Now is the time to look towards 2021 and beyond. Corporate Jet Investor London 2021 will provide an opportunity for the industry to regroup, connect and plan for the year ahead.
While we cannot physically meet at the Landmark in London, CJI London 2021 will bring the industry together for three days of in-depth content, robust debate, focused discussion and lots of opportunities to connect with industry colleagues online.
The conference will be split into three themed days (February 2-4) focusing on:
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Over 500 senior level operators, brokers, OEMs, financiers, flight support companies, charter arrangers, expert advisers, appraisers, and many others active in business jet transactions will come together to stay updated with the latest developments and connect with others across the industry.
CJI London 2021 is CPD/CLE accredited (16 points).
13.30 GMT / 08.30 ET The Great British Brunch Challenge sponsored by Bombardier Aviation
13.30 GMT / 08.30 ET General networking sponsored by Bombardier Aviation
14.00 GMT / 09.00 ET Welcome to CJI London 2021
Alasdair & Louisa Whyte
14.05 / 09. 05 Selling aircraft in 2021
Are there green shoots in Europe?
Is there inventory left?
Moderator: Alasdair Whyte, CJI
Hamish Harding, Action Aviation
Rebecca Johnson, JetHQ
Alireza Ittihadieh, Freestream Aircraft
Pascal Bachmann, Jetcraft
14.45 / 09.45 The 2021 risk forecast
How has the world tilted in 2020?
Has the Pandemic shifted our attention from other risks?
Nick Allan, Control Risks
15.10 / 10.10 Making business aviation sustainable now and in the future
The different stages the industry can go through
What are the different solutions?
Investing in the future
Moderator: Alasdair Whyte, CJI
Nancy Bsales, 4AIR
Steve Csonka, Commercial Aviation Fuels Initiative (CAAFI)
Rob Miller, The Whittle Laboratory, University of Cambridge
Kennedy Ricci, 4AIR
15.50 / 10.50 Networking break sponsored by Freestream Aircraft
16.05 / 11.05 The future for sustainable aviation fuel
Why governments need to support SAF
How quickly will it come on line
Book and claim schemes
Is all sustainable aviation fuel equal?
Moderator: Alasdair Whyte, CJI
Mark Masluch, Bombardier Aviation
Jonathan Wood, Neste
Bryan Sherbacow, World Energy
Athar Husain Khan, EBAA
Tim Obitts, NATA
17.05 / 12.05 Speeding up transactions
Using technology to make remove risk?
Do we need the Cape Town convention?
Clay Healey, AIC Title Service
17.30 / 12.30 The large aircraft market
What are buyers looking for?
New versus pre-owned aircraft?
Moderator: Alasdair Whyte, CJI
Don Dwyer, Guardian Jet
Brian Proctor, Mente Group
Stan Shparberg, Airbus Corporate Jets
Tobias Laps, Comlux
Steve Varsano, The Jet Business
18.30 / 13.30 Closing networking sponsored by Stonebriar Commercial Finance
18.30 / 13.30 Women in Business Aviation Networking
13.45 GMT / 08.45 ET General networking sponsored by AIC Title Service
14.00 GMT / 09.00 ET Welcome to day two
14.05 / 09.05 What will 2021 look like?
Will the new customers from 2020 return?
Can we be optimistic about the summer?
What lessons have we learnt?
Moderator: Alasdair Whyte, CJI
Karl Mills, TAG Aviation
Kevin MacNaughton, Air Partner
Adam Twidell, PrivateFly
14.45 / 09.45 Managing maintenance costs
How can buyers find out what ownership really costs?
How can owners lower maintenance?
Brandon Battles, JSSI
15.05 / 10.05 How can we make charter payments easier?
Per Marthinsson, Avinode Group
15.25 / 10.25 The operators view
Robert Fisch, Luxaviation
15.45 / 10.45 What the connected aircraft really means
What should you be watching in 2021?
The need for speed
Moderator: Alasdair Whyte, CJI
Matt Halsey, Intelsat
Michael Skou Christensen, Satcom Direct
James Person, Viasat
16.25 / 11.25 Networking break sponsored by GE Aviation
16.40 / 11.40 The view from Gama Aviation
Marwan Khalek, Gama Aviation
17.00 / 12.00 Understanding Brexit now it is here
How does it affect operations?
How will the CAA work with EASA?
Opportunities for other countries
Moderator: Tony Payne, DLA Piper
David Kendrick, Civil Aviation Authority
Marc Bailey, BBGA
Irakli Litanishvili, Emperor Aviation
17.40 / 12.40 Across the pond
What is happening in the US?
Are US buyers looking abroad for aircraft now?
Has the US been better at getting new fliers?
Moderator: Ford von Weise, Citi Private Bank
Andy Priester, Priester Aviation
Fabian Bello, Journey Aviation
18.20 / 13.20 Flexjet’s Europe strategy
Marine Eugene, Flexjet
18.40 – 13.40 An engine makers view of the world
Steve McManus, GE Aviation
19.00 / 14.00 Enhancing flight operations: What tools are available today and how do you see them evolving?What new tools are available now?
What is coming soon?
Moderator: Alasdair Whyte. CJI
Anja Bonacci, Collins Aerospace
Tom Sterling. Collins Aerospace
19.30 / 14.30 Closing networking sponsored by Action Aviation
13.45 GMT / 08.45 ET General networking sponsored by Collins Aerospace
14.00 GMT / 09.00 ET Welcome to day three
14.05 / 09.05 Why aircraft deals are a team sport
Building the right team
What can be done to make transactions easier?
Moderator: Aoife O’Sulivan, The Air Law Firm
Adrian Parcell-Jones, Martyn Fiddler Aviation
Chris Partridge, Deutsche Bank
Graham Williamson, ACASS Ireland
Len Cormier, Bermuda Aircraft Registry
Oliver Stone, Colibri Aircraft
Mark Hayward, VIP Aviation
14.55 / 09.55 25 questions for 25 years
Alexandria Colindres, The Registry of Aruba
15.15 / 10.15 Importing aircraft into the UK and EU: What has changed following the EU-UK Trade and Co-operation Agreement?
Permanent importation into UK and EU
Temporary Admission into UK and EU
Double importation, customs warehouses, sale for export
Moderator: Alan Cunningham, DLA Piper
Stockton Birthisel, Atlas
Angie Deady-Fiddler, Martyn Fiddler Aviation
Lasse Runghom, OPMAS
Paul Cawley, KPMG
David Thompson, DLA Piper
16.15 / 11.15 Networking break sponsored by Stonebriar Commercial Finance
16.30 / 11.30 Protecting your portfolio
What do banks need to do in good times?
What to do when problems hit?
Moderator: Edward Gross, Vedder Price
Mark Bisset, Clyde & Co
Joe Catarina, Global Jet Capital
Gwen Edwards, CMS UK
Sarah Tschudin, UBS
17.10 / 12.10 Do you need an airframe programme?
Are financiers underestimating airframe maintenance?
Do they make life easier for operators?
Moderator: Alasdair Whyte, CJI
Guillaume Landrivon, Bombardier Aviation
David Van Den Langenbergh, Luxaviation
Ford von Weise, Citi Private Bank
Daniel Hall, Cirium
17.50 / 12.50 Developments in US registration
What happened in the last quarter?
Is the US less keen on foreign owners?
Moderator: Alasdair Whyte, CJI
Bruce Marshall, AIC
Jack Gilchrist, Gilchrist Aviation Law
David Hernandez, Vedder Price
Scott McCreary, McAfee & Taft
18.30 / 13.30 Assessing repossession risk – the AWG index
How to evaluate repossession risk in different countries
2020 War stories
Jeffrey Wool, Aviation Working Group
18.50 / 13.50 Business Jet finance 2021
Why did portfolios perform so well in 2020?
Is this the year aircraft are returned?
Have banks still got appetite?
Moderator: Alasdair Whyte, CJI
Michel Buffat, Credit Suisse
Marie-Laure Gassier, BNP Paribas
Robert Gates, Global Jet Capital
Werner Slavik, Societe Generale
Don Walsh, Stonebriar Commercial Finance
19.30 / 14.30 Closing networking sponsored by Gilchrist Aviation Law
An Annus Horribilis – looking back on 2020
What happened in Europe?
What did we learn about business aviation?
Moderator: Alasdair Whyte
Richard Koe WINGX
Dave Edwards, Windsor Capital
Robert Baltus, EBAA
Harry Clarke, Avinode
Flying private aviation in Latin America: clearer skies ahead
Moderator: Felipe Bonsenso, CAL Law
Dave Clark, Integris
Isabelle Newson, Credit Suisse
Francisco Lyra, C Fly Aviation
Gustavo Teixeira, Embraer
Prospects for the Russian Market in 2021
Moderator: Mike Stones, CJI
Derek Bloom, Atlantic Aviation Legal Services
Christian Certa, Credit Suisse
Anna Serezhkina, Russian United Business Aviation Association (RUBAA)
Our team is in the market all year round researching and speaking to the people shaping the market. We also welcome your ideas for topics and speakers. So please get in touch via email or calling +44 1737 844 383. Please note we update the agenda regularly and times and speakers can change.
Nick Allan has been the Chief Executive Officer of Control Risks since January 2019. Previously, he was CEO for the Europe and Africa Region, and before that led the Asia Pacific region for a number of years. Nick sits on the Board and Executive Committee.
Throughout his career at Control Risks, Nick has advised clients on some of their most complex strategic challenges, helping them to understand the totality their risk profiles. From directing a global cyber security transformation exercise at a leading international insurance firm, to advising a mining investor on its worldwide expansion, Nick has focused on finding solutions and opportunities that are dynamic and pragmatic. He has a particular interest in the role of business in conflict areas.
Before becoming CEO, Nick was central to the creation of Control Risks’ cyber security business and to driving the company’s expansion in Africa and Europe.
Nick is invited to speak at events across the world. Recent engagements include ExCred International, the International Court of Justice Conference and Africa Real Estate Investors. He has featured in international media including the BBC, CNBC and Bloomberg.
Before Control Risks, most of Nick’s career was spent with De La Rue. He studied Politics at the University of Bristol and has an MBA from Imperial College Management School, University of London. Nick speaks fluent Spanish and conversational Portuguese.
Senior Vice President, Sales, EMEA
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.
Profile coming soon
Chief Operations Officer
Robert Baltus’ aviation experience spans nearly 20 years advising and supporting senior management and executive Boards of a variety of aviation related companies. He has worked for aircraft management, fractional and charter operators and has built strong relationships with the leading business aviation companies in the industry. A business aviation specialist, Baltus is experienced in start-ups, fleet selection, training and strategic change management.
As Chief Operating Officer of the EBAA, Robert oversees a team of experts to monitor and provide analysis on European aviation policies, and is responsible for member engagement with events such as EBACE, EBAA Safety Summit and AirOps.
He has a business management degree from HES Amsterdam and an MSc in Air Transport Management from Cranfield University, was a JAA Accountable manager and is a Commercial Pilot rated on the Boeing 737.
Director, Director of Data Management and Product Development
Brandon Battles is responsible for data management and development of the Conklin & de Decker range of products and services at JSSI. In addition, he provides consulting services to clients, primarily related to maintenance activities.
Mr. Battles has more than 35 years of aviation industry experience, including a previous role as the Manager of Direct Operating Cost Programs for Bell Helicopter Textron, Inc. While collecting maintenance cost data and working with a variety of operators, he has gained valuable insight about the many business issues aviation and maintenance organizations face on a daily basis.
Mr. Battles has been active in several industry roles that supplement his professional career. He founded and served as the chairman of the Helicopter Association International (HAI) Economics Committee for 12 years, conducted several management clinics focusing on different areas that affect a company’s cost of operation, and has written many articles covering costs of operation for industry publications. Additionally, Mr. Battles led the HAI Helicopter Maintenance Managers Course for 23 years and has instructed the same course for the Professional Aviation Maintenance Association (PAMA). He also taught an HAI and Conklin & de Decker course on direct operating costs for several years.
Mr. Battles received his Certified Public Accountant (CPA) license in 1985.
Fabian Bello is CEO and founding member of Journey Aviation, one of the world’s top Gulfstream operators. Under his leadership, the company has demonstrated notable growth since its inception in January of 2014, exceeding $200 million USD in total revenue within its first 5 years in business, while establishing itself as an industry preferred quality operator. In April 2019, Bello acquired Longtail Aviation, the only AOC in Bermuda which currently operates a BBJ and can operate any aircraft with no weight or seat restrictions.
While in the aviation industry, Mr. Bello has held various positions, such as executive vice-president and president/CEO of an international division, as well as president/CEO of other related aviation companies. Most notably, Mr. Bello is known for managing the introduction of Deer Jet’s BBJ’s and ACJ fleet into the Middle East, catapulting the company’s penetration into the international markets.
Prior to entering the aviation industry, Mr. Bello worked in the logistics industry, working for a top worldwide logistics company with over $3 billion USD yearly turnover. In addition to his extensive business knowledge, Mr. Bello has vast experience working with and uniting diverse cultures worldwide; particularly Hispanic, European, Asian and of Arabic regions. He has an innate ability of bringing and keeping individuals working together in pursuit of a common goal. Getting things done effectively, efficiently and with the buy-in of all related parties is one of the strongest attributes to his management style.
Mr. Bello was born in Havana, Cuba and immigrated to Miami, Florida at the age of three. He was raised in South Florida and attended the University of Miami where he earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Marketing in preparation for his management career.
Stockton Birthisel is the founder of Atlas Corporate Services Limited, a boutique fiduciary based in the Isle of Man which specialises in the establishment and administration of corporate vehicles for aviation, which is owned by Cavendish Trust Company Limited. Stockton was an early pioneer in the importation of aircraft in the Isle of Man, his first import dating from the early 2000’s, long before the creation of the Isle of Man Aircraft Registry made it fashionable in the jurisdiction. With nearly twenty years of experience in the field, Stockton is well-versed in the VAT and Customs law aspects of aircraft and has been actively pursuing client solutions in the post-Brexit environment. Stockton has a number of Russian high-net worth individuals and corporates amongst his clientele.
Mark is Head of Aviation Finance, Clyde & Co, London.
Clyde & Co is a global law firm with a focus on five core sectors: transport, insurance, energy, trade & commodities and infrastructure. The firm employs 2,000 legal professionals in 52 offices in every worldwide region.
Mark’s experience includes loan and lease financing, operating leases and tax-based leases, export credit finance, and aircraft purchase and trading, in a wide variety of jurisdictions.
Mark has been very active over the last 15+ years in the business jet market, acting for financiers, owners and operators. In 2017, Mark was ranked as a Band 1 individual in Private Aircraft (Global-wide) in Chambers High Net Worth, and Clyde & Co was similarly first-ranked. Spear’s Magazine describes Mark as an “eminence grise” of business aviation.
Who’s Who Legal Aviation has commented that Mark is an “exceptional finance lawyer with extensive knowledge of both the commercial airline and business jet market.”
Mark also has extensive aviation regulatory experience, including recently advice on ownership and control issues, sanctions, and slots trading. Mark has recently been heavily involved in Brexit-related advice and led the Clyde & Co team which in January 2018 published the report “Brexit scenarios for business aviation” for the EBAA.
Mark is contributing editor of the annual publication “Getting the Deal Through – Aviation Finance and Leasing 2018” and co-editor of “Getting the Deal Through – Air Transport 2018”. He is the co-author of “Aviation Insurance Issues in Law and Practice from the Lessor/Lender Perspective”.
Mark is a Guest Lecturer at the International Institute of Air and Space Law, Leiden University.
Derek Bloom has focused his practice on aircraft transactions since 2006, representing aircraft brokers and private individuals.
Derek holds a Masters Degree in Taxation from Georgetown University Law Center (1989) a J.D. from Boston University School of Law (1984), and a B.A. from Brown University (1981). Derek is a member of the Bar Association of the District of Columbia.
Derek has recently been listed in The International Who’s Who of Aviation Lawyers as an expert on Russian aviation matters and is fluent in Russian. He has represented Russian clients in multiple aircraft purchases and sales, and advises, among other things, on the operation of foreign registered aircraft in the US and Russia, and on the operation of U.S. registered aircraft in the European Union.
Director, Global Customer Experience, Business Aviation Digital Solutions
Anja Bonacci is the Director of Global Customer Experience for the Business Aviation Digital Services group at Collins Aerospace. In this role she is responsible for leading a team that is focused on delivering outstanding customer service as well as looking at ways to continually improve customer support for business aircraft operators.
Bonacci’s career in the aviation industry started as a pilot for Swiss International Airlines and spans different roles in the corporate aviation industry. She joined Collins Aerospace in 2004 and has served in roles of increasing responsibility.
Felipe is a Partner in CAL’s São Paulo office specialising in aviation law, particularly in regulatory matters and aircraft finance with extensive knowledge of the Brazilian market and the country’s legal framework.
He has assisted several Brazilian and international banks with the development and implementation of structured finance transactions for business and commercial aviation, from simple operating leases to highly complex EETCs (the first and only one for Latin America) and cross-border loans.
Over the last few years he has been deeply involved with corporate jet deals, providing services to an array of clients (individuals, corporations and banks) for the purchase, sale, importation and financing of aeronautical equipment, with more than 50 successful transactions on his portfolio. Felipe has also over 200 commercial aviation (airline) deals on his transaction history.
Felipe is recognised by leading legal directories including Chambers & Partners, The Legal 500 and Euromoney Expert Guides for his outstanding practice in transportation and aviation. He is the first Latin American attorney listed as a ‘Rising Star’ by the ‘Airfinance Journal’. Felipe is a Board Member and Director of Regional Outreach of the MAC Protocol Working Group, participating on the UNIDROIT project for development and implementation of an additional protocol to the Cape Town Convention. He is also a Professor of Aviation Law in São Paulo for post-graduate students.
Felipe Bonsenso Veneziano holds a Master’s degree, with distinction, and Bachelor’s degree in Law from the University of São Paulo. His Master’s dissertation was the first academic work in Brazil to thoroughly study the Cape Town Convention and Aircraft Protocol.
Nancy directly contributed into the voluntary market as a carbon offset provider and strategist for over 15 years, specializing in business aviation, building corporate portfolios and launching consumer offset programs. Her innovative first of its kind programs include corporate aviation, charter and jet card programs, OEMs, large scale events, shipping and commercial travel. Her deep knowledge of the carbon market, that can only come from building one of the first offset providers in the US, has led her to 4AIR. A comprehensive sustainable solution for private aviation with streamline access to tools, environmental products, offsets and fuel markets to meet reduction goals. Her passion for aviation and its sustainable future brings a unique understanding for a robust roadmap for climate success for the private aviation community.
Head of Aviation & Yacht Finance
Michel Buffat joined Credit Suisse in 2001 after having spent eight years at a blue chip Swiss engineering firm. Michel has held various corporate finance positions before he joined the aircraft and yachts finance team in 2005. There he has been serving the bank’s ultra high net worth clients in various positions, such as sales manager, head of transactions as well as responsible for portfolio and recovery management. Since 2018 Michel is heading the team and is in charge of Credit Suisse’s global aviation and yacht finance business.
Michel is an active member of the wider business aviation community. Until 2018, he was chairing the EBAA AMAC Financier’s Subcommittee. He is regularly participating as speaker in CJI and other industry events.
Michel holds an MBA from the University of Rochester as well as a masters degree in mechanical engineering from Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich.
Chief Credit Officer
Director – Tax
Paul is a Tax Director at KPMG in the Isle of Man who specialises in VAT and Customs and International Trade. Paul joined KPMG in 2010 having spent the previous 5 years working for Isle of Man Customs & Excise. He is involved in providing UK and Isle of Man VAT advisory services on a wide range of issues including property, yachting, aviation, trust, financial and electronic services. In addition to VAT, Paul specialises in the fields of Customs and International Trade, particularly import/export procedures.
Vice President Aviation & Yacht Finance
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.
Michael Skou Christensen has over ten years of experience with satellite communications within the private aviation industry. In 2013, Michael lead the opening of SD’s Australasia office, where he acted as Managing Director until 2016. He is now the Vice President for SD International, where he is responsible for establishing and growing the sales, support, marketing and training presence across the international
business. His various roles throughout his time in aviation have seen him involved with many different parts of the value chain, from OEMs and completion centers to end-customers. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Engineering, and a master’s degree in International Management.
For over 30 years, David Clark has delivered value in the private aviation industry through several key roles working with international corporations and Family Offices. During that time, Dave has overseen over $100 million in private aircraft transactions. His highly relational approach and deep commitment to understanding the client’s deepest concerns ensure that their interests are always protected. David is an NBAA Certified Aviation Manager, Airline Transport Pilot, and has held roles as Aviation Manager, Pilot and Aircraft Sales Director. Fluent in Portuguese and English, he divides his time between North and South America working with Family Offices and companies large & small to bring the best solutions for those who rely most on business aviation.
Head of Insight & Analytics
Harry Clarke is Head of Insight & Analytics for Avinode Group. He is responsible for bringing a data informed approach to everything that Avinode Group does – from product development to analyzing and predicting industry trends.
Harry has spent the best part of a decade in the aviation industry since graduating from Oxford University. Prior to entering the world of private aviation in 2018, he was responsible for designing and optimizing revenue management algorithms at low-cost travel pioneer easyJet. He is particularly interested in how private aviation can use data to make more informed decisions.
Chief Executive Officer
Alexandria Colindres is the newly appointed Chief Executive Officer at the Registry of Aruba, after eight years tenure with the Registry. Alexandria worked her way up from her early position in Marketing and Business Development she was appointed as COO in 2018 and now CEO.
She holds a degree in Fine Art from Tufts University and graduated from Columbia College
Summa Cum Laude in 2010, when obtaining her master’s degree. After graduation, she went on to manage Spinello Projects, one of Miami’s most successful and reputable art galleries; developing relationships with many local and international collectors, artists, and arts organizations and homing in on her ability to build strategic partnerships.
Combining her passion in the arts with her family’s heritage in Aviation, she is revitalizing
the aesthetic image portrayed by the Registry of Aruba and using her public relations skills
to enhance customer satisfaction.
Based out of the Miami office, for the past eight years, she currently oversees the organization’s ongoing operations and procedures and continues to strengthen the already tight bond with the DCA of Aruba.
In 2019, she was recognized for her achievements in the field and received the Sapphire Pegasus Business Aviation Award for Young Talent/StartUps.
Alexandria works directly with Aruba’s civil aviation authority and offers support to the various other departments to keep continuous communication throughout. At the Registry of Aruba, Alexandria has cultivated strong relationships with clients/customers, team
members, and the community which has resulted in significant increases in the success of
numerous projects and a stellar reputation in the aviation industry; she is a vital asset to the registry.
Safety Oversight Advisor
Captain Len Cormier is the Safety Oversight Advisor for the Bermuda Civil Aviation Authority (BCAA). He is responsible for advising the units Director General on all aspects of the BCAA safety oversight programme, including the implementation of Safety Management System (SMS) by service providers.
Prior to working in Bermuda, Len was engaged by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) for 14 years as a Chief Technical Advisor in the Asia Pacific region. Over this period, he was responsible for assisting states in in strengthening their safety oversight programmes.
He was previously engaged by Transport Canada for 20 years as an inspector and manager in the area of personnel licensing, aerodromes and flight standards. For most of that period, he was responsible for the development of air operator regulations and standards, as well as oversight of air operators.
Len began his aviation career as a pilot for various air operators in Canada. He holds a Canadian Airline Transport Pilots License and is type qualified on the DC-3, C550, CL601, B737, B757, B767 airplanes and on the Bell 206 helicopter.
Steve Csonka is an ardent advocate for the aviation industry who seeks pragmatic solutions to the challenges of aviation growth. Built upon strong technical experience that spanned the breadth of the commercial aircraft/engine life-cycle, Steve’s capabilities and initiative have led to his various engagements in business development and long-term, strategic planning for the aviation enterprise over the past fifteen years. Such work has focused on the nexus of future product requirements, technology progression, and industry value propositions, including aspects of policy, advocacy, regulatory affairs, and environmental impact.
Steve’s overall industry engagement led to his current role as Executive Director of CAAFI (the Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative, www.caafi.org) where he leads this Public-Private Partnership working toward the development and commercialization of sustainable alternative jet fuels (SAJF). He has been in this role since 2012, directing the CAAFI efforts of its 1200+ members and 500+ organizations who share the industry vision of enabling the decoupling of net carbon growth from expected sectoral growth. CAAFI engagement occurs through several work teams and public-private initiatives, and it seeks to be a force multiplier for a wide range of efforts required to achieve significant uptake of low net-carbon SAJF.
Steve is a commercial aviation professional with 35 years of broad, strategic airline and aviation OEM experience (GE Aircraft Engines, American Airlines, GE Aviation, and CAAFI). He holds BS and MS degrees in Aerospace Engineering. He has served in leadership, steering committee, and BOD roles with multiple aviation industry organizations (AIA, ICCAIA, IATA, GAMA, ICAO/CAEP, ATAG, Carbon War Room) in areas of technology and environmental progression. His CAAFI role has also led to appointments to advisory/leadership roles with the USDA/DOE BRDB TAC, the USDA/DOT/DOE/Industry Farm-to-Fly 2.0 initiative, USDA/NIFA/AFRI CAP projects, and study committee work of the National Research Council.
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.
Angie Deady-Fiddler is a director of Martyn Fiddler Aviation now based at their Shannon, Ireland office, and previously at Stansted, UK.
Angie manages the Ireland, UK and Netherlands businesses.
Having previously worked extensively in customer service roles and administration services, Angie joined Martyn Fiddler in 2000 and has led and managed the import, export and customs team for over 20 years.
Angie oversees several unique customs approvals in the Netherlands, UK and Isle of Man that offer a wide variety of options and solutions to clients when they are buying, selling, importing, or exporting aircraft, all to ensure the customs VAT and duty is dealt with in the most efficient and seamless way.
Angie’s understanding and in-depth knowledge of customs rules allow her to navigate the customs requirements for client aircraft with minimal delay and inconvenience.
This knowledge combined with her incredible memory for previously imported and exported aircraft ensure Angie is the go-to person for leading professionals when they require aircraft customs assistance in the EU.
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
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.
Gwen specialises in debt finance and leasing for both corporate and commercial aircraft. She advises financiers, lessors, airlines and owners across a broad range of cross-border aircraft transactions, including portfolio migrations, aircraft acquisitions and disposals, lease and loan financings, sale and leaseback transactions, export credit and PDP facilities. She also has significant experience of distressed debt, restructuring and aircraft repossessions.
Managing Director, International Markets
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.
President Aviation Services
Robert Fisch was born in Luxembourg. He studied law in Strasbourg and holds an Airline Transport Pilot License with instructor and examiner ratings. Robert’s business aviation experience started in 1998 when he was flying Learjets but also managing new projects for an US based operator. After six years spent abroad he helped two Austrian business jet operators in their expansion to become major European players. Robert joined Luxaviation in 2011. In January 2014, he was nominated managing director and accountable manager at Luxaviation Luxembourg. He speaks 6 languages and holds a world speed record. He resides in Luxembourg.
Senior Credit Advisor Jet & Yacht Finance
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.
Head of International Originations
Robert Gates serves as the Head of International Originations for Global Jet Capital. Robert has over 20 years of experience in aircraft financing and leasing. Prior to joining GJC, he has held senior-level positions with Chase Manhattan Bank, Merrill Lynch and RPK Capital (a Carlyle Group portfolio company). He holds an MBA from Cornell University.
Founding Director & Shareholder
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.
Mr. Gross has 30 years of experience representing bank-affiliated and large, independent equipment financing companies in all aspects of equipment finance transactions, including documenting, structuring, negotiating, syndicating and enforcing these transactions. Mr. Gross is considered an industry leader in business aircraft and helicopter finance. These transactions vary in structure and include tax and non-tax lease, operating lease and secured loan financing of managed and/
or chartered aircraft, fleet aircraft and helicopters operated in various service capacities and engine
pools, aircraft operated under fractional and “pay card” arrangements and progress payment, completion and other multi-funding structures. Clients include market-leading aircraft and helicopter financing providers, investors or operating lessors, as well as large publicly or privately held businesses, governmental entities or high-net-worth individual users. Many of these transactions involve foreign registered aircraft. In 2016 through 2020, Mr. Gross was ranked Band 1 in Private Aircraft (Global-wide) in Chambers High Net Worth, which recognizes the world’s leading high-net-worth advisers and was also recognized among the world’s leading aviation attorneys by Euromoney’s Expert Guides “Aviation Guide”.
Senior Valuations Analyst. ISTAT Appraiser, ASA Senior Appraiser
Daniel is certified as both an Accredited Senior Appraiser (ASA) with the American Society of Appraisers and an Accredited Appraiser with the International Society for Transport Aircraft Trading (ISTAT). Based in Ascend by Cirium’s New York office, he has a comprehensive knowledge of the Commercial and Business Aviation sectors. His involvements include analysis of values, market insight & commentary, business development, and consultancy advisory. Daniel frequently works on Commercial & Business Aircraft Market Values and Appraisals, to both an ISTAT and ASA-compliant standard. Daniel specialises in the Business Aviation sector actively tracking Market Values and financing for over 50 Business Jet type families / 100 variants. His client interaction ranges with those representing banks, financiers, investors, airlines, lessors, and includes industry conference speaking.
Senior Advisor, Business Aviation Product Management
Matt Halsey is responsible for the business case, product development and lifecycle management of Intelsat’s business jet initiatives worldwide. He partners closely with all of Intelsat’s stakeholders, including program management, network operations, engineering, solutions management, regulatory, strategy, product marketing and sales to ensure the business jet products are aligned with market needs, customer requirements and emerging trends.
Matt brings over 20 years of satellite communications experience to this role and has held a variety of roles at Intelsat with increasing responsibility. He began his career at Cable & Wireless as part of the global business radio and satellite sales engineering support team.
Matt holds an engineering degree from City University, London.
As the foundational architects of satellite technology, Intelsat operates the largest, most advanced satellite fleet and connectivity infrastructure in the world. We apply our unparalleled expertise and global scale to reliably and seamlessly connect people, devices and networks in even the most challenging and remote locations. Transformation happens when businesses, governments and communities build a ubiquitously connected future through Intelsat’s next-generation global network and simplified managed services. At Intelsat, we turn possibilities into reality. Imagine here, with us, at Intelsat.com.
Hamish Harding is the Chairman of Action Aviation, an international aircraft brokerage company with a long history in the Middle East and Asia.
Action Aviation sold over US$ 200 million of pre-owned business jets in 2015, and Action Aviation has, in recent months, sold a number of business jets to Asian buyers, including a Boeing Business Jet and a Gulfstream G650ER.
Hamish is enthusiastic about the potential in the Asian market for preowned business jets, both for sales and acquisitions, and sees business aviation partnerships as the way forward to better cover the geographically largest continent.
Hamish originally gained a degree in Chemical Engineering from Cambridge University. From there he joined UK IT consultancy company Logica and was involved in information technology for the banking sector throughout the 1990s, operating as Regional Managing Director for Logica in the Middle East and later India.
Hamish has been a pilot for over 30 years and holds an Airline Transport Pilot with a number of jet type ratings, and is the holder of several FAI speed records in business jets. He was a commissioned officer in the British Territorial Army for 8 years, and enjoys scuba diving, skydiving, snow skiing, golf and spending time with his young family in Dubai.
Clay is a pioneer in the aviation services industry, leading technological innovation in the aviation services industry over the past 16 years. A seasoned pilot, Clay is licensed in the following: Cessna 525, Cessna 680, Pilatus PC-12, Baron G58, Cirrus SR22, BonanzaA36, Cessna 210. Cessna 172. and Grumman Tiger.
AIC is the global industry leader in aviation Title Services, Escrow, Document Filing, Lien Clearance, and International Registry filings. AIC is also the exclusive provider of title searches for AvSure, easing client access to aviation title insurance both domestically and internationally.
Customers can request title searches online, and complete escrow transactions all within the Aircraft Closing Room, the only virtual aircraft closing platform in the industry. Additionally, the Closing Room is protected by Blockchain, making AIC’s customer data the most secure in the industry. AIC’s team of 40+ employees boasts over 600 years of aviation experience and completes over 15,000 title searches and 4,000 closings annually. AIC uses this experience to bring ease and speed to an Aircraft Closing.
Mr. Hernandez has extensive experience assisting clients with a wide variety of business aircraft
transaction and regulatory matters, including aircraft purchase/sale agreements, aircraft flight department restructuring, aircraft management arrangements, fractional program documents, use policies, cross-border transactions, personal use of aircraft, joint-ownership use agreements and regulatory and enforcement matters. He is also a member of the National Business Aviation Association’s Tax Committee and a frequent speaker on various business aircraft and regulatory topics. Mr. Hernandez has been recognized among the world’s leading aviation attorneys by Euromoney Legal Media Group’s Expert Guides “Aviation Guide.”
President & CEO
Alireza graduated from Boston University School of Management with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and has also attended post-graduate workshops in Business Management at Harvard University. Following graduation, Alireza joined the Republic National Bank of New York in New York City as a Trader. He was rapidly promoted to Lead Trader for the foreign exchange desk reporting to the Head Trader until he left to join The M Group. While there, he continued working as a Foreign Exchange Trader, specializing in Structured Finance Currency Derivatives. In 1992, he founded Freestream Aircraft Limited, where he continues as Director. Freestream Aircraft Limited is a Multi Faceted Aviation Company.
President, EMEA Rebecca may have grown up in California and gone to San Jose State University, but her career has long since taken her past her Golden State roots. She’s been a demonstration pilot all over the world as part of Hawker Beechcraft. As a corporate pilot, she flew various VIPs to their global business destinations. She’s been in charge of Gulfstream’s sales territory in southern Europe.
Her varied experiences and deep outdoors passion exemplify a “typical” JetHQ leader, who isn’t merely a collection of words on a resume. Rebecca has flown far and raced hard, both in cycling and triathlon. She doesn’t sit still for long.
Rebecca’s home in Switzerland serves as an excellent base for monitoring the continents large aviation community and scenic bicycle rides through the mountains. Knowing the industry well, she carves out an inside path to JetHQ’s next prospect.
Athar has spent the last 25 years as a leader, aero-political negotiator, lawyer, advocacy specialist and CEO in various aviation organisations and companies, in both the public and private arena. Using his experience in the international aero-political world and proven track record in association management, Athar continues to strengthen and advocate for the European business aviation industry in the Brussels’ arena.
As Secretary-General of the EBAA, Athar stands at the helm of Europe’s leading aviation association, strengthening the voice of business aviation in Europe at the highest EU political and institutional levels.
Athar is an Air & Space law expert by education. He received his Master of Law at the University of Leiden in the Netherlands, and followed post-graduate courses in law, communications, management, finance, natural leadership and coaching. Prior to working at the EBAA, he held senior positions at AEA, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines and the Netherlands Ministry of Transport and Ministry of Education and Science. He is married with one son, is a keen sportsman and holds a private pilot license.
Kennedy serves as the President of 4AIR, a sustainability arm of Tuvoli, to offer expertise and guidance for creating meaningful sustainability commitments focused on aviation. Kennedy has worked to promote a more comprehensive and long-term way of thinking about sustainability for aviation while providing increased transparency, comparability, and ease of starting a program. Kennedy is a passionate general aviation pilot and has a degree from the University of Notre Dame.
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.
Richard Koe is managing director of WINGX Advance GmbH. WINGX, based in Germany and founded in 2012, provides business intelligence for the global business aviation market.
WINGX’ expertise is derived from tracking flight records and the research of all associated data points which enable it to provide a global analysis of market conditions and trends. From this data infrastructure, WINGX builds insights, reports and dashboards through which it
supplies actionable intelligence to support our customers’ decision-making.
In today’s uncertain market, WINGX analysis and understanding of prevailing trading conditions provide critical insights enabling companies across the sector to survive and thrive.
WINGX customers span the entire industry supply chain, from airports, operators and
manufacturers to industry investors and financial analysts.
Prior to senior management roles in business aviation operations and investment, Richard has worked widely across several technology and manufacturing industries, picking up decades of high level business analysis experience. Richard has a first class bachelor’s degree from Oxford University and a master’s degree in international business relations from Johns Hopkins University.
Vice President, Smart Services and Programs
Guillaume Landrivon is Vice President, Smart Services and Programs at Bombardier Aviation. In his role, he is responsible for driving the success and continued enhancement of Bombardier’s pioneering cost-per-hour service programs, which have provided customers with high-quality, genuine Bombardier parts for more than three decades. He is also tasked
with driving development of new and innovative aftermarket services.
Throughout his career, Mr. Landrivon has developed a strong expertise in customer service, customer relations, technical support and business development. He joined Bombardier in 2017 as Vice President, Parts Services, where he oversaw the growth and expansion of
Bombardier’s worldwide Parts Services team.
Most recently, Mr. Landrivon was instrumental in leading the customer services and support team in the negotiations of key divestitures completed by Bombardier. Prior to joining Bombardier, Mr. Landrivon spent 20 years at Dassault Aviation, where he held various
leadership positions in customer relations, field services and spare parts. His last two roles at Dassault included Director of Field Service and Customer Relations and Vice President, Worldwide Falcon Spares and Supplier Management. Mr. Landrivon also led the company’s spare parts strategy and logistics efforts to support in-service fleet and expand its worldwide network of facilities.
Mr. Landrivon has an extensive knowledge of aviation and holds an engineering degree in Aeronautics from ESTACA in Paris (École supérieure des techniques aéronautiques et de construction automobile). He also holds an FAA IFR single engine private pilot license.
Mr. Landrivon is based at Bombardier headquarters in Montreal, Canada
Executive Vice President, Sales
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 and half 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, he 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 over 20 years and is passionate about aviation.
Tobias joined the Comlux team in November of 2015 as Vice President Sales for Western Europe, Asia and India. In 2018, Tobias is appointed Senior Vice President, Head of Sales for Large VIP Aircraft.
In 2019, Tobias was promoted Executive Vice President Sales, Large VIP aircraft.
Director & Founder
Since 2013, the moment of incorporation of his first European Company, Maltese AOC holder Emperor Aviation LTD. – Irakli has significantly increased his business presence, which today is covering almost all segments of business aviation. The group consists of more than 15 companies which include charter brokerage, international aircraft handling, aircraft, helicopters and yachts sales and acquisition, travel and marketing divisions and has more than 200 employees. Aim of Emperor group now represents HondaJet and Daher Kodiak aircraft on the territory of all FSU countries.
In 2020 Irakli and his team reached another significant milestone: establishment of a new Russian air carrier with its own AOC – SkyLight air operator.
Besides, the team set up a unique IT-company aimed at digitalization of aviation industry main services due to the latest technologies to make the working process easier both for service providers and users.
Francisco Lyra is a Brazilian entrepreneur, with a career spanning over 41 years in aviation. Founding partner of companies in: Airport Infrastructure (greenfield airport and high density parking scheme); Aeronautical University; IBAS – International Brazil Air Show; Aircraft Management and Brokerage; Inflight Foodservice; Marketing and Advertising agency.
Married, 58yo, two sons, born in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Capt. Lyra logged over 17,000 flight hours’ onboard airliners and business aircraft. Holds a B.S. in Business Administration at University of Sao Paulo.
Keynote speaker at conventions and universities in the USA, UK, Switzerland and Canada. Consultant to the IDB International Development Bank. Lecturer at Congressional commissions on themes such as aviation infrastructure, Labor laws, etc.
Managing Director – Charter
Kevin has a wealth of experience in the aviation charter industry, both in the UK and overseas, having held a number of senior roles at NetJets over a period of 13 years. Most recently, he was Company Director, Head of European Sales, leading the planning and execution of the sales strategy.
Executive Vice President and General Counsel
Bruce L. Marshall joined AIC Title Service as its Executive Vice President and General Counsel in February 2014, helping ensure that AIC’s clients and leadership are protected as they move through unprecedented FAA and industry changes. On August 30, 2017 he was a recipient of the 2017 First Chair Top General Counsel Award. The First Chair Awards is an annual selection of in-house counsel who have, thorough their hard work and innovation, made significant contributions to the legal community nationwide. Bruce was also recognized in the November 2013 issue of D CEO Magazine as one of Dallas-Fort Worth’s top corporate attorneys following his win as Outstanding General Counsel or Chief Legal Officer in the Small Legal Department category at the Association of Corporate Counsel and D CEO’s 2013 Corporate Counsel Awards. Individually a 2011 winner of the General Counsel Forum’s Magna Stella Award in the Small Legal Department category and finalist in the Major Litigation category, Bruce and his team also won Texas Lawyers 2013 Legal Department of the Year in the Diversity and Quality of Life category. With over 20 years experience in aviation legal matters, specializing in contracts, regulations, and litigation, he previously served as Senior Director and Division General Counsel of Bombardier’s Flexjet fractional aircraft ownership program where he strategically managed two cases challenging state and federal taxes that affected the entire fractional aircraft ownership industry and resulted in the refund of millions of dollars of paid taxes.
Prior to joining Flexjet, Bruce served as corporate counsel and business manager for a charter management company with both Part 135 on-demand air cargo and passenger operations, served as vice president and legal officer for a major financial institution in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and in private practice, he represented banks, construction companies, transportation companies, and employee benefits funds in commercial litigation matters. Bruce graduated from Purdue University and holds a Juris Doctorate degree from the Michigan State University College of Law. He serves as a frequent speaker or panellist at aviation industry events.
Co-founder & Managing Director
Per Marthinsson co-founded Avinode in 2001, alongside Niklas Berg and Niclas Wennerholm. They had the youthfully grand ambition to pull the printed directory-bound charter industry into the digital world, with the vision of making it as easy to book a private jet as it is to book a commercial flight. Fifteen years later, the trio are now universally accepted as responsible for revolutionizing the way the business aviation industry operates.
In just a decade and a half, Avinode has grown to become the world’s leading online marketplace for buying and selling air charter. The Marketplace is utilized by over 80% of the global charter market, and this number is growing, with half a million trip requests sent through the system on a monthly basis.
The Avinode Group now also streamlines how flights are managed, sold and operated through its sister company SchedAero – a modern, web-based flight scheduling system, currently used by 400 companies worldwide. And in November 2016, the Group launched their answer to the final pain-point in the industry: PayNode, the world’s first payment platform created specifically for the business aviation market. Through these three complementary offerings, the Avinode Group presents an unrivalled, end-to-end solution for the charter space.
Director, Public Affairs & Communications
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 is Chair of the GAMA Carbon Offset Working Group. He is a popular speaker across the industry, particularly on the environment and Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF). He also sits on Aéro Montreal’s Comité image, influence et marketing. 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 SAF— all while promoting Bombardier’s award-winning business jets and support services.
Mr. Masluch began his aerospace career as part of the communication 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 degreed engineer, Six Sigma Master blackbelt, working sales professional with a strong background in private, business, and commercial aviation. Having 35 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 years of professional experience with his passion for Aviation, Steve brings a firsthand understanding of business aircraft management and ownership to his customers.
Shareholder, Practice Group Leader
Scott McCreary represents local, national and international clients in connection with matters involving the buying, selling, leasing and financing of aircraft. His practice is primarily focused on matters relating to the Cape Town Convention, the Federal Aviation Act and the FAA Aircraft Registry, such as aircraft title, registration, finance and leasing law, as well as regulatory issues relating to the operation of aircraft under Part 91 of the Federal Aviation Regulations.
Scott is a frequent speaker at aviation conferences in the United States and abroad and has made presentations at venues such as the Strategic Research Institute’s Annual FAA Aircraft Registration, Lien & Securities Interest Conference; the Federal Bar Association’s Aircraft Title, Registration, Finance and Leasing Law Conference; the Institute for International Research’s Corporate Aviation Symposium; the NBAA’s Cape Town International Registry Meeting; and the Geneva International Forum on Aircraft Finance & Commercial Aviation.
His achievements in the area of aviation law have earned him inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America (equipment finance law), Oklahoma Super Lawyers, The International Who’s Who of Aviation Lawyers and Who’s Who Legal.
Scott currently serves on the Regulatory Issues Advisory Group and the Tax Committee of the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA). He has previously served as the leader of the firm’s Aviation Group and on McAfee & Taft’s board of directors.
Director, The Whittle Laboratory, University of Cambridge
Rob Miller is Professor of Aerothermal technology, Director of the Whittle Laboratory, Director of the Rolls-Royce Whittle University Technology Centre, Director of the UK EPSRC Centre of Doctoral Training in Future Propulsion and Power and is a member of the UK Department for Transport Science Advisory Council.
His research focuses on the decarbonisation of the aerospace and the power generation sectors. He is passionate about the practical applications of his research, holding 11 patents and working closely with industries such as Rolls-Royce, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Siemens and Dyson. He led the team which developed Rapid Technology Development, the process of reducing the time between, design, test and learning by a factor of between 10 and 100. During the pandemic the Rapid Technology Development process was switched to developing a low-cost ventilator. Teams from across the Cambridge cluster were brought together with Prodrive, Beko, Defy, and Denel. The result was the development of a flexible, intensive care-grade ventilator, the first to be manufactured in Africa. The project was awarded the Royal Academy of Engineering President’s Medal for Pandemic Service, recognising exceptional examples of engineering.
His honours include the Institution of Mechanical Engineers Thomas Hawksley Gold Medal (2010) and the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Air Breathing Propulsion Award (2008). He has won the American Society of Mechanical Engineers Best Paper Award eight times and their highest honour in the field, The Gas Turbine Award, four times.
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Isabelle Newson started her business aviation career in a law firm in London representing owners, operators and banks. In 2007 she joined the Business Aviation team of Credit Suisse in Zurich and has since 2015 been based in Mexico City where she is responsible for Credit Suisse’s Latin American corporate jet and yacht financing business. Credit Suisse has a strong network in Latin America with offices in Mexico City, Guadalajara, Monterrey, Sao Paulo, Rio, Buenos Aires, Bogota and Santiago and Isabelle has concluded transactions in most of these locations since moving to the region.
President & CEO
Timothy R. Obitts was named President and CEO of the National Air Transportation Association (NATA) in January of 2020.
Obitts most recently served as the Association’s Chief Operating Officer, overseeing the day-to-day operation of NATA.
Prior to joining NATA in November 2014, Obitts served as the managing partner of Gammon & Grange, P.C., a national practice law firm specializing in nonprofit and communications law. During Obitts’ 18 years at Gammon & Grange, he served as corporate counsel and general counsel for many nonprofits and trade associations, handling a wide array of issues that affect their day-to-day activities and also lobbied Capitol Hill and federal agencies.
Obitts earned a Juris Doctorate, cum laude, from California Western School of Law and a Bachelor’s Degree, double major Philosophy and History, from Gordon College, where he also was named All-New England in Tennis, NAIA. Obitts is licensed to practice law in California, Colorado, the District of Columbia and Virginia, as well as numerous federal and appellate courts, and the U.S Supreme Court. Obitts co-founded several nonprofit organizations and serves on several nonprofit boards. Obitts and his wife of 20 years, Krista, have five children, ranging in age from seven to seventeen.
Aoife is an owning partner of The Air Law Firm, a boutique law firm dedicated to the aviation industry. She specialises in international and cross-border aircraft finance, sale and leasing in the commercial and corporate aviation sector. She advises clients on aircraft finance and regulatory issues, including corporate structures, aircraft acquisitions and airline start-ups. Aviation Week & Space Technology magazine named her as one of the Top 10 Leaders in business aviation in Europe. Aoife is Chair of the British Business and General Association who liaise closely with Government, regulatory bodies and industry on matters affecting the business aviation community. 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; Legal 500: Finance; Euromoneys Women in Business; Expert Guides: Aviation; International Who’s Who of Aviation Finance Lawyers; Best Lawyers; Who’s Who Legal; and 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 1998 and admitted to the Supreme Court of the Cayman Islands in 2002.
Adrian Jones is a director of Martyn Fiddler Aviation and a Chartered Tax Advisor. Adrian joined the team in 2014 and spearheaded the tax consultancy division of the business. Having worked for over 20 years’ in customs, government, leading tax advisory firms and his own business, Adrian has used his combined experience to tailor the services he provides to clients and their aircraft.
Adrian’s attention to detail together with his extensive knowledge of VAT rules relating to aircraft allows him to customise advice to each client’s individual circumstances to ensure maximum compliance with all applicable rules. His success has led to Adrian being appointed by his peers as the only EU member of the NBAA Tax Committee. Similar peer recommendation has led to Adrian holding positions on tax committees in the EU and UK.
Director – Head of Private Aviation Finance
An aviation industry professional with over 30 years experience in various elements of the aviation sector. He started out training as a pilot on a Royal Air Force Scholarship, moved into a role as an aerial surveyor with an aerial mapping company (MAPS) in the Middle East before spending time as a geophysical surveyor. From here he went on to spent almost 10 years with a leading aviation consultancy as an appraiser and aviation consultant, from where he was recruited into Morgan Grenfell, which was subsequently purchased by Deutsche Bank.
He has also had very broad exposure to and experience of the aircraft leasing industry through the financing of such vehicles, be it via commercial debt, export credits or structured tax products.
In 2010 he established a cross divisional joint venture within his financial institution to bring the extensive asset financing capabilities of the Investment Bank to the organizations Private Bank and its private clients. In 2013 Chris moved permanently to the organizations Private Bank where he now heads up th
Tony head both the aviation sector team and the aviation – litigation and regulatory group at DLA Piper. He is a specialist partner with 18 years of experience advising clients in the global aviation sector – primarily airlines – in respect of their day to day and strategic requirements as part of DLA Piper’s dedicated aviation team.
He is responsible for the strategic direction of the aviation practice at DLA Piper and as such is responsible for managing more than 50 lawyers from trainee to partner level and managing significant budgets for marketing and business development, team development, knowledge and training and travel.
Tony’s aviation practice is centred around providing sophisticated clients with aviation centric legal support across their entire businesses. Utilising his industry leading experience in both private practice and in-house, alongside his roles on industry boards and executive experience, he delivers solution orientated advice of the highest calibre, thus ensuring his client’s objectives are delivered.
Tony’s client base is both extensive and diverse across the industry. Tony advises airlines, airports, air navigation service providers, ground handling providers, MROs, industry investors, engineering providers, defence suppliers as well as engaging with Government and Regulators worldwide.
Tony’s legal expertise is in airline and aviation specific regulatory, litigation, corporate and commercial work. This has included advising clients in respect of IPOs, M&A, investment, general structuring, ownership and control issues, vendor selection, e-commerce, international treaty obligations, air services agreements, code shares and related arrangements, airport slot transactions, charter agreements, ground handling, compliance and non-compliance issues associated with ICAO conventions, European Regulations and domestic law as well as general corporate and commercial support of aviation in house legal teams.
In April 2020 Tony was a panellist for Invest Africa’s Webinar on the Future of Aviation in Africa: Will it survive Covid-19 alongside the CEO SA Airlink and CEO of Ethiopian Airlines. In May 2020 Tony will appear live on a CNBC broadcast discussing Aviation in Africa in the current crisis.
Sr. Director, Global Business Development for Business and VVIP Aviation
James Person joined Viasat in 2013, where he leads sales and business development in the Business and VVIP Aviation segment of the company, an area that Viasat has been active in for more than ten years, including both Ka and Ku-band networks.
Prior to Viasat, Mr. Person had general management, sales, and product management roles in high technology wireless and satellites communications companies. He began his career as a US Naval officer where he deployed during combat operations to the Middle East twice on a destroyer.
Mr. Person earned a BSEE degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and an MBA in international marketing from the University of Southern California (USC).
President & CEO
Andy Priester serves as Priester Aviations President and CEO.
He is the third generation of Priesters to lead the family business. In this role, Andy is dedicated to leading the organization to become the preeminent choice in aircraft management, aircraft charter and related aviation services. During Andys tenure at Priester, he has grown the fleet from seven aircraft to over 50 aircraft they manage globally today.
Andy holds a masters degree from Concordia University and has held many leadership roles at aviation safety and trade associations.
Andy is a former Board Chair of the National Air Transportation Association (NATA).
President & CEO
Brian Proctor is founder, President and CEO of Mente Group, LLC. He founded Mente in 2009 and has been serving private aviation clients for over 19 years. Having been involved in over $8 billion in aircraft transactions and over $7 billion in aviation business planning, Brian’s experience is sought by corporations and individuals, worldwide.
After serving for six years in the US Army as an infantry Ranger and intelligence officer, Brian left the military to pursue a career in the private sector. After working at Transamerica Corporation, Mr. Proctor served as consultant, COO and President of the world’s second largest consultancy and broker/dealer.
Brian serves on boards for: International Aircraft Dealers Association (IADA), Jet Aviation Advisory Board, and formerly, the Frontiers of Flight Museum in Dallas. He also previously served as President of IADA. He holds a BA degree in International Studies in Politics and Diplomacy from the University of Richmond and an MBA from Southern Methodist University.
Lasse Rungholm is an aviation lawyer specialized in EU importation and admission, customs duties related to aircraft/aviation, and all matters with regard to EU VAT.
In 1993, Lasse focused on Transportation law and spent 6 months in Norway studying Maritime law at the Nordic Institute of Maritime Law.
Since the establishment of OPMAS in the early 1990’s Lasse has acquired a great deal of expertise in all aviation areas and as a member of NBAA and EBAA Lasse has been a panelist at numerous different conferences and is a well-known speaker.
Lasse maintains a relationship with DLA Piper Denmark which is one of the top law firms in Denmark where he still handles a few selected aviation cases every year before court.
Lasse’s published articles include review of court cases and new legislation some of which can be found on the OPMAS website.
Lastly, Lasse is also a professional pilot with both EASA and FAA ATPLs with multiengine land and seaplane ratings.
He is rated on Twin Otters on floats, the L-29, ATR42/72s and Citation II 550 series and flies them regularly.
Ms. Anna Serezhkina graduated from the Moscow State Institute of International Relations in 2001. After that she worked for several commercial structures, including one of the Russian major airline and airport operator. Besides Ms. Serezhkina has for several years been employed by legal firms where she was responsible for project development in the field transport operation and infrastructure, including private public partnership projects.
Ms. Serezhkina is the founder of several conferences and forums, among them “Transport Law as Instrument for Realization of Transport Strategy for the Period till 2030”, “Regional Business Aviation Forum”, “Air Law Conference”, “ Human Factor in Civil Aviaition: Management, Law, Technics”, practical workshop “Flight Safety. Fuel Safety”, “Baltic Business Aviation Forum”, Conference agend at RUBAE Exhibition, etc.
In 2013 Ms. Serezhkina received a Ph.D grade with specialization on philosophy of technics.
Ms. Serezhkina joined RUBAA in 2009 and since then was unanimously elected as the Executive Director by RUBAA General meeting each year.
With over 15 years in the industry, Mr. Sherbacow is a recognized pioneer in the development of low carbon fuels and responsible for the first commercialization of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) production.
In 2009, Mr. Sherbacow co-founded AltAir Fuels for the refining and marketing of low carbon renewable fuels. The Company’s Paramount, CA facility is the world’s first refinery designed to produce SAF. Mr. Sherbacow was responsible for identifying strategic industry partners and equity investors in addition to negotiating contracts for the refinery JV, technology licensing, engineering and construction.
Commissioned in January 2016, AltAir Paramount converted a petroleum refinery to the production of SAF, renewable diesel, naphtha and propane. Mr. Sherbacow negotiated the aviation industry’s first commercial contracts for SAF with United Airlines and World Fuel Services. Additionally, he executed the first contract for operational use of renewable diesel fuel by the U.S. Navy. Subsequent contracts include Gulfstream, Boeing, UPS and Amazon.
In March 2018, Mr. Sherbacow facilitated the acquisition by World Energy of AltAir and the Paramount refinery assets. Mr. Sherbacow serves as its Chief Commercial Officer in addition to being a Director for the Company’s Paramount Pipeline, LLC business. Mr. Sherbacow also serves as Chairman of the Low Carbon Fuels Coalition and a steering committee member of the Business Aviation Coalition for SAF.
Vice President Commercial
Stan Shparberg joined Airbus in March 2020 as Vice President Commercial, Airbus Corporate Jets and responsible for sales and marketing globally.
Prior to joining Airbus, Stan was an Executive Vice President of Sales at Silicon Valley based Enlighted Inc, focusing on developing an IoT platform for Smart Infrastructure division.
He held various positions at Siemens, a large industrial conglomerate, across a number of different locations around the world: USA, China, Russia and Australia. In 2016, Stan was promoted to be responsible for the optimization of Siemens’s manufacturing footprint in Americas covering North and South America.
Starting his career in Australia in the power generation sector, he then moved to Russia as a Head of a business unit in the Oil&Gas and Mining Industry.
Stan holds a bachelor double degree from RMIT and CQU University in Australia and recently completed with honors an EMBA course at European School of Management and Technology in Berlin, Germany. He is also a certified CPA and an ambassador at a One Young World association.
Stan is married and has three children. In his spare time he is a keen golfer, skier and loves to explore and learn new cultures throughout traveling.
Head of Aviation
Werner Slavik joined Societe Generale Equipment Finance in 2012. He is the Head of Aviation and acting as member of the Global Competence Center Aviation based in Paris and offices in Paris, Zurich, Wuppertal and Vienna. He had previously spent over 13 years in structuring aircraft financing for corporate and private clients. He successfully originated and closed more than 145 corporate aircraft and helicopter financing transactions and also dealt with restructurings of existing transactions.
Director of Program Management for Business Aviation Digital Solutions
Tom Sterling is the Director of Business Aviation Digital Solutions for Collins Aerospace. In this role he is responsible for overseeing the development of applications and services that simplify operations for business aircraft operators and keep passengers seamlessly connected.
With more than fifteen years at Collins Aerospace and its predecessors, Rockwell Collins and ARINC, Sterling has held leadership positions in technology related areas, most recently leading the IMS Digital Technology organization. Prior to that, Tom was a program manager of the ARINC Network Services in the Americas region.
Tom has Bachelors Degree in Information Management Systems, and Masters of Business Administration from Salisbury University.
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.
Mike Stones is group editor of Corporate Jet Investor, Superyacht Investor, Helicopter Investor, Private Art Investor and Revolution.Aero. Previous roles have included editorial director of Decision News Media, based in Montpellier in the South of France, group editor of Food Manufacture and deputy editor of Farmers Weekly. Outside work, Mike enjoys flying old aeroplanes and working on the farm he co-owns in the north of England.
David Thompson advises on the tax aspects of acquisitions and disposals, mergers, demergers, group reorganisations and reconstructions. He also has extensive knowledge of management buyout and buy-in transactions and other private equity transactions and on tax aspects of commercial agreements, joint ventures, flotations, international transactions, property and private finance initiatives.
David also advises public companies, international corporations, owner-managed businesses, public sector bodies, educational institutions, charities, private sector bidders, developers, property investors and joint venture consortia.
David’s experience includes stamp duty and VAT planning and he has contributed articles on VAT matters to tax publications. David has acted on VAT litigation at European Court level.
VP Sales for Latin America
Gustavo Teixeira is the Embraer Executive Jets VP Sales for Latin America.
With 20+ years of experience in the aeronautical industry, with of broad experience from product development, sales & marketing, contracts negotiation, program management, customer relationship and product support.
Working in business jets sales in LATAM since 2007. (since 2015 as VP Sales LATAM), Gustavo have sold more than 120 jets in the region.
Board member of ABAG (Brazilian General Aviation Association) since 2018
He has a Mechanical Engineering degree with MBA in Finance/Economics
Transaction Manager, Corporate Air Finance
Profile coming soon
After serving 10 years as a RAF pilot, Adam entered the world of private aviation, first as a pilot and then in 2008, as an entrepreneur, co-founding PrivateFly, which pioneered online transactions in on-demand charter. He grew the business over 11 years to become a leading brand in international private charter and led PrivateFly’s acquisition by Directional Aviation in 2018. Adam remains CEO of PrivateFly, which now offers membership and Jet Card programs, in addition to on-demand charter. He is a passionate advocate for innovation within the industry.
President Aviation Services
David Van Den Langenbergh has over 20 years of experience in business and commercial aviation. A native of Schoten, Belgium, David, 44, was Airworthiness Manager of Belgium-based Abelag Aviation, which he joined in 2006 as head of Part 145 repair station maintenance. Prior to that, he worked for ten years as line and base maintenance manager at Lufthansa Technik and Delta. His early years were spent in general aviation, first at Bossaerts Aviation Service, then Styl Aviation and finally ABC Aviation, where he worked as a mechanic before moving up to the post of inspector.
David entered aviation right out of vocational school and is largely self-taught. He obtained his pilot’s license at the tender age of 21. David has been a Dassault Falcon Operators Advisory Board chairman since 2013 and became Chief Technical Officer of Luxaviation Group in September 2014.
Since 2016 he’s board member of the General Aviation Manufacturer’s Association where he’s the Chairman of the Airworthiness & Maintenance Committee. David discusses on a regular basis with EASA, FAA and EU aviation representatives to support Business and General Aviation interests.
David is also accountable Manager for the Luxaviation San Marino AOC, offering an international commercial operation platform for aircraft owners that need a flexible solution combined with professional, secure and safe aviation environment.
Steve Varsano founded The Jet Business, the world’s first street-level corporate aviation showroom. His 30-year career in corporate aviation has seen him build a dynamic business in the aviation industry dealing with the most successful entrepreneurs and corporate executives throughout the world, and involved with over 450 aircraft sales to date and in excess of $5 billion. His extensive expertise and knowledge of the corporate aviation jet market has positioned him as an internationally regarded industry authority.
Varsano started his aviation career with the American Association of Airport Executives and as the Special Assistant to the President of the General Manufacturers Association where he oversaw the Statistical Forecasting Committee and the Airport and Airways Committee. He is a commercial-instrument-rated pilot, single and multi-engine. He graduated magna cum laude from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University with a Bachelor of Science in Aeronautical Studies.
Varsano also was heavily involved in the merchant bank/Mergers and Acquisitions sector as a senior Vice President of Triangle Industries and Trian Group, President of the international division of Yorkshire Global Restaurants, Senior Director of Business Development of Yum Brands International and consulted for Grotech Capital Group, Centre Partners and FTI Consulting.
Varsano sat on the Board of Directors for XOJET and Virgin Galactic. He has also served as President and senior executive positions for a number of private equity companies and the companies they controlled in various industries in America, Russia and Europe.
Director, Head Global Aircraft Finance & Advisory Services
Mr. von Weise is currently a Director and Global Head of the Aircraft Finance Group at Citi Private Bank. The group provides private aircraft financing solutions to individual ultra high net worth clients and their companies throughout the world. Mr. von Weise’s responsibilities and roles while at Citi have included loan origination, product program management, reporting and workouts. The group focuses on transactions typically in the range of $10 to $50 million.
Mr. von Weise has over fourteen years of business aviation experience most recently serving as Vice President of Business Aviation Finance for Merrill Lynch Capital. Prior to Merrill Lynch, he worked for GMAC Commercial Finance in the same capacity. His expertise covers a wide range of corporate and personal aircraft both domestically and internationally. Prior to joining GMAC, Mr. von Weise was Vice President of Capital Transactions at Lend Lease Real Estate investments, where he was responsible for the recapitalization and workout of large multi-family properties throughout the U.S.
Mr. von Weise is a member of the Board of Directors of the National Aircraft Finance Association and was appointed by the Boards of Selectmen from the Massachusetts towns of Concord, Lincoln, Bedford and Lexington as a commission member of the Hanscom Field Advisory Commission. He is also a past board member of the Massachusetts Business Aviation Association and a local volunteer representative for the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association. He is also an instrument rated pilot, aircraft owner, and a pilot for the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary. Mr. von Weise has also appeared on the Discovery Channel as an aviation expert in the Celebrity Crash Files, J.F.K., Jr, documentary series. He is also currently a member of the Board of Advisors for Brown Aviation Lease.
Mr. von Weise holds an undergraduate degree, cum laude, in Environmental Studies and History from the University of Vermont.
Senior Vice President
Don Walsh is currently Senior Vice President of Originations for Stonebriar Commercial Finance, Business Aviation, the company’s global business aviation financing platform.
Don joined Stonebriar from Guggenheim Partners, where he was most recently a Managing Director and oversaw new transaction origination activity for Guggenheim’s Business Aircraft Investments group. He brings over 25 years of experience in the business aviation finance industry, previously originating transactions at US Bank Equipment Finance, Key Equipment Finance and Boeing Capital Corporation. He joined Boeing Capital following the merger between The Boeing Company and McDonnell Douglas Corporation. He previously worked at McDonnell Douglas Finance Corporation as an Asset Manager, responsible for the company’s portfolio of business aircraft operating leases. Prior to joining McDonnell Douglas Finance, he worked at Equitable Life Leasing Corporation as a lease manager. Don received a BS from University of the Pacific and an MBA from Pepperdine University.
Graham Williamson has 35 years of global aviation experience, including CEO, presidential, & executive roles with airlines, management companies & charter operations. He is the driving force behind ACASS’s European growth.
Vice-President, Renewable Aviation
Jonathan is VP for Neste’s Renewable Aviation business in the Europe/Middle East/Africa and Aspac regions. Responsible for commercial and operational activities including the supply and sale of Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) and related services to all customers (Commercial and Cargo Airlines, General Aviation, OEMs, military, and distributors), business development and investments. Jonathan is also responsible for engagement with government authorities and other key stakeholders on regulatory matters, as well as with partners to help accelerate the growth of the SAF market and support the aviation industry on its path to reduce emissions.
Jonathan has 25 years’ experience in the energy industry in leadership positions and as board director/shareholder rep, responsible for commercial, business development, M&A, strategy, marketing and operations.
Jonathan graduated in Economics from London University, and completed an Executive MBA programme at Harvard Business School.
|Action Aviation is a sales and operations company offering a range of services in the business aviation industry, including specialty services in the aeromedical field and airliner wet and dry leases. We provide aircraft and helicopter brokerage services to many owners who wish to sell, as well as buyers in the market for the first time or replacing/upgrading their existing aircraft for something more suitable.|
|SCF Aviation Capital, part of Stonebriar Commercial Finance (SCF), is an aircraft leasing and financing platform that provides customized capital solutions to owners, operators, dealers and manufacturers of business and commercial aircraft worldwide. SCF is a privately held commercial finance company established in 2015 and based in Plano, TX. With financial backing from Security Benefit Corporation, SCF actively originates and manages a multi-billion-dollar platform of commercial loans and leases. SCF specializes in transactions for businesses in a wide variety of industries (aviation, rail, realty, marine, transportation, manufacturing, energy, etc.) across the entire credit spectrum with assets located throughout the world.|
|Based in Oklahoma City, OK, AIC is the industry leader in title search, escrow, FAA Aircraft Registry document submission, transaction management, lien clearance and International Registry services for fixed wing and rotary aircraft. A technological infrastructure, including the Aircraft Closing Room� secured by Blockchain, capable of delivering superior reliability, efficiency, and performance combined with the industry�s most experienced, dedicated, and customer service-oriented staff has been the key to AIC�s success.
WE PROVIDE TITLE INSURANCE: As with any large purchase or loan, as an aircraft owner or lender, your interests need to be protected against any title problems that could divest you of your interest in the aircraft. For a one time premium, have the peace of mind that comes with knowing your investment is protected.
Our job is to serve you in all of your aircraft documentation and transaction management needs. If you have any questions about any of our services, please call us at: 1-800-288-2519 or visit our website for online 24/7 services at: www.AICTITLE.com.
|Headquartered in Montreal, Canada, and with 31 sites including 10 service centers across 16 countries, Bombardier Aviation is staffed by thousands of engineers, designers, machining experts, maintenance technicians and skilled specialists, and is powered by a proud heritage and visionary innovation in the design, manufacturing and support of business aircraft and complex aero structures. Its industry-leading, comprehensive line of business jets is the largest of any original equipment manufacturer with three leading aircraft families – Learjet, Challenger and Global – allowing customers to properly manage their evolving business priorities and travel requirements.
With a customer-centric approach as the core of the company’s values, Bombardier Aviation is dedicated to providing an exceptional customer experience anytime, anywhere. The company’s global customer support organization includes a growing network of Bombardier-owned and operated service centers, line maintenance stations and authorized facilities, as well as Mobile Response Team vehicles and aircraft. This operator-focused grid is connected 24/7 to Bombardier’s Customer Response Centre and Customer Support Team.
Bombardier offers the broadest and most modern portfolio of business jets including the Learjet 75 Liberty light jet, the class-defining Challenger 350 and Challenger 650 aircraft, and the Global large-cabin, long-range aircraft family led by the acclaimed Global 7500 aircraft, which has garnered numerous awards and accolades since its entry into service in 2018. The Global 7500 aircraft is also the industry’s first business jet to have an Environmental Product Declaration.
Bombardier Aviation is a longtime leader and steward of the increasingly important environment portfolio – ranging from its strong commitment to ICAO’s Committee on Aviation Environmental Protection (CAEP) and its multi-pronged engagement in key aviation manufacturer and operator associations, to its unique Eco-Design approach and industry-leading Environmental Product Declarations. Bombardier is also deeply involved in the development, scalability and adoption of Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) worldwide.
|Collins Aerospace Systems, a unit of Raytheon Technologies Corp. (NYSE: RTX), is a leader in technologically advanced and intelligent solutions for the global aerospace and defense industry. Created in 2018 by bringing together UTC Aerospace Systems and Rockwell Collins, Collins Aerospace has the capabilities, comprehensive portfolio and expertise to solve customers’ toughest challenges and to meet the demands of a rapidly evolving global market.
Our ARINCDirectSM flight support services offer a single, comprehensive suite for streamlined flight operations, including best-in-class flight planning, cabin connectivity and flight operations management tools. And, whether you're traveling across the country or around the globe, our operations team stands ready to support you 24/7/365. Let us help you simplify the business of flight.
|Freestream Aircraft is the premier destination for discerning aviation clients who value best in class service and want to secure the best value for their aircraft. We believe that luxury service is defined by our legacy - agility across markets, efficiency and discretion. Our team handles each detail from start to finish sourcing the highest quality materials and customized design to white glove delivery. We specialize in state of the art, medium through ultra-long range corporate jet aircraft and we are able to cover all aspects of aircraft brokerage, acquisition, marketing, sales, custom design services, import/export and maintenance review of your aircraft. Additionally, our affiliation with brokerage firms worldwide and our collateral buying power with the aircraft manufacturers, assures professional assistance to international and multinational companies as well as private individuals, artists, royalty and head-of-state clients.
Freestream’s expertise, commitment to integrity, and vast experience provide our clientele the exclusive opportunity to experience a seamless transaction in a timely manner. Principals the world over continue to find their experience with Freestream advantageous and beneficial
|GE Aviation is committed to providing leading propulsion systems for business and general aviation (BG&A) customers around the world. We provide jet engines for small and large cabin business aviation aircraft and turboprop engines for BG&A operators. We are passionate about customers and the flexibility, access and productivity their flight operations bring to remote communities, commerce, recreation, agriculture, medical missions, pilot training, and humanitarian aid.
GE has a global service network to support these offerings. GE and its customers are also working together to unlock new opportunities to grow and deliver more productivity beyond traditional services. GE Aviation is becoming a digital industrial business with its ability to harness large streams of data that are providing incredible insights and in turn, real operational value for customers.
|Gilchrist Aviation Law, P.C. is celebrating 30 years of aircraft title, escrow, registration, financing and leasing service in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. This law firm is uniquely positioned to serve their clients, including other law firms, as special FAA counsel, special Cape Town Convention and International Registry (IR) counsel for all manner of aircraft transactions. Gilchrist Aviation Law assists brokers, dealers, operators and their law firms around the world as they structure aviation transactions.
The work of the firm includes escrow services, legal counsel and written legal opinions regarding aircraft registration, title, financing, and leasing liens. As special FAA Counsel, Gilchrist Aviation Law assists in the drafting and preparation of instruments, pre-positioning executed instruments in Oklahoma City in advance of closing and filing instruments with the FAA Registry upon closing. The firm also serves as Special Cape Town Convention Counsel, advising of the “international interests” and other interests registrable on the IR and serving as IR registering agent for one or all of the parties to a transaction.
Gilchrist Aviation Law is best known in the aviation industry for the availability of our team members, the accuracy of our work product and legal counsel and the timeliness of our response to pressing client needs. The firm has built a reputation on the level of service, quality and practicality of the counsel provided to our clients.
|For over 30 years, Jet Support Services, Inc. (JSSI), has been the leading independent provider of maintenance support and financial services to the business aviation industry. JSSI offers hourly cost maintenance programs to manage the often unpredictable costs of operating virtually all makes and models of aircraft, engines and auxiliary power units (APUs). The company is responsible for maintaining in excess of 2,000 business jets, turboprops, regional jets and helicopters across the globe and serves customers through its unique infrastructure of expert technical advisors.
JSSI leverages this extensive technical knowledge, maintenance buying power and data to support every stage of the aircraft life cycle, from aircraft acquisition to disassembling and parting out the aircraft. JSSI Parts & Leasing sells aircraft parts, provides lease engines and APUs, and offers supply chain solutions as a service to large fleet operators. JSSI Advisory Services and Conklin & de Decker harness this technical experience and global reach to power a complete range of consulting and digital services utilized by operators, aircraft brokers, and service providers across the industry.
|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.
|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.
|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.|
|The Avinode Group is a leading technology and data partner for the business air charter industry. The Avinode Groups cloud-based ecosystem helps charter brokers, operators and flight departments succeed globally.
The portfolio of services holds Avinode, Schedaero and Paynode.
Avinode, the world's leading B2B platform for buying and selling air charter. www.avinode.com
Paynode, the worlds first payment system developed for business aviation. www.paynode.com
Schedaero, a flight operations software for operators, flight departments and private aircraft owners. www.schedaero.com
|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.|
|Clyde & Co is a dynamic, rapidly expanding global law firm focused on providing a complete legal service to clients in our core sectors including aviation and insurance. It has over 2,000 legal professionals operating from over 50 offices in every region, including Asia Pacific, Canada, the United States, Latin America, Europe, UK, Africa and the Middle-East.
Clyde & Co has over 100 specialist Aviation lawyers on every continent except Antarctica. In business aviation the team advises aircraft owners, operators, managers, lessors and financiers, CAMO providers, fixed based operators, cabin designers and fitters, ground handlers and their respective insurers and reinsurers on a range of matters including acquisitions and sales, financings, licensing, employment, contingency planning, emergency response, prosecutions, claims and subrogated recoveries, as well as uninsured disputes, injunctions, asset detentions and recoveries.
Who's Who Legal consistently recognise Clyde & Co as the world's leading firm in the field of Aviation Law.
|DLA Piper advises on the cross border and domestic acquisition, sale, finance and leasing of new and used aircraft and engines, using a variety of structures and products including operating and finance leases, structured tax-based financings, export-credit transactions, Islamic finance and pre-delivery payment financing. We have considerable experience in advising on all aspects of the purchase and leasing of aircraft and we act for a wide range of international lessors, airlines, financial institutions and manufacturers. We provide a high quality and cost effective service to assist them in managing their legal requirements and budgets. We also advise on the enforcement of aircraft mortgages, lease terminations, asset recovery and distressed sales, as well as advising on issues arising from the regulatory and liability environment of aviation.
Our teams in London, Dublin, Moscow, New York, Toronto, Hong Kong, Dubai and throughout Europe have worked on a wide variety of leasing structures and products meaning that we can add value to any transaction on which we are instructed. We thrive on building long lasting relationships with our clients which are mutually rewarding.
|Embraer is creating tomorrow’s world of bespoke private air travel
today, utilizing industry-leading innovation, design, and technology —
all the while incorporating sustainable practices. As a global company
with more than 50 years in aerospace, Embraer delivers the ultimate
experience in business aviation through aircraft that feature disruptive
performance, comfort, and technology. Its portfolio consists of the
Phenom 100EV, which offers the business aviation experience in its
purest form; the Phenom 300E, which is the best-selling light jet for
the past eight years straight; and the Praetor 500 and the Praetor 600,
which with best-in-class flight range, are the most disruptive and
technologically advanced midsize and super-midsize business jets,
capable of continent-crossing and ocean-spanning missions, respectively.
Every day, Embraer business aircraft operate around the globe,
supported by a strong, responsive customer support network that’s
top-ranked in service across the industry. For more information, visit
|Intelsat operates the world's first Globalized Network, delivering high quality, cost-effective video and broadband services anywhere in the world. Intelsat's Globalized Network combines the world's largest satellite backbone with terrestrial infrastructure, managed services and an open, interoperable architecture to enable customers to drive revenue and reach through a new generation of network services.
Thousands of organizations serving billions of people worldwide rely on Intelsat to provide ubiquitous broadband connectivity, multi-format video broadcasting, secure satellite communications and seamless mobility services. The end result is an entirely new world, one that allows us to envision the impossible, connect without boundaries and transform the ways in which we live.
|Founded in 2012, JetHQ is a leading provider of worldwide aircraft transaction, brokerage and consulting services. Its highly experienced team utilizes a vast network of international connections and resources to match sellers with qualified buyers. JetHQ also offers fleet planning, aircraft inspection, contracting, acceptance and delivery, and additional aviation services.
JetHQ was founded on the belief that the most valuable asset in aviation is trust. Its team brings extensive aviation experience and real-time industry insight and analysis to each complex transaction. Headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri, USA, and Dubai, UAE, JetHQ has offices around the world, including Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas.
Learn more at JetHQ.com.
|Luxaviation is one of the largest private aircraft operators worldwide, currently managing more than 270 aircraft and 50 helicopters under the most stringent safety standards. The company's commercial fleet is operated under the regulatory umbrella of 15 air-operating certificates (AOCs). Luxaviation, in collaboration with Paragon Aviation GroupTM, has a network of 56 FBOs globally, 28 of which are under its world-class FBO management company ExecuJet. Luxaviation currently employs more than 1,700 employees worldwide. Further information: www.luxaviation.com|
|Celebrating its 75th anniversary, Priester Aviation is among the world's elite private aircraft operators, specializing in aircraft management and private travel solutions. Founded by George Priester in 1945, Priester started as a flight training school that eventually evolved into the private aviation services company that it is today. It was a simple proposition at first, to provide a platform to educate and demonstrate the practices of a progressing industry that would eventually integrate itself into the lives of on-the-go business and leisure travelers alike. As the aviation community developed and businesses began to expand globally, the need for point-to-point travel became a necessity and alternatives to commercial airline service were imperative. Priester’s goal is to provide businesses and other discerning travelers with premium private aviation services individually tailored to fit their needs. Visit us at www.priesterav.com.|
|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 a global communications company that believes everyone and everything in the world can be connected. Our fast, reliable technologies have powered businesses, consumers, and heads of state around the world for more than 30 years.
Through our unrivaled capacity, Viasat’s business aviation’s in-flight connectivity solutions are meeting the demands of bandwidth intensive applications to allow crew and passengers to be as productive in the air as on the ground.
So go ahead. Connect without compromise – even at 40,000 feet.
Viasat. Uplifting the Journey. Viasat.com/business-aviation.