In 2020, Corporate Jet Investor London celebrated its 10th year as the market leading event in the business aviation industry. The busiest people in business aviation made time to attend the event for both the content and the networking.
Over the two-days, delegates benefitted from TED-style presentations, in-depth Q&A sessions, interactive audience participation, stimulating debates, quizzes and more. It was the perfect opportunity to keep up to date with latest insights (both positive and negative) from an expert line up of 90 speakers.
24 hours of scheduled networking time allowed time to build and strengthen connections with 500 leaders of business aviation. The Dealmakers Dinner also brought delegates together with those who attended as our Superyacht Investor conference.
A drinks reception for female attendees of the conference.
Welcome cocktail for all attendees of Corporate Jet Investor London 2020.
Hot Breakfast hosted by Bombardier Aviation
Alasdair Whyte, Corporate Jet Investor
David Coleal, Bombardier Aviation
Arnaud Mares, Citi Research
The challenges for business in the current political climate
Vlad Bobko, AON
What can operators do now?
When will electric aviation become a reality?
The arguments for and against off-setting
When will sustainable jet fuel be easily available?
Moderator: Alasdair Whyte, Corporate Jet Investor
Nancy Bsales, Carbon Offset Advisor
Marie-Laure Gassier, BNP Paribas
Bruce Parry, EBAA
Clive Jackson, Victor
Richard Koe, WINGX
Mark Masluch, Bombardier Aviation
Bruce Parry, EBAA
Tom Parsons, Air BP
Why is it being targeted now?
Can a niche industry really change public perceptions?
What can be done today
Moderator: Alasdair Whyte, Corporate Jet Investor
Anne Devilliers, Dassault Aviation
Phillipe Fragniere, Exklusiv Aviation Services
Glen Heavens, Synergy Aviation
Patrick Margetson-Rushmore, Luxaviation UK
Aoife O’Sullivan, The Air Law Firm
What are customers looking for?
How will the market look in 2025
Moderator: Alasdair Whyte, Corporate Jet Investor
Don Dwyer, Guardian Jet
Mike Silvestro, Flexjet
Managing FAA/EASA issues
Speeding up De-registrations and registrations
Moderator: John Farrish, jetAVIVA
Michael Bonventre, FAA
Jack Gilchrist, Gilchrist Aviation Law
David Hernandez, Vedder Price
Tobias Kleitman, TVPX
Blockchain, digital aircraft closing room, automation in title exam, automation in receiving information from FAA, automation in international registry reports
Clay Healey, AIC Title Service
What are owners & pilots looking for?
Is the industry too focused on the top of the market?
Moderator: Adam Twidell, PrivateFly
Dustin Cordier, jetAVIVA
Adam Hahn, Cirrus Aircraft Corporation
Ashley Namihas, Textron Aviation
Understanding the Russian fleet
Will new tax cuts encourage buyers to register in Russia?
Is this the year the market bounces back?
Moderator: Mike Stones, Corporate Jet Investor
Mikhail Alenkin, ArcosJet
Christian Certa, Credit Suisse
Philip Lamzin, DLA Piper Russia
How can you tell when operations are unsafe?
Cutting back illegal charter
Who is ultimately responsible?
Moderator: Dave Edwards, The Air Charter Association
Hazel Courteney, San Marino Aircraft Registry
Edwin Kelly, DCA Aruba
Philippe Renz, Clean Aero
Richard Smith, Civil Aviation Authorirty of the Cayman Islands
Michael Swann, Bermuda Aircraft Registry
Ryan Waguespack, NATA
Simon Williams, Isle of Man Aircraft Registry
How competitive is the FBO market?
How will the FBO of the future look?
Moderator: Alasdair Whyte, Corporate Jet Ivnestor
Shawn Hall, Signature Aviation
Nicole Kappos, Pratt & Whitney Canada
Adel Mardini, Jetex Flight Support
Ettore Poggi, ExecuJet
Alasdair Whyte, Corporate Jet Investor
Alasdair Whyte, Corporate Jet Investor
Are OEMs right to focus on large jets?
Is Europe now an export market?
Pascal Bachmann, Jetcraft
Alireza Ittihadieh, Freestream
Brian Proctor, Mente Group
How the maintenance market is changing?
Is there room for smaller companies?
Neil Book, Jet Support Services Inc (JSSI)
Why rates have suddenly hardened
How commercial insurance has hit the business jet market
Is there enough capacity for everyone?
Moderator: Ed Underwood, Avsurance
Alex Cullen, Atrium
Todd Guelich, AssuredPartners Aerospace
Zoe Layden, Claveaux Consulting
Richard Weeks, NetJets
Hamish Harding, Action Aviation
What affects residual values and are they being managed well?
Competing with cash and negative interest rates
Is the tri-partite relationship and level playing field?
How will the next downturn look?
Moderator: Alasdair Whyte, Corporate Jet Ivnestor
Edward Gross, Vedder Price
Vivek Kaushal, Global Jet Capital
Don Walsh, Stonebriar Commercial Finance
Richard Berkemeier, Pegasus Aircraft Appraisal Group
What has happened to demand?
New business models and guaranteed pricing
Moderator: Emily Williams, IW Aviation
Julie Black, Hunt & Palmer / The Air Charter Association
Marine Eugene, Flexjet
Tanya Raynes, Pula Aviation Services
Standardising pre-purchase inspections
Moderator: Alan Cunningham, DLA Piper
Andy Baker, Plane Audits
Stuart Kirkwood, TAG Maintenance Services Farnborough – A Dassault Company
Oliver Stone, Colibri Aircraft
How connected aircraft will reshape operations, maintenance and trip planning
What is holding back connections?
When will we get to zero unscheduled maintenance?
Moderator: Claudio Bruno, Sirio
James Hardie, Collins Aerospace
Alan Mangels, Rolls-Royce
Steve McManus, GE Aviation
James Person, Viasat
John Peterson, Honeywell
Shuaib Shahid, Gogo Business Aviation
Senior represntative, Inmarsat
What effect is the trade war having?
Is the Asian goldrush finally over?
Moderator: Alud Davies, Corporate Jet Investor
David Dixon, Jetcraft
Paul Jebley, Pillsbury
Jeff Lowe, Asian Sky Group
Competing with new long-range models
Reselling VVIP aircraft
Moderator: Aoife O’Sullivan, The Air Law Firm
Tom Chatfield, Camber Aviation Management
Alex Fecteau, Boeing Business Jets
Eric Jullien, Airbus Corporate Jets
Tobias Laps, Comlux
What are the biggest pain points for owners?
How can OEMs sell more aircraft to HNWIs?
Different cultural views on ownership?
Do younger UHNWIs want to own?
Moderator: Mark Bisset, Clyde & Co.
Michel Buffat, Credit Suisse
Arnaud de Gordon, UBS
Jim Simpson, First Republic Bank
Oliver Tebbit, Watson Farley Williams
Ford von Weise, Citi Private Bank
Do management fees actually represent the work involved?
Technology or new business models: What will fundamentally change the industry?
Moderator: Alasdair Whyte, Corporate Jet Investor
Fabian Bello, Journey Aviation/Longtail Aviation
Marwan Khalek, Gama Aviation
Simon Tyrie, Qatar Executive
Graham Williamson, Sonas Aviation
Alasdair Whyte, Corporate Jet Investor
The following people spoke at Corporate Jet Investor London 2020
After graduating from Moscow Aviation Institute majoring in aircraft design and aerodynamics in 2006, Mikhail joined major business aviation player RusJet as aircraft sales manager and quickly grew to director and then left to
start his own company. Many deals later, after successful ventures in fleet
management, airport and heliport infrastructure projects, ArcosJet was conceived as a brand to consolidate all of the skills, partnerships, and services
that came with his immense experience.
A new addition to ArcosJet Group came in 2016 when Mikhail became the owner of Nesterov Aviation, exclusive authorized Pilatus Aircraft sales and service centre in Russia.
Mikhail flies a Cessna 172 and holds a European private pilot license.
Pascal Bachmann joined Jetcraft in 2014 as a sales representative based in Europe. In his current role he leads all Jetcraft sales initiatives in Europe, the Middle East and Africa and manages a team of Sales Directors based in those regions.
Prior to Jetcraft, Pascal was Sales Director for ExecuJet Europe and Vice President Europe for NetJets.
Pascal is a multi-engine commercial IFR licensed pilot, a competitive rally car driver and is fluent in French, German and English. He currently resides in Dubai with his wife and four children.
Andy has celebrated his 25th year in aviation this year and is proud and humbled to work across all disciplines with some of the best in the business.
Starting his career in the Royal Air Force and continuing the family tradition of military service Andy has experience of Continued Airworthiness Management, Aircraft Maintenance, Flight Operations, Aircraft Sales and the Registration process of many of the regulatory authorities across the globe.
Andy has completed the ASA course at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University this year and keeps in touch with the staff and students regularly.
Andy has worked for FBO’s, MRO’s, Repair Stations, Airports and Aircraft Management Companies some that are still or have been listed on the UK stock market.
Plane Audits was founded based on the individual requirements of our clients for full transparency and unbiased reporting. This has now become a niche area and is proving time and again to keep deals on course and ensure closing can be accomplished where sometimes it may have fallen short.
Our key area of business is provision of back-to-birth record reviews, chaperone of pre-buys and maintenance history reporting. We have also assisted in various tender processes for service provision, supplied expert witness statements and many other bespoke ‘one-off’ engagements.
We are a ‘can do’ team of ready to go auditors and engineers. We are proud to say that to date we have never let a client down and always delivered over and above and most importantly on budget.
Chairman, Longtail Aviation
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 of 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, where he was raised and still lives today with his wife and two boys. He attended the University of Miami where he earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in preparation for his management career.
Pegasus Aircraft Appraisal Group
Profile coming soon
Clyde & Co
Mark is the global head of aircraft finance at Clyde & Co, a law firm with 2,200 legal professionals worldwide and a focus on six core sectors: aviation, marine, insurance, energy, trade & commodities, and infrastructure.
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. He also has wide experience of regulatory matters in aviation.
Mark has been very active over the last 15+ years in the business jet market, acting for financiers, owners and operators. Mark is ranked as a Band 1 individual in Private Aircraft (Global-wide) in Chambers High Net Worth, and Clyde & Co is 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 is contributing editor of the annual publication “Getting the Deal Through – Aviation Finance and Leasing” and is a Guest Lecturer at the International Institute of Air and Space Law, Leiden University.
Hunt & Palmer / The Air Charter Association
Julie’s first graduate job was in the marketing department of London City Airport, learning about route development and aviation as a business tool as they honed their offering to serve the growing new vertical City in Canary Wharf. After 5 years, she moved East to the very different London Biggin Hill Airport to look after marketing and FBO operations there where she was immersed in a whole new world of ad hoc business jet charter and corporate flight departments.
After another 5 years there learning the trade, getting to grips with the importance of the highest levels of customer service both there and at their sister operation at Northolt, Julie was ready to make the change over to the broking side.
Julie worked at multinational aircraft charter broker Chapman Freeborn for 14 years, providing aircraft charter solutions for a wide variety of clients, most especially from the entertainment sector including a wide roster of A list music artistes on their global music tours. An experience allowing her to travel widely and have some incredible experiences that married her dual loves of aviation and music. Her last big charter project there saw her fly around the world in 18 days by private jet and realise at that point that I wasn’t going to top that and that I should find a fresh challenge!
Julie joined Hunt & Palmer PLC in early 2017 with a view to working in a different arena with corporate and HNWI clientele. This work is far less predictable and even now she is still learning. Their clients are generally very exacting in their requirements which are mostly driven by business needs and arise on every continent with no predictability whatsoever.
Julie joined the Council of what is now the Air Charter Association about 6 years ago and hopes that her appointment last year as Deputy Chair of the Air Charter Association is a reflection of the increasing diversity of the aviation industry at such a prominent time when the Association is gaining momentum in a number of key areas such as the fight against illegal charter and now delivering a formal training and certification framework for brokers Julie says she is proud to be a woman in aviation, to be a role model for other young women who are looking to aviation for career opportunities. The industry is suffering with a skills shortage in many areas from pilots to engineers and senior management positions and all of these are open to people from all backgrounds and Julie sees herself as living proof of that.
Julie lives in Brighton with her partner and teenage twin daughters and enjoys travel, reading, coastal walks and music in her “spare” time – when she can find some!
Profile coming soon
Federal Aviation Administration
With 48 years of aviation experience, Michael J Bonventre has served as an Airframe and Powerplant mechanic for both rotary and fixed wing military and civilian aircraft. He also worked for 8 years as a final assembly/first flight/flight development inspector with a major aircraft manufacturer.
In last 26 years, Michael Bonventre has been a technical consultant for airlines and commercial aircraft leasing companies. In addition, he worked with a number of Air Authorities in both the United States and foreign countries importing, exporting, applying for, and obtaining ferry permits.
Michael Bonventre has put numerous aircraft on operating certificates for various domestic and foreign airlines. He has also managed the return to service of long-term storage aircraft to be ferried to heavy maintenance facilities.
Michael holds FAA Airframe & Powerplant and FAA Airworthiness Inspector licenses. Michael has been appointed as an FAA Designated Airworthiness Representative (DAR-T) and has spent the last 16 months issuing over 60 Airworthiness Certificates, Export Certificates or Airworthiness and Special Flight Permits for Helicopters, General Aviation, Corporate Aviation and Commercial in various International Countries such as India, Singapore, China and many European countries as well as Middle East countries.
Jet Support Services Inc (JSSI)
As President and Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Book provides leadership and direction to the entire organization.
Prior to joining JSSI, Mr. Book served as Vice President of Mobility for Juniper Networks, directing its mobile security business unit. His role at Juniper began in 2010, in connection with their acquisition of SMobile Systems, where he had served as President and Chief Executive Officer.
Mr. Book began his career at AT&T where he held various management positions. Mr. Book is a graduate of the University of Delaware, class of 1999.
Profile coming soon
Ms. Nancy Bsales, carbon offset provider and strategist , has directly contributed into the voluntary carbon offset market for almost 15 years, specializing in business aviation (aerocarbonfund.org) ,business to business (B2B), and business to business to consumer (B2B2C) offset programs.
Since starting her sustainability career in 2005, she has sold over three million metric tons of carbon offsets. Her innovative, first of its kind consumer programs include corporate aviation, charter and jet card programs, OEMs, large scale events, shipping, and travel. Ms. Bsales understands the voluntary market in a way that can only come from building one of the first e- commerce and business carbon providers in the United States. The success was recognized when TerraPass retail was purchased in 2014 and she was acknowledged in the State of the Voluntary Markets annual report as a contributor. Her unique aspect creates successful, long running, impactful emission reduction programs.
Ms Bsales ventured out on her own in August 2016 building aerocarbonfund and partnering with Bonneville Environmental Foundation, focusing on successful programs to reduce emissions through efficiencies, technologies and offset programs. Her current work includes unique offset programs, custom portfolios, and supporting corporate aircraft reduction goals through verified greenhouse gas reduction projects.
Her work is especially focused on reducing emissions by building custom portfolios that meet budgetary and environmental goals to move toward industry goals for 2020 and beyond.
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.
Christian Certa joined Credit Suisse Aviation and Yacht Finance in 2017 and is responsible for Central and Eastern Europe. Before joining Credit Suisse, Christian had a 11 year career with General Electric. At GE Christian was for 7 years sales director for GE Corporate Aircraft Finance EMEA where he gained extensive aircraft finance & leasing and aircraft remarketing experience. Previously Christian was heading a branch network at GE Money Bank Switzerland and held roles as sales manager for industrial leasing with GE Capital.
At Credit Suisse Aviation and Yacht Finance, Christian is responsible for originating new transactions in the private jet / business jet and super yachting space, with a focus on Russia, Central Asia, Central Europe and Israel. Christian is based at Credit Suisse head office in Zurich.
Christian holds a Master degree from Bocconi University Milan and an MBA from RSM Erasmus University Rotterdam. Christian is German & Italian and is also fluent in French and English and is able to hold conversations in Russian.
Camber Aviation Management has successfully managed the completion or refurbishment of 44 aircraft ranging from Bombardier Globals and Gulfstream 650s to Airbus and Boeing narrow and wide-body aircraft. Most notably, the team was the first to deliver a completed Boeing BBJ787 with a VVIP cabin – more than two years ahead of their closest competitor.
Tom Chatfield’s career started 35 years ago as an apprentice avionics technician at de Havilland Canada, evolving into a licenced engineer, a technical manager, VP Technical and, now director of Camber Aviation. A trained avionics technician holding Transport Canada and EASA Aircraft Maintenance Engineer licences, with a MSc in Airline Transport Management from Cranfield University, Mr. Chatfield is characterised by his professionalism, technical insight and solutions-oriented approach.
He has held Part 145 and CAMO Postholder positions; managed technical operations, maintenance and engineering departments; performed aircraft acceptances and lease returns; and recovered aircraft from challenging situations.
His passion lies in the conversion of green aircraft into innovative and highly capable corporate jets for high net worth individuals, corporations and heads of state. Mr. Chatfield developed his engineering and outfitting skills working at DaimlerChrysler Aviation and Qatar Executive and with clients worldwide.
In May 2019, David Coleal became President of Bombardier Aviation, a newly created entity consolidating all of Bombardier’s aerospace assets into a single, streamlined and fully integrated business. Prior to this expanded mandate, Mr. Coleal had been President of Bombardier’s Business Aircraft division since 2015.
Over the course of this successful tenure, Mr. Coleal has overseen the launch of two longrange business jets, the Global 5500 and 6500 aircraft, and of Bombardier’s newest Learjet aircraft, the Learjet 75 Liberty. Mr. Coleal has also steered the successful entry-into-service and delivery ramp-up of the industry-redefining Global 7500 business jet. He is also spearheading the expansion of Bombardier Aviation’s customer service offerings and leading the growth of its Specialized Aircraft division.
Mr. Coleal is a member of the Board of Directors of the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) and in his role as chairman of GAMA’s Environment Committee is driving for widespread use of Sustainable Alternative Jet Fuels (SAJF) in business aviation.
Prior to taking the helm of Bombardier Business Aircraft, he was Executive Vice President and General Manager, Boeing; and Business and Regional Jet Programs at Spirit Aerosystems, one of the world’s largest producers of aerostructures.
Before joining Spirit, Mr. Coleal was Vice President and General Manager, Bombardier Learjet, from 2008 to 2011. During his tenure, he developed strong relationships with business aircraft customers and achieved operational improvements while enhancing service and reliability across product lines.
Previously, he was President and Chief Operating Officer of Cirrus Design Corporation from 2001 to 2008. Other management positions include Engagement Manager at McKinsey & Company, New Product Development Manager at Caterpillar.
Mr. Coleal holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering Technology from California State University (CSU), Sacramento, an MBA in Management Science from CSU, East Bay, and a private pilot license.
Mr. Coleal is based at Bombardier Business Aircraft headquarters in Montreal, Canada.
Dustin is a preeminent expert on the light jet markets. As President of jetAVIVA, he is a frequent speaker at NAFA, NBAA, CJI and other industry events. Recognized as a CJI Top 30 Dealmaker, Dustin is responsible for aircraft sales of almost $1 billion dollars. He was a top sales executive at both Embraer and Textron prior to his role at jetAVIVA. In addition, he was a Bombardier Product Manager for FlightSafety International and a distinguished instructor and evaluator KC-135R pilot in the United States Air Force.
He is quoted in the industry leading Business Aviation Insider magazine and is a strong advocate for using an airplane to leverage commercial success. As a committee member and former chair of the NBAA Business Aviation Management Committee Leadership Conference he exemplifies the unique bond of business and fun that is aviation.
Dustin graduated from the United States Air Force Academy with honors. He currently lives in Atlanta with Kristen, his wife of over 21 years, his 4 children and 2 dogs.
San Marino Aircraft Registry
Dr. Hazel Courteney is the Manager of the San Marino State Safety Programme and has supported aviation safety programmes around the world including Middle East, Central Asia, Africa and Eastern Europe. In addition, she is an aviation consultant, conducting work for EASA, ICAO and IATA as well as individual State governments and commercial companies. During her 20 years with UKCAA, she Chaired the ICAO Safety Management Panel and the CAA Accident Analysis Group. She has previously worked in Senior Management for NATS (UK Air Traffic Service), British Aerospace and Westland Helicopters aircraft manufacturers. Hazel also has a background in Human Factors and was the 2018 winner of the Frank Whittle Award. In her spare time, she flies light aircraft.
Alex joined Atrium in 2014 following 12 years at Hardy as an Aviation underwriter.
He has experience of writing Airline, General Aviation and Hull War risks.
Alex has a degree in Aerospace Engineering and is ACII qualified.
DLA Piper UK LLP
Alan acts for banks, leasing companies, airlines, business jet operators, ship owners, ship management companies, data centre providers, contract hire and fleet management companies, OEMs and high net worth individuals.
Alan advises on all aspects of PDP and stage-payment financing, debt financing, operating lease, finance lease and hire-purchase structures, export credit backed financing, residual value guarantee arrangements and tax structures.
Corporate Jet Investor
Profile coming soon
As part of UBS Corporate Aircraft Finance team in Zurich, Arnaud is handling aircraft financing transactions for Wealth Management clients of UBS.
Arnaud has been active over the last 10+ years in the business jet market. Prior to this role, Arnaud spent several years in the Trade Finance and Project & Export Finance businesses, including sourcing and managing financing facilities for commercial airlines (ECA credits, syndicated loans, operating leases, etc).
Arnaud has a Bachelor from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Lyon (Science Po) and a Master of Advanced Studies in International Trade & Finance in Strasbourg. He is also a Swiss certified Corporate Banker since 2013. Arnaud is originally from France and currently resides in Switzerland.
Anne has held several positions within the DFJ Marketing Department.
In 2013, she was appointed DFJ Market Research Manager before moving back to France to head up Falcon marketing development.
Devilliers joined the Falcon sales team in 2016 as Sales Manager for Pre-owned Falcons and two years later became International Sales Manager for new aircraft.
A graduate of Montpellier Sup de Co Business School, Devilliers is steeped in Anglo-Saxon culture with more than a decade spent living in the United States.
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.
Don Dwyer, Guardian Jet’s co-managing partner, is particularly regarded for his extensive expertise on aircraft finance, asset management, fleet planning and aircraft sales.
He spent most of his career rising through ranks at the aircraft manufacturer, Hawker Beechcraft. As their Vice President of Global Sales, he led the entire sales team, had responsibility for $2 billion in revenue and oversaw the company’s international dealer network.
In 2010, Don Dwyer joined his brother, Michael, as co-managing partner of Guardian Jet. Since then, Guardian Jet has become one of the top three aircraft brokerage and consulting firms in the world.
An avid sailor, Don is also a 4,500-hour commercial pilot and certified flight instructor. He is the President of the Board of Challenge America, and is a former board member for Challenge Aspen, a world-renowned organization devoted to recreational therapy for all types of disabled persons.
The Air Charter Association
Dave’s career has taken him through all areas of the aviation industry, including flight operations, ground services and maintenance into senior executive roles with leading airlines and aviation companies.
He is Managing Partner of Windsor Capital LLP, a small investment fund operating mainly the aviation industry, including Synergy Aviation, Oaklands Global, Flying Support and Lazyriver Digital, as well as being a non-executive director of a number of companies, including Web Manuals International AB, the world’s leading aviation manuals digitizer. Alongside his own business interests, he is the part-time CEO of BACA – The Air Charter Association and a trustee of the aviation charity, fly2help.
Dave completed fifteen years with Gama Aviation plc as their Managing Director, Middle East and Asia and Group General Manager before moving to Qatar Airways’ Business Jet Division, Qatar Executive as Executive Vice President.
In 2010 he was elected as the youngest ever Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society, in addition he is a member of the Royal Air Force Club, the Royal Aero Club, the Honourable Company of Air Pilots, the Air League and is a Freeman of the City of London. When not playing with aeroplanes he continues to pretend he can play both the trumpet and golf.
Marine Eugène, the managing director of Flexjet in Europe, is an experienced aviation executive, with a proven track record in growing companies. Eugène joined NetJets Europe in 2002, when the company’s presence on the continent was at an embryonic stage. She was instrumental in orchestrating the expansion of NetJets’ sales organization after the economic crises of 2009 and 2011, successfully launching new fleets and program options. In 2011, Eugène became a member of NetJets’ European-wide executive leadership, with responsibility for the overall management of the company’s relations with senior executives and ultra-high net worth individuals.
Before that engagement, Eugène supported Sommet Education, the world’s most extensive and exclusive network of hospitality management institutions, as Director, Europe and the Middle East.
A French national who grew up in Le Havre in Normandy, Eugène has lived overseas for two decades, including in Shanghai, where she started her international career in 1999 with global logistics firm DB Schenker. She holds a degree from International Affairs College – Le Havre University. She currently resides in London, UK, with her family.
John joined jetAVIVA in 2016, where he combines his love of aviation and legal experience as VP of Transactions and General Counsel. In this role he quarterbacks the entire transaction process from “‘yes’ to close” for jetAVIVA clients. John and his team coordinate contracting, financing, insurance, mechanical inspections, maintenance programs, FAA, and escrow, simplifying the sale and purchase process for clients, including many first time jet owners. Approximately 300 aircraft transactions have been accomplished during John’s time at jetAVIVA, including dozens of international transactions.
Internally, John daily counsels jetAVIVA’s Sales Directors and the rest of the management team on business strategy and risk management.
Prior to joining jetAVIVA, he was a partner at a national law firm where he represented clients from small business owners to Fortune 500 companies in civil litigation, with rich legal experience in the fields aviation, maritime, EMS, and hospitality.
John graduated from Purdue University in 2004 with a B.S. in Management and earned a J.D. from University of Miami (FL) in 2007. He is licensed to practice law in Georgia, Florida, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, as well as various federal courts.
Boeing Business Jets
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.
Exklusiv Aviation Services
Philippe Fragnière started his career in Business Aviation in 1994 at ALG Aeroleasing in Geneva and moved on years later to market the international business aviation activities of a large international charter broker. He joined in 2004 Exklusiv Aviation Services (Switzerland) SA to assist private aircraft owners, enabling him to further specialize in the supervision of high value flying assets as well as to direct the organisation of interim lifts and high value charter flights
Philippe and his colleagues priorities are service , transparency and flexibility . “When dealing with any situation at any time a solution will always be found for any issue that arises or is to be addressed”. “Experience and personal skills do prevail when dealing with enquiries or request for services in a fashion that is more than ever essential”.
Steve Friedrich is the Chief Commercial Officer at Embraer Executive Jets, where he is responsible for the direct management of the global sales organization for new and pre-flown aircraft as well as the oversight of relationships with customers and industry collaborators. With more than 30 years of experience in the leasing and aerospace sectors, his wealth of experience spans across sales, marketing, finance, customer support and services and aftermarket programs.
Prior to joining Embraer, Steve led global sales efforts and marketing activities at Rolls-Royce Civil Aerospace Business Aviation as the company’s Vice President-Sales & Marketing. His previous banking and aviation finance experience includes key leadership positions as Vice President at Summit Bank of New Jersey and Assistant Vice President at United Jersey Bank.
Steve graduated with an A.B. in Economics & Business from Lafayette College and received his M.B.A. from the Stern School at New York University.
Marie-Laure Gassier is Head of Business Jet financing for BNP Paribas, based in Geneva.
Marie-Laure is a senior finance professional with over 20 years of experience with BNP Paribas in France, Singapore and Switzerland.
Marie-Laure has successfully grown over the last 10 years the business jet financing franchise of the bank for clients private and corporate. Since 2016, BNPP has set up in Switzerland a new platform dedicated to business jets and yachts financing, in order to serve better UHNWI clients.
Based in Geneva, the team is dedicated to providing jets and yachts financing solutions with a bespoke approach to a wide range of private clients. The focus is on transactions from 10 MUSD onwards for new or pre-owned aircraft with a global approach.
BNP Paribas is a leading bank in the Eurozone with a well-recognized footprint in Aviation and Shipping finance globally. Since 1981, the aviation finance department originates, arranges and distributes all types of aircraft financing solutions. With a global exposure in excess of 10 Bn USD and a portfolio of more than 1000 aircraft, the group maintains a prime and leading position in the transportation sector.
Marie-Laure holds a Political Science diploma with major and economics and finance (Sciences Po) and a Master Degree in History from Sorbonne University. She is a regular contributor at some major corporate jets conferences and events.
Gilchrist Aviation Law
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.
Edward 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.
Edward 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.
Todd Guelich was initiated in the aviation insurance industry at USAIG. He worked for them as an underwriter in Dallas for his first five years out of college.
A pilot since 1973 he received his education from the U.S. Naval Academy and University of Kentucky. He is also an active member of NBAA, IFBOA, HAI and NATA. He has served on the NATA’s Air Charter Committee since 1992 and participates in lobbying congress on general aviation regulatory issues.
Todd believes that to understand the efficient placement of insurance products, you have to observe the operators and directly participate in the decision process when addressing risk through safety initiatives, contractual or waiver deferrals. For those who know him, his on-site operator visitation schedule often reaches 100 days per year. His participation includes the policy direction for all facets of flight (from 121 to 135) and ground servicing facilities throughout North America and dozens of international locations. Experienced in the insurance placement of non-U.S. citizen trustors, trustees and beneficiaries, Todd frequently assists in the multiple interpretation issues evoked by the interacting contractual relationships required by the variable parties.
Todd is the father of three teenagers which may also help explain his travel schedule.
Cirrus Aircraft Corporation
Adam Hahn has been with Cirrus Aircraft for 13 years and currently serves as the Managing Director of Cirrus Aircraft’s international network of sales professionals based in Knoxville, Tennessee. Cirrus Aircraft are sold and operated in more than 60 countries.
Adam is a third-generation aviator. Both his Father and Grandfather were Ag Pilots in the midwestern part of the US. He is a proud graduate of the University of North Dakota and holds Commercial, Instrument, CFI, CFII, and MEI ratings with more than 6,000 total hours of flying time. Adam is also type rated in the industry-changing Cirrus Vision Jet and regularly fly’s demo flights with potential buyers across the globe. Early in his career, Adam was recognized as one of Cirrus’ top sales representatives while based in Florida and then Texas. Adam then spent four years in the United Kingdom working in Cirrus’ Biggin Hill office managing our EAMEI sales team, eventually taking on his current role here in Tennessee. When he is not flying the Vision Jet, Adam can be found spending time with his wife Amy and their two young daughters.
Shawn is the Chief Commercial Officer for Signature Flight Support, with responsibilities over it’s global Sales, Marketing ,and Revenue Management departments, as well as driving strategic opportunities including joint ventures, investments, alliances, and new market initiatives.
Before taking the CCO role, Shawn oversaw strategy and business development for the Signature Aviation portfolio.
Before Signature Aviation, Shawn held the position of Associate Partner with McKinsey & Co., where he covered the aviation, logistics, and hospitality sectors. Additionally, Shawn served in the United States Navy as a Naval Aviator and Tactics Instructor Pilot in the F/A-18 Hornet and Super Hornet.
Shawn holds a Master of Public Administration (MPA) in International Global Affairs from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, a Master of Business Administration (MBA) in Strategy from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, and a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Civil Engineering from the United States Military Academy at West Point.
James Hardie is responsible for Collins Aerospace global marketing and strategic planning for ARINCDirect services.
ARINCDirect was established in the USA in 2003 to provide direct access for business jet operators to ARINC communication services. Additional services such as flight planning, were quickly established and continue to be developed. He took responsibility for the ARINCDirect business development in EMEA in early 2006 and subsequently in the Asia Pacific region.
Based in the UK, James joined ARINC in 2001 and has worked with various flight departments around the world providing and developing products and services to meet their needs. Now part of Collins Aerospace IMS division, he has been involved in various projects related to airline and business aircraft operations and communications. James also has a background as a pilot with a CPL(A) and military helicopter experience.
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.
AIC Title Service
Clay Healey is the CEO of AIC Title Services.
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.
Glen is the MD of Synergy Aviation, the well-respected aircraft management company he founded in 2004. Synergy owns and manages a fleet of aircraft across Europe and the Middle East. The company retains its primary focus of managing business aircraft but also specialises in air ambulance, urgent cargo and special missions in war/conflict zones.
His aviation career started at Fairoaks Airport near London where he worked in flight training and air traffic control.
Alongside his involvement in Synergy Glen is one of three partners in a specialist investment company; with a growing portfolio of aviation businesses.
When away from the boardroom and not flying Glen likes nothing more than sailing or scuba diving.
David M. Hernandez is a Shareholder at Vedder Price and a member of the firm’s Global Transportation Finance team, whose performance led Vedder Price to be named Aviation 100 Law Firm of the Year 2015. In 2016, David was ranked Band 1 in Private Aircraft (Global-wide) in Chambers High Net Worth, which recognizes the world’s leading high net worth advisers.
David has considerable experience assisting clients with aircraft transactions, complex government investigations, aircraft, air carrier and part certifications, and enforcement matters (FAA and DOT violations, export controls, hazardous materials and drug/alcohol testing). He frequently advises clients on aircraft purchase/sale agreements, leases, fractional program documents, aircraft management agreements, aircraft use policies, cross-border transactions, personal use of company aircraft and regulatory (FAA, SEC and IRS) compliance. Mr. Hernandez represents a wide variety of clients, including public and private corporations, aerospace manufacturers and suppliers, airlines, defense contractors, airports, corporate flight departments, charter operators and high-net-worth individuals. Mr. Hernandez is also an active member of the National Business Aviation Association Tax Committee and Regulatory Issues Advisory Group.
Prior to joining Vedder Price, David was a prosecutor at the FAA as well as an honors attorney for the U.S. Department of Transportation. He also served in the Office of the Counsel to the President during the Clinton administration and was a Captain in the U.S. Air Force.
A highly accomplished and experienced tech entrepreneur, Clive has always been at the forefront of the digital revolution. As a successful innovator of web services and e-commerce platforms, his unique blend of creative vision, technical knowledge and background in corporate finance has enabled him to profitably exploit opportunities across the automotive, technology, media and leisure sectors. Clive has a proven track record of CEO leadership across 15 successive companies and scaling businesses to 140 employees globally.
Clive’s first business venture was Global Beach which he founded in 1993 as one of the U.K.’s first digital design marketing agencies. As desktop PCs started to dominate the work place, Clive saw an opportunity to create a new type of comms agency that could design and build interactive multimedia presentations for B2B and B2C clients. With a corporate finance background, Clive studied C and C++ over an 18-month period to become one of the UK’s leading software programmers in his field, developing proprietary platform systems, from file compression, video play back, CRM and encryption to consumer e-commerce platforms. An impressive client portfolio included Bentley Motors, Financial Times, Mercedes Benz and SONY.
As a spin out from Global Beach, Clive founded Autotorq in 2001 to provided Software as a Service to leading automotive manufacturers and their franchises dealer network across 52 companies. Autotorq is a global top five automotive Web Services Company and clients included Aston Martin, Ford and Chevrolet.
In 2011, Clive launched on-demand private jet charter business Victor out of a frustration with the inconveniences of commercial air travel and the lack of transparency in the jet charter industry. Victor revolutionised jet charter with its on-demand, fully-transparent and subscription-free global marketplace. Clive has been continually committed to innovation since Victor’s inception, most recently launching an industry-first climate action campaign to set a sustainability benchmark in aviation in July 2019 and CEO initiative, Beyond Offset, to call other business leaders to set a similar standard for the own industry. Under Clive’s leadership, Victor grew rapidly and was listed in the Sunday Times Tech Track 100 (2015-2019), the Deloitte UK Tech Fast 50 (2016, 2017) and the FT 1000 (2017, 2018). Having achieved US$38 million in Series B funding in 2017, attracting significant investment from BP Ventures, Clive launched Alyssum Group in early 2018 and thereby re-positioned Victor as subsidiary of the group. Through major investment and acquisition Alyssum Group is creating a digital eco-system marketplace servicing the entire aviation community – customers, operators, brokers and suppliers. The group’s portfolio currently consists of Victor and leading aviation services and flight-planning business RocketRoute.
Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP
Paul serves as the managing partner of the Hong Kong office of Pillsbury Winthrop and as the co-head of the firm’s 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.
Airbus Corporate Jets
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Pratt & Whitney Canada
With over 20 years of experience in the aerospace industry, Nicole Kappos has held numerous leadership roles at Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC), and most recently is responsible for driving business growth and the continued strategic transformation of the aftermarket business. Nicole and her team continue to develop solutions for their customers while establishing relationships with key influencers within the aerospace industry to expand reach and support opportunities in the marketplace.
Nicole is Co-President of the Women’s Leadership Committee at P&WC and has organized several conferences jointly with other global companies. She is also a member of the International Aviation Women’s Association (IAWA). Nicole has also served as a panelist at the Desautels Faculty of Management (McGill University) and the John Molson School of Business (Concordia University).
Nicole holds a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce from Concordia University and an MBA from Queen’s University.
Global Jet Capital
Vivek Kaushal serves as Chief Operating 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.
Ing. Edwin F. Kelly is the current acting Director of Department of the Civil Aviation of Aruba. He earned his Aeronautical Engineering degree in 1993 in The Netherlands and holds a degree in Aircraft Operations Science. He has also successfully completed the module “Aviation Law” at the Leiden University and the module “Air Transportation Science” at the Technical University of Delft.
In 2005 he graduated from the Aruban Pedagogical Academy, earning his qualifications as teacher on a high school level. He subsequently obtained his Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) at the University of Aruba.
Ing. Edwin F. Kelly worked at the Rijksluchtvaartdienst (Dutch CAA), prior to his tenure at the Department of Civil Aviation of Aruba, where he has worked for over 20 years.
At the DCA, he started off as an Airworthiness Inspector and then moved on to become Manager of the Airworthiness & Registration Department and later formed part of the Management Team for 18 months, subsequently being appointed as the Director.
He was also part of the start up of the foreign aircraft registration project in 1995.
Ing. Edwin F. Kelly was part of the team that succeeded in obtaining FAA Category 1 rating for Aruba in 1996 and was part of different ICAO article 83bis negotiations.
Ing. Edwin F. Kelly is also a private pilot and aircraft accident investigator.
Besides Aviation he loves big-game fishing, diving, karting and triathlon.
TAG Maintenance Services Farnborough – A Dassault Company
Stuart has over 30 years’ experience in Engineering and Maintenance in the Aviation Industry. Having started life as an Apprentice Engineer, he established a firm footing in Engineering principles through a wide range of activities. From his initial work as an Avionics Supervisor in the Middle East he has moved through various Supervision and Managerial roles having Management responsibility at various points for Line Maintenance, Base Maintenance, Contracted Maintenance (responsible for 3rd Party Maintenance and Repair Organisations (MRO) and Technical Support functions, while working in conjunction with Flight Operations and Operational Planning departments in a large UK airline.
Over the last 9 years Stuart has developed senior management roles in MRO sales for Business Aviation the latest 5 years as Sales Director within TAG Aviation group, based in Farnborough working in close conjunction with the wider TAG Network. The TAG MRO network is now part of the Dassault family.
Following a management career in the manufacturing industry Marwan started Gama Aviation Ltd in 1983 in the UK with his business partner Stephen Wright. He has overseen the group’s expansion from its foundation to its current multinational status encompassing many varied markets and areas in the aviation industry. Marwan continues to take a very active and hands on role in all aspects of the group’s development and has also headed the group’s expansion into the US market.
Marwan is both Chairman of the British Business and General Aviation Association (BBGA) and a board member of the European Business Aviation Association (EBAA).
Marwan holds an Airline Transport Pilot’s Licence and occasionally flies the Beech 200.
TVPX President, Tobias Kleitman, founded TVPX in 2002. TVPX has since brought together a team of experts who have earned a reputation for integrity, efficiency, confidentiality and security among aircraft owners and professionals worldwide. Each year, TVPX facilitates billions of dollars in aircraft owner trust transactions.
In 2018 TVPX expanded services by establishing a licensed US customs brokerage, DAR Support Services, and an aviation insurance brokerage. These new services integrate seamlessly with TVPX’s Owner Trust service to provide greater efficiencies and convenience to TVPX clients’ executing cross border aircraft transactions.
Tobias is the Treasurer for The National Aircraft Finance Association (NAFA) and a member of the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA), is a licensed customs broker and a licensed insurance broker in 50 states. TVPX is also an active member of NARA, HAI, MBAA, EBAA, ISTAT, and the AsBAA.
WINGX, based in Germany and founded in 2011, provides Business Intelligence tools for the global private jet market.
These tools combine a wide range of market data and our customers’ own records, to create performance dashboards which highlight competitive positioning, support decision making and enhance business development.
Our customers span the entire industry supply chain, from airports, ground-handling companies, operators and manufacturers to industry investors and financial analysts.
Richard has a long track record of successful roles in generating sales, building business partnerships, and defining and implementing business strategy.
As well as his tenure in the business aviation industry, spanning investment, operations and sales, Richard has held senior roles in the consulting, telecom and manufacturing industries.
Richard holds a Batchelor’s degree from Oxford University and a Master’s degree from Johns Hopkins University.
DLA Piper Russia
Philip Lamzin is a Partner at DLA Piper advising clients on finance, commercial and regulatory legal matters with particular focus on transport (aviation and shipping) and infrastructure sectors. He is widely recognized as one of the leading aviation, shipping and asset finance lawyers on the Russian market, advising leading international and local leasing companies, banks, airlines and ship owners on complex aircraft and ship finance and leasing transactions. Philip also has extensive experience of advising private and corporate clients as well as financial institutions in connection with acquisition, operation and financing of private and corporate jets, helicopters and yachts. Philip is named among leading lawyers in Russia for transportation/aviation/shipping sectors by both Chambers & Partners and Legal 500.
After graduating from the University of Stuttgart and the Georgia Institute of Technology both with a Masters Degree in Aerospace Engineering Tobias Laps started his career at Jet Aviation in Basel in aircraft completions in 1999 as an engineer.
Spending 5 years at Jet Aviation he was promoted to engineering project coordinator after only 6 months and Sales & Program Manager after 2.5 years selling various completion projects. After that he worked for 4 years at a subsidiary of Saab in Hamburg as a Branch Manager winning customers and growing the business significantly. He then was offered a job at ExecuJet in aircraft sales and later as a General Manager of the Berlin facility.
Before joining Comlux, Tobias was recruited as Head of Sales at RUAG in Munich in the area of business aircraft maintenance and refurbishment where he was able to secure large cabin modification and refurbishment projects. Tobias also holds a Private Pilot License since 20 years and is passionate about aviation. In November 2015 he joined Comlux as Sales Director and today he is Senior Vice President Sales worldwide for all Large VIP Aircraft transactions & interior completion projects.
Zoë Layden is a risk management expert with 29 years experience in the international insurance market. Zoë is Managing Director of Claveaux Consulting, working with an array of (re)insurance entities regarding aviation development as well as Aerospace industry companies needing support for their risk management and transfer needs.
Zoë believes in a holistic approach to risk. Managing the systemic risks facing an aviation business comprises many disciplines, not least of all the insurance purchase itself. Fascinated by global interfaces, she has forged a business helping others navigate the complexities of these interlinked aspects of our global infrastructure.
Prior to starting her own business she was broker relationship and Chief Underwriting Office Airline Director Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty. She was responsible for portfolio management and strategic direction of the airline practice underwritten in the four hubs, London, Paris, Munich and New York.
Zoë previously spent 16 years at Willis Ltd in London and New York where she held a number of key production and management roles. Originally from Boston, Zoë graduated from Tufts University and is also fluent in French.
Asian Sky Group
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.
Alan Mangels was born and raised in São Paulo, Brazil, and has always been passionate about aviation.
Alan re-joined Rolls-Royce in 2018 and is responsible for the marketing, sales, communications and account management of the Rolls-Royce CorporateCare® maintenance program world-wide and the general marketing function for Business Aviation. Alan began his career at Rolls-Royce back in 2004 in its Customer Business Leadership Development Program at the U.S. headquarters near Washington, D.C.
In 2006 Alan was assigned to RR’s global headquarters in Derby, England, where, as the representative of the U.S.-based sales team, he oversaw high-value sales proposals to sell aircraft engines within the Americas. He was promoted in 2007 to Sales Director for civil aircraft engines in Latin America, responsible for airline customers, including LAN (Chile), TAM (Brazil), and Avianca (Colombia). Based once again in the U.S., he sold over $5 billion worth of engines and service contracts. His team received an award from the CEO in recognition of its record sales year.
In 2008 Alan joined aircraft manufacturer Airbus’ Miami-based Latin America sales team. Responsible for sales to all the airlines in Chile, Argentina, Bolivia, Paraguay, and Uruguay, he traveled frequently to meet with government officials and airline executives. He sold 100 aircraft, worth over $8 billion. Alan also coordinated the delivery of Red Cross relief supplies to the 2010 Chilean earthquake victims, utilizing a new aircraft scheduled for delivery to South America.
In 2012, Alan pursued a full-time MBA at the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania and also completed a second master’s degree in international studies at the Lauder Institute.
Before returning to Rolls-Royce in 2018, Alan worked for Mangels Industrial S.A. in Brazil as Commercial and Operations Director, reporting to the Board of Directors. Mangels Industrial S.A. is a publicly traded company producing manufactured steel and aluminum products. Main products include OEM aluminum alloy wheels for major car manufacturers and propane gas cylinders. Alan now serves as a non-executive board member of Mangels Industrial S.A.
Prior to working for Mangels Industrial S.A., Alan worked as a Senior Consultant for Deloitte Consulting based out of the Chicago office.
Alan also holds a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Michigan, is a native speaker of English and Portuguese and has gained fluency in Spanish through his extensive travel in Latin America. He enjoys surfing, scuba diving, soccer, tennis, Alpine skiing, fishing, and traveling. In 2008 he trekked to the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro and in 2013, climbed Mt. Cotopaxi.
Adel Mardini launched Jetex in Dubai in 2005, with the mission to create a one-of-a-kind company catering to the needs of high-profile clients in every aspect of private aviation. His business philosophy encompassed delivering individually tailored services, from the moment of departure all the way through to arrival at the client’s destination and beyond, providing a complete luxury travel solution every step of the way.
Today, Jetex serves an elite clientele through its extensive global network of FBOs and ground handling facilities in more than 30 countries worldwide, and employs over 300 staff. The company offers a comprehensive range of international trip planning, ground support and bespoke concierge services, all delivered with a high degree of flexibility and signature personal touch.
Mr. Mardini provides entrepreneurial, hands-on leadership, embodying the spirit of developing a deep understanding of Jetex’s clients, while constantly inspiring the Jetex team to exceed their own ambitions and capabilities. From humble roots through to global success, his visionary stewardship has been a decisive factor in the company’s continuous growth.
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 airportoperators 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 (WEF) and the Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO), a global community 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 with numerous charitable activities, including fund raising for the Corporate Angel Network.
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Patrick is Chief Executive Officer and a founding principal of Luxaviation UK, formerly London Executive Aviation. The company is one of the largest business jet operators in Europe with a wide ranging offering of fleets from transatlantic capability to small, executive four-passenger light jets. Luxaviation UK has aircraft bases in the main UK airports and also Athens, Helsinki, Moscow , South of France and Paris. Its client base covers a broad spectrum, including the arts, entertainment and media sectors, as well as government work. The company has won “Best European Charter Operator in Europe” 5 times in the last 7 years.
Luxaviation UK is part of the Luxaviation Group, the 2nd largest operator of corporate aircraft in the world. The Group manages 270 aircraft under the most stringent safety standards and Luxaviation’s commercial fleet is operated under the regulatory umbrella of 14 regional civil aviation issued air-operating certificates (AOCs). Luxaviation manages 25 world-class FBO facilities and 15 maintenance centres worldwide, certified to work on most business jets. Luxaviation currently employs over 1,700 staff worldwide.
Patrick co-founded Luxaviation UK in 1996 with George Galanopoulos. They initially operated from a post-war hut in Stapleford with one pilot (George) and one propeller-powered aircraft. Patrick joined the aviation industry following a successful financial career in London during the 1980s and early 1990s.
Since 2016, Mark Masluch has led the Bombardier Aviation Public Affairs and Communications organization. Under his leadership, this worldwide team oversees Industry Affairs and advocacy, Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives, Public & Media Relations and Employee & Customer Communications—all related to Bombardier’s leading portfolio of Learjet, Challenger and Global aircraft, a growing number of special-mission aircraft conversions, an evolving portfolio of aerostructures and engineering services, and an expanding global network of aircraft MRO and support locations.
Mr. Masluch represents Bombardier on the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) Environment Committee and the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) Communications Council.
Over the past decade at Bombardier, Mr. Masluch has led communications and public affairs functions across a variety of business segments, with a heavy focus on community involvement, honing the company’s outreach to future generations of Aircraft Maintenance Technicians and Pilots and driving environmental stewardship through the adoption of Sustainable Aviation Fuel—all while promoting Bombardier’s award-winning business jets and support services.
Mr. Masluch began his aerospace career as part of the communications team at Air Canada Vacations and then transitioned to aviation training leader CAE. He joined Bombardier in 2009 as part of the communications team dedicated to Bombardier’s Customer Experience network supporting business and commercial aircraft.
Based at Bombardier Aviation headquarters in Dorval, Quebec, Mr. Masluch holds a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Concordia University in Montreal.
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.
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The Air Law Firm
Aoife specialises in private, corporate and commercial aviation, military aircraft and civil aerospace. She advises clients on aircraft finance and regulatory issues, including corporate structures, aircraft acquisitions and airline start-ups. She is internationally renowned for her work in aircraft finance. Aviation Week & Space Technology magazine named her as one of the top 10 leaders in business aviation in Europe. She is a member of the Board of Aerion Corporation Inc. which is developing a supersonic business jet and was a founding member of IIBN, a network of Irish entrepreneurs. She has acted as Chair of the European Business Aviation Association finance and leasing group.
Aoife has been independently nominated by her clients, contacts and peers for inclusion in all exclusive industry and legal guides for her work in aviation law and her contribution to the industry, including:
Chambers: notable and trusted practitioner in Aviation Finance
Legal 500: Finance
Euromoney’s “Women in Business”, and Expert Guides – Aviation
International Who’s Who of Aviation Finance Lawyers
Who’s Who Legal
Lawyers World – Leading Lawyer Awards
Aoife is regularly invited to speak at international aviation conferences and events. She writes for and has been quoted in all major leading publications including the Financial Times, BART, Fly Corporate, Airfinance Journal and Altitudes.
Aoife was admitted as a Solicitor in Ireland in 1997, England and Wales in 1997 and admitted to the Supreme Court of the Cayman Islands in 2002. Previous experience includes senior associate at Clifford Chance LLP and subsequently Head of Aircraft Finance at Gates and Partners LLP until merger with Kennedys Law LLP where she was head of Aircraft Finance. Aoife is one of the founding partners of The Air Law Firm LLP.
European Business Aviation Association
Bruce Parry is an experienced in sustainability and environmental affairs professional and has worked in the aviation industry for twenty years. He is senior environment manager for the European Business Aviation Association (EBAA) and environment director for the International Business Aviation Council (IBAC). He represents business aviation on a variety levels including as the UN Observer at ICAO’s CAEP on behalf of IBAC.
Parry has gained experience through working for both Airbus and Bombardier and has a background in environmental engineering management, environmental factors in aircraft product development, corporate social responsibility and sustainability. He holds a Bachelor of Science in environmental quality and resource management from University of the West of England.
Air BP Limited
As commercial development manager for low carbon Tom is responsible for Air BP’s low carbon strategy, and the sourcing and supply of sustainable aviation fuel.
Tom joined BP as a research chemist in 2008, working on the development and scale-up of technologies including BP’s Fischer-Tropsch process.
He has since held business development and strategy roles in technology licensing, BP’s Fuels businesses and in Downstream commercial development. He also led BP’s Advanced Bio Products team at its inception before joining Air BP in 2017.
Tom holds a Master’s degree and D.Phil in Chemistry from the University of Oxford. Outside of work he enjoys coaching his son’s rugby team as well as playing the trumpet in a local jazz band.
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).
John Peterson is the leader of the Honeywell Connected Enterprise’s (HCE) software and services portfolio. The portfolio includes a global offering of innovative enterprise software solutions, cabin services and connectivity enabling products that are simplifying the end-to-end solutions that are connecting aircrafts and passengers. Since launch of GoDirect cabin services in November of 2016, John rapidly grew the business from non-existent to the second largest provider of cabin services in the bizjet market beating 20 year incumbants in the space. John drove and integrated agile scale development process that consistently releases updates and new offerings every 8-15 weeks making GoDirect an innovation leader in connectivity enablers. Using this model HCE was able to launch the GoDirect router wich is 70% less expensive, 60% smaller and 50% lighter than any other product in the market while delivering the broadest software options in the market. John has driven the Honeywell enterprise software platform to become aviations largest and most sophisticated data lake serving airline and defense markets with the broadest offering of efficiency, optimization, maintenance and safety analytics.
Prior to Honeywell, John was Director of Product Marketing at Satcom Direct and Rockwell Collins. At Satcom Direct the portfolio of hardware and services was $180M and grew at 25%. At Rockwell Collins the portfolio included commercial products in BGA/ATR markets, $1.3B at 9% CAGR.
John has a BSME from University of Arizona, Masters of Engineering Management from Washington State and EMBA from University of Iowa.
Ettore Poggi holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from Witwatersrand University, South Africa, with
majors in Applied Mathematics and Computer Science, as well as a Management Diploma from
UCT Business School.
Beginning his working life as an IT specialist at one of the country’s start up IT companies. Ettore
remained with the company for 21 years in the positions of Systems Engineer, National
Engineering Manager, Product Manager, National Sales Manager and in 1988, he was appointed
as the Regional Chief Executive. During his career with the company, the company became largest
IT solutions provider in the country with branches in Europe and a listing on the Johannesburg
Ettore was appointed as the Managing Director of ExecuJet South Africa in February 2003. Under
his leadership, ExecuJet South Africa evolved into the leading aviation organisation in Africa,
offering a complete business aviation service, including new aircraft sales, flight operations, aircraft
management, maintenance and Fixed Base Operation services.
In 2007 Ettore was appointed as
Director of ExecuJet Aviation Nigeria and was instrumental in setting up the facility in Lagos.
In November 2016 he accepted the role as Group FBO Director with responsibility to grow the
ExecuJet/Luxaviation FBO network.
After a 3-year stay in the Middle East, Ettore is President of Luxaviation Group’s Fixed Based
Operations and has made England his home base. The FBO network has grown to 26 FBOs
located in 5 continents, and is a member of Paragon Aviation, extending the FBO network by an
additional 29 USA and Caribbean based FBOs.
Ettore is also a member of the European Business Aviation Association Advocacy committee.
Brian Proctor is a founder and President of Mente Group, LLC and has been serving private aviation clients for 10 years. Having been involved in over $3.5 billion in aircraft transactions and over $5 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 CAAP and later Leading Edge.
Brian serves on several industry boards and is involved with the Frontiers of Flight Museum in Dallas. He holds a BA degree in International Studies in Politics and Diplomacy from the University of Richmond and an MBA from Southern Methodist University.
Tanya graduated from Bristol University with a BSc(Hons) in Psychology and then began her career with Pricewaterhouse Coopers in London, qualifying as a Chartered Accountant in 1996. After qualifying, Tanya went on to gain significant experience within insolvency and then Corporate Finance, across a wide range of industries, projects and high-profile clients.
Tanya relocated from London to Sydney, Australia in 2000, joining the Commercial Real Estate team within GE Capital (a division of the large conglomerate General Electric) as Associate Director, responsible for structured debt financing and asset management of a diverse portfolio of commercial property. In 2003 Tanya became the P&L leader for a US$1bn book of loans acquired from a major bank, then returned to the UK in 2005 as Risk Operations Leader for Europe. Tanya’s roles with GE provided broad leadership and transactional experience, with a focus on operational excellence, business transformation and delivery of financial targets.
In 2012, Tanya joined Centreline as Finance Director, moving into the role of COO shortly after. Tanya was appointed CEO in 2014, to lead and drive the growth and diversification of Centreline’s business streams (Charter & Management, FBO, MRO, ATO), including the sale of the group in 2016 to Guernsey based family office, Pula Ltd. After the change of ownership, Tanya remained as CEO and Accountable Manager for Centreline to ensure continued profitable growth of the business.
Most recently, Tanya has assumed the position of non-executive Chair for Pula Aviation Services Ltd, the aviation division of the Pula group that is tasked with the growth and diversification of its aviation businesses, to provide customers with full-service business aviation acquisition, ownership, management and operational solutions.
Renz & Partners (Switzerland)
Philippe Renz is a Swiss attorney-at-law and the founder of Renz & Partners, a boutique law firm specialising in aviation and sports. Before founding the firm, Philippe practiced for several years as a lawyer and prosecutor at the Federal Office of Civil Aviation of Switzerland, then in aviation law firms in London and Geneva.
Philippe specialises in aviation regulation and litigation. He advises its clients on all matters relating to national and international aviation regulations and assists them with respect to civil, administrative and criminal matters relating to aviation. He also advises them in all matters relating to the sale, purchase, lease, holding, operation and maintenance of aircraft, and assists them in the negotiation of their contracts.
Philippe attends regularly international conferences and seminars as guest speaker.
Gogo Business Aviation
After completing his Masters in Space Mission Analysis and Design, Shuaib started his career in Madrid, Spain designing satellite augmented landing systems for aircraft. He returned home to the United Kingdom to help launch Inmarsat’s SwiftBroadband service and ran the business aviation portfolio for a further five years. Currently, Shuaib works for Gogo Business Aviation as their Director for Global Sales where his team is responsible for Airtime sales for the Inmarsat and Iridium networks, as well as hardware sales outside North America.
Michael Silvestro is the chief executive officer of Flexjet, a global leader in fractional private jet travel.
Now the fractional private jet industry’s longest-tenured CEO, Silvestro began his aviation career at Flight Options in 2000, which his former Notre Dame roommate Kenn Ricci had founded in 1998. Silvestro served Flight Options as Vice President of Sales and Marketing from 2000 to 2005, helping to pioneer the company’s approach of selling fractional shares in refurbished as well as new aircraft. During his tenure, he helped to build Flight Options into the industry’s second-ranked company, with more than 200 aircraft and several thousand fractional and jet card customers.
Silvestro left Flight Options after Raytheon Travel Air’s investment that ultimately led to its acquiring majority control of the company. Silvestro held a senior position with fractional provider CitationShares from 2005-08.
In 2008, Silvestro was named CEO of Flight Options upon its being re-acquired by Ricci’s Directional Aviation. On top of needing to re-build an enterprise that was neglected by previous ownership, the bottom fell out during the financial crisis, with flight activity dropping 35 percent in just a few months, followed by a period of contraction for the private aviation industry.
Forced to innovate, Silvestro managed through two very conflicting initiatives – scale back the business and do more with less. At the same time, Silvestro understood how important it was to continue to provide customers with exceptional levels of service.
Silvestro not only helped keep Flight Options alive during the recession of 2008-09, but, through steady leadership, positioned it to return to a state of growth faster than its peers. By the first quarter of 2011, Flight Options saw a 467 percent increase in fractional jet sales and a 46 percent increase in jet card sales during that year’s first quarter, compared to the same period in the previous year. This was part of four consecutive years of improved financial results since Silvestro became Flight Options’ CEO. At the close of 2012, Flight Options saw sales increase 30 percent year over year, with a 70 percent increase in sales to owners who left a competing brand.
During this period, Flight Options became the launch customer for the Embraer Phenom 300 light jet as well as the Nextant 400XT, the world’s first remanufactured business jet. Both aircraft were perfect for this period of guarded capital deployment and economic recovery, as they were the most capable in their class with the industry’s lowest acquisition and operating costs.
By 2013, Silvestro had Flight Options on such a track of stability and growth that its owner, Ricci’s Directional Aviation, acquired fractional pioneer Flexjet from Bombardier, eventually merging it with Flight Options. Once again, Ricci turned to Silvestro and his steady hand, making him CEO of the new combined enterprise that would move forward under the Flexjet banner. Since then, Silvestro has overseen the rebranding of Flexjet as the industry’s most refined and Owner-centric fractional provider, invested billions in new aircraft with an emphasis on large-cabin models – turning Flexjet into a truly global operator – and launched premium offering Red Label with features never before seen in the fractional private jet industry such as dedicated crews and the LXi Cabin Collection of artisan aircraft interiors.
First Republic Bank
Jim joined First Republic Bank in March 2006 in his current position as Managing Director of Aviation & Marine Finance. Since joining, Jim has built a team that has originated, closed, and funded over half a ($US) billion in aviation and marine secured transactions for First Republic Bank’s high net worth clients. Because of the focus on understanding the client’s business and alternative asset categories, Jim and his team customize the transactions that suit their clients’ specific needs.
Prior to joining First Republic Bank, he was a regional manager for Bank of America Equipment Finance and Leasing where he managed team of 14 professionals and support staff located throughout the Western United States. While at Bank of America, he worked on a variety of aviation finance transactions for its commercial airline and corporate clients.
Jim is a pilot who began flying aircraft in high school. He graduated from Boston University where he earned his Bachelor of Science in Finance.
Civil Aviation Authority of the Cayman Islands
Paul Henry ‘Richard’ Smith has over 40 years in the aviation industry, with experience in both the private and public sectors of the industry; he is a venerable veteran who is well known through the Caribbean region and internationally. His career has been spent working with Civil Aviation Authority (CAACI) of the Cayman Islands with attachments and secondments to international training organizations and a stint with the national flag carrier – Cayman Airways, Ltd., as a pilot.
The following is a history of his training and qualifications to date:
Joined the Cayman Islands Civil Aviation Department July 1976 as trainee Air Traffic Controller. Attended the Air Traffic Control Training Centre in Curacao, Netherlands Antilles and qualified as an Air Traffic Controller in 1977.
Appointed as Operations Officer in February 1982.
Attended FAA Academy, Oklahoma, USA in February 1983 and received certification in Airport Systems and Airport Master Planning.
Obtained FAA Private Pilot Licence, July 1983 from Sowell Aviation, Panama City, Florida.
Attended Cranfield College of Aeronautics in 1987 and received certification in Aircraft Accident Investigation Course.
Obtained FAA Commercial Pilot Licence, July 1988 from Flight Safety International, Vero Beach, Florida.
Attended Transport Canada Training Institute in 1989 and received certification in Aviation Inspector and Enforcement.
Attended the International Aviation Management Training Institute, Montreal, Canada in 1990 and received certification in Advanced Airport Management.
Qualified as First Officer on the B737-200 aircraft in 1993 and flew with Cayman Airways until 1996.
Appointed Director of Civil Aviation in October 1995.
February 2003 appointed to the Board of Directors of Air Safety Support International (subsidiary of the UK CAA).
December 14, 2004 inducted to the Royal Aeronautical Society as ‘Fellow’ with the designation FRAeS.
Jan 2005 he received the Queens Certificate and Badge of Honour for his tireless efforts during and after Hurricane Ivan.
June 2008 he was named as a recipient of the Member of the British Empire (MBE) award by His Excellency the Governor, Mr. Stuart Jack at the Queen’s Birthday celebrations.
He actively participates and is involved in board meetings. In addition, he was nominated to the Board of Directors of the Air Safety Support Inc (ASSI) in February 2003 and served until 2009. ASSI is a subsidiary company created by the UK Civil Aviation Authority (UK CAA) to facilitate the UK Government’s obligations to the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) regarding the safety oversight of civil aviation in the UK’s Overseas Territories (OT’s).
Mr. Smith is the country’s foremost aviation official with authority delegated by Her Excellency the Governor.
Oliver is the managing director for Colibri Aircraft Ltd., a private aircraft brokerage and advisory firm based in London.
Oliver started with Colibri Aircraft in 2011, after spending the previous 8 years managing the brokerage and advisory unit for a firm in the United States. His focus has been on the international arena, selling and purchasing aircraft for clients as well as advising lenders on asset value protection and repossessions.
Having bought and sold aircraft for customers in Asia, South America, Europe, the Middle East and the US, he has a first-hand perspective on different cultures and their approach to private aviation, as well as the demand for such aircraft around the world.
Bermunda Civil Aviation Authority
Michael Swann is the Director of Airworthiness with the Bermuda Civil Aviation Authority.
Michael leads the Airworthiness teams in Bermuda, UK, Russia and China, ensuring the compliant airworthiness certification and continuing airworthiness oversight of the 900+ aircraft on the Bermuda Aircraft Register.
Michael previously held senior safety and compliance roles with Cobham and AJW and prior to these, enjoyed 15 years with the UK Civil Aviation Authority, as both surveyor and airworthiness manager, through a period of significant market growth and regulatory change.
Michael’s early career began with the Royal Air Force, as a Halton Apprentice and McDonnel Douglas F4-II Technician and took him on to, British Airways as a base maintenance certifying engineer on Boeing 747 aircraft, before developing his regulatory knowledge with UK Civil Aviation Authority.
In addition to his maintenance engineering and regulatory background, Michael is an MSG-3 and Maintenance Review Board specialist, he is also NEBOSH qualified and an ISO lead auditor.
Michael lives in the south of England, has a young family and enjoys sailing and cycling.
Watson Farley Williams
Oliver is a partner in the aviation group.
Oliver’s practice has a primary focus on aviation finance matters, providing advice to equipment financiers, airlines, owners and operators on all types of cross border transaction structures.
He is experienced in documenting, negotiating and executing aircraft and engine financing, leasing and trading transactions, and has advised clients that together represent the full range of industry participants on transactions concerning all classes of commercial and business aircraft.
Oliver is notably active in the corporate jet market, where he has a strong practice representing financiers, high net-worth individuals and operators.
Oliver is recommended as a leading aviation finance lawyer by legal directories Chambers HNW, Legal 500 EMEA Who’s Who Legal and Euromoney’s Guide to Aviation Lawyers, as well as by Corporate Jet Investor magazine. Most recently, Chambers reported that he is “very much a known entity and an established participant in the private aviation sector” and that “he is absolutely a go-to in the Middle East. He is knowledgeable, understands the market and understands how people operate in the region. His focus on that means that he is able to answer complex questions quickly”.
He regularly presents at industry conferences, seminars and client training events.
Adam is CEO and co-founder of private jet booking platform, PrivateFly. He began his career as a pilot – first for 10 years with the British Royal Air Force, then moving into private aviation with NetJets – before launching PrivateFly in 2008.
PrivateFly is a fast-growing, global marketplace for private jet charter. Via its European head office in St Albans, UK and US office in Fort Lauderdale, it offers an expert 24-hour Flight Team, combined with significantly enhanced efficiency via technology. This gives transparent, better and faster pricing for the customer; and an improved marketing channel for aircraft operators.
PrivateFly was one of the first companies to receive the industry’s best practice accreditation, Argus Certified Broker status, in May 2016 and Adam and his team continue to strive for greater efficiencies and innovations at every stage of the private charter booking process.
Adam is a high-profile and passionate spokesperson for the business aviation industry, a council member of industry body BACA and the chair of the EBAA (European Business Aviation Association) broker sub-committee. He remains an active pilot, flying the Citation XLS+.
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Ed Underwood, president of Avsurance Corporation, and vice president and risk manager of Avfuel Corporation, has been in the aviation insurance industry since 1980. He holds the Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter designation conferred in 1984 and the Certified Insurance Counselor designation conferred in 1995. Underwood received a bachelor’s degree from Colby College.
Prior to his appointment as president of Avsurance Corporation in 1991, Underwood was vice president of the Rockwood Company in Chicago, Illinois.
Avsurance Corporation is a specialty Aviation Insurance Broker and a wholly owned subsidiary of Avfuel Corporation.
Avsurance is licensed in all 50 states and places coverage for more than 300 aviation accounts throughout the world. The agency practice includes Part 121 cargo operators, Part 135 fleets, fixed based operators, maintenance facilities, component part manufacturers and more than 200 turbine Part 91 aircraft. Specializing in US registered foreign-owned aircraft.
Citi Private Bank
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.
National Air Transportation Association (NATA)
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.
Stonebriar Commercial Finance
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.
Richard Weeks has over 35 years’experience as a pilot. He had a 16-year career with the Royal Air Force in various roles, including as an instructor and instrument rating examiner. He was also an instructor at the Euro-NATO Joint Jet Pilot Training School in Texas, USA. He returned to No. 32 (The Royal) Squadron where he spent his last years with the RAF running the pilot training programme for the Royal Squadron.
He joined NetJets in 2002 as Director of Training and Standards for the NetJets AOC. He was also Head of Training for the NetJets Type Rating Training Organisation; in that role he was an instructor and examiner on the Hawker 125.
He is now Director of Safety and Compliance responsible for managing the NetJets safety management system to identify hazards, manage the associated risks, and make recommendations to increase the safety performance and culture of NetJets Europe. He is also responsible for managing the compliance monitoring programme in order to ensure that all NetJets operations are performed safely and in compliance with the Company, national, and international regulations.
Emily spent a decade at NetJets Europe, laterally as Board Sales Director, and 5 years ago co founded IW Aviation – a totally independent private aviation advisory firm working with individuals and businesses worldwide on their private aviation options. The firm provide bespoke contract and flight management and also advise on the selection, purchase and ongoing operation of whole aircraft for those clients where ownership is the right solution.
As an experienced Managing Director in aviation, finance and across lifestyle brands, she has vast experience in strategic planning and long term business analytics, delivering multiple Berkshire Hathaway 10 year plan reports and combines this experience with detailed knowledge of all aspects of the aviation market, including operations and manufacturers.
Isle of Man Aircraft Registry
Simon Williams has successfully held a number of challenging senior operational & staff appointments. He has operated as Aircraft Commander, Training Captain, Qualified Helicopter Tactics Instructor, Instrument Rating Examiner and has flown a wide variety of aircraft including Royal Air Force Search & Rescue Sea Kings, Special Operations Pumas and civil Boeing 757s & Boeing 767s, most recently for British Airways.
During 5 years at the UK Civil Aviation Authority, he developed a very broad safety portfolio which saw him chairing groups at national & international level. These groups were focused on delivering tangible safety benefits whilst working closely with a diverse cross section of the civil aviation industry. Towards the end of that tenure he increasingly devoted much of his time to working in ‘Safety Partnership’ with the business aviation community.
In his current role as Director of Civil Aviation (DCA) he is leading & managing a large multi-disciplinary internationally-based team and is directly responsible for a multi-million pound budget. The breadth & depth of the DCA role is significant and includes: leading & managing the world’s 6th largest international private/corporate business aviation aircraft registry; regulating civil aviation, airspace & airport activity on behalf of the Isle of Man Government with direct accountability to the UK Department for Transport & the UK Civil Aviation Authority. Safety with Service is our ethos.
I strongly believe that it is vital to look after people as a fundamental first principle. Why? Primarily, because it is the decent human thing to do. Secondly, if we look after our people, our people look after most everything else. I strive to ensure that each and every individual feels trusted, empowered and valued and so grows as a person/professional; team performance is also boosted as a consequence.
Graham is the Founder and CEO of Sonas Aviation, a corporate aircraft management company based in Ireland using the newly created “EJ” registry with an Irish Air Operator Certificate (AOC). Having formed and outstanding launch team, with complimentary skills and a proven track record in their fields, Sonas will deliver unrivalled customer service, safety and operational excellence.
The company will be uniquely placed to capitalize on the possible impact of Brexit and will provided peace of mind for clients seeking predictable solutions for current and future assets.
Until recently Graham was the President responsible for Aircraft Management and Charter Operations for one of the World’s leading Business Aviation Operators. He joined the company in November 2005 as Director of Operations and was later promoted to Managing Director of the newly formed UK entity with additional responsibility for Flight and Ground Operations across Europe. He was subsequently promoted to President Europe in 2009 and in his 14 years with this operator he grew the core business from less than 10 managed aircraft to more than 90 along with helping to create Operations in Hong Kong, Bahrain and Malta.
Prior to joining this company, he was the CEO of a start-up airline in India and in a 35-year career has held Executive posts in airlines in central Europe, the United Kingdom and the Middle East.
He is a member of the EBAA Board of Governors and has been an Accountable Manager for several Airlines and operators.
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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 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.
|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.|
|For over 100 years, Honeywell has been a pioneer in aerospace. Our wide range of products and services for the Business Aviation community includes Avionics, Cabin Management Systems, Satcom Connectivity Solutions, Engines and Airframe systems, Wheels and Brakes.|
Today, we continue to innovate. Through the evolution of the Connected Aircraft, Honeywell continues to deliver safer, more efficient, more productive and ultimately more enjoyable travel experiences. With GoDirect, Honeywell offers the industry's most complete portfolio of value-adding aviation services and applications. From hardware to apps to services, Honeywell provides solutions to optimize bandwidth and reduce data and operating costs while creating the best possible experience for your customers.
Honeywell is changing the way people communicate on and with an aircraft today and in the future. Find out more at aerospace.honeywell.com
|Safety with Service' is our ethos.|
A multiple-award winning organisation staffed by a team of client-focussed professionals, dedicated to facilitating high standards of safety whilst delivering excellence in customer service. The Isle of Man Aircraft Registry (IOMAR) was established on a cost neutral basis in 2007 to support the Business Aviation industry internationally. We are currently the second largest private business jet register in Europe and the sixth largest in the world.
We are passionate about incrementally raising standards of safety & regulation whilst providing best possible support & excellent customer service to our much valued clients.
Our Registry Services Team is here to assist you with: Aircraft Registration, Changes to Aircraft Details, Mortgage Services and Renewals.
Our Flight Operations Team is here to assist you with: Company Operating Manuals, Operational Approvals, Permissions and Exemptions, Carriage of Dangerous Goods and Aircraft Equipment Requirements.
Our Airworthiness Team is here to assist you with: Authorisations, Permit to Fly and Modification approvals.
|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.
|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.|
|The worldwide leader in private aviation.|
Beginning as the first private jet charter and management company, NetJets has led the industry for 50+ years. Then in 1986, they revolutionized it with the concept of shared ownership and proceeded to build the largest, most diverse private jet fleet in the world.
Today, backed by Berkshire Hathaway, NetJets offers a full range of personalized solutions to meet—and exceed—the incredible needs and high standards of the world’s most notable travelers.
|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.
|Vedder Price and our 300-plus lawyers serve a global client base from offices in Chicago, New York, Washington, DC, London, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Singapore.|
Vedder Price enjoys a strong worldwide reputation for legal services related to global transportation finance. We serve a broad base of clients across all transportation sectors, including the aviation, aerospace, railroad and marine industries, and are positioned to serve both US-based and international clients who execute deals under New York and English law.
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.
With one of the largest and most experienced Business Aircraft Finance practices in the world, Vedder Price is able to provide counsel in all aspects of business aircraft financing transactions, particularly large jet aircraft but also small jets, turboprop aircraft and helicopters.
|ViaSat is on a mission to connect the world. As a global broadband services and technology company, ViaSat ensures consumers, businesses, governments and military personnel have communications access - anywhere - whether on the ground or in-flight.|
Office in the sky takes on a new meaning with ViaSat in-flight internet for business aviation. Be as productive in the air as you are on the ground. Our service today lets you do all of your normal office tasks plus streaming media and teleconferencing so aircraft owners, guests, and staff can use the internet the way they want. The ViaSat network covers over 90% of the world’ most popular flight paths.
ViaSat Ka-band enables business and private jet users to unlock the value of more… by getting a more powerful performing in-flight internet service that delivers more speed, more performance, and more reliability—globally. ViaSat’s system is built for tomorrow’s internet, empowering users to do more on board. The current Ku-band equipment can remain as a high-speed backup option giving you the best service wherever you travel.
In service since 2006, ViaSat services deliver predictable monthly fees, a high-speed connection, generous data allowances, and are available during all phases of flight.
|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.
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|The Air Law Firm LLP is a boutique aviation law practice providing international legal services to the aviation industry. Our practice model sets us apart: we offer a bespoke and focused service from an agile and responsive team who can react quickly to the changing demands of your business environment. Our legal services are partner-led and we are proactive not reactive. Our lawyers are passionate about aviation, recognised internationally as being experts in their fields, focused and unique. As your legal partner in aviation, your experience with us will be different.|
|With experience in aircraft sales and acquisitions, feet management, FBO and heliport construction, interior design, and helicopter operations, the ArcosJet team brings confidence, know-how, innovation, and efficiency to business aviation.|
We established the company in 2014, having previously succeeded in various projects and sharing between us many decades of industry experience and passion for aviation. With headquarters in Dubai and having offices in Moscow, Vienna and London, we have a truly global outreach – much like the winged machines that we buy, sell, operate, and fly.
Although our core activity is aircraft sales and acquisitions, we strive to explore new areas of the market and are always ready to offer our customers the services they require, be it aircraft management, maintenance supervision, crew training, legal support, or a multitude of other things one would never think about until they got an aircraft to look after. Even in the process of an aircraft acquisition or sale, there are so many considerations: financing, leasing, insurance, pre-purchase inspections, technical acceptance, taxes, deregistration and exportation and so on.
We’ve spent many years studying and perfecting our processes so all our customers need to do is outline the task and go about their business while we produce the results.
|Asian Sky Group (ASG) is headquartered in Hong Kong with offices throughout the Asia-Pacific region. It has assembled the most experienced team in the region to provide a wide-range of independent business and general aviation services. ASG has sales and business development teams based in Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing, Shenzhen and Singapore. Through established, long-standing relationships with its industry peers, ASG expands its reach to the Middle East, Africa, Europe and the Americas. Understanding the local market while applying our global mindset, ASG bridges the gap between cultures and regions. Our team capitalizes on its Western knowledge and Eastern know-how, making your global aviation needs smoother and more efficient. (www.asianskygroup.com) |
The acclaimed Asian Sky Fleet Reports are produced by ASG’s market research and consulting team, in collaboration with ASIAN SKY MEDIA — a division of ASG focusing on media, publications and aviation marketing services. Through its marketing services, Asian Sky Media offers aviation companies online and offline opportunities to enhance brand awareness, develop a more strategic marketing plan and connect with target audiences in the Asia Pacific-region and worldwide. (www.asianskymedia.com)
|Avsurance is a single-source access point to a variety of aviation risk-management solutions. A subsidiary of Avfuel Corporation, Avsurance is focused exclusively on the aviation industry, providing coverage for fixed base operators, commercial flight departments, scheduled carriers, flight schools, regional airlines, freight/cargo haulers, airports, aviation products manufacturers, helicopter operators and more. The Avsurance team puts its industry expertise and skills to work to provide its clients with the most informed quotes on a variety of coverages, including, but not limited to, hangarkeepers’ insurance, worker’s compensation, hull and liability insurance, and environmental liability. Avsurance works with the most experienced aviation underwriters and well-established financial institutions to seamlessly support its customers. Furthermore, its customized insurance packages are regularly reviewed to ensure that coverage is comprehensive, from an aircraft to the hangar that stores it; and from the airport’s terminal to the employees that run it.|
|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.|
|The Civil Aviation Authority is the statutory body responsible for aviation regulatory (technical/safety and economic) oversight throughout the Cayman Islands and for aircraft registered in the Cayman Islands. The CAACI has full designation for safety oversight as a UK Overseas Territory. In addition, the Cayman Islands is classified as Category 1 by the USA Federal Aviation Administration under their “International Aviation Safety Assessments” programme that evaluates a country’s civil aviation authority’s ability to effectively regulate its aviation industry. This rating enables commercial air transport operators registered in Cayman to conduct international air transport operations, i.e., Cayman Airways, Ltd. The requirement for such rating lies with the CAACI being assessed as having technically qualified and appropriate administrative staff to effectively oversee the aviation industry in accordance with established standards and recommended practices of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).|
|Citadel Completions provides VVIP/VIP aircraft interior modifications for private entities, government/head of state and corporate protocol operators of large, commercial-sized aircraft. The company also provides the full range of aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul services to their client base. The company’s foremost commitment is to revolutionize the interior completion process with the industry’s most aggressive delivery schedules.|
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|Clyde & Co is a global law firm with a resolute focus on its core sectors of aviation, energy, infrastructure, insurance, marine and trade & commodities. The firm employs 2,000 lawyers in 46 offices in every global region, including Latin America, Africa, Europe, the US, Canada, the Middle East, Asia Pacific and the UK.|
Clyde & Co was named Law Firm of the Year 2016 by the UK legal publication The Lawyer.
Clyde & Co has been awarded the coveted Who’s Who Legal – Aviation Law Firm of the Year title for every year of the past decade. The firm has 100+ dedicated aviation lawyers across its international network with specialists in all aspects of the aviation industry.
The Aviation Finance team at Clyde & Co is located primarily in London and Dubai. In 2016 the team won the prestigious Airline Economics ‘Aviation 100’ Awards 2016: Law Firm of the Year.
|Our aviation teams in London, Moscow, New York, Hong Kong and the Middle East provide the focus for our global aviation services. Together with dedicated lawyers in each major jurisdiction, we have extensive experience advising on both local and cross border transactions to support our clients, wherever they do business.|
We advise on the acquisition, finance and leasing of new and used corporate jets, helicopters and yachts using a variety of structures and products including debt finance, Islamic Finance structures (including ijarah and murabaha) operating and finance leases, hire-purchase, conditional sale, structured tax-based financings, export-credit transactions, asset portfolio sales and purchases, leasing company acquisitions and residual value arrangements. Additionally, we advise on the enforcement of aircraft mortgages, lease terminations, the enforcement of aircraft mortgages, asset recovery and distressed sales, as well as advising on issues arising from the regulatory and liability environment of aviation. Our aim is always to provide the legal advice that fully supports our clients’ commercial objectives.
We work with our clients to ensure that at all times we provide a high quality and cost effective service to assist you in managing your legal requirements and budgets. Over the years the team has worked on a wide variety of financing structures, which means that we can add value to any transaction on which we are instructed. We thrive on building long lasting relationships with our clients that are mutually rewarding.
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|At Guardian Jet we earn the right to buy and sell aircraft for the world’s largest and most sophisticated flight departments through providing industry leading consulting services. This approach leads to a deep understanding of our client’s operations as well as the culture of their company. Our consulting revolves around the financial, operational and transactional impact of the choices our clients make about the aircraft they fly. Guardian offers a wide variety of consulting services that focus on helping aircraft owners and aviation managers manage their assets more effectively.|
At Guardian Jet, we elevate corporate jet decisions to a higher strategic level. Our unmatched expertise and experience, combined with proprietary data analytics, earn us the right to buy and sell your planes, deliver the insight you need to make aircraft decisions, and help you manage your aviation assets to maximize value and drive down ownership costs.
|Jetcraft is the leader in international aircraft sales, marketing and ownership strategies, managing and maintaining over 20 regional offices globally. The company’s unparalleled success over more than 50 years in business aviation has earned it a world-class reputation, along with an exceptional customer base, a wide network of connections and one of the largest inventories within the industry.|
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|Luxaviation is one of the largest private aviation operators worldwide, currently managing more than 250 aircraft under the most stringent safety standards. The company’s commercial fleet is operated under the regulatory umbrella of 14 regional civil aviation issued air-operating certificates (AOCs). Luxaviation manages 25 world-class FBO facilities and 15 maintenance centres worldwide, certified to work on most business jets. Luxaviation currently employs more than 1,700 employees worldwide. Further information: www.luxaviation.com.|
|Rolls-Royce International Limited has regional offices in all five continents, effectly all foreign based employees work for Rolls-Royce International.|
Rolls-Royce designs, develops, manufactures and services integrated power systems for use in the air, on land and at sea. We are one of the world’s leading producers of aero engines for large civil aircraft and corporate jets. We are the second largest provider of defense aero engines and services in the world. For land and sea markets, reciprocating engines and systems from Rolls-Royce are in marine, distributed energy, oil & gas, rail and off-highway vehicle applications. In nuclear, we have a strong instrumentation, product and service capability in both civil power and submarine propulsion.
|The Republic of San Marino is an enclaved sovereign microstate located in the north-eastern part of the Italian peninsula. The Aircraft Registry is governed by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), which is a Signatory to the Chicago Convention since 1988, complying with international standards in providing safety oversight of its registered aircraft with prefix ‘T7’.|
Aircraft Registry welcomes foreign aircraft and helicopter owners operating private, corporate or commercially.
An organisation or enterprise that wishes to operate an aircraft for the purpose of Commercial Air Transport must obtain an Air Operator Certificate (AOC) from the CAA and have their principal place of business in San Marino.
Subsequently, the CAA has certified seven (7) Air Operator Certificates (AOCs). Alternately, applicants can choose to operate commercially under a foreign AOC utilising an ICAO Article 83bis agreement. Today, the CAA has signed an ICAO Article 83bis agreement with the Republic of Lebanon, Kingdom Saudi Arabia and Nigeria.
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