analyzed various regional economies. Previously, he worked for six years at the U.S. Treasury Department, and taught at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He was named senior vice president in March 2015, deputy chief economist in February 2016, and to his current role in April 2017.
Faucher is frequently cited in international, national, and regional media outlets including The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times. He has appeared on ABC World News, CBS Evening News, NBC Nightly News and Nightly Business Report, and is regularly featured on CNBC, CNN and Fox Business. In addition, he appears regularly on CBS Radio, NPR and Marketplace.
He serves on the board of directors of The Economic Club of Pittsburgh – the local chapter of National Association of Business Economics (NABE). He is also co-chair of the Financial Roundtable of NABE.
Faucher earned a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Pennsylvania, with concentrations in labor economics and public economics. He also has a B. A. in economics from Cornell University.
David Fowkes joined Raymond James in 2020 as a managing director and co-head of the Aviation and Aerospace sector team in the Raymond James Diversified Industrials investment banking group. Mr. Fowkes has 25 years of experience in investment banking and aviation and aerospace, including with clients in commercial and corporate fixed wing; helicopter; aviation leasing and aerospace maintenance; and repair and manufacturing companies. Mr. Fowkes has led or participated in dozens of assignments in over 30 countries, including aviation and aircraft financing and trading, in-court and out-of-court restructuring, mergers and acquisitions, and strategic transactions. Before joining Raymond James, Mr. Fowkes worked in capital markets, M&A and restructuring at Imperial Capital. He also had multiple assignments in investment banking and restructuring at Seabury Group, and served as director of M&A and integration at helicopter operator Bristow Group. Additionally, Mr. Fowkes served as a senior member of Deutsche Bank’s special situation group focusing on aviation related investments, lending and advisory; worked on M&A and capital markets coverage at Lehman Brothers; and focused on capital markets structuring and execution at Citigroup and Salomon Brothers. Mr. Fowkes received his B.S. in chemical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and his MBA in finance from NYU’s Stern School of Business.
MD, Head of Aerospace & Aviation Investment Banking
Mr. Fazioli has over 20 years of strategic, operational and financial experience within the commercial aerospace sector and at Jefferies leads the Aviation and Aerospace coverage efforts focused on the Aerospace manufacturing, MRO, commercial and business aviation, and aircraft leasing verticals, Mr. Fazioli has completed numerous M&A, debt and equity transactions for both strategic and financial sponsor clients globally.
Prior to Jefferies, Mr. Fazioli was a Principal at SH&E Inc., a leading aviation advisory and consulting firm, where he focused on aerospace strategy and financial advisory, airline restructuring and analysis, fleet planning and aircraft leasing.
Mr. Fazioli began his aviation career with Delta Air Lines Inc. where he focused on financial planning, supply chain management and technical operations. He later joined Delta Tech Ops where he was responsible for finance and business development for Delta’s third-party MRO activities.
Mr. Fazioli received his BBA and MBA in Finance from Goizueta Business School at Emory University
Jack Gilchrist is the founding director and shareholder of Gilchrist Aviation Law, P.C., and heads the firm’s practice as special FAA and International Registry counsel with respect to transactions involving aircraft, engines, propellers and spare parts.
For almost 30 years Mr. Gilchrist has focused his career on aviation transactions, representing clients from all areas of the industry with regard to every current structure of aircraft and aircraft engine transaction. He has counseled clients around the world in aircraft transactions, including most of the major air carriers, aircraft and engine leasing companies, air cargo companies, corporations, banks and other lending institutions, as well as aircraft brokers, dealers and manufacturers. These transactions include the sale, purchase, lease and financing of large transport aircraft as well as business aircraft. He also counsels clients in connection with establishing and operating aircraft fractional ownership programs.
Mr. Gilchrist regularly assists clients in structuring transactions and working with pertinent documents with respect to their recordability with the Federal Aviation Administration, Aircraft Records Branch, in Oklahoma City, and the registration of International Interests under the Cape Town Convention, Aviation Protocol. He regularly serves as special FAA and International Registry counsel to other law firms and companies in aviation matters.
Mr. Gilchrist is also a frequent lecturer and author in the areas of aircraft financing, registration and title law. He is the author of numerous articles regarding aviation title and registration law. He has served as a lecturer for organizations such as the American Bar Association, the Transportation Lawyers Association, International Bar Association and the Federal Bar Association.
Mr. Gilchrist serves on the Legal Advisory Panel to the Aviation Working Group under Unidroit, the management arm of the Cape Town Convention, Aviation Protocol. He is a member of the Oklahoma County, Oklahoma, Federal, American and International Bar Associations. He is also a member of the Business Law Section, the Aircraft Financing Subcommittee and the Forum on Air and Space Law of the American Bar Association, as well as the Association of Aircraft Title Lawyers, the American Transportation Lawyers Association and the FBA Transportation Law Section.
Gerry has served as Chairman and CEO of TWA, Chairman of Kitty Hawk, Inc., co-founder and President of People Express, President of Texas Air (Continental Airlines), Vice Chairman Pan Am World Airways,Chief Financial Officer of Pan American World Airlines, CEO of Pan Am World Services, and has served as director in over 30 publicly traded and privately owned corporations.
Mr. Gross has 30 years of experience representing bank-affiliated and large, independent equipment
financing companies in all aspects of equipment finance transactions, including documenting,
structuring, negotiating, syndicating and enforcing these transactions. Mr. Gross is considered
an industry leader in business aircraft and helicopter finance. These transactions vary in structure and
include tax and non-tax lease, operating lease and secured loan financing of managed and/
or chartered aircraft, fleet aircraft and helicopters operated in various service capacities and engine
pools, aircraft operated under fractional and “pay card” arrangements and progress payment, completion and other multi-funding structures. Clients include market-leading aircraft and helicopter financing providers, investors or operating lessors, as well as large publicly or privately held businesses, governmental entities or high-net-worth individual users. Many of these transactions involve foreign registered aircraft. In 2016 through 2020, Mr. Gross was ranked Band 1 in Private Aircraft (Global-wide) in Chambers High Net Worth, which recognizes the world’s leading high-net-worth advisers and was also recognized among the world’s leading aviation attorneys by Euromoney’s Expert Guides “Aviation Guide”.
Senior Advisor, Business Aviation Product Management
Matt Halsey is responsible for the business case, product development and lifecycle management of Intelsat’s business jet initiatives worldwide. He partners closely with all of Intelsat’s stakeholders, including program management, network operations, engineering, solutions management, regulatory, strategy, product marketing and sales to ensure the business jet products are aligned with market needs, customer requirements and emerging trends.
Matt brings over 20 years of satellite communications experience to this role and has held a variety of roles at Intelsat with increasing responsibility. He began his career at Cable & Wireless as part of the global business radio and satellite sales engineering support team.
Matt holds an engineering degree from City University, London.
As the foundational architects of satellite technology, Intelsat operates the largest, most advanced satellite fleet and connectivity infrastructure in the world. We apply our unparalleled expertise and global scale to reliably and seamlessly connect people, devices and networks in even the most challenging and remote locations. Transformation happens when businesses, governments and communities build a ubiquitously connected future through Intelsat’s next-generation global network and simplified managed services. At Intelsat, we turn possibilities into reality. Imagine here, with us, at Intelsat.com.
Hamish Harding is the Chairman of Action Aviation, an international aircraft brokerage company with a long history in the Middle East and Asia.
Action Aviation sold over US$ 200 million of pre-owned business jets in 2015, and Action Aviation has, in recent months, sold a number of business jets to Asian buyers, including a Boeing Business Jet and a Gulfstream G650ER.
Hamish is enthusiastic about the potential in the Asian market for preowned business jets, both for sales and acquisitions, and sees business aviation partnerships as the way forward to better cover the geographically largest continent.
Hamish originally gained a degree in Chemical Engineering from Cambridge University. From there he joined UK IT consultancy company Logica and was involved in information technology for the banking sector throughout the 1990s, operating as Regional Managing Director for Logica in the Middle East and later India.
Hamish has been a pilot for over 30 years and holds an Airline Transport Pilot with a number of jet type ratings, and is the holder of several FAI speed records in business jets. He was a commissioned officer in the British Territorial Army for 8 years, and enjoys scuba diving, skydiving, snow skiing, golf and spending time with his family in Dubai.
Keith Hayes is senior vice president and national sales manager of PNC Aviation Finance. Prior to joining PNC Aviation Finance in 2017, Keith was with Regions Bank, BB&T and GE Capital for 27 years where he held numerous leadership roles across different business lines, including the last 8 years as national sales manager for GE Capital Corporate Aircraft Finance. Keith holds a B.A. in business administration and a MIS degree from the University of North Florida.
Clay is a pioneer in the aviation services industry, leading technological innovation in the aviation services industry over the past 16 years. A seasoned pilot, Clay is licensed in the following: Cessna 525, Cessna 680, Pilatus PC-12, Baron G58, Cirrus SR22, BonanzaA36, Cessna 210. Cessna 172. and Grumman Tiger.
AIC is the global industry leader in aviation Title Services, Escrow, Document Filing, Lien Clearance, and International Registry filings. AIC is also the exclusive provider of title searches for AvSure, easing client access to aviation title insurance both domestically and internationally.
Customers can request title searches online, and complete escrow transactions all within the Aircraft Closing Room, the only virtual aircraft closing platform in the industry. Additionally, the Closing Room is protected by Blockchain, making AIC’s customer data the most secure in the industry. AIC’s team of 40+ employees boasts over 600 years of aviation experience and completes over 15,000 title searches and 4,000 closings annually. AIC uses this experience to bring ease and speed to an Aircraft Closing.
Mr. Hernandez has extensive experience assisting clients with a wide variety of business aircraft
transaction and regulatory matters, including aircraft purchase/sale agreements, aircraft flight
department restructuring, aircraft management arrangements, fractional program documents, use
policies, cross-border transactions, personal use of aircraft, joint-ownership use agreements and
regulatory and enforcement matters. He is also a member of the National Business Aviation Association’s
Tax Committee and a frequent speaker on various business aircraft and regulatory topics. Mr. Hernandez
has been recognized among the world’s leading aviation attorneys by Euromoney Legal Media Group’s
Expert Guides “Aviation Guide.”
As President of JSSI Parts & Leasing, Ben Hockenberg provides strategic guidance and overall leadership to the aircraft parts and leasing organization. Additionally, Ben has responsibility for the company’s maintenance event management and insurance claims management service offerings.
In his role prior to joining JSSI Parts & Leasing, Ben was focused on investing in the aerospace sector. He has worked in investment banking, private equity, and credit investing at Deutsche Bank, The Pritzker Organization, Venor Capital, and Greenbriar Asset Management. He holds an MBA from Kellogg School of Management and a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Michigan.
Tom Huff was named Aviation Safety Officer in 2012, reporting directly to the Gulfstream president as an independent safety advocate. He oversees safety programs and effectiveness for product life cycle, including laboratory testing as well as development, production and in-service flight operations. Moreover, he champions a corporate culture that embraces safety and quality as foundational values.
Huff retired from the U.S. Navy after 28 years, with significant operational, test and acquisition experience. He led an FA-18 squadron as well as the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School. His last assignment was Wing Commander for Navy and Marine Corps test programs at Patuxent River, Maryland.
Huff holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy, a Master’s Degree in Aviation Systems from the University of Tennessee and a Master’s in Foreign Affairs and Strategic Studies from the U.S. Naval War College. He is an Associate Fellow in the Society of Experimental Test Pilots (SETP), the Chairman of the Flight Test Safety Committee and Vice Chairman of the NBAA Safety Committee.
Almost 30 years of working in business aviation with a passion to help others through scholarships and mentorin. Current Chairman of the NBAA Maintenance Committee and Chairman of the Women in Corporate Aviation Scholarship Program. Jim has been working the last 15 years in connectivity and very proud to assist customers with the largest capacity network in aviation as a Director at Viasat. Jim loves connectivity as it is always evolving and being a “trusted advisor” to our customers and partners is something he values very much.
Janine Iannarelli is the founder and President of Par Avion Ltd., an international aircraft brokerage firm, established in Houston in 1997. Par Avion specializes in the exclusive representation and acquisition of business aircraft whose area of expertise lends itself to a variety of small, super midsize and large cabin jets. An industry veteran, Ms. Iannarelli has more than 35 years of business aviation experience and 400+ transactions to her credit having represented a diverse group of corporations and private individuals worldwide. As an aviation mobility consultant, she assists Clients with assessing their air transportation needs and finding the optimum solution.
Iannarelli is a member of the National Business Aviation Association; the European Business Aviation Association where she serves as the Vice Chair of the Associate Members Advisory Council and Chair of the AMAC Sales & Acquisition committee; Women in Aviation, International, and the American Marketing Association. In 2014, Iannarelli was appointed to the Texas Aerospace and Aviation Advisory Committee by Governor Perry and made presiding officer by Governor Abbott in 2016, serving in that capacity through April/2020. In 2016 Iannarelli was one of three inductees into the Aviation Hall of Fame of New Jersey and named a “Women on the Move” by the Texas Executive Women’s organization. Corporate Jet Investor named Ms. Iannarelli as one of America’s Top Dealmakers in the Fall of 2019. Most recently, Ms. Iannarelli been selected by the American Leadership Forum as a member of Class LV which will graduate 25 area community and business leaders as Fellows in the spring of 2022. As a sought-out mentor and inspirational advisor, Iannarelli is a frequent guest lecturer for youth groups and women’s organizations. She is a passionate advocate and supporter of those charities benefitting children and animals.
A native of Fair Lawn, New Jersey and a long-time resident of Houston, Iannarelli graduated from Montclair State University in 1983 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration.
Flying all over the world and serving as a manufacturer’s internationally based sales director gave Garett a detailed perspective into to the world of aircraft transactions. He recognized that customers in the preowned market weren’t receiving the same level of service and information as those buying new from OEMs.
He founded JetHQ to change that. His vision was to provide clients the best value for their investment, while forming relationships built on trust. He brought together a highly experienced team to connect buyers with the right aircraft, and sellers with a world of options to market their valuable assets.
Garett began his career as a pilot, flying demonstration and ferry flights for Raytheon, which later became Hawker Beechcraft. He traded ferrying – where he flew legs from Arkansas to Singapore and Scotland to South Africa – for the sales side of the business. He eventually served as regional sales director of Hawker Beechcraft, responsible for Europe, Russia and North Africa territories, based in the United Kingdom and Spain.
As JetHQ managing director, he still frequently travels to provide aircraft solutions for clients. A typical week might be a couples days in the Dubai, then to Hong Kong and then heading home to the Pacific Northwest. Garett gets the most fulfillment from solving problems, accepting that every transaction has unique challenges and logistical needs, and his knowledgeable team has the diverse expertise to solve them.
He continues to fly – holding multiple type ratings and an Airline Transport Pilot license and a current CFI– assisting with deliveries when the situation arises. He also takes advantage of the unique opportunities worldwide work offers, whether that’s shark-cage diving off the coast of South Africa or running a marathon in Switzerland. His main passion, however, is bringing together parties separated by language or culture, and coming away with relationship-based transactions that allow everyone to win!
Vivek Kaushal serves as President & Chief Operating Officer for Global Jet Capital. In this role, he leads the Vivek Kaushal serves as Chief Executive Officer for Global Jet Capital. In this role, he leads the commercial customer facing activities, credit, valuation and operations functions at GJC. Vivek has nearly 30 years of leadership experience in various financing businesses and was the Chief Risk Officer for GE Capital Business Aviation Finance prior to its purchase by GJC. Vivek received an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta, and a BS in Chemical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi.
Vincent Kavanagh currently serves as senior vice president of sales, leading the coordination of Air Partner’s JetCard program worldwide. Originally from Ireland, Kavanagh brings 17 years of experience in the aviation industry, holding senior vice president positions at NetJets and VistaJets. Prior to joining the aviation industry, Kavanagh worked in motorbike and automotive racing with companies such as Yamaha, Ducati, Aston Martin and Prodrive.
Leo Knaapen is an experienced leader in his representation of Bombardier to the global civil
aviation industry. As Chief of Industry Affairs, he is responsible for guiding and supporting
Bombardier’s involvement with industry/trade associations, and with regulatory and
government agencies through working groups and committees, speaker opportunities,
events and sponsorships.
Mr. Knaapen began his career in aerospace at Pratt & Whitney Canada in 1985. He joined
Bombardier Aerospace in 1989, and in 1992 was named spokesperson for Bombardier’s
Canadair unit. In 1997, he assumed overall responsibility for media and public relations at
Bombardier Business Aircraft for Learjet, Challenger and Global business jets, special
mission aircraft, Skyjet International charter, and customer support and services.
In 2007, he assumed leadership of the newly formed Industry Affairs portfolio, and has been
instrumental in heightening Bombardier’s overall profile within civil aviation. He ensures
Bombardier participation in key business and general aviation portfolios – notably safety and
environmental sustainability – and leads Bombardier’s engagement with international civil
Mr. Knaapen currently sits on the Board of Directors at the National Aeronautic Association
(NAA) in Washington, D.C. and on the Governing Board of the International Business
Aviation Council (IBAC) in Montreal. He serves as Bombardier’s representative at the
National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) Leadership Council and at two industryleading environmental coalitions – the Business Aviation Coalition for Sustainable Aviation
Fuel and Geneva-based Air Transport Action Group (ATAG). He is also a member of the
Bombardier Safety Standdown Advisory Council and was engaged in the development of
Safety Management Systems for Aircraft Design and Manufacturing for ICAO Annex 19.
Born in The Hague, Netherlands, Leo Knaapen is proficient in Dutch and French. In 1979,
he graduated from Concordia University in Montreal majoring in Journalism, then worked at
several newspapers and periodicals before entering corporate communications in 1981.
He is based at Bombardier headquarters in Montreal, Canada.
Mr. Koolman currently serves as Aviation Safety Inspector (Operations) at the Department of
Civil Aviation of Aruba. His educational background so far includes BSc. Aeronautical Science,
ATPL-(A) w/ SD-3, DC-9, B-737 ratings, and multiple ICAO- JAA-CAAS courses. He was promoted
to Acting Unit Manager Operations in 2017. Apart from overseeing the daily operations
activities at the DCAA, my focus is on AOC certification, oversight and SAFA. Outside of the
office, he makes family-time a top priority while enjoying cooking, reading, and masonry work.
His saying: “Regulatory Compliance and Safety (in the aviation industry or any business) should
always be embraced and promoted; it will protect, uplift, and benefit us all”
Guillaume Landrivon is Vice President, Smart Services and Programs at Bombardier
Aviation. In his role, he is responsible for driving the success and continued enhancement of
Bombardier’s pioneering cost-per-hour service programs, which have provided customers
with high-quality, genuine Bombardier parts for more than three decades. He is also tasked
with driving development of new and innovative aftermarket services.
Throughout his career, Mr. Landrivon has developed a strong expertise in customer service,
customer relations, technical support and business development. He joined Bombardier in
2017 as Vice President, Parts Services, where he oversaw the growth and expansion of
Bombardier’s worldwide Parts Services team.
Most recently, Mr. Landrivon was instrumental in leading the customer services and support
team in the negotiations of key divestitures completed by Bombardier. Prior to joining
Bombardier, Mr. Landrivon spent 20 years at Dassault Aviation, where he held various
leadership positions in customer relations, field services and spare parts. His last two roles
at Dassault included Director of Field Service and Customer Relations and Vice President,
Worldwide Falcon Spares and Supplier Management. Mr. Landrivon also led the company’s
spare parts strategy and logistics efforts to support in-service fleet and expand its worldwide
network of facilities.
Mr. Landrivon has an extensive knowledge of aviation and holds an engineering degree in
Aeronautics from ESTACA in Paris (École supérieure des techniques aéronautiques et de
construction automobile). He also holds an FAA IFR single engine private pilot license.
Mr. Landrivon is based at Bombardier headquarters in Montreal, Canada.
Mattie Laramie is an Escrow Agent with AIC Title Service. She received a BA from The University of Oklahoma and began her career with AIC in 2010. She has played an integral part in the Aircraft Closing Room ™ technology that AIC has designed and architected on-site, and utilizes daily in their escrow transactions. She has presented at the AIC Client Conference, been a guest speaker on panels and forums, and given live demonstrations of the Aircraft Closing Room ™ technology to numerous clients.
When not working in aviation, Mattie may be found on her farm or at the ballfield cheering on her two favorite little humans.
Steve most recently led the 135, 145 and 147 certifications of our subsidiaries and also serves as President & CEO of all of subsidiaries including our 141 international flight academy. Steve has over 25 years executive experience in the airline industry having served in executive roles including, General Counsel, Chief Operating Officer, President and Vice President at airlines including: ValuJet, Mesa Air Group, Hawaiian Airlines, Kitty Hawk, Inc. and as a division VP at Caesars Entertainment. Most recently Steve led the FAA 121 certification of the first airline to be certificated under the FAA’s Safety Management System rules. Steve is also type rated in the Boeing 737 and holds Airline Transport Pilot and Certified Flight Instructors certificates and was a 121line qualified 737 pilot.
Scott McCreary represents local, national and international clients in connection with matters involving the buying, selling, leasing and financing of aircraft. His practice is primarily focused on matters relating to the Cape Town Convention, the Federal Aviation Act and the FAA Aircraft Registry, such as aircraft title, registration, finance and leasing law, as well as regulatory issues relating to the operation of aircraft under Part 91 of the Federal Aviation Regulations.
Scott is a frequent speaker at aviation conferences in the United States and abroad and has made presentations at venues such as the Strategic Research Institute’s Annual FAA Aircraft Registration, Lien & Securities Interest Conference; the Federal Bar Association’s Aircraft Title, Registration, Finance and Leasing Law Conference; the Institute for International Research’s Corporate Aviation Symposium; the NBAA’s Cape Town International Registry Meeting; and the Geneva International Forum on Aircraft Finance & Commercial Aviation.
His achievements in the area of aviation law have earned him inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America (equipment finance law), Oklahoma Super Lawyers, The International Who’s Who of Aviation Lawyers and Who’s Who Legal.
Scott currently serves on the Regulatory Issues Advisory Group and the Tax Committee of the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA). He has previously served as the leader of the firm’s Aviation Group and on McAfee & Taft’s board of directors.
Sean is a highly motivated, results-driven leader, focused on delivering exceptional results in highly competitive environments. Known for building trusted relationships with tier-one customers, industry leaders, and internal teams, Sean has held senior sales and general management positions with industry leaders including Hawker-Beechcraft, Nextant Aerospace, Aerion Supersonic, and Wheels Up. Sean’s strong track record of cultivating exceptional teams, effective go-to-market strategies, and integrated marketing/sales solutions have allowed organizations under his direction to outperform the competition and win market share in global markets, including the US, South America, EMEA, India and China.
Sean is a dual citizen of the US and the European Union. He holds a master’s degree in Business Administration from the Florida Institute of Technology. Sean is an airline transport pilot (ATP) with type ratings on Hawker 400XP, Hawker 800XP and Beechcraft King Air. He was a board member of the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) and the Remanufacturers Industries Council (RIC). Sean is also an active member of the Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO).
Timothy R. Obitts was named President and CEO of the National Air Transportation Association
(NATA) in January of 2020. NATA is a founding member of the B usiness Aviation Coalition for
Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) and the Council on Sustainable Fuels Accountability, of which
Obitts serves as Chairman of the Steering Committee and as B oard Chairman, respectively.
Obitts most recently served as the Association’s Chief Operating Officer, overseeing the day-today operation of NATA.
Prior to joining NATA in November 2014, Obitts served as the managing partner of Gammon &
Grange, P.C., a national practice law firm specializing in nonprofit and communications law.
During Obitts’ 18 years at Gammon & Grange, he served as corporate counsel and general
counsel for many nonprofits and trade associations, handling a wide array of issues that affect
their day-to-day activities and also lobbied Capitol Hill and federal agencies.
Obitts earned a Juris Doctorate, cum laude, from California Western School of Law and a
B achelor’s Degree, double major Philosophy and History, from Gordon College, where he also
was named All-New England in Tennis, NAIA. Obitts is licensed to practice law in California,
Colorado, the District of Columbia and Virginia, as well as numerous federal and appellate
courts, and the U.S Supreme Court. Obitts co-founded several nonprofit organizations and
serves on several nonprofit boards. Obitts and his wife of 22 years, Krista, have five children,
ranging in age from eight to eighteen.
Sr. Director, Global Business Development for Business and VVIP Aviation
James Person joined Viasat in 2013, where he leads sales and business development in the Business and VVIP Aviation segment of the company, an area that Viasat has been active in for more than ten years, including both Ka and Ku-band networks.
Prior to Viasat, Mr. Person had general management, sales, and product management roles in high technology wireless and satellites communications companies. He began his career as a US Naval officer where he deployed during combat operations to the Middle East twice on a destroyer.
Mr. Person earned a BSEE degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and an MBA in international marketing from the University of Southern California (USC).
Andy Priester serves as Priester Aviation’s Chairman and CEO.
He is the third generation of Priesters to lead the business, the largest and oldest family-owned Management and Charter company in the world. The Priester family has a rich aviation history starting in 1945 including owning Palwaukee Airport – KPWK (now renamed Chicago Executive Airport), operating a flight school, operating multiple FBOs, providing 145 maintenance services, and operating an aircraft sales division. Priester Aviation currently focuses solely on Aircraft Management and Global Charter after the strategic sale of the other business units. In this role, Andy is dedicated to leading the growth of the organization and enhancing Priester’s position as the preeminent choice in aircraft management, aircraft charter and related aviation services. During Andy’s tenure at Priester, he has grown the fleet from seven aircraft to over 65 aircraft they manage from 15 bases globally today.
Andy currently sits on the board of the Air Charter Safety Foundation, is current Chair of YPO Chicago – Windy City, and past Chair of the National Air Transportation Association
Brian Proctor is founder, President and CEO of Mente Group, LLC. He founded Mente in 2009 and has been serving private aviation clients for over 19 years. Having been involved in over $8 billion in aircraft transactions and over $7 billion in aviation business planning, Brian’s experience is sought by corporations and individuals, worldwide.
After serving for six years in the US Army as an infantry Ranger and intelligence officer, Brian left the military to pursue a career in the private sector.
After working at Transamerica Corporation, Mr. Proctor served as consultant, COO and President of the world’s second largest consultancy and broker/dealer.
Brian serves on boards for: International Aircraft Dealers Association (IADA), Jet Aviation Advisory Board, and formerly, the Frontiers of Flight Museum in Dallas. He also previously served as President of IADA. He holds a BA degree in International Studies in Politics and Diplomacy from the University of Richmond and an MBA from Southern Methodist University.
Jeff Reid is the Chief Commercial Officer at Skyservice, where he is responsible for driving sales and growth in the core businesses of Skyservice, which include Aircraft Sales, Aircraft Management, MRO, FBO and Aircraft Charter.
Jeff has more than 25 years of aviation experience and started his career at the Unitied States Air Force Academy. After graduating and serving in multiple locations around the world, Jeff started his civilian career in 2000. Prior to joining Skyservice, Jeff ran a consulting firm called Jet Auditors where he advised clients around the costs of aircraft ownership and helped in both acquisitions and aircraft management.
Previously, Jeff was CEO and President of Wing Aviation for 7 years where he took them from a struggling MRO, FBO and Management and Charter business to a major regional management company. He facilitated a sale to new investors and left Wing in 2015. Prior to Wing, Jeff also worked for GE as a Program Manager, Executive Jet Management as a VP of supplemental lift and Technology, and EVP at Million Air. While at Million Air Jeff was a founding member of the Air Charter Safety Foundation. Jeff has also worked on several technology startups both in and outside of the aviation industry. Jeff holds a BS from the United States Air Force Academy and a Masters in Management from Troy State University.
Kennedy serves as the President of 4AIR, a sustainability arm of Tuvoli, to offer expertise and guidance for creating meaningful sustainability commitments focused on aviation. Kennedy has worked to promote a more comprehensive and long-term way of thinking about sustainability for aviation while providing increased transparency, comparability, and ease of starting a program. Kennedy is a passionate general aviation pilot and has a degree from the University of Notre Dame.
Mid 2006, Jean-Noel joined Airbus team in Dubai as Sales Contract Director, looking after airlines in Middle East. Mid 2008, he became ACJ North Asia Sales Director. In Sep 2010, he moved to Hong Kong and in June 2015, his regional responsibilities were extend to whole Asia.
Jean-Noel also served as Chairman of the not-for-profit Asian Business Aviation Association (AsBAA) from 2011 to 2013. Under his leadership, AsBAA notably doubled its members, launched the 1st ABACE in Shanghai and created the Hong-Kong, Mainland China and South East Asia chapters.
Mid 2016, Jean-Noel moved to HQs (Toulouse – France) to his current position. His main mission is to develop initiatives supporting commercial activities with clients and industry influencers.
Jean-Noel graduated from Toulouse Business School. He started his carrier with Airbus in 1995 in the Customer Support division. In between his Airbus experiences, JeanNoel worked for Schneider Electric for 10+ years successively as Financial Controller in Middle East; Country CFO in South Korea; Project Manager at corporate level and West Africa General Manager based in Senegal.
Wes Romaine joined ACI in December of 2007 and has over a decade of experience within the aviation industry. Wes has a thorough understanding of the business and commercial aviation markets and has extensive experience in the valuation of aviation-based assets, including aircraft, rotorcraft, engines, and spare parts. Wes plays a substantial role in the development and execution of ACI’s business activities. Wes is an ISTAT Certified Appraiser and an Accredited Senior Appraiser (ASA) with the American Society of Appraisers. Wes holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from James Madison University and is a member of the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA), National Aircraft Finance Association (NAFA), ISTAT, Helicopter Association International (HAI), and the American Society of Appraisers.
Greg Ryan is a Senior Sales Director for GE Aviation headquartered in Cincinnati, OH. Based in South Florida, Greg leads the GE OnPoint engine services sales in the Americas for Bombardier Challenger CF34 engines and Bombardier Global 7500 Passport 20 engines as well as the CT7 ECMP portfolio globally. Greg brings over 30 years of business aviation turbine engine sales and technical experience including prior roles at Pratt & Whitney Canada and Standard Aero. He has extensive experience managing turbine aircraft engine programs and MRO events.
Greg earned his MBA in Technology Management from the University of Phoenix. He also holds a Bachelor of Science degree cum laude in Aeronautical Studies, and associate degrees in aviation maintenance and aviation management from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University. Greg has his airframe and powerplant mechanics license as well as a single and multi-engine pilot license. He continually delivers value to his customers by drawing from his direct experience as an owner, operator, pilot and mechanic.
Nicholas is Co-Founder and President of Stonebriar Commercial Finance. Nicholas plays a key role in Stonebriar’s funding programs, corporate development, corporate responsibility and oversees Stonebriar’s Aviation Capital business. Previously, Nicholas was a managing director at Guggenheim Partners where he served in various capacities including as portfolio manager for Aviation Investments, head of public affairs and was a member of Guggenheim’s Corporate Credit Group. Earlier in his career, he served as special assistant to former California Gov. Gray Davis. Nicholas currently serves on the boards of Stonebriar, Epic Aero, Inc., the parent company of Flexjet, Simcom Aviation Training and Tuvoli. Nicholas is also president of the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation, the official team charity of Major League Baseball’s Los Angeles Dodgers.
Lisa Senters-McDermott, private aviation expert, is the CEO and founder of Jet Senters Aviation, JSA. With more than 25 years’ experience in the aviation industry, Lisa’s journey took off over two decades ago when she was instrumental in launching a charter brokerage firm in New York.Known as the go-to resource in private aviation, Senters believes in the personal service side of flying. Her clients benefit from her knowledge and relationships built over decades of working in the industry. Senters is relied on as a trusted advisor to CEO’s, entrepreneurs, celebrities and fortune 100 companies. Her clients depend on her advice and honesty in deals ranging from buying as well as managing entire aircraft Perhaps the greatest contributor to her success is her belief that client relationships are at the forefront of everything she does, and she values the relationship above all else.
Lisa spent a decade in the corporate world as Senior Vice-President of Sales with NetJets/Marquis Jet. During her time there she was a national leader selling both the Marquis Jet Card and NetJets fractional aircraft ownership for over a decade. Senters played an instrumental role in helping to grow Marquis Jet from a start-up to a global industry leader.
Frequently quoted as one of the country’s leading experts in aviation, and Senters has shared her insight and expertise on the private aviation landscape in various forums such as the Harvard Business School Alumni Group, and various speaking opportunities around the globe.
Lisa, a serial entrepreneur who has pursued a variety of interests and careers, has demonstrated the resilience to survive in pursuit of numerous entrepreneurial endeavors. Lisa is honored to be a featured speaker a the TEDx conference in Yellowstone in 2022 and will be speaking about resilience
Infinite Branches is a global aviation consulting firm whose mission is to ensure that the money spent on one’s investment in aviation is more than green: it contains a purpose. We value building a community that creates multifaceted long-term relationships with investors, their teams, and those in private aviation and tangential industries that provides the resources to facilitate sustainable growth.
Infinite Branches values transparency and creativity that results in deep wins that empower all involved. Our services currently include providing the analytical bandwidth that companies in business aviation need to identify and develop strategies that support their growth. For those working with the users of business aviation, we provide the clarity that you need to ensure you make an informed decision. Each analysis is individualized to the wants and needs of each relationship. We look forward to creating a partnership with you and your team.
The founder of Infinite Branches, Shelley A. Svoren, previously oversaw the portfolio management for an aviation lending portfolio for a $100Bn+ financial institution that originated over $1Bn+ in aviation secured loans without any losses or repossessions. She is experienced in conducting due diligence and structuring transactions that return a recurring and increasing yield. Her extensive career background includes banking, regulatory, and corporate finance that enables her to creatively mitigate issues that result in opportunities.
Her 29+ year career involves serving in financial management capacities not only in banking and regulatory organizations, but also technology and multinational consumer brands, that involve partnering with multiple groups to manage sales activity and minimize expenses; developing and managing detailed and multi-national budgets; structuring complex credit facilities; providing customized analyses that identified new niche market opportunities and whether divestiture should commence; and developing and managing client, referral, and financing relationships. She is additionally experienced with the complexity of owning, perfecting an interest in, and monetizing maritime, art, and winery & vineyard assets.
She serves on the board of the International Aviation Womens Association, as the network’s VP – Leader Development, and supports the activities of the Scholarship, Mentorship, Internship, and Leadership Development committees; serves on the National Business Aviation Association’s Diversity Equity Inclusion Working Group. She moderates panels and speaks at conferences regarding aviation and marine industries; writes articles; and mentors others. She earned her BS from the University of Oregon with a focus on Finance, Economics, and Scandinavian Studies.
Wayne Starling is an aviation industry consultant. His expertise is in Sales, Sales Management and Marketing. Previously he was a Senior Vice President and National Sales Manager for PNC Aviation Finance. He has been in the banking and finance industry for over 25 years, specializing in aviation for over 20 years. Prior to PNC, his career in aviation began with Aviation Finance Group, where he was part of a very successful startup company. He later stayed on to manage the aviation finance division after it was acquired by PNC Bank.
Wayne has extensive experience in sales, sales management, sales training, marketing, and strategic business development. Along with his success with Fortune 200 companies, he also has vast experience as an entrepreneur. His video sales training program -Success Cycle of Selling – has been a training program used by many companies. His program has been used by several of the nations largest banks and financial institutions to train their outside and inside sales organizations. Wayne has served as a board member on the National Aircraft Resale Association (NARA) and the National Aviation Finance Association (NAFA), as well as serving on the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) Leadership Council. Wayne was honored in 2018 by the National Aviation Finance Association and was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award for his leadership, contribution, and service to the association, its members and the aviation industry.
Jeremy was appointed Vice President for Freestream in Teterboro in September 2007, responsible for valuing aircraft and tracking market changes. He began his aviation career in 1999 with Dassault Aircraft Services as a customer service and sales representative, acquiring a wealth of knowledge and experience in aviation maintenance and operations. Jeremy then joined a large US resale brokerage as an aviation market research analyst, and was quickly promoted to aircraft sales representative. He has closed more than 350 transactions during his fourteen years at Freestream. Jeremy attended Colorado State University, majoring in Business Administration.
Anthony Tivnan, President and Co-Owner of Magellan Jets, was solidified as a major player in the world of private aviation long before the company’s launch, in 2008.
In 2002, a novice to the aviation industry, Anthony made his mark at Jets International. As a member of the sales team, he was quick to become a prominent leader and mentor. After years of leadership and record-breaking sales history, Anthony was eventually appointed as the Executive Vice President. He also managed their retail sales department and sales teams in both Massachusetts and New York City.
Through his leadership, Magellan Jets has seen incredible growth since its inception. In the last four consecutive years, Magellan Jets has been awarded by the Boston Business Journal as one of Massachusetts Fastest Growing Companies, and has made the Inc. 5000 five years consecutively.
Anthony works closely with Magellan Jets marketing and sales divisions to strengthen the brand name and innovate the way Magellan clients utilize business jets. Magellan Jets was the first company to appear on iTunes with their Private Jet Search App, allowing users to search, book and sign for a charter in a matter of minutes all from a smartphone device. The innovation
doesn’t stop there; Magellan Jets was also the first jet card provider to launch a Wi-Fi Jet Card for business travelers. With his sales background, Anthony is the ideal candidate to translate the client’s needs and expectations into results.
Anthony strives to create and retain strong customer and vendor relationships through his belief in personal attention and open communication. He truly executes the entire operation; from creating the product line, to reaching the audience, to obtaining the trust of each and every client he works with.
Scott Uhlir is the Associate Director of Avionics Digital Strategy for Collins Aerospace. In this role he is responsible for overseeing the advancement of Avionics Digital and Connected customer strategies across Collins Aerospace and our served industry segments.
With more than thirty years at Collins Aerospace and its predecessor, Rockwell Collins, Scott has held leadership positions in Business Management and Information Technology, most recently leading the IMS Digital Solutions team. Prior to that, Scott led businesses in the Commercial Avionics and Government Ground Systems organizations.
Scott holds a Bachelors Degree in Business from Iowa State University, and Masters of Business Administration from the University of Iowa.
Ray is responsible for establishing Inmarsat as the preferred in-flight connectivity provider in business aviation. He has 24 years of marketing and sales experience as well as technical knowledge of the telecommunications and aerospace industries, having worked previously in high profile companies such as Alcatel-Lucent, EMS Aviation, Honeywell, and Gogo.
He started his career as a commissioned officer in the Peruvian Navy and worked as a consultant for the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), supervising the deployment of telecommunications networks for public and private institutions.
Ray holds a Bachelor Degree in Systems Engineering from the United States Naval Academy and a Postgraduate Degree in Electronics and Communications from the Peruvian Navy. He also holds an MBA Degree in Technology Management from the University of Phoenix. A native from Lima, Peru, he lives with his family in Atlanta, Georgia, United States with his wife and three children.
Peder von Harten is a 15 year veteran of the private aviation industry and currently leads all revenue, marketing, and branding as the Vice President of NICHOLAS AIR. A trusted leader in the industry, along with a frequent contributor for his opinion and expertise across the industry, his experience across multiple segments of the industry has helped springboard the exponential growth and popularity of the Mississippi-based program and operator, particularly in the past 24 months as flyers continue to eschew fractional and broker relationships in favor of Owned and Operated programs. An avid outdoorsman, he travels the country extensively evangelizing for the NICHOLAS AIR brand and continuing to build the brands ever-growing footprint.
Director, Head Global Aircraft Finance Group & Advisory Services
Mr. von Weise is currently a Director and Global Head of the Aircraft Finance Group & Advisory Services at Citi Private Bank. The group provides private aircraft financing solutions and aviation advice to individual ultra-high net worth clients and their companies throughout the world. Mr. von Weise’s responsibilities and roles while at Citi have included loan origination, product program management, reporting and workouts. The group focuses on transactions typically in the range of $10 to $75 million.
Mr. von Weise has over twenty-three years of related business aviation experience, most recently serving as Vice President of Business Aviation Finance for Merrill Lynch Capital and GMAC Commercial Finance. Prior to joining GMAC, he was Vice President of Capital Transactions at Lend Lease Real Estate Investments,
where he was responsible for the recapitalization and workout of large multi-family properties throughout the U.S.
Mr. von Weise is also the most recent past president of the National Aircraft Finance Association and was appointed by the Boards of Selectmen from the Massachusetts towns of Concord, Lincoln, Bedford and Lexington as a member of the Hanscom Field Advisory Commission. He is also a past board member of the Massachusetts Business Aviation Association and a local volunteer representative for the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association.
He is also an instrument rated pilot with over 2,500 hours of experience, aircraft owner, and a pilot for the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary. Mr. von Weise has also appeared on the Discovery Channel as an aviation expert in the Celebrity Crash Files, J.F.K., Jr, documentary series. He is also currently a member of the Board of Advisors for Brown Aviation Lease.
Ford began his career in the Credit Analyst Training Program at Chemical Bank and holds a joint History and Environmental Studies degree, Cum Laude, from the University of Vermont.
Ryan Waguespack joined the staff of the National Air Transportation Association (NATA) as Vice President of Aircraft Management, Air Charter Services and MROs in November 2018. A long-time supporter of the aviation business community and NATA, Ryan Waguespack served as the Chair of NATA’s WorkForce Development Committee and Illegal Charter Task Force, as well as Vice Chair of the Air Charter Committee as an association member. As Vice President, Ryan leads the Association and industry effort to combat illegal charter, working with the FAA and its Field Offices to educate the public on the risks, assisting the FAA in enforcement through data collection and reporting, and leveraging existing data sources to help the agency focus enforcement efforts.
Previously, he served in various operational roles for charter management companies, as well as aircraft sales, working closely with clients to educate them throughout the purchasing process and help them attain the best aviation solution for their needs. Prior to NATA, Waguespack held the position of Vice President of Business Development of Summit Aviation.
Waguespack is the founder of the Alabama Business Aviation Association, an organization dedicated to promoting the value of business aviation throughout the state, educating stakeholders on the value of business aircraft and community airports, and advocating on behalf of aviation businesses.
A staunch champion for promoting aviation workforce development, Ryan travels the country to speak at industry events dedicated to reaching the next generation of pilots, maintainers and business aviation leaders. He is also a frequent guest lecturer at universities nationwide, including Auburn University in the Harbert College of Business, Southern Illinois University, and the University of Dubuque. Through Waguespack’s community-building initiatives at the universities, he is working to develop channels to connect rising students with aviation businesses.
Ryan is a recreational pilot who lives in Birmingham, Alabama with his wife Amanda and two children.
Don is senior vice president of Stonebriar Commercial Finance and SCF Aviation Capital. Previously, Don was a managing director at Guggenheim Partners Aviation Investments, where he oversaw global business aviation originations. Earlier in his career, he played key business aviation origination roles at US Bank Equipment Finance and Key Equipment Finance. Prior to that Don served in originations and portfolio management at Boeing Capital, McDonnell Douglas Finance, and Equitable Life Leasing. He received his undergraduate degree from University of the Pacific and his MBA from Pepperdine University.
Weeber joined Magellan Jets as a new chapter in an Aviation career that started when he first soloed a Cessna in 1987. Since then, he has amassed over 16,000 hours of flight time in a broad array of aircraft, including jets, turboprops, sea planes, and gliders. Weeber also served in front-line and leadership roles at Trans States Airlines, Midway Airlines, and at NetJets, the largest provider of fractional aircraft ownership services.
The focus of Mr. Weeber’s 30 years of aviation experience has been a relentless pursuit of process improvement, with the end goal of providing ideal experiences and optimal outcomes for clients. He has served as Captain on four different types of turbojet aircraft, built quality control and case management teams, led teams that seamlessly integrated air carriers while enhancing service to customers, organized globalization and efficiency initiatives, implemented complex technology solutions, and delivered enhanced safety management systems – all with the client experience in mind. Mr. Weeber most recently served as President and Managing Partner of Weeber & Associates, an Operational Excellence consultancy focused on strategic leadership, the customer experience, and crisis management.
Weeber earned a bachelor of science degree from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, where he studied Airway Science and Aircraft Systems Management with concentrations in Aviation Safety and Psychology.
Johnnie White, CEO, Chief Executive Officer/Executive Vice President, is responsible for the oversight and management of the Society’s business and executing the directives set by the ASA board of governors and its executive committee. Johnnie is an association professional with close to 30 years serving in a variety of management and leadership roles. Most recently he served on the executive leadership team of the American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery and prior to this position served as the Executive Director of the Cardiovascular Research Foundation.
In addition, White serves as an adjunct faculty member of Georgetown University and the Northern Virginia Community College. White holds his M.B.A. from University of Maryland University College and his B.S. in Information Systems Management from the University of Maryland. He has served in volunteer leadership roles for the American Society of Association Executives and the Professional Convention Management Association and has received numerous awards and recognitions for his association work, including being named one of the top 40 Trending Association Innovators by DCA Live in 2017.
Andrew joined AMSTAT in 1994 and since 2013 has served as the General Manager for the AMSTAT market research business, which includes Aircraft Shopper Online (aso.com). He previously held positions as the AMSTAT Sales Manager and the AMSTAT & ASO Director of Sales and Customer Service. Andrew is an active member of the business aviation community having served on the board of directors for the National Aircraft Finance Association (NAFA), as Education Chair for the National Aircraft Resale Association (NARA, now IADA), as a HAI Finance and Leasing Committee member and most recently serving on the IADA Products and Services Member Advisory Council.
Syed is based in Ascend by Cirium’s New York office. As a Principal Aviation Analyst with a core focus on both commercial and business jet markets, he is responsible for delivering desktop appraisals, market analyses and commentaries for a variety of aircraft and engine types. Syed also provides ad-hoc support to the advisory team on business aviation related projects. Before to joining Cirium in 2016, Syed completed his Bachelor’s and MBA from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, specializing in Airline Management. He also holds an aviation finance and leasing certification under the ISTAT University program and is an Accredited Member of the American Society of Appraisers (ASA).
Jim Zanino is the Senior Director, Global Sales for Gogo Business Aviation managing their international sales team. Prior to joining Gogo in August 2017, Jim was the Vice President of Sales and Customer & Product support for BendixKing by Honeywell where he managed a team who were responsible for the sale and support of the BendixKing line of avionics for general aviation aircraft.
Jim has over 30 years experience in the aviation field starting as a Naval Flight Officer for the United States Navy where he was a Bombardier/Navigator in A-6E Intruders. After leaving active duty Jim held various sales positions with Avidyne Corporation and Bose Corporation before joining BendixKing in 2012.
Jim holds a MS in Aeronautical Engineering from the Naval Post Graduate School and a BS in Aerospace Engineering from Boston University.
Monday 1st November
14.00 Poolside Reception sponsored by San Marino Aircraft Registry
14.00 Annual CJI Miami 9-Hole Golf Challenge (email Rianne for more information)
17.45 Pre-conference reception hosted by JSSI
20.00 Pre-conference Dinner hosted by Jet Edge
Tuesday 2nd November
08:00: Breakfast hosted by Bombardier
Morning refreshments hosted by Gilchrist Aviation Law
Lunch hosted by Stonebriar Commercial Finance
Afternoon refreshments hosted by Action Aviation
18:00: Cocktail reception hosted by AIC Title Service
20:00: Dealmakers Dinner hosted by Collins Aerospace, Gogo, Jet Aviation, Mente Group & Viasat
22:30: Flight-cap After party hosted by Fontainebleau Aviation
Wednesday 3rd November
08:00: Breakfast hosted by Sentient Jet
Morning refreshments hosted by Aerlex
Lunch hosted by GE Aviation
Afternoon refreshments hosted by Air Charter Safety Foundation
18:00: CJI and NATA cocktail reception hosted by Solairus Aviation
Action Aviation is a sales and operations company offering a range of services in the business aviation industry, including specialty services in the aeromedical field and airliner wet and dry leases. We provide aircraft and helicopter brokerage services to many owners who wish to sell, as well as buyers in the market for the first time or replacing/upgrading their existing aircraft for something more suitable.
Four Corners has created an unprecedented suite of services, allowing business jet users to experience all the freedom, flexibility, and convenience of whole ownership, without all the headaches, responsibilities, and expense.
Gogo is the world's largest provider of broadband connectivity services for the business aviation market. We offer a customizable suite of smart cabin systems for highly integrated connectivity, inflight entertainment and voice solutions. Gogo's products and services are installed on thousands of business aircraft of all sizes and mission types from turboprops to the largest global jets, and are utilized by the largest fractional ownership operators, charter operators, corporate flight departments and individuals.
Currently, there are more than 2,000 business aircraft flying with Gogo's AVANCE L5 or L3 system installed. As of June 30, 2021, Gogo reported 6,036 aircraft flying with its ATG systems onboard, and 4,587 aircraft with satellite connectivity installed. Connect with us at business.gogoair.com
Since 1967, Jet Aviation has been crafting flight in its smoothest form. From one hangar in Basel, Switzerland, to some 50 locations worldwide. Maintenance to management, completion to charter; countless hours of expertise creating an experience so easy, it seems effortless.
Behind every seamless Jet Aviation experience, is a team of some 4,000 dedicated professionals perfecting the art of flight. In the hangar, on the ground, and behind the scenes. Enabling global flight, with passion.
Owned by General Dynamics since 2008, Jet Aviation upholds the GD values of Trust, Honesty, Alignment and Transparency.
Jet Edge is a leader in full-service global private aviation. As an integrated super-midsize and large cabin management operator and maintenance provider, Jet Edge services aircraft owners and charter flyers with a world-class operational platform and extends individual clients and corporations 365-day-a-year access to one of the most diverse and luxurious aircraft fleets in the world. Backed by unparalleled award-winning safety programs and overseen by a leadership team with wide-ranging experience in commercial and private aviation operations and management, Jet Edge delivers excellence in aircraft management, charter management, on-demand charter, aircraft sales, and maintenance. More information can be found at www.flyjetedge.com.
Founded in 1999 and now an integral part of Directional Aviation, Sentient Jet is one of the leading private aviation companies in the country. The Sentient Jet Card Program offers clients the flexibility and convenience of flying private for their personal and business air travel needs with industry-leading value. Sentient Jet is known for outstanding service and a commitment to safety programs, including the industry’s first and only Independent Safety Advisory Board. Sentient Jet’s extensive network of certified operators ensures that clients will always have access to executive aircraft that meet their rigorous standards for safety and quality. Visit sentient.com for more information.
SCF Aviation Capital, part of Stonebriar Commercial Finance (SCF), is an aircraft leasing and financing platform that provides customized capital solutions to owners, operators, dealers and manufacturers of business and commercial aircraft worldwide. SCF is a privately held commercial finance company established in 2015 and based in Plano, TX. With financial backing from Security Benefit Corporation, SCF actively originates and manages a multi-billion-dollar platform of commercial loans and leases. SCF specializes in transactions for businesses in a wide variety of industries (aviation, rail, realty, marine, transportation, manufacturing, energy, etc.) across the entire credit spectrum with assets located throughout the world.
Wheels Up Experience Inc. ("Wheels Up"), a leading demand generator in private aviation, offers a total
private aviation solution that includes world-class safety, service, and flexibility through on-demand
flights, membership programs, corporate solutions, aircraft management, whole aircraft sales, and
commercial travel benefits through a strategic partnership with Delta Air Lines. Wheels Up, which was
founded and is led by renowned entrepreneur Kenny Dichter, is uniquely positioned to offer its
Customers and Members access to over 1,500 safety-vetted and verified aircraft.
Through the Wheels Up App anyone can search, book, and fly. Wheels Up Connect, Core, and Business
memberships provide enhancements such as flight sharing, empty-leg Hot Flights, Shuttle Flights, Shared
Flights, signature Wheels Down events, and exclusive member benefits from preeminent lifestyle
brands. The Company's ongoing Wheels Up Cares program aligns with philanthropic organizations and
initiatives that affect and matter to the Company and its customers, members, stakeholders, families,
and friends. The Wheels Up Cares fleet is comprised of five custom painted Beechcraft King Air 350i
aircraft; each plane serves as a flying symbol for a specific cause.
All Wheels Up flights are operated by the Company's DOT/FAA-authorized air carrier subsidiaries
(Wheels Up Private Jets LLC, Gama Aviation LLC, Mountain Aviation LLC, Sterling Aviation LLC, and TWC
Aviation LLC) or by an approved vendor air carrier that has undergone a comprehensive safety
Since its founding in 2005, Aerlex has developed an international reputation for providing the highest quality of legal services to clients in a variety of fields, and, in particular, aviation. Aerlex has represented clients from all over the world and has handled hundreds of whole and fractional aircraft transactions having an aggregate value of more than four billion U.S. Dollars. We’ve helped clients build, borrow, buy, operate, insure and maintain every type of aircraft from historic biplanes to the largest and most modern private jets and commercial airliners.
While Aerlex is justifiably recognized for the work it does in the field of aircraft acquisitions and transactions, our law firm supports clients in a number of other fields, including corporate, contract, tax, labor and employment, real estate, regulatory law, and litigation, including insurance and non-insurance matters.
The mission of the Aerlex Law Group is to provide each and every one of our clients with the highest quality of legal services and to do so in a manner that is impassioned, ethical and cost-effective. Our firm endeavors to serve the aviation community specifically with insightful and sophisticated legal advice. We utilize our experience, resources and knowledge of the aviation world to address the often-unique legal needs of aircraft owners, operators, manufacturers and maintainers.
Based in Oklahoma City, OK, AIC is the industry leader in title search, escrow, FAA Aircraft Registry document submission, transaction management, lien clearance and International Registry services for fixed wing and rotary aircraft. A technological infrastructure, including the Aircraft Closing Room secured by Blockchain, capable of delivering superior reliability, efficiency, and performance combined with the industry's most experienced, dedicated, and customer service-oriented staff has been the key to AIC's success.
WE PROVIDE TITLE INSURANCE: As with any large purchase or loan, as an aircraft owner or lender, your interests need to be protected against any title problems that could divest you of your interest in the aircraft. For a one time premium, have the peace of mind that comes with knowing your investment is protected.
Our job is to serve you in all of your aircraft documentation and transaction management needs. If you have any questions about any of our services, please call us at: 1-800-288-2519 or visit our website for online 24/7 services at: www.AICTITLE.com.
The Air Charter Safety Foundation is a non-profit organization with 250 member companies. Its mission is to lead and support the advancement of the highest safety standards available; to enable the business, charter and fractional ownership industry to offer the safest air transportation products in the world; and to provide objective information about these standards and services to the public. In accordance with its mission, the ACSF developed the Industry Audit Standard for Part 135 and 91K operators, which serves as a detailed gap analysis of an operator’s management practices. The ACSF also administers the Aviation Safety Action Program (ASAP) in partnership with the FAA. The ASAP, which has 190 participants, makes use of member employee input to identify significant safety concerns and issues, operational deficiencies, non-compliance with regulations, deviations from company policies and procedures, and unusual events. Additionally, ACSF offers a comprehensive SMS tool for flight departments, FBO’s and MRO’s. This is a FREE software platform for ACSF members participating in the ACSF-ASAP program. It’s a great alternative to other SMS programs, especially for smaller operators who’ve yet to adopt SMS. Every year, the ACSF hosts an annual Air Charter Safety Symposium, with information available at www.acsf.aero/symposium. Follow the ACSF on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.
Founded in 1973, ATP has been a leading provider of software and information services designed to increase aircraft reliability and safety across every segment of the aviation and aerospace industries. Our innovative product lines include Flightdocs, Aviation Hub, ChronicX, and SpotLight. These products leverage modern technology to reduce operating costs, improve aircraft reliability, support technical knowledge sharing, and streamline collaboration. The products and services of ATP support more than 75,000 aircraft maintenance professionals worldwide, and as a global company, ATP has more than 7,500 customers in 137 countries and partnerships with over 90 OEMs.
Bombardier is a global leader in aviation, creating innovative and game-changing business jets. Bombardier products and services provide world-class experiences that set new standards in passenger comfort, energy efficiency, reliability and safety. Headquartered in Montréal, Canada, Bombardier employs approximately 13,000 people worldwide and is present in more than 12 countries including its production/engineering sites and its customer support network.
Bombardier’s industry-leading line of business jets allows customers and operators to efficiently meet their evolving business and travel needs. The large-cabin, long-range Global line of business jets lead the industry in performance and cabin experience. This renowned product line includes the industry flagship Global 7500 aircraft, which redefines the business jet experience with four distinct living areas, unprecedented range, award-winning innovations including the Nuage seating collection, and pioneering environmental accountability. Bombardier’s Challenger family of business jets, including the new Challenger 3500 aircraft, sets the industry benchmark in terms of reliability, performance, design and comfort. Bombardier’s iconic Learjet line of business jets, which will be winding down production in 2021, has a proud in-service fleet of more than 2,000 aircraft that Bombardier will service and support for years to come.
Bombardier is dedicated to providing exceptional, around-the-clock support to customers around the world who fly our in-service fleet of more than 4,900 aircraft. The company’s growing global customer support organization includes Bombardier-owned and operated service centres in the United States, Europe, United Kingdom, Singapore, China and soon Australia, as well as a network of Mobile Response Team vehicles and line maintenance stations.
Bombardier is a longtime leader and steward of the increasingly important environment portfolio – ranging from its strong commitment to ICAO’s Committee on Aviation Environmental Protection (CAEP) and its multi-pronged engagement in key aviation manufacturer and operator associations, to its unique Eco-Design approach and industry-leading Environmental Product Declarations. Bombardier is also highly involved in the development, scalability and adoption of Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) worldwide.
Bombardier, Learjet, Challenger, Challenger 350, Global and Global 7500 are trademarks of Bombardier Inc. or its subsidiaries.
Founded in 1968 by legendary aviator and industry pioneer Clay Lacy. Today, Clay Lacy Aviation is the world’s most experienced operator of private jets. Prominent individuals and leading corporations trust Clay Lacy for aircraft management, charter, maintenance, avionics, interiors and FBO services. The company has aircraft operations and regional offices across the U.S., including full-service FBOs in Los Angeles and Orange County, and aircraft maintenance centers in Los Angeles, San Diego, Seattle, and Oxford, Connecticut. With the most knowledgeable team in the industry, Clay Lacy delivers superior safety, service and value to aircraft owners and jet travelers worldwide. Visit claylacy.com
Collins Aerospace is a leader in technologically advanced, intelligent solutions that help to redefine the aerospace and defense industry.
We dedicate our capabilities, comprehensive portfolio and expertise to solving customers’ toughest challenges and meeting the demands of the global market.
Through our ARINCDirect suite of solutions, Collins Aerospace offers business aviation best in class flight planning, flight deck communications, high speed cabin communications, and Flight Operations Systems (FOS®).
We are committed to "Simplifying the business of flight."
• Enhanced customer experience - easy, consistent, reliable and global
• One point of contact for all customer support
• One invoice for all services
Embraer is creating tomorrow’s world of bespoke private air travel today, utilizing industry-leading innovation, design, and technology — all the while incorporating sustainable and socially responsible practices. As a global company with more than 50 years in aerospace, Embraer delivers the ultimate experience in business aviation through aircraft that feature disruptive performance, comfort, and technology. Its portfolio consists of the Phenom 100EV, which offers the business aviation experience in its purest form; the Phenom 300E, which is the best-selling light jet for the past eight years straight; and the Praetor 500 and the Praetor 600, which with best-in-class flight range, are the most disruptive and technologically advanced midsize and super-midsize business jets, capable of continent-crossing and ocean-spanning missions, respectively.
Every day, Embraer business aircraft operate around the globe, supported by a strong, responsive customer support network that’s top-ranked in service across the industry. For more information, visit executive.embraer.com
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Freestream Aircraft is the premier destination for discerning aviation clients who value best in class service and want to secure the best value for their aircraft. We believe that luxury service is defined by our legacy - agility across markets, efficiency and discretion. Our team handles each detail from start to finish sourcing the highest quality materials and customized design to white glove delivery. We specialize in state of the art, medium through ultra-long range corporate jet aircraft and we are able to cover all aspects of aircraft brokerage, acquisition, marketing, sales, custom design services, import/export and maintenance review of your aircraft. Additionally, our affiliation with brokerage firms worldwide and our collateral buying power with the aircraft manufacturers, assures professional assistance to international and multinational companies as well as private individuals, artists, royalty and head-of-state clients.
Freestream’s expertise, commitment to integrity, and vast experience provide our clientele the exclusive opportunity to experience a seamless transaction in a timely manner. Principals the world over continue to find their experience with Freestream advantageous and beneficial.
GE Aviation is committed to providing leading propulsion systems for business and general aviation (BG&A) customers around the world. We provide jet engines for small and large cabin business aviation aircraft and turboprop engines for BG&A operators. We are passionate about customers and the flexibility, access and productivity their flight operations bring to remote communities, commerce, recreation, agriculture, medical missions, pilot training, and humanitarian aid.
GE has a global service network to support these offerings. GE and its customers are also working together to unlock new opportunities to grow and deliver more productivity beyond traditional services. GE Aviation is becoming a digital industrial business with its ability to harness large streams of data that are providing incredible insights and in turn, real operational value for customers.
Gilchrist Aviation Law, P.C. is celebrating 30 years of aircraft title, escrow, registration, financing and leasing service in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. This law firm is uniquely positioned to serve their clients, including other law firms, as special FAA counsel, special Cape Town Convention and International Registry (IR) counsel for all manner of aircraft transactions. Gilchrist Aviation Law assists brokers, dealers, operators and their law firms around the world as they structure aviation transactions.
The work of the firm includes escrow services, legal counsel and written legal opinions regarding aircraft registration, title, financing, and leasing liens. As special FAA Counsel, Gilchrist Aviation Law assists in the drafting and preparation of instruments, pre-positioning executed instruments in Oklahoma City in advance of closing and filing instruments with the FAA Registry upon closing. The firm also serves as Special Cape Town Convention Counsel, advising of the “international interests” and other interests registrable on the IR and serving as IR registering agent for one or all of the parties to a transaction.
Gilchrist Aviation Law is best known in the aviation industry for the availability of our team members, the accuracy of our work product and legal counsel and the timeliness of our response to pressing client needs. The firm has built a reputation on the level of service, quality and practicality of the counsel provided to our clients.
For over 30 years, Jet Support Services, Inc. (JSSI), has been the leading independent provider of maintenance support and financial services to the business aviation industry. JSSI offers hourly cost maintenance programs to manage the often unpredictable costs of operating virtually all makes and models of aircraft, engines and auxiliary power units (APUs). The company is responsible for maintaining in excess of 2,000 business jets, turboprops, regional jets and helicopters across the globe and serves customers through its unique infrastructure of expert technical advisors.
JSSI leverages this extensive technical knowledge, maintenance buying power and data to support every stage of the aircraft life cycle, from aircraft acquisition to disassembling and parting out the aircraft. JSSI Parts & Leasing sells aircraft parts, provides lease engines and APUs, and offers supply chain solutions as a service to large fleet operators. JSSI Advisory Services and Conklin & de Decker harness this technical experience and global reach to power a complete range of consulting and digital services utilized by operators, aircraft brokers, and service providers across the industry.
Celebrating its 75th anniversary, Priester Aviation is among the world's elite private aircraft operators, specializing in aircraft management and private travel solutions. Founded by George Priester in 1945, Priester started as a flight training school that eventually evolved into the private aviation services company that it is today. It was a simple proposition at first, to provide a platform to educate and demonstrate the practices of a progressing industry that would eventually integrate itself into the lives of on-the-go business and leisure travelers alike. As the aviation community developed and businesses began to expand globally, the need for point-to-point travel became a necessity and alternatives to commercial airline service were imperative. Priester’s goal is to provide businesses and other discerning travelers with premium private aviation services individually tailored to fit their needs. Visit us at www.priesterav.com.
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- Aircraft Management / Ownership Consulting
- Global On-Demand Charter
- Jet Card
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Aruba is an autonomous and self-governing state of The Kingdom of the Netherlands and an overseas territory of the European Union.
Established in 1995, the Registry of Aruba was the first privately managed aircraft registration program rated Category-1 by the FAA, with regulatory framework in compliance with international standards.
Aruba is an OECD white-listed tax-efficient offshore jurisdiction with an outstanding reputation that offers flexibility and value adding services; enhanced through the introduction of the Cape Town Convention and the registration of an aircraft through the election of domicile.
Innovation continues in Aruba as we develop and grow our client services, offering the utmost qualified registration, certification, and inspection team; efficiently managing all the details involved when registering your private, corporate, and commercial aircraft.
With a dedicated and experienced staff, our management and technical personnel are available 24/7 to offer personalized and effective service to meet all operational needs from day one.
Our top priority is providing excellence in service and creating long lasting relationships with our customers. We pride ourselves in offering unrivaled boutique-appeal solutions preserving Air Safety First.
Rolls-Royce is the world’s leading engine supplier in business aviation, powering some of the largest, fastest, and longest-range business jets available. Rolls-Royce powers aircraft built by Bombardier, Cessna, Embraer and Gulfstream. Our products and services include the Pearl, BR725, BR710, AE3007, Tay, Spey, MR&O, and CorporateCare Enhanced, the leading solution for engine care. This maintenance program offers increased asset liquidity, nacelle coverage and complete engine management, from line maintenance to shop visits. CorporateCare® Enhanced, the comprehensive, fixed-cost engine maintenance management plan, provides customers with a global support infrastructure which includes: Engine Health Monitoring, a worldwide network of Authorised Service Centres and globally distributed spare parts and engines, all managed by our dedicated 24/7 Business Aircraft Availability Centre.
The Republic of San Marino, located on the northeastern side of the Apennine Mountains, is acknowledged as the world’s oldest surviving sovereign state and constitutional republic. It occupies just 24 square miles. This makes it the third smallest state in Europe, after the Vatican and Monaco.
The San Marino Aircraft Registry is open for private, corporate and commercial air transport operations. Today - a global leader in civil aviation services, customized solutions, compliance and safety. Specialists in High-Net-Worth Individual (HNWI) aircraft registration services, with excellent levels of service, privacy and confidentiality of clientele transactions.
Safety and Service are the most important elements when choosing your aircraft registry. In July 2016, ICAO awarded our San Marino CAA with the Presidential Award for its compliance against ICAO standards and results show that we are in the Top 20 CAAs of the World.
Our daily mission and focus are to meet and surpass client expectations and to ensure their safety.
Solairus is a US-based private aviation services company whose core business is assisting aircraft owners with the safe, reliable, and efficient management and operation of their aircraft. Our services are customized to meet your individual travel and financial requirements, and to support your flight operation with the highest standards of safety and personalized service, regardless of the location of the aircraft.
Solairus was founded in 2009 and is headquartered in the San Francisco Bay Area. We have over sixty five base locations across the United States and employ more than 1,500 flight crew and support personnel to operate a fleet currently numbering over two hundred and forty aircraft.
Viasat is a global communications company that believes everyone and everything in the world can be connected. Our fast, reliable technologies have powered businesses, consumers, and heads of state around the world for more than 30 years.
Through our unrivaled capacity, Viasat’s business aviation’s in-flight connectivity solutions are meeting the demands of bandwidth intensive applications to allow crew and passengers to be as productive in the air as on the ground.
So go ahead. Connect without compromise – even at 40,000 feet.
Viasat. Uplifting the Journey. Viasat.com/business-aviation.
ACJ creates the world's most rewarding flying experiences with customers by providing them with unique expertise, the finest service, best technology and highest standards of care in corporate aviation.
All Airbus corporate jets come from the most modern aircraft family on the market. Derived from Airbus successful market-leading jetliners, ACJ customers will invariably be close to Airbus global support network and, wherever in the world they choose to fly their aircraft, they will be supported around the world, around the clock.
The ACJ family gives customers the greatest choice of wide and spacious cabins, presenting inspiring and infinite possibilities in creating unique spaces that offer the best comfort and functions. Those customers who want even greater space to carry even more passengers can opt for one of ACJ's family of VIP widebodies that also deliver non-stop to the world range.
Established in 2012, Air Law Office provides comprehensive legal services for private and business aircraft transactions. Air Law Office serves worldwide business aviation clients including aircraft owners, operators, lessees and lenders along with legal services for airports and airport tenants and FBOs.
Whether working with existing aircraft owners and operators or helping to guide new owners through each state of acquisition, structuring, financing and everything in between, Air Law Office is known for efficient and knowledgeable legal services, delivered with dedication and professionalism.
Contact us at +954-740-0971 or www.airlawoffice.com. We look forward to working with you.
With approximately $2.5 billion in assets under management and the additional current committed capacity to lend, Global Jet Capital has the expertise, financial strength, industry relationships, and infrastructure necessary to offer a variety of flexible leasing and financing solutions at the speed the market requires. We currently serve nearly all jurisdictions and have the capital and expertise to meet the needs of today's rapidly expanding and diversifying private jet owners and operators.
Inmarsat Aviation is the leading provider of global satellite communications to private jet operators, aircraft leasing companies, airlines and passengers across the globe. It offers a range of powerful aviation connectivity solutions, from vital voice and safety communications for pilots in the cockpit, through to high-speed, reliable broadband for passengers in the cabin.
With more than 30 years’ experience in aviation connectivity, Inmarsat Aviation’s solutions are renowned for their innovation and performance. The award-winning Jet ConneX (JX), GX Aviation, European Aviation Network (EAN), and SB-S offerings have become industry benchmarks in their fields. For more information, please visit: https://www.inmarsataviation.com/
As the foundational architects of satellite technology, Intelsat operates the world’s most trusted satellite telecom network. We apply our unparalleled expertise and global scale to connect people, businesses, governments and communities, no matter how difficult the challenge. Intelsat is building the future of global communications with the world’s first hybrid, multi-orbit, software-defined 5G network designed for simple, seamless, and secure coverage precisely when and where our customers most need it. Follow the leader in global connectivity and “Imagine Here,” with us, at Intelsat.com.
Founded in 2012, JetHQ is a leading provider of worldwide aircraft transaction, brokerage and consulting services. Its highly experienced team utilizes a vast network of international connections and resources to match sellers with qualified buyers. JetHQ also offers fleet planning, aircraft inspection, contracting, acceptance and delivery, and additional aviation services.
JetHQ was founded on the belief that the most valuable asset in aviation is trust. Its team brings extensive aviation experience and real-time industry insight and analysis to each complex transaction. Headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri, USA, and Dubai, UAE, JetHQ has offices around the world, including Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas.
Learn more at JetHQ.com.
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McAfee & Taft's Aviation Group actively represents national and international clients – from individuals to leaders in industry – on a wide spectrum of aviation matters, including aircraft title and registration, The Cape Town Convention and International Registry matters, escrow closings, aircraft ownership issues, import/export matters, closing and post-recordation opinions, and unmanned aircraft systems. The firm also represents clients in the resolution of disputes involving the perfection of ownership rights, chain of title issues, slander of title claims, and the validity of liens placed on the aircraft.
The firm is also one of only three law firms in the United States to be selected for membership in L2B Aviation, an international association of independent law firms that specializes in providing legal advice to the aviation industry.
Paynode is another business aviation essential from Your gateway to more comfortable business
Paynode is another business aviation essential from Avinode Group, bringing air charter payments together in one place. Paynode offers you the flexibility and comfort of paying anyone, exactly the way you want.
By card, wire or instant payment, you can close deals more securely than ever. Saving you time, money and stress in the process. Avinode Group’s growing and trusted network of air charter professionals are now using Paynode to do faster, easier, more secure business. With everything connected in one easy workflow.
Let’s get you started
PNC Aviation Finance is one of the industry's leading providers of asset-based corporate aircraft finance. Our suite of flexible financing solutions is uniquely designed to meet the needs of sophisticated corporate aircraft owners. Whether you are looking to purchase or refinance, PNC Aviation Finance has an option that is right for you, from asset-based to credit-based.
And, as part of The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc., we can provide access to the broad array of financial solutions that are offered by one of the nation's top financial institutions.
Originally incorporated in 1964 as Executive Jet Airways, NetJets Inc. has been setting—and exceeding—industry standards for more than 55 years. Today, NetJets Inc. is proud to be a Berkshire Hathaway company known for its unwavering commitment to safety and service. It encompasses NetJets, Executive Jet Management, QS Partners, and QS Security and offers a variety of travel solutions customized to fit each Owner’s needs. This includes fractional aircraft ownership, lease and jet card options, aircraft management, private jet chartering, brokerage and acquisition services, and specialized security services. This is why so many of the world’s most discerning travelers choose NetJets Inc. generation after generation. It is also because NetJets has the largest, most diverse private jet fleet in the world, which grants anytime access to even the most remote destinations across the globe. To learn more about the leader in private aviation, visit netjets.com today.
SmartSky Networks is transforming the inflight WiFi experience for business and commercial aircraft owners, operators and passengers. By utilizing a high performance, low latency air-to-ground (ATG) network, innovative hardware, and a flexible platform, SmartSky Networks offers an unmatched connection that delivers data at the pace of life. With over 220 granted patents and more than 135 pending, innovation is built into SmartSky Networks’ DNA. Our connectivity products and services have been engineered for one goal: to provide the greatest possible benefit to those who fly.
With over 70 professionals in Chicago, New York, Washington, DC, London, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Singapore and Dallas, the Global Transportation Finance team of Vedder Price is one of the largest, most experienced and best recognized transportation finance practices in the world. Since 2016 Vedder Price has been ranked Band 1 in Private Aircraft (Global-wide) of Chambers High Net Worth, recognizing the world’s leading high-net-worth advisers.
With one of the largest and most experienced Business Aircraft and Helicopter Finance practices in the world, Vedder Price is able to provide counsel in all aspects of business aircraft and helicopter financing transactions, particularly large jet aircraft but also small jets, turboprop aircraft and helicopters. Attorneys in the group are considered to be thought leaders regarding commercial and contract law matters pertaining to aircraft finance and leasing transactions, whether governed by U.S. law, English law or the commercial laws of other jurisdictions, or international treaties. You can expect to work with creative, experienced attorneys who have both deep practical experience and broad transportation industry perspectives insight that can support you in matters ranging from simple to highly complex.
AMSTAT is the leading provider of global business aircraft market information. Our services are designed to generate revenue and deliver competitive advantage to: aircraft brokers, dealers; finance companies; OEMs; fractional providers; FBOs; airports and parts suppliers active in the business jet, turbo-prop and turbine helicopter segments. Through accurate reporting on the worldwide fleet, resale market, new and used transaction activity, fractional market and aircraft values we enable our clients to work more efficiently and to generate new business every day.
The 4AIR framework offers four levels, each with specific, science-based goals, independently verified results and progressively greater impacts on sustainability that make it easy for private aviation users to pursue sustainability through access to carbon markets, use of Sustainable Aviation Fuel, support for new technologies and other strategies.
For more information, visit us at www.4air.aero.
08.45 Welcome to Miami Alasdair Whyte, Corporate Jet Investor
08.50 Understanding the charter boom Andrew Collins, Sentient Jet
09.05 Is this the start of the Roaring Twenties? A look back at 2021
What should you be tracking? Gus Faucher, The PNC Financial Services Group
09.25 The changing management landscape
How is new investment reshaping the landscape Keeping new owners happy
Is now the time to be a buyer or a seller Moderator: Alasdair Whyte, Corporate Jet Investor
Fabian Bello, Journey Aviation
David Best, Jet Aviation
Scott Cutshall, Clay Lacy
Dan Drohan, Solairus Aviation
Andy Priester, Priester Aviation
10.05Valuing the valuers How can appraisers keep up when transactions numbers fall?
Should brokers and service providers offer appraisals? Moderator: Johnnie White, ASA
JoAnne Arruda, Aircraft Post
Jeremy Cox, ASA
David Crick, DavAir
Mike Dwyer, Guardian Jet
Syed Zaidi, Ascend by Cirium
10.45 Looking to the future Michael Amalfitano, Embraer Executive Jets
11.05 Morning coffee hosted by Gilchrist Aviation Law
11.25 The state of the market Brian Proctor, Mente Group
11.45 The evolving business jet market Megha Bhatia, Rolls-Royce
12.00The connected aircraft of the future
How much more is to come?
Is this the end of AOGs? Moderator: Jim Huntoon, Viasat
Greg Ryan, GE Scott Uhlir, Collins Aerospace
Brit Wanick, SmartSky Networks
12.35 What to say when things go wrong Managing high risk and crisis communications Do you need an emergency response plan?
The power of honesty Jeff Chatterton, founder, Checkmate Public Affairs
12.55 Lunch hosted by Stonebriar Commercial Finance
14.05 Why the pilot & mechanic problem has not flown away Moderator: David Fowkes, Raymond James Gerry Gitner, Global Aero Holdings Steven Markhoff, Global Aero Holdings
14.40 US Aircraft registration Moderator: Alasdair Whyte, CJI
Jack Gilchrist, Gilchrist Aviation Law David Hernandez, Vedder Price Scott McCreary, McAfee & Taft
15.15 Looking beyond N-Reg
The latest in registrations outside the US Moderator: Alasdair Whyte, CJI David Colindres, San Marino Aircraft Registry Rodney Koolman, The Registry of Aruba
15.40 Afternoon refreshments hosted by Action Aviation
16.00 Wheels Up on Wall Street
Why Wheels Up want to be Amazon of Aviation Kenny Dichter, Wheels Up
16.20Living in a seller’s market
Consequences to consider
What are the current market challenges? Moderator: Shelley Svoren, Infinite Branches Amanda Applegate, Aerlex Law Group Keri Dowling, Air Law Office, P.A.
Janine Iannarelli, Par Avion
Lisa Senters, Jet Senters Aviation
16.55Can business aviation become any more sustainable? Moderator: Alasdair Whyte, Corporate Jet Investor
Leo Knaapen, Bombardier
Kennedy Ricci, 4AIR
Jean-Noel Robert, Airbus Corporate Jets
17.30 What next for transactions – Global Jet Capital forecast Andrew Farrant, Global Jet Capital
17.45 Closing remarks
18.00 Cocktail reception hosted by AIC Title Service
20.00 Dealmakers Dinner hosted by Collins Aerospace, Gogo, Jet Aviation, Jet Edge, Mente Group & Viasat
22.30 Flight-cap After party hosted by Fontainebleau Aviation
All timings are subject to change
08.15 Breakfast hosted by Sentient Jet
09.00 Welcome to day two Alasdair Whyte, Corporate Jet Investor
09.05 Where have all the aircraft gone? How to find inventory in a hot market
How long will the market stay hot
Lessons from the past Moderator: Andrew Young, AMSTAT
Hamish Harding, Action Aviation
Garett Jerde, JetHQ
Wayne Starling, IADA
Jeremy Stumpf, Freestream Aircraft
09.45 Aircraft finance 2022
Will there be enough deals for everyone?
How are financiers looking at values?
Will environmental concerns stop banks from lending? Moderator: Edward Gross, Vedder Price
Steve Day, Global Jet Capital
Keith Hayes, PNC Aviation Finance
Don Walsh, Stonebriar Commercial Finance
10.25 End-of-Life Decisions in the
Current Business Jet Climate Ben Hockenberg, JSSI
10.45 Do you need an airframe programme? Moderator: Alasdair Whyte, Corporate Jet Investor Guillaume Landrivon, Bombardier Jeff Reid, SkyService Wes Romaine, ACI Aviation Consulting
Ford von Weise, Citi Private Bank
11.25 Morning refreshments hosted by Aerlex Law Group
11.50 Anatomy of a live closing What needs to happen to close an aircraft deal
Where are the risks? Clay Healey, AIC Title Service
Mattie Laramie, AIC Title Service
12.20 Is SMS the new growth engine?
How great safety cultures are generating more revenue and protecting brands Moderator: Bryan Burns, Air Charter Safety Foundation John Brogan, United States Aircraft Insurance Group Tom Huff, Gulfstream Aerospace
Todd Weeber, Magellan Jets
12.55 Global demand for pre-owned aircraft Hamish Harding, Action Aviation
13.10 Speeding up more thorough transactions with digital records Lee Brewster, ATP Flightdocs
13.30 Lunch hosted by GE Aviation
14.40 Investing in business aviation and aircraft
Is business aviation too niche? Comparisons with commercial aircraft
Educating new investors Moderator: Alasdair Whyte, Corporate Jet Investor
Patrick Clancy, KKR
Nick Fazioli, Jefferies
Vivek Kaushal, Global Jet Capital
Nick Sandler, Stonebriar Commercial Finance
15.15 Analysing climate risks for business aviation
What should you be thinking about: physical, political, regulatory, stakeholder, transition risks: regulatory, stakeholder, technological and legal risks Ford von Weise, Citi Private Bank
15.35 The space race
The battle of the bands How much better connected can aircraft get?
How do you future proof what you have on your aircraft? Moderator: Bob Wilke, Advanced Aviation Research
Aditya Chatterjee, SES
Matt Halsey, Intelsat
James Person, Viasat
Ray Villar, Inmarsat
Jim Zanino, Gogo Business Aviation
16.10 Afternoon refreshments hosted by Air Charter Safety Foundation
16.30 The Xtra Large Bizjet market
Can the TwoTwenty compete with traditional business jets? Sean McGeough, Airbus Corporate Jets
16.40 Anticipating the workforce gap: How business aviation can trounce airline hiring power Rene Banglesdorf, The Aviation Collective
17.00 Managing charter and jet cards during a boom Are we running out of charter aircraft?
Are there too many jet cards? Moderator: Saskia de Jong, Avinode Group
Peder von Harten, Nicholas Air
Anthony Tivnan, Magellan Jets
Vincent Kavanagh , Air Partner
Anthony Banome, Fontainebleau Aviation
17.40 Disengaging Autopilot: Leading with intention How can open communications, collaboration, and leading with purpose set our collective course for success? Moderator: Alasdair Whyte, Corporate Jet Investor
Tim Obitts, NATA Ryan Waguespack, NATA
18.00 Closing remarks
CJI and NATA cocktail reception hosted by Solairus Aviation
Companies that attended virtually in 2020:
“Private Jet Card Comparisons” & Dg Amazing Experiences | 1St Source Bank | Aacjet | ACASS | Action Aviation | Advocate Consulting Legal Group Pllc | Aero Source India, Pty. | Aerobridge Sa | Aeroelica | Aeronautical Systems | Aeroprojx Int | Affinity Aviation Services | Affinity Management Services | Aic Title Service | Air Culinaire Worldwide | Air Partner Inc. | Airbus | Airbus Corporate Jets | Aircraft Acquisitions, Inc. (Aai) | Aircraft Finance Germany | Airfinance | Aloft Aeroarchitects | Altitudes System Co. | American Owl Lines | AMSTAT | Arcosjet | Arenagrp | Ascend by Cirium | Atc Jets | Aura Aviation | Avantto | Aviation Legal Counsel | Aviation Partners, Inc. | Aviation Personnel International | Aviation Tax Consultants | Avinode Group | Avstrategies | Avsurance Corporation | Axcess Worldwide | B2 Aviation | Bank Of America Merrill Lynch International | Bas Sarl | Bermuda Aircraft Registry | Bloomer Devere Dahlfors & Jettransactions | Blueberry Aviation | Bluetail | Bmo Harris Bank | Bombardier Aviation | Camber Aviation Management Ltd | Cfs Jets | Chantilly Air | Chartright | Citi Private Bank | Citigroup | Civil Aviation Authority Of The Cayman Islands | Clay Lacy Aviation | Clifford Chance | Colibri Aircraft | Collins Aerospace | Comlux | Conklin & De Decker, A Jssi Company | Conyers | Craft Aerospace | Dallas Jet International | Diamondstream Partners | Directional Aviation | Echo Aviation Leasing Corporation | Eddj Aviation | Embraer | Emc Jet | Equiom Group | Ermini Ag | Essex Aviation Group Inc | Fenelon Law | First Republic Bank | Flexjet | Flightcare Global | Floog | Flyeasy Software | Fontainebleau Aviation | Fordham University | Fxair | G&G Aviation Srl | Ge Aviation | Gearup Tv | Gilchrist Aviation Law | Gkg Law | Glencoe Aviation Group | Global Jet Capital | Gogo Business Aviation | Good Winds Insurance Broker | Green Room Films | Greenberg Traurig, Llp | Greteman Group | Hark Capital | Hawkeye Aircraft | Holstein Aviation | Honeywell | IADA International Aircraft Dealers Association | India Flysafe Aviation Limited | Inmarsat | Integris Aviation Group | Intelsat | Jefferies Llc | Jet Aviation | Jet Edge | Jet Support Services, Inc. (Jssi) | Jet Transactions | Jetcraft | Jetex | Jethq | Jetnet Iq | Jlm Aviation | King & Spalding | Klenda Austerman | Lbc Capital Inc. | Leading Edge Aviation Solutions | Levaero Aviation | Liberty Aviation Dwc – Llc | Limousines Worldwide | Ll Johns And Associates | Luxaviation Group | M4 Aviation Group | Magellan Jets | Martyn Fiddler Aviation | Maverick Creative | McAfee & Taft | Mente Group | Mexjet / Aerolineas Ejecutivas | Midfirst Bank | Mira Aviation | Nardone & Company | National Air Transportation Association | National Aircraft Appraisers Association | National Aircraft Finance Association | Neo Aviation International | NESTE | Neste Corporation | Netjets | Nicholas Air | Northern Jet Management | Omni Air Sales | Onesky Flight | Opmas Group | Oracle | Orient Global Aviation | Par Avion Ltd | Pegasus Aircraft Appraisal Group | Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman Llp | Pnc Aviation Finance | Pratt & Whitney Canada | Premier Aviation Group | Priester Aviation | Privatefly | Qfe Zero | Rios Zertuche, González Lutteroth Y Rodríguez, S.C. | Rochdale Jet Privé | Rolls-Royce | S7Aerospace | Safran Aircraft Engines | Salinas Group | Satcom Direct | Scope Aircraft Finance | Sdy Solutions, Inc. | Sentient Jet | Shackelford, Bowen, Mckinley & Norton, Llp | Shearwater Aero Capital | Shoosmiths | Signature Aviation | Skyservice Business Aviation | Sobra Aviation | Southern Cross Aviation, Inc. | Stellar Labs | Stevens Aerospace And Defense Systems, Llc | Stonebriar Commercial Finance | Tcf Bank | Textron Aviation | The Air Law Firm | The Registry Of Aruba | The Teal Group | Thora Capital | Tvpx | Uas International Trip Support | Ultimate Jet Media | Urban Air Mobility, A Division Of Hyundai Motor Group | Vedder Price | Vertis Aviation | Viasat | Vip Aviation Services | Vista Global | Wheels Up | Wheels Up Aircraft Sales | Wingx | World Energy | Yucaipa Companies Llc | Zedra Group – Corporate Services
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