Town Hall Meetings

As you know, these are unprecedented times for business aviation. Featuring speakers from around the world, we invite you to join your community on the award winning Corporate Jet Investor Town Hall as a way of staying connected and informed during this period.

Moderated by Alasdair Whyte, co-founder of Corporate Jet Investor, each week we will tackle a different issue or topic through the knowledge of as many expert participants as possible. Using cutting-edge event technology, throughout the session we will invite you to ask questions, make comments, chat with other participants and vote on our live polls.

Future Town Halls will cover aircraft sales, aircraft values and operating when restricted - or other topics that the audience chooses. If you are interested in speaking at a Town Hall, please email Louisa Whyte at 

You can catch up on all the previous Town Hall meetings here:

Finance, tax and all that jazz (5 August)
Speakers included:
Christopher Miller, Managing Partner, Shearwater Aero Capital
Frederic Larue, Executive Vice President, Echo Aviation Leasing
Suzanne Meiners-Levy, Shareholder, Advocate Consulting Legal Group PLLC

Flying with Covid, problem transactions and new opportunities (22 July)
Speakers included:
Dr Simon May, Managing Director/Chief Medical Officer, Flightcare Global: Flying in the age of Covid-19
Derek Bloom, Partner, Atlantic Aviation Legal Services: What can go wrong with pre-owned transactions – based on a fascinating survey of litigation resulting from aircraft deals
Hamish Harding, Chairman, Action Aviation: How the industry needs to rethink to get deals done
Mark Hardman, Acting Executive, Vice President, Qatar Executive: On its new Diamond Agreement jet card product

Welcome to July (1 July)
Speakers included:
Nic Imrie, I&W Aviation
Paul Jebely, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman (HK)
Zoë Layden, Falcon MGA Services
Stewart Lapayowker, Lapayowker Jet Counsel
Oliver Stone, Colibri Aircraft

Aircraft Values  (24 June)

Around the world in 60 minutes...again (17 June)
(Supported by ACASS Ireland)
How are business aviation companies coping to the world after lockdowns?
Have existing customers returned and are new ones looking to fly?

Speakers included:
Graham Williamson, CEO, ACASS Ireland
Ian Moore, Chief Commercial Officer, VistaJet
Sarah Kalmeta, Head, AsBAA Discovery; Founder, Pivot Point
Scott Ashton, CEO, Aerox
Mike Francis, Managing Director - Aviation/Marine Finance, First Republic Bank
Andy Priester, CEO, Priester Aviation

Innovation special  (3 June)

EBACE special (27 May)
We melted some cheese, cracked open a bottle of Swiss wine and settled down to hear what is happening in Europe. Taking place the week that EBACE was meant to, this Town Hall gave you that chance to catch up with friends around the world.

Aircraft Transactions & Finance (20 May)
This Town Hall asked the following questions:
Can you still find finance?
Can I use Covid-19 to pull out of deals?
Restructuring and repossessions

Speakers included:
Vivek Kaushal, President and chief operating officer, Global Jet Capital
John Farrish, VP Transactions, General Counsel, jetAVIVA
Edward Gross, Shareholder, Vedder Price and a member of the Global Transportation Finance team
Eric Lewin, Founder, Global Closing Room
Jim Simpson, Senior Managing Director, First Republic Bank

Selling during tough markets  (13 May)
Looking at issues including:
How can you close aircraft deals when the world is in lockdown?
How do you get buyer's attention at the moment?
Can business aviation benefit from grounded airlines?

Flying through the storm (6 May)
Survival strategies through the downturn
How companies are managing during the Covid-19 crisis and what is changing for the industry

We will fly again (29 April)
Looking forward to when the lockdown ends. This (hopefully) upbeat Town Hall looked at how business aviation will adapt to the new market when the downturn is over.
What can the industry do to work together?
Is now the time for new business models?
How will consumer behaviour change?
How many aircraft will be delivered?

Speakers included:
Neil Book, President and Chief Executive Officer, JSSI
Andrew Collins, president and CEO, Sentient Jet
Andy Hudson, founder, DownRoute
Aoife O'Sullivan, Partner, The Air Law Group
Craig Picken, founder, Northstar Group
Rollie Vincent, Creator, JETNETiQ, founder Rolland Vincent Associates

Looking at charter (22 April)
We asked the following questions:
What is happening now?
How big was the  boost at the start of the year?
Is there a big opportunity for charter as markets open up?
Will all operators survive?

Speakers included: 
Richard Koe, WINGX
Per Marthinsson, Avinode
Catherine Buchanan,  Vertis Aviation
Patrick Margetson-Rushmore, Luxaviation
Dawit Lemma,  Krimson Aviation
Adam Twidell, Private Fly
David Best, Jet Aviation
Justin Bowman, Air Charter Service
Richard Ziskind, Crystal AirCruises/Luxury Air

Aircraft sales & values (part 2) (15 April)
Following on from last week's panel another session looking at aircraft transactions and values.

Aircraft sales & values (part 1)  (8 April)
What is happening in the aircraft sales market - is everything still paused?
Are travel restrictions stopping deals from happening?
How quickly can we expect aircraft values to fall? 
What lessons should we remember from 2008 and 2009?
Will lower production rates make a difference to residual values this time?
How many aircraft will OEMs deliver or sell in 2020?

Speakers included:
Hamish Harding, Action Aviation
David Crick, DavAir
Jay Mesinger, Mesinger Jet Sales
Daniel Hall, Ascend

Around the world in 60 minutes (1 April)
 The opening Town Hall took a look at the global impact of Covid-19 on business aviation


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