Credit freeze hits helicopter market

Credit freeze hits helicopter market

Many people might find it hard to feel sympathy for bankers. Especially after 2008. But as the credit crunch shows, no industry can survive without debt. The helicopter industry is about to discover this. Lenders, many of whom have already

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Interview: Speaking with Flyt at EBACE 2018

Interview: Speaking with Flyt at EBACE 2018

FLYT has made a name for itself in the helicopter industry in a short period of time. Having launched it’s digital helicopter booking platform in April, the service correlates price quotes and available flights from a number of UK operators,

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EBACE Interview: Philip Queffelec on buyer trends and Switzerland’s helicopter market

EBACE Interview: Philip Queffelec on buyer trends and Switzerland’s helicopter market

Philip G Queffelec loves helicopters. That’s immediately apparent to anyone who talks to him. Whilst one of the company he chairs, Sparfell & Partners, sells both fixed-wing and rotary aircraft, he is himself a helicopter pilot – owning his own

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EBACE Interview: Charlotte Pedersen on the VIP market and working together

EBACE Interview: Charlotte Pedersen on the VIP market and working together

Luxaviation is among of the world’s largest VIP and VVIP aircraft-operating and servicing companies. It provides charter, sales, management to business jet customers around the world. In February 2016, the company setup a helicopter division, which has since grown, and

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Waypoint Leasing: New Horizons

Waypoint Leasing: New Horizons

Waypoint, the world’s largest independent helicopter lessor, recently celebrated its five-year anniversary, having weathered one of the worst downturns in the history of the helicopter market and come out the other side with an air of cautious optimism. Waypoint is

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HI talks to Sikorsky’s Dana Fiatarone – Weathering the downturn

HI talks to Sikorsky’s Dana Fiatarone – Weathering the downturn

If any single helicopter manufacturer has turned the drop off in oil and gas missions into a positive, that one is Sikorsky. The manufacturer has weathered the oil-and-gas downturn, but instead of moving away from the market and diversifying, it

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HI talks to Frédéric Lemos, CEO of Airbus Corporate Helicopters

HI talks to Frédéric Lemos, CEO of Airbus Corporate Helicopters

At every industry event these past few years, people have talked about diversification. Outside of the biggest operators, who have a secure foothold in the market, operators are looking outside of oil and gas to bring in revenue from less-volatile

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The helicopter pilot shortage is coming

The helicopter pilot shortage is coming

Whenever you hear the phrase “helicopter pilot shortage”, you probably roll your eyes. Dire warnings have been sounded across all aviation markets for a good 10 years. But way back in 2008 any shortage of pilots was not obvious as

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Heli Expo 2018: Talking to Waypoint Leasing CEO Hooman Yazhari

Heli Expo 2018: Talking to Waypoint Leasing CEO Hooman Yazhari

Waypoint Leasing, one of the largest helicopter lessors, recently saw a switch up in its management. The lessor’s founder and CEO Ed Washecka left the company and was replaced by CHC Helicopter’s Hooman Yazhari – who was general counsel and

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A Lessor’s Perspective: LCI’s Crispin Maunder

A Lessor’s Perspective: LCI’s Crispin Maunder

Lease Corporation International (LCI) has found a niche in the helicopter leasing market, focusing purely on medium-category helicopters – especially the Leonardo AW139s and AW169s – and spreading them far and wide across different operations, with only 30% of its

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