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Corporate Jet Investor Asia 2020 went virtual
Although we cannot meet face-to-face in 2020, Corporate Jet Investor Asia still brought together a cross-section of leading financiers, lawyers, operators, brokers, insurers, manufacturers, appraisers and many others in the business aviation industry, involved in growing and supporting Asia’s fleet.
Providing attendees with a unique opportunity to understand the region and meet like-minded professionals in the sector, there were still the opportunities to network with colleagues, pose questions to speakers and take part in interactive polling throughout the event.
Across two days, there were engaging and entertaining panels, interviews and presentations, selected to stimulate debate and discussion. Delegates logged off from the conference ready to return to their organisations with the latest insights and new ways to develop their business. Both the live and on-demand content is accessible to registered delegates following the event so that they ensure they have captured all the material available.
This event continues to attract senior level executives to discuss the opportunities and threats, develop the latest strategies and explore new sources of revenue within the market.
The carefully selected roster of speakers and panellists delivered relevant topics that were tailored towards you and others like you – including financiers, lawyers, brokers, operators, manufacturers, appraisers and arrangers.
We are living in these unprecedented times and while we may not be able to meet face-to-face, CJI Asia 2020 still brought together the industry for quality information-sharing and networking.
1400 HK / 0700 BST General networking sponsored by Bombardier Aviation
1415 HK/0715 BST Welcome to CJI Asia 2020
Louisa Whyte, Corporate Jet Investor
1420/0720 Operating and managing in Asia Pacific
Moderator: Alasdair Whyte, CJI
Carlos Schattenkirchner, UAS
Darren Broderick, Asian Corporate Aviation Management
Gary Dolski, Metro Jet
Richard Porter, ExecuJet
Joe Reckling, Jet Aviation
Jenny Lau, Sino Jet Management
1500/ 0800 Outlook for Private Jet Travel in Asia
Adel Mardini, Jetex
1520/ 0820 Closing deals in the age of Covid-19
Moderator: Alasdair Whyte, CJI
Jeff Lowe, Asian Sky Group
Hamish Harding, Action Aviation
Mark Bisset, Clyde & Co.
Paul Jebely, Pillsbury
1555 / 0855 Networking sessions
General networking sponsored by Jetex
The Deal Room networking hosted by Action Aviation
Operating in Asia breakout room
1600 / 0910 The View from AsBAA
Jeff Chiang, AsBAA
Wu Zhendong, AsBAA
1620/ 0930 Country focus: Is India about to take off?
Atiesh Mishra, Boutsen
Nilesh Pattanayak, Bombardier Aviation
Capt.Sandeep Saraf, Pinnacle Aviation
1700/1000 Country focus: The rise of Thailand
Greg Martin, Siam Land
1720 / 1020 Concept & first time buyers
David Dixon, Jetcraft
Rohit Kapur, JetHQ
1755 / 1055 How business aviation is evolving
Steve McManus, GE Aviation
1815 / 1115 Closing networking sponsored by JSSI
1430 HK / 0730 BST General networking sponsored by Boeing Business Jets
1445 HK /0745 BST Welcome to day two
Louisa Whyte, Corporate Jet Investor
1450 / 0750 Climate change: Does aviation make an impact?
Moderator: Peter Coles, Clyde & Co.
Mike Walsh, Pacific Basin Economic Council
Clive Jackson, Victor
Leo Knaapen, Bombardier Aviation
1530 / 0830 The state of the pre-owned market
Hamish Harding, Action Aviation
1550 / 0850 Networking sessions
General networking sponsored by Bermuda Aircraft Registry
The environmental impact of aviation breakout room (networking)
1610 / 0910 Aviation medicine in the age of Covid
Simon May, Flightcare Global
1630 / 0930 Global high speed connectivity in a post-Covid world
Moderator: Alasdair Whyte, CJI
Stephane Aliaga, Collins Aerospace
Giuseppe Ferraioli, SES Networks
1700 / 1000 Markets, jets and trees
Alireza Ittihadieh, Freestream
1720 / 1020 Looking past 2020 – the future for Asian business aviation
Moderator: Alasdair Whyte, CJI
Sarah Kalmeta, Pivot Point
Simon Bambridge, TAG Aviation
Paul Jebely, Pillsbury
Joe Reckling, Jet Aviation
1755 / 1055 Closing remarks & general networking session sponsored by Stonebriar Commercial Finance
Q&A: JSSI – Business Aviation and the Democratization of Data
Mark Winzar, JSSI
Bizliners versus traditional business jets
Jean-Noel Robert, Airbus Corporate Jets
Alex Fecteau, Boeing Business Jets
Richard Koe, WINGX
How financiers view the world after Covid-19
Don Walsh, Stonebriar Commercial Finance
Ford von Wiese, Citi Private Bank
Michel Buffat, Credit Suisse
Born in the USA – Moving within the US
Brad Harris, Dallas Jet
Jay Mesinger, Mesinger Jet Sales
Scott McCreary, McAfee & Taft
The state of the region
Jeff Lowe, Asian Sky Group
Interview: Bermuda Aircraft Registry in Asia
Thomas Dunstan, Bermuda Aircraft Registry
Jason Zhang, Bermuda Aircraft Registry
Impact of covid-19 on Asian aviation in the region
Omar Hosari, UAS International Trip Support
Equal opportunities in Asian aviation
Moderator: Mike Stones, Corporate Jet Investor
Brandon Ching, WiAA
Raja Sharmaine, WiAA
Sarah Kalmenta, Pivot Point
Making business aviation more efficient
Moderator: Jane Stanbury, Arena Group
Chris Marich, MySky
Alek Vernitsky, Portside.co
Simon Chee, Embry-Riddle
Michael Skou Christensen, Satcom Direct
Saira Kanchwala, Make Tech Fly
Our team is in the market all year round researching and speaking to the people shaping the market. We also welcome your ideas for topics and speakers. So please get in touch via email or calling +44 1737 844 383. Please note we update the agenda regularly and times and speakers can change.
Head of Cabin Connectivity, Product Management
Stephane Aliaga leads the product management group for business aviation cabin and cockpit connectivity solutions. He joined Collins Aerospace (formerly Rockwell Collins) in 2009 and held several positions in the defense and business aviation markets before he joined the Information Management Services division in 2017. He holds a Master of Business and Management from the Business School of Tours – Poitiers (ESCEM) in France and a Bachelor of Engineering from the University of Huddersfield in the UK.
Simon has been with TAG Aviation Asia since 2010 where he has held various roles in Customer Service, Business Development and most recently as Commercial Director where he has overall responsibility for business development for the aircraft management business as well as responsibility for the newly established “Advisory” line of business where TAG provides transactional support and operational advice to Clients about aircraft sales, acquisitions, registrations options, ownership and operating structures. Prior to joining TAG Aviation Simon worked for 10 years for one of the world’s leading ab initio airline pilot training schools, Flight Training Adelaide, in Business Development and Commercial roles.
Originally from Australia, Simon currently resides in Hong Kong.
Mark is Head of Aviation Finance, Clyde & Co, London.
Clyde & Co is a global law firm with a focus on five core sectors: transport, insurance, energy, trade & commodities and infrastructure. The firm employs 2,000 legal professionals in 52 offices in every worldwide region.
Mark’s experience includes loan and lease financing, operating leases and tax-based leases, export credit finance, and aircraft purchase and trading, in a wide variety of jurisdictions.
Mark has been very active over the last 15+ years in the business jet market, acting for financiers, owners and operators. In 2017, Mark was ranked as a Band 1 individual in Private Aircraft (Global-wide) in Chambers High Net Worth, and Clyde & Co was similarly first-ranked. Spear’s Magazine describes Mark as an “eminence grise” of business aviation. Who’s Who Legal Aviation has commented that Mark is an “exceptional finance lawyer with extensive knowledge of both the commercial airline and business jet market.”
Mark also has extensive aviation regulatory experience, including recently advice on ownership and control issues, sanctions, and slots trading. Mark has recently been heavily involved in Brexit-related advice and led the Clyde & Co team which in January 2018 published the report “Brexit scenarios for business aviation” for the EBAA.
Mark is contributing editor of the annual publication “Getting the Deal Through – Aviation Finance and Leasing 2018” and co-editor of “Getting the Deal Through – Air Transport 2018”. He is the co-author of “Aviation Insurance Issues in Law and Practice from the Lessor/Lender Perspective”.
Mark is a Guest Lecturer at the International Institute of Air and Space Law, Leiden University.
Director, Head of Client Relations Aviation Finance
Michel Buffat joined Credit Suisse in 2001 after having spent eight years at a blue chip Swiss engineering firm. Since joining the bank Michel has held various asset finance positions and is currently acting Head of Aviation and Yacht Finance at Credit Suisse. He is an active member of the wider business aviation community, chairing the EBAA AMAC Financier�s Subcommittee and regularly participating in CJI and other industry events.
Additionally Michel represents Credit Suisse in its partnership with the Yacht Club de Monaco and is the main contact for Yacht Finance requests.
Michel holds an MBA from the University of Rochester as well as a Masters in mechanical engineering from Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich.
Darren is the CEO of Asian Corporate Aviation Management Pte. Ltd. (ACAM), the largest, privately owned, corporate aviation management company in the Southeast Asia and Pacific region, providing clients with a wide range of bespoke services from full turnkey Aircraft Management solutions to basic aircraft operations and maintenance support services. The company recently celebrated its 10th anniversary on September 23, 2020.
The company specialises in Aircraft Management, CAMO, Trip Support and Ground Handling across the Asia Pacific region and globally. Strategically based at the Seletar Airport, Singapore with additional locations in Jakarta, Indonesia and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. ACAM are listed in the Top 20 Operators by Fleet in the Asia Pacific region and currently operate and large annd diversified fleet of aircraft including Boeing Business Jets, Bombardier, Embraer Executive Jets, Gulfstream, Textron Hawker, Beechcraft and Cessna aircraft.
In addition to being an accomplished businessman with long-term roots in the Asia Pacific region, Darren is a passionate aviator himself obtaining his pilot credentials as a teenager in Australia and hold maintains ATP licences on both Aeoplane and Helicopters and has accumulated over 15000 flight hours. Darren received the prestigious Sikorsky Aircraft Rescue Award in 2001.
Assistant Director of Career Services
With over 10 years in the education industry, Simon handles all aspects of program management, career services and Alumni relations. As the Career Service Director, Simon oversees the whole development of the department from corporate relations to career workshops. Simon joined Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University – Asia in 2015 and since then he had developed a keen interest in the Business and General Aviation. Simon has been working with the local BA/GA companies and around the region to create more awareness among the students
Jeff commenced his post as COO in February 2020, based in AsBAA’s Hong Kong office. He is responsible for overseeing the operations of the association as well as liaising with the association’s Board of Governors and will report to its Board of Directors.
Jeff started his business aviation career with Asia Jet’s aircraft charter team and soon after became involved with aircraft management sales. He held a leadership role at Asia Jet after its acquisition by Hongkong Jet in late 2016, and his latest role prior to joining AsBAA was Senior Sales Manager for Hongkong Jet and Asia Jet, where he was responsible for aircraft management and aircraft charter sales.
Holding a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics, Politics and History from the University of Toronto and a Postgraduate Certificate in Laws from City University of Hong Kong, Jeff was a solicitor in a Hong Kong law firm before his switch into business aviation. He remains a member of the Law Society of Hong Kong and currently holds a valid practicing certificate as well as a New Zealand Private Pilot’s License.
Principal Advisor & Founding Member
Brandon has always been passionate about Aviation from a very young age as he grew up in a
family of Aviators. His involvement and experience in working with NGOs and Women
Empowerment initiatives has spanned across many years.
As an influential entrepreneur, his network in businesses, governments, councils and politics
have benefited in the causes he’s been championing for over a decade and a half.
His group of companies are not only involved in aviation but also industries such as sports,
technology, media, branding, advertising, events, music, concerts, broadcasting and many
more. His forte in these industries are essential in promoting the goals and objectives of The
WiAA Project as well as bringing it to greater heights.
Brandon is currently advising the team on matters such as public relations, legal, creative
content writing & production, broadcasting techniques, business management & approach,
operational directions, leadership development and women empowerment skills etc.
Partner & Head of Aviation, Asia Pacific
Peter has 27 years experience working for the aviation industry, including working for a Hong Kong airline in the early 1990s and working for legal practices in Singapore and Hong Kong over the last 22 years. He handles a broad range of matters including regulatory, commercial, employment, insolvency and enforcement matters, contingency planning, incident/accident response, health and safety prosecutions, multi-jurisdictional catastrophe and attritional loss handling.
Peter qualified in England and Wales in 1996 and Hong Kong in 2003
As President of Jetcraft Asia since 2012, David Dixon is responsible for optimizing sales strategies and managing operations from Beijing to Sydney. A leading global authority on the private aviation sector, David has lived and worked in Asia in aircraft sales for more than 30 years, and has more than four decades of aerospace industry experience. David joined Jetcraft following a long and successful career as Regional Vice President for Bombardier Business Aircraft. He was awarded the Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) distinction by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth in 1977 for his contribution to British exports and is the former Vice Chairman of the Asian Business Aviation Association (AsBAA).
David is originally from the UK and currently resides in Hong Kong.
Gary brings more than 35 years of progressive aviation experience to Metrojet having previously worked for Bristol Aerospace, Bombardier, MD Helicopters and Jet Aviation.
In September 2017, Gary was appointed as the Chief Executive Officer of Metrojet Limited. The company’s principle lines of business include Aircraft Management and Maintenance with operations based in Hong Kong, China, The Philippines and Singapore, servicing the Asia region.
His work experience covers business development and strategy, customer support, finance, commercial, completions/refurbishment, manufacturing, program management, FBO, MRO, and aircraft management and charter within the commercial, military and general aviation sectors.
Gary has significant international experience having held numerous senior management positions based in locations throughout Canada, the UK, USA and Singapore prior to his arrival in Hong Kong.
Thomas Dunstan completed his Bachelor of Science in Aviation Management and Flight Operations. During this time he attained his FAA and Canadian Commercial Pilot Licenses with multi-engine instrument and instructor ratings.
Over the span of 10 years, Thomas held various positions at Bermuda’s International Airport, gaining valuable experience in all sectors of Airport Operations.
With safety at the forefront of his agenda, Thomas became Manager of Air Operations where he contributed to the airport’s certification process and became instrumental in the development of Quality Assurance and Safety Management Systems.
In 2007, Thomas joined the then Bermuda Department of Civil Aviation; which has since formed to an authority (Bermuda Civil Aviation Authority). Over the last 13 years as Director General Thomas has led the organisation through a large expansion of the Aircraft Registry, particularly with aircraft operating through 83 bis agreements, and implemented an organisation-wide Safety Oversight Management System focusing on risk and performance-based regulatory oversight.
Thomas has also served on the Board of Directors for Air Safety Support International (a wholly-owned subsidiary of the UK CAA) as a Non-Executive Member from 2009-2013.
Captain Alex Fecteau is the Director of Marketing for Boeing Business Jets, a division of Boeing Commercial Airplanes. Prior to his current position Captain Fecteau worked with airlines around the world in Boeing Commercial Airplane marketing, with a focus on flight deck technology, and Boeing technical product subject matter. Captain Fecteau earned his undergraduate degree in Aeronautical Engineering, and Master of Science Degree in Mechanical engineering, followed by an extensive career as an F-15 instructor pilot in the US Air Force and pilot for 2 major US Airlines.
Alex has extensive experience working with customer flight operations departments, flight standards, training, and executive levels leadership. He has also worked with regulators worldwide for airplane systems certifications and performance based navigation operational approvals, and was an advisor to several EASA, ICAO, and FAA aviation rulemaking committees.
Senior Manager, Sales Aviation
Giuseppe Ferraioli, as Senior Manager at SES, is responsible for global inflight connectivity sales to Aeronautical Service Providers. Since he joined SES in 2014, Giuseppe held several business roles across multiple countries, including Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Brazil and US. He now focuses on the commercialization of SES products and services into the commercial and business aviation markets.
Prior to his current role, Giuseppe worked at the Guiana Space Centre for the French Space Agency (CNES), analyzing the risks of critical launcher assembly operations and he was present at the first launch of O3b, the revolutionary MEO constellation now part of SES. Giuseppe obtained a Master of Science in Aeronautical and Space Systems at ISAE-SupAero (Toulouse) and continued his education at Harvard Law School where he successfully completed two Programs on Negotiation.
Born and raised in Italy, Giuseppe speaks fluently Italian, English, French, Spanish and Portuguese.
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 young family in Dubai.
President & CEO
Brad Harris is founder and CEO of Dallas Jet International. Brad holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Professional Aviation and Airway Science and a Masters Degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Louisiana Tech University. Mr. Harris entered the aviation industry in 1989 as a corporate pilot for a Fortune 500 corporation. In 1993, he started a successful aircraft leasing and renting company that expanded to a successful aircraft management company in 1994. In 1993, Brad began his aircraft sales career and, in a very rapid fashion, became one of the most highly respected aircraft brokers in the World.
In 1994, Brad started an aircraft sales, consulting and brokerage company that is known today as Dallas Jet International. Brad is a current airline transport pilot who is type-rated in ten (10) different jet aircraft including the Gulfstream 550, 450, 350, GV, GIV, GIII, GII, Hawker, Falcon, Citation, Beechjet, Lockheed Jetstar II, Diamond Jet and King Air 300/350. In the many different aircraft markets, Brad parlays extensive hands-on knowledge and experience into clear results for his clientele.
In addition to Brad maintaining a career focus on aircraft sales, he also has extensive experience in aviation consulting and management. Included on his client list are several clients for whom Brad and his firm have set up flight departments, consisting of aircraft crewing, aircraft management, aircraft maintenance and aircraft operating budgets. What most people do not know about Brad is that he possesses significant entrepreneurial experience in real estate and commercial insurance. This business experience, combined with his unparalleled experience in all facets of corporate aviation, has been the foundation of success for Dallas Jet International and its clients.
Brad currently sits on the Presidents Advisory Board at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, the Board of Directors at National Aircraft Finance Association (NAFA), the Customer Advisory Board at CAE Simuflite and is the Chairman Emeritus of the National Aircraft Resale Association (NARA), currently known as the International Aircraft Dealers Association (IADA).
Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Omar Hosari is an entrepreneur and passionate advocate of business aviation globally. As co-founder and CEO of UAS International Trip Support, he focused his knowledge into its development and expansion to make it one of the leading aviation solutions providers globally. His ability to recognize and respond to emerging industry trends, identify business synergies, and curate a strong in-house team, has helped drive successful commercial growth. As a strategic architect Mr. Hosari is now spearheading UAS business expansion across the rapidly growing aviation sector in the wider Asia Pacific.
Mr. Hosari sits on the board of governors for AsBAA, the Asian Business Aviation Association. In addition, he represents AsBAA on the prestigious Board of the International Business Aviation Council, IBAC. He is committed to both associations’ missions to advocate the benefits of business aviation at regional and international levels to business, regulatory, and government stakeholders.
The recipient of many leadership awards and listed in the Best 100 Arab CEOs globally at the Arabian Business Awards 2018, Mr Hosari aims to inspire his colleagues by supporting their personal and career development.
Mr. Hosari is a BSc graduate of Economic Science and Management, a Master of Science, Aviation and holds an Executive MBA from Hult International Business School.
He travels extensively and reflecting his approach to business, will often take the road less travelled, not the easiest path but certainly the most rewarding. In the Spring of 2018, he took on the physical and emotional challenge of trekking to Everest base camp, an altitude of 5,354 metres. In 2019, he climbed Mount Kilimanjaro to raise awareness of aviation sustainability.
President & CEO
Alireza graduated from Boston University School of Management with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and has also attended post-graduate workshops in Business Management at Harvard University. Following graduation, Alireza joined the Republic National Bank of New York in New York City as a Trader. He was rapidly promoted to Lead Trader for the foreign exchange desk reporting to the Head Trader until he left to join The M Group. While there, he continued working as a Foreign Exchange Trader, specializing in Structured Finance Currency Derivatives.
In 1992, he founded Freestream Aircraft Limited, where he continues as Director. Freestream Aircraft Limited is a Multi Faceted Aviation Company.
Serial entrepreneur & business owner. Founder and Chairman of Victor, one of Europe’s leading private aviation on-demand charter brokers. The company has ranked for five consecutive years as a Top 100 Sunday Times Fastest Growing Tech Company. In July 2019, he pioneered an industry first carbon offset program, mandating a minimum 200% carbon offset for every Victor flight. He lead his campaign with an open letter to the Financial Times, headlining with the uncomfortable truth that a private jet pollutes up to 20x per passenger mile than an airliner. His mission is to set an example in business aviation campaigning for other brokers and operators to follow, encouraging both the industry and its customers to avoid, reduce and offset their carbon emissions on every flight. Clive is often referred to as “aviation’s most surprising sustainability champion”, as the boss of a private jet company that’s become a committed aviation environmental campaigner.
In March 2020, Clive co-funded the management buyout of Fly Victor Ltd. In July 2020, he moved into the role of Chairman following the appointment of Toby Edwards and James Farley as the Company’s joint CEOs. Clive remains a committed environmental campaigner with the ambition to lead the business and commercial aviation industry to a lower carbon future and provides consulting services across commercial and business aviation.
Paul serves as the managing partner of the Hong Kong office of Pillsbury Winthrop and as the co-head of the firms asset finance practice globally. In 2018 he was named by the prestigious Chambers & Partners as the top business aviation lawyer in world.
He has closed over 250 deals, and also overseen numerous repossession, enforcement and other related litigious matters. He primarily serves as counsel ultra high-networth individuals and their business enterprises around the world. He is admitted to practice law in England & Wales, New York and Ontario.
Founder & Consultant
Ms. Sarah Kalmeta is a strategic leader, coach and educator in the business aviation industry. She has over twelve years of experience working with vendors, service providers and aviation authorities in Asia Pacific and around the globe. Sarah is a passionate advocate for ensuring the future of business aviation and developing future leaders within the industry.
As a member of the Board of Governors at AsBAA, she is heavily involved in the Hong Kong committee and is the Head of AsBAA Discovery, the association’s student and careers chapter aimed at bridging the gap between next generation of talent and industry.
An active public speaker, Sarah enjoys moderating and speaking on panels at various business aviation and leadership events and conferences around the world focusing on her expertise in operations and ground handling and leadership best practices.
Sarah, a former leader with Universal Weather & Aviation’s APAC offices, now leads her consultancy, Pivot Point. Having lived in four countries, Sarah has a passion for bridging cultures at work, school, and life. Pivot Point works with individuals, schools, students, and corporate entities to develop people to their full potential.
After an illustrious career in the Indian Army, flying helicopters for almost 20 years, Rohit decided to hang up his boots and moved to the world of civil aviation in 2003. He has served in numerous leadership roles within business aviation since, including as CEO and company founder.
In addition to setting up the corporate aviation department for Punj Lloyd Limited, a foremost Indian infrastructure company, and leading it for several years, Rohit served as the CEO of Indocopters Private Limited, the sales and support distributor of Airbus Helicopters (then Eurocopters) in India.
Rohit founded Arrow Aircraft in 2010, and was responsible for its vertical handling Gulfstream, HondaJet and Beechcraft sales. He’s an alumnus of the Harvard Business School and contributed to the founding of the Business Aircraft Operators Association (BAOA) in India. Golf and reading are Rohit’s passions away from aviation.
Lead sales – Asia Pacific
As an experienced Sales and Marketing professional with 20 years of proven track record in Aviation and Logistic industries in the Asia Pacific region, Saira manages and operates Make Tech Fly’s Asia Pacific sales. She joined the team in August 2020 and brings with her experience from various roles covering sales, account management and marketing, within airline jets, airports and marketing teams.
When Saira isn’t not working she is passionate about art, dance and daily yoga as well as other outdoor activities like hiking and cycling.
Chief Industry Affairs
Leo Knaapen is an experienced leader and an influential force in his representation of Bombardier to the civil aviation industry. As Chief of Industry Affairs, he is responsible for strengthening Bombardier’s contributions within the international civil aviation industry. By engaging, supporting and guiding its involvement in industry associations, as well as regulatory and government agencies through working groups and committees, speaker opportunities, events and sponsorships, Leo ensures Bombardier assumes its role as a key influencer within the industry.
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 division. In 1997, Leo Knaapen assumed responsibility for media and public relations at Bombardier Business Aircraft. In this role, he led the team responsible for communications on a complete range of products including Learjet, Challenger and Global business jets, pre-owned aircraft, Skyjet International charter, special mission aircraft, and customer support and services.
In 2007, he assumed leadership of Bombardier’s industry affairs portfolio, and has been instrumental in heightening Bombardier’s overall profile within the industry. He has increased the involvement of Bombardier Aviation in key business and general aviation portfolios including safety, environment and air navigation, and has also guided Bombardier’s overall engagement with international civil aviation organizations.
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 the Geneva-based Air Transport Action Group (ATAG) coalition. Mr. Knaapen is also a member of the Bombardier Safety Standdown core team and was engaged in the development of Safety Management Systems for the Aircraft Design and Manufacturing sector for ICAO Annex 19.
Born in The Hague, Netherlands, Leo Knaapen is proficient in Dutch and French. He graduated from Concordia University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism and worked at several newspapers and periodicals before entering corporate communications in 1981.
He is based at Bombardier Aviation headquarters in Montreal, Canada.
Richard Koe is joint Managing Director of WINGX, taking the lead on strategy, business development and sales initiatives. Together with Christoph Kohler, Richard has grown WINGX to be the leading provider of market intelligence to the global business aviation industry. As well as managing WINGX, Richard is a regular speaker, panellist and moderator at industry conferences worldwide, writes on a wide range of business aviation issues, and works closely with regional regulators and industry associations.
Richard has spent a decade in the business aviation sector, initially as a board member of PrivatAir, subsequently managing the groups private jet charter and management division. Richard has also advised several airline and business aviation ventures prior to starting WINGX. Before working in aviation, Richard spent 10 years in the international telecom and technology sectors, holding senior business strategy and sales positions with a range of blue-chip multinational, start-up and management consulting companies, living and working in the UK, Spain, France, United States and Africa.
Richard has a first class undergraduate degree from Oxford University and a masters cum laude in International Economics from the Johns Hopkins graduate School of Advanced International Studies, in Washington DC. He now spends his time working between WINGX offices in Hamburg and Geneva.
Mr. Lowe has over 35 years of Engineering, Marketing and Sales experience in commercial and business aviation. His most recent position is as Managing Director for Asian Sky Group & Asian Sky Media in Hong Kong. Asian Sky Group is the largest business aviation consulting group in the Asia-Pacific region with 30 employees & 6 offices. It focuses on both fixed and rotary aircraft and related aviation services. Asian Sky Media annually publishes 10 industry reports & magazines and offers a number of different marketing platforms for clients wishing to increase their brand awareness in the Asia-Pacific region. Asian Sky Group & Media are both backed by SEACOR Capital (Asia) Limited and Avion Pacific Limited and both are designed to capitalize on their shareholder companies considerable investments and business development initiatives already in the Asia Pacific region.
Having resided in Hong Kong since 1997, Lowe specializes in the Greater China business aviation market. He first came to Hong Kong as a Director of Sales for Asia-Pacific for the Bombardier Aerospace Business Aircraft Division. He was then appointed Regional Vice President of Sales for Asia by Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation in May 2000 where he was a top sales executive. In 2007 Lowe joined the recently formed BAA Jet Management Limited and was responsible for establishing and expanding its managed aircraft business plus aircraft sales, marketing and project development.
Prior to moving to Hong Kong, Lowe worked in commercial aviation for the de Havilland Aircraft Company of Canada, Boeing Canada, Boeing Commercial Airplanes, the Canadair Regional Jet Division and Bombardier’s Regional Aircraft Division. Lowe began his career as a Ground Test Engineer and then moved into marketing and sales internationally in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia. Lowe earned a Bachelor of Applied Science (BASc) in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Toronto in 1983. He is a Canadian native, married with 2 children.
President & CEO
Adel Mardini launched Jetex in Dubai in 2005 with a mission to refine every aspect of private aviation. He expanded both the scope and the quality of what a private aviation company provides, creating a harmony of services for both passengers and crew from the moment a trip is planned, through the terminal and flight experience, to the destination.
Mr. Mardini drives the company’s innovations and strong global growth through his deep understanding of both the industry and of Jetex’s ever-expanding clientele.
Today, Jetex serves elite business and leisure travelers through its extensive global network of private jet terminals and lounges, as well as ground handling facilities in more than 25 countries and fuel capabilities on every continent and the company employs more than 500 people. The company offers a complete ecosystem of international trip planning, ground support and concierge services, all delivered with the highest degree of quality, flexibility, and privacy.
A board member of the Middle East Business Aviation Association (MEBAA), Mr. Mardini played a key role in its development. This pioneering body was instrumental in starting a dialogue between airport operators and the region’s governing authorities. MEBAA has helped shape local regulations to meet with international standards, as well as create extensive business opportunities in emerging markets.
Mr. Mardini is also an active member of the World Economic Forum and the Young Presidents’ Organization, a global leadership community of chief executives committed to a shared mission of becoming better leaders through lifelong learning and idea exchange.
A strong believer in corporate responsibility and giving back to the community, he is involved in numerous charitable activities and developed the first partnership with a general aviation company to champion and support electric aircraft for short-haul flights.
Entrepreneur since his young age, Christopher started his first business at 14. His career between Europe and Russia has given him a thorough expertise of the business aviation market, covering operational, brokerage and acquisition knowledge.
Christopher is a contributing writer to the Swiss economic magazine BILAN as an aviation expert.
Chief Executive Officer
Profile coming soon
Simon is Managing Director of Flightcare Global, an Australian company providing medical consulting and health risk solutions to the aviation industry. Simon is a specialist physician in Aviation Medicine and has previously held medical management roles with Qantas, Virgin Australia and Qatar Airways. Simon is expert in all areas of passenger and crew health and has extensive experience in medical support across commercial aviation, business aviation and VVIP operations. During the COVID – 19 Pandemic Simon has represented Australia at the ICAO CAPSCA group providing medical input to the Council Aviation Recovery Taskforce guidance. Simon takes a risk based approach to the management of health issues in aviation.
President & CEO
Jay Mesinger is the CEO and Founder of Mesinger Jet Sales, an international aircraft brokerage firm, with 46 years of experience in the aviation industry. Mesinger Jet Sales has modernized the formula for buying and selling aircraft and provides their clients with the best market intelligence for aircraft sales pricing and correct acquisition expectations.
Additionally, Jay was a Member of the Board of the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA), and the Chairman of the Associate Member Advisory Council (AMAC). He is the first aircraft broker to serve on the NBAA board. His 10-year term was over October, 2013. Jay is on the Customer Advisory Board of Jet Aviation and also served on the Customer Advisory Board of Airbus North America. Jay is also a member of Gulfstream’s ‘Key Player’ team. Jay served on the Duncan Aviation Customer Advisory Board for 2 terms, and is a member of the European Business Aviation Association (EBAA). He is also a member of the Colorado Aviation Business Association (CABA). Jay is also on the Board of Directors of The Morris Animal Foundation.
In addition, Jay regularly speaks at industry gatherings, writes the monthly Mesinger Pulse newsletter (Jay Mesinger’s Industry Perspectives), and started the very first aviation brokerage website over 20 years ago, www.jetsales.com. Jay continues to communicate from the cutting-edge of business aviation through various social networking platforms & blog (www.jetsales.com/blog), twitter (@jmesinger) and LinkedIn (www.linkedin.com).
Shareholder – Director
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.
Based in Cincinnati, Ohio, Steve is an educated engineer, master blackbelt, working sales professional with a strong background in private, business, and commercial aviation. Having more than 30 years of experience at GE in engineering, customer/product support and sales, Steve’s primary focus is business aviation engine and OnPoint sales and service on GE CF34, Passport and CFM engines powering Boeing Business Jets, Airbus Corporate Jets, Bombardier and Embraer Business Jets within his regions around the world.
As a pilot, Steve comes from a family of pilots and has enjoyed the pleasure and challenges of aircraft ownership as well.
Combining his 30+ years of professional experience with his passion for Aviation, Steve brings a firsthand understanding of business aircraft management and ownership to his customers.
Aircraft Sales India
Based in New Delhi, Atiesh Mishra joined Boutsen Aviation in 2018 with the dedicated position of developing the company’s presence in the Southeast Asian region, including India, Indonesia, Vietnam and Malaysia.
Atiesh holds a Commercial Private License, which further allows him to provide his clients with the most proficient industry knowledge.
Regional Vice President, Sales
With more than 24 years of aviation experience in sales, strategy, business development and operations at Bombardier, Mr. Pattanayak is responsible for business aircraft sales in Asia Pacific. Mr. Pattanayak, through his strong work ethic, unrelenting focus on trust, relationships and customer experience, has been leading the effort of Bombardier’s expansion and market leadership in Asia Pacific. A consummate deal maker, Mr. Pattanayak is extremely passionate about using his expertise to develop bespoke business aviation solutions for customers based on their needs and growing the industry in Asia Pacific.
Mr. Pattanayak began his career with Bombardier in 1996 at Bombardier Aerospace headquarters in Montreal, then held positions of increasing responsibility within Bombardier sites in North America. In 2006, Mr. Pattanayak was appointed Managing Director for South Asia, responsible for sales of Bombardier Learjet, Challenger, and Global business jets and for developing Bombardier’s presence in the region. In 2012, he was appointed to the position of Regional Vice President, Sales, for Asia-Pacific, taking on the additional responsibility of overseeing Bombardier’s sales team for new Bombardier business aircraft in South Asia, South-East Asia, North Asia, Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific.
Nilesh Pattanayak is a graduate of McGill University in Montreal, Canada, where he received a Bachelor of Engineering degree and where he also completed Executive and Advanced Management Programs.
After having worked for Bombardier in Canada, US, and Europe, Mr. Pattanayak is currently based in Singapore.
Business Development Manager Asia
Richard Porter is the Business Development Manager for ExecuJet Asia Pacific, leading the development of the company’s Aircraft Management business in Asia.
During his 28 years in Business Aviation Richard has held Field Service, Airworthiness and Engineering positions with OEM’s and Corporate Flight departments in Europe, the Middle East and Asia.
Richard joined ExecuJet as part of the initial management team that started ExecuJet’s UK operations at London City Airport in 2008. In 2014, Richard relocated to Singapore and for the last five years he has been responsible for Business Development and Client Management across the Asia Pacific region.
Senior Vice President Regional Operations Asia Pacific
Joe Reckling was appointed Jet Aviation’s SVP Regional Operations for Asia-Pacific (APAC) in September 2018, when the company formed the new region to help capture the value of its Hawker Pacific acquisition and pursue interests in support of its global vision. With the appointment, Reckling joined Jet Aviation’s leadership team, reporting directly to Jet Aviation President, Rob Smith. He is responsible for overseeing the company’s business activities throughout the region, which has 21 locations and more than 1,100 employees.
Reckling joined Hawker Pacific as CFO in 2008, having held senior financial, commercial and managerial roles with various public companies in the UK and Australia. A Chartered Accountant, he holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Cape Town and is a graduate of the Executive Program for Growing Business at the Stanford University Graduate School of Business.
Head of Business Development
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.
Jean-Noel, 45 yo, is happily married for 18 years and father of 2 children. He has been involved in various sports and more specifically in Rugby.
Director of Operations
Presently Capt. Sandeep Saraf is managing the operations of Shaurya Group of Companies which is one of the leading maintenance organization out of Delhi he has vast two decades of aviation experience which has resulted in his company to
become one of the most trusted incident / accidents free maintenance & Operations
organization which is managing over 34 corporates aircraft and helicopter in India.
He is a hand on Director running the company successfully and to the satisfaction of the client.
Capt. Sandeep Saraf is not only managing the maintenance / operation of the Organization but also running a Non Schedule charter operation in India with over 7 aircrafts and helicopters.
Capt. Sandeep saraf is able to run a show as he is one of the most experienced in the field of Non-scheduled operation. He being a commercial pilot himself is able
to understand the subject with a greater perspective than any other business man.
Capt. Sandeep Saraf is also one of the pioneers in the Indian aviation industry to set up only one of its kind helicopter simulator facility in India. Known by the
name of Shaurya Flight Sim, this simulator facility is one of its kinds not only in India but also in Asia. It is duly approved by the Indian Civil Aviation Authorities.
As Capt Sandeep Saraf is also a helicopter pilot himself, he was well aware of the
difficulties being faced by pilots who have to undergo renewal and refreshers courses in helicopters which till now the pilots could complete only by travelling
abroad for the same and spend lot of foreign currency for the same.
After the setting up of facility, this has been stopped and now the pilots are doing their
recurrent / refreshers courses in India thus resulting in saving in foreign currency.
After setting up of simulator facility he again created History by starting the First FBO (Fixed base Operator) facility in this country where the General Aviation has
a different Terminal for themselves and all VIP‟s, Corporate houses were given an entry to airport through Five Star Lounges taking them to their respective Aircraft
without any hassle.
He did not stop at this and he went on to creating a History and a day come when he landed the airship in this country which was unique thing for advertising field /
Security / Adventure Sport etc. This airship came to India in 2010 and was here for four months and went back. He has undertook the matter with our Authority and subsequently brought this under Non Scheduled category for Media / Advertising / Adventure sport and for security Industry. Thus by creating three history in this Country, he was recognized
and his name was recommended for „PADAMSHREE” in 2009 and 2010, by then Hon‟ble Minister of Chemical and Fertilizer (Shri Ram Vilas Paswan) and Hon‟ble
Minister for state for Defence (Shri M. M. Pallam Raju).
Capt Sandeep Saraf has carried forwarded his fantastic ideas helping various organisations who take great advantage of his vast experience in aviation and
formulate great business plans helping Business Organization of great repute in Indian Aviation.
He is presently providing his expertise to various organization without any commercial Benefits and became Vice President of BAOA (Business Aircraft owner Association which is Non Profit Organisation).
He is also Vice President (North) for a Non Profit Organisation Air Passengers Association of India, here they take complaints / issue of all the passengers travelling by air in non – schedule or schedule airlines. Not to forget that Capt. Sandeep Saraf is the only Commercial Pilot in India who is
qualified to fly an Aircraft, helicopter and a microlight and he finds his name for the same in “LIMCA” book of Records and India Book of Record for the same. Least to say for all his commendable jobs and contribution to the aviation Industry, his name has been nominated for „PADAMSHREE” Award by various Ministers
to the Prime Minister Office for the same.
Regional Director – China
Carlos trained as a commercial pilot in 2002 before taking up different management positions in Sales, Aircraft Management and Ground Operations with leading VIP Business Operators in Switzerland, Bahrain and Malta. Carlos joined UAS in 2015 as Senior Operations Manager for the UAS Middle East Headquarters in Dubai. Today, he is based in Beijing where he leads the UAS China team as they support UAS clients in mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan, and the greater Asia Pacific.
Raja Sharmaine is a senior business analyst at Digi Telecommunications, a
telecommunications company in Malaysia. She has extensive digital delivery experience in IT
and consulting for the oil and gas industry.
Her passion for aviation stemmed at a very young age. It started with a fear of flying which led
her to question the physics of it, and through curiosity on how airplanes make the safest mode
of transportation, she went on to pursue a degree in Aeronautical Engineering from City
Although taking a different path career-wise, her interest and passion for aeronautics and
aviation is still intact. Outside of her day to day work, she is the PR and Communications
Director at The WiAA Project, an online media publicity platform with the goal of encouraging
and inspiring women to be a part of the aviation and related industry.
Women have played an
essential role in the growth and development of the industry, and for Raja Sharmaine, spreading
such awareness on this is something she strives and endeavours for.
Michael Skou Christensen has over ten years of experience with satellite communications within the private aviation industry. In 2013, Michael lead the opening of SD’s Australasia office, where he acted as Managing Director until 2016. He is now the Vice President for SD International, where he is responsible for establishing and growing the sales, support, marketing and training presence across the international
business. His various roles throughout his time in aviation have seen him involved with many different parts of the value chain, from OEMs and completion centers to end-customers.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in Engineering, and a master’s degree in International Management.
Jane has over 30 years’ professional experience working in business development positions in the media, communications, aviation, and luxury travel sectors. She has founded, run and sold two successful companies – an academic dot.com, and a luxury travel business – and with a first-class MBA under her belt and a specialisation in crisis comms, launched her third business Arena Group in January 2017.
With firm foundations in the sales, business development, marketing and communications arena – and a firm focus on business aviation inspired by a decade consulting to Emerald Media – she supports the development of communication strategies for internal and external marketplaces for leading international corporations and SMEs’ across the globe.
She has lived and worked in London, New York, Mallorca, Japan and currently Montreal which brings an international perspective to any corporate situation. Driven by a desire to explore, and discover Jane is always seeking out new potential in the companies, partners and colleagues she works with.
Co-founder & CEO
Profile coming soon
Director & Head of
Global Aircraft Finance & Aircraft Advisory Services
Mr. von Weise is currently a Director and Global Head of the Aircraft Finance Group at Citi Private Bank. The group provides private aircraft financing solutions 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 $50 million.
Mr. von Weise has over fourteen years of business aviation experience most recently serving as Vice President of Business Aviation Finance for Merrill Lynch Capital. Prior to Merrill Lynch, he worked for GMAC Commercial Finance in the same capacity. His expertise covers a wide range of corporate and personal aircraft both domestically and internationally. Prior to joining GMAC, Mr. von Weise 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 a member of the Board of Directors 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 commission 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, 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.
Mr. von Weise holds an undergraduate degree, cum laude, in Environmental Studies and History from the University of Vermont.
Senior Vice President
Don Walsh is currently Senior Vice President of Originations for Stonebriar Commercial Finance, Business Aviation, the company’s global business aviation financing platform.
Don joined Stonebriar from Guggenheim Partners, where he was most recently a Managing Director and oversaw new transaction origination activity for Guggenheim’s Business Aircraft Investments group. He brings over 25 years of experience in the business aviation finance industry, previously originating transactions at US Bank Equipment Finance, Key Equipment Finance and Boeing Capital Corporation. He joined Boeing Capital following the merger between The Boeing Company and McDonnell Douglas Corporation. He previously worked at McDonnell Douglas Finance Corporation as an Asset Manager, responsible for the company’s portfolio of business aircraft operating leases. Prior to joining McDonnell Douglas Finance, he worked at Equitable Life Leasing Corporation as a lease manager. Don received a BS from University of the Pacific and an MBA from Pepperdine University.
Chief Executive Officer
Michael Walsh CEO of (PBEC) Pacific Basin Economic Council – an Invitation Only Members Organisation for Owners, Founders and senior business leaders from the 21 APEC – Asia Pacific Economic Council Member States. PBEC advocates the economic benefits of responsible & sustainable business, digital trade and a friendly rules based regulatory environment for companies in the APAC region. It works closely with its partners at APEC and ABAC – the APEC Business Advisory Council and participates in APEC Transportation, Finance and Energy Working Groups with Government counterparts.
Walsh has 24 years of global experience in aviation and brings independent market insights across Asia. He retains a keen interest in the sector and acts as a senior advisor, consultant and advocate/lobbyist for multiple Aviation stakeholders and clients through his consultancy firm Aer Mobi. Walsh works on new industry initiatives such as reducing its carbon footprint and accelerating digital transformation efforts in operations and finance through supporting tech start-ups like www.portside.co He has also worked as a sub-consultant with global aviation practices such as ICF, Frost & Sullivan, Babcock & Brown, Ramboll & McKinsey on regional feasibility studies, projects & master planning that support the development of the circular economy. Walsh is well-known as a passionate connector and influencer in the business aviation sector. He is currently focusing efforts on the acceptance and adoption of SAF – Sustainable Aviation Fuel with APEC Member States.
His Philanthropy efforts: Walsh is proud to have created the annual Icons of Aviation Annual Awards Asia and charity gala dinner which has raised over USD175,000 in donated funds for the Orbis Charity from 2015-2018.
His CSR efforts: He also created the AsBAA Student Discovery program initiative to educate young people about Business and General Aviation across Asia and worked with several Govt Agencies, universities & Airport Authorities to advocate new infrastructure to accommodate the future of general and business aviation. He stood down from his voluntary position at AsBAA Board after 5 years service July 2014 to June 2019 to take up the position at PBEC.
Senior Vice President, Business Development and Technical Services
Mark Winzar brings many years of aviation experience to his role as Vice President, Technical Services. He began his aviation career as a helicopter engineer in the UK. He spent eight years specializing in military helicopters with the UK Ministry of Defense. From there, he moved into commercial business before joining the BBA central sales team at H+S Aviation. During this time, he was responsible for generating business on all engine types covered within the BBA group.
After four years, Mr. Winzar was promoted to Commercial Manager and was part of the team that set up the new PWC JT15D program at H+S, the company’s first fan engine type. He was also responsible for the combined commercial operations of both the Field Service and JT15D programs.
Mr. Winzar joined JSSI in 2009 as a Technical Services Representative and was promoted to Technical Services Manager two years later. Mr. Winzar was integral in setting up the JSSI office in Hong Kong and expanding our business in Asia. In 2013, Mr. Winzar was promoted and was responsible for new business development and Technical Services as Director of the EMEAA region. Today, he is responsible for leadership of the JSSI Worldwide Technical Services Team.
Operations Manager and Designated Airworthiness Inspector
Jason Zhang graduated from the Shanghai University of Engineering Science in 2005 with a Bachelor’s degree in Aircraft Maintenance. After graduating, his first role was as a mechanic for China Eastern Airways in the PVG Scheduled Maintenance Department. Jason worked his way up and moved to Eastern Jet’s Maintenance and Engineering Department where he was Manager of the Engineer Section.
Jason spent five years with Eastern Jet before moving to Meridian Jet & Sparkle Roll Jet, where he was a Vice President. Jason was in charge of general operations, CAMO and MRO management and operation and maintenance cost planning and control. Other responsibilities included FAA-Part91 certification, fleet delivery, scheduled maintenance and continuous airworthiness management.
In 2018, Jason joined Bureau Veritas and Bermuda Civil Aviation Authority as an Operations Manager and Designated Airworthiness Inspector for the Asia-Pacific Region. His role includes inspection for initial and ongoing aircraft certification for the Bermuda Aircraft Registry and providing regulatory oversight of organisations and aircraft in the region.
Jason has the following licenses:
· CCAR-66 ME-TA
· FAA A&P
· Global Express/5000/Express XRS (BR710) MEII
· Global 6000/ (BR710) MEII
· Gulfstream G200(PW306A)MEII+AVII+ENG RUN
· A319/A320/A321（CFM56） MEII
· A340-300（CFM56）& -600 (TRENT500) MEII
· A330-200/300(TRENT700) MEII
Founder of Avion Pacific Limited, the present Chairman and CEO.
Since graduation from Zhongshan University in 1983, Mr. Wu has plunged himself into the civil aviation industry in China.
Went to the States in 1988 and got his Masters Degree in Business Administration.
Returned to China in 1993, established Avion Pacific Limited, Shenzhen Kings Aviation Corp., Asian Sky Group (ASG), Avion Qianhai Development Ltd., Tianjin Avion Leasing Ltd. etc.
Pioneer in General Aviation Industry in China
In the past 30 years, Mr. Wu has been delivering his professional knowledge, experience and passion for general aviation to domestic and foreign partners and customers through advising and consulting services, and has committed to introduce western advanced western technology, services, and philosophy into China and promote the growth of GA in the region
|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.|
|Headquartered in Montreal, Canada, and with 31 sites including 10 service centers across 16 countries, Bombardier Aviation is staffed by thousands of engineers, designers, machining experts, maintenance technicians and skilled specialists, and is powered by a proud heritage and visionary innovation in the design, manufacturing and support of business aircraft and complex aero structures. Its industry-leading, comprehensive line of business jets is the largest of any original equipment manufacturer with three leading aircraft families – Learjet, Challenger and Global – allowing customers to properly manage their evolving business priorities and travel requirements.
With a customer-centric approach as the core of the company’s values, Bombardier Aviation is dedicated to providing an exceptional customer experience anytime, anywhere. The company’s global customer support organization includes a growing network of Bombardier-owned and operated service centers, line maintenance stations and authorized facilities, as well as Mobile Response Team vehicles and aircraft. This operator-focused grid is connected 24/7 to Bombardier’s Customer Response Centre and Customer Support Team.
Bombardier offers the broadest and most modern portfolio of business jets including the Learjet 75 Liberty light jet, the class-defining Challenger 350 and Challenger 650 aircraft, and the Global large-cabin, long-range aircraft family led by the acclaimed Global 7500 aircraft, which has garnered numerous awards and accolades since its entry into service in 2018. The Global 7500 aircraft is also the industry’s first business jet to have an Environmental Product Declaration.
Bombardier Aviation 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 deeply involved in the development, scalability and adoption of Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) worldwide.
Bombardier, Learjet, Learjet 75 Liberty, Challenger, Challenger 350, Challenger 650, Global and Global 7500 are trademarks of Bombardier Inc. or its subsidiaries.
|A global leader in executive aviation, Jetex is recognized for delivering flexible, best-in-class trip support solutions to customers worldwide. Jetex provides exceptional FBOs, aircraft fueling, ground handling and global trip planning. The company caters to an elite clientele including owners and operators of business jets for corporate, commercial and personal air travel. To find out how you can benefit from Jetex’s award-winning services, visit jetex.com today.
It was in 2005 at the Dubai Air Show that Jetex Flight Support announced its establishment. Today Jetex has 100 people working in its headquarters and over 300 staff members based globally.
|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.|
|The first and largest offshore aircraft registry. Bermuda's Aircraft Registry is extensive and ranks 10th in size when compared to the 192 signatory States to the Convention on International Civil Aviation. The current Registry includes a mix of both private aircraft and commercial aircraft operated on a Bermuda AOC or under Article 83 bis Agreements of the Convention on International Civil Aviation. Bermuda's Registry has earned a solid reputation internationally for being safe and well-regulated. Its significant growth is a reflection of Bermuda's status as the jurisdiction of choice for aircraft registration, with excellent credibility, high regulatory standards and professional staff.|
|Boeing Business Jets brings the best of commercial aviation into the realm of private air travel, offering customers a wide range of Boeing products that can be uniquely customized for the private, business or governmental sectors. The robust characteristics of these airplanes also provide an excellent value proposition when outfitted for the private market; offering larger, more personalized space, unmatched reliability and worldwide support. Our customers put a high premium on quality, convenience and mobility. Most often, they want access to the same amenities in the air as they have on the ground including an office, bedroom, shower, dining facilities, entertainment areas and more. And Boeing Business Jets can deliver it all.|
|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
|Founded in 1989, JSSI is the only hourly cost maintenance provider covering virtually all makes and models of business aircraft, engines and APUs. JSSI provides its customers with comprehensive, flexible and affordable financial tools for managing the often unpredictable costs of operating and maintaining nearly all types of turbine-powered aircraft, including jets, turbo-props and turbine-powered helicopters. JSSI serves customers globally and manages maintenance services through its worldwide infrastructure of certified technical advisors.|
|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.
|Clyde & Co is a dynamic, rapidly expanding global law firm focused on providing a complete legal service to clients in our core sectors including aviation and insurance. It has over 2,000 legal professionals operating from over 50 offices in every region, including Asia Pacific, Canada, the United States, Latin America, Europe, UK, Africa and the Middle-East.
Clyde & Co has over 100 specialist Aviation lawyers on every continent except Antarctica. In business aviation the team advises aircraft owners, operators, managers, lessors and financiers, CAMO providers, fixed based operators, cabin designers and fitters, ground handlers and their respective insurers and reinsurers on a range of matters including acquisitions and sales, financings, licensing, employment, contingency planning, emergency response, prosecutions, claims and subrogated recoveries, as well as uninsured disputes, injunctions, asset detentions and recoveries.
Who's Who Legal consistently recognise Clyde & Co as the world's leading firm in the field of Aviation Law.
|Embraer is a global company that boldly and consistently revolutionizes the aviation industry — and has done so since the company’s inception more than 50 years ago — by offering innovative products and solutions that help its customers outperform. The executive jet division delivers the ultimate experience in business aviation through aircraft that feature disruptive performance, comfort and technology. Its portfolio consists of the entry-level Phenom 100EV, the light Phenom 300E, the midsize Praetor 500 and the super-midsize Praetor 600. The fleet exceeds 1,400 aircraft, comprised of clean sheet designs and derivative products, operating in more than 70 countries, which are supported by a top-ranked customer support network. For more information, visit executive.embraer.com|
|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.
|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 Asia, Europe and Mexico.
Learn more at JetHQ.com.
|McAfee & Taft. Located just miles from the Federal Aviation Administration Aeronautical Center in Oklahoma City, the law firm of McAfee & Taft has distinguished itself in the field of aviation law as having one of the largest and most experienced FAA aviation groups in the United States.
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 four 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.
|UAS International Trip Support is an award-winning, customized flight support solutions provider, serving customers globally. Offering a one-stop shop for all aviation needs including trip support, executive travel, and air charter needs, UAS is trusted by Heads of State, VVIPs, Fortune Global 500 companies, and business jet operators worldwide. Founded in 2000 with a vision to serve places other suppliers had yet to reach served before, UAS has been at the forefront anticipating demands and exceeding the expectations of its clients ever since. With a ground presence at 31 locations, its global network is constantly expanding to ensure clients receive the best supervision and quality at every destination. UAS channels its expertise and experience to deliver game-changing technology solutions designed specifically for business aviation. Its over-riding mission is to revolutionize the international business flight and user experience. For more information, visit www.uas.aero|
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