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 Hannah Burton on +44 1737 244 383. Please note we update the agenda regularly and times and speakers can change.

Tuesday 29th January

20.00 Dealmakers Dinner hosted by AIC Title Service, Boeing Business Jets, Mente Group & UniCredit Aviation Leasing

Wednesday 30th January

8.00 Registration & breakfast hosted by Pratt & Whitney Canada

9.00 Opening remarks

Ed Washecka, RACE Aviation Partners                                       

9.10 The state of the market
It is not all bad new – focusing on the fundamentals

Why investors need to trust the assets

Mike Platt, LCI Helicopters

9.50 Financing rotary assets
Is finding finance getting harder?

Are helicopters now officially out of fashion?
Are Export Credit Agencies now the only lenders around?

Moderator: Eddie Gross, Vedder Price
Kirsten Bartok, Airfinance
Kathleen Flanagan, Export Import Bank
Alain Gauthier, Export Development Canada
Carla Schriver, Goldman Sachs
Werner Slavik, Société Générale

10.15 Milestone Aviation

Greg Conlon, Milestone

10.35  Morning coffee hosted by Milestone Aviation

11.05  Analysing the pre-owned market
Which types are trading and which are not?

Who is buying
Is finding buyers all about price

Emmanuel Dupuy, Avpro Inc.

11.25 Blade – Opening up the market

Rob Wiesenthal, Blade 

11.45 Operating leasing 2020: How will the market evolve?
When will the market recover?

Is now the time to rethink helicopter leasing?
How do shareholders and lenders view lessors?

Moderator: Alasdair Whyte, Helicopter Investor
Olivier Piot, Nova Capital

Crispin Maunder, LCI Helicopters
Stephen Cook, Macquarie
Mirka Nakayama, ITC-AeroLeasing
Pat Sheedy, Milestone Aviation
Mark Kelly, Lobo Leasing

12.30  Lunch hosted by ITC AeroLeasing Inc.

14.00 Removing maintenance risk with programmes
How programmes can help financiers and operators?
Are operators happy giving up control?

Craig Huisson, Pratt & Whitney Canada

14.20  A helicopter appraisers’ life is a hard one
How to value assets that are not trading?

How can anyone forecast values after the last few years?
Are their bell-weather models you should focus on?

Moderator: William Sturm, AvPro Inc.
Richard Berkemeier, Pegasus Aircraft Appraisal Group
David Crick, Davair
Gerard Deterne, Airbus
Alastair Fallon, IBA

Jason Kmiecik, HeliValue$
Ben Chiam, Morten Beyer & Agnew
Sara Dhariwal, Flight Ascend Consultancy

15.10  Packaging Helicopters in 2019

Steve Hanna, Protective Packing Corporation

15.30 Afternoon tea hosted by Milestone Aviation

16.00 Operating in 2019 – how is the market evolving
Is operating still the hardest job in aviation

Lessons from the downturn

Moderator: Zohar Zik, HFW
Allan Blake, A&S Blake Ltd.

Nuno Pereira, Bestfly
Nigel Watson, Nigel Watson Ltd.

16.40 Uniflight Global 

Joe Hawke, Uniflight Global

17.00 Clark’s half hour – reasons to be cheerful
O Raging Fortune’s Withering Blast – the ups and down of helicopter finance
Musing on the roaring ocean – the future for off-shore
Winter: A Dirge – when will the market recover?

Clark McGinn, Uplifting Advice

17.30 Closing remarks

Ed Washecka, RACE Aviation Partners      

18.00 Cocktail  reception

20.00 Historic Pub Tour

Thursday 31st January

8.30 Breakfast hosted by Leonardo

9.10 Opening remarks day two 

Ed Washecka, RACE Aviation Partners      

9.20 Building helicopters
Are there any signs of recovery?

What are OEMs focusing on?
Is VTOL the future ?

Moderator: Malcolm MacGregor, LCI Helicopters
Luc Bentolila, Airbus
Roberto Garavaglia, Leonardo
Andreas Lowenstein, Kopter

David Martin, Sikorsky 

9.50 From here to Eternity – a Lessor’s perspective on values

Bill Wolf, Lobo Leasing

10.20 The state of the fleet – a maintenance perspective
Taking helicopters from storage to flight

What are the storage options?
What do you need to look for?

Moderator: Allan Blake, A&S Blake Ltd.
Ty Corley, JSSI
Carolyn Forsyth, Heli-One

11.00 Morning coffee hosted by Protective Packaging Corporation

11.30 Restructuring the helicopter industry
Is this a cyclical or a structural downturn?

Do we need to rethink the old assumptions
Is the industry in danger of misusing a crisis and not changing enough?

David Fowkes, Imperial Capital

11.50 Helicopters in 2019
How did we get here?

Where is the market going?

Duncan Moore, Open World Aerospace Markets
Warren Willits, JetStar Partners Inc. 

12.30 You say helicopter, we say VTOL
Is the future for rotary aircraft electicity?
eVTOLs versus helicopters
How big will the eVTOL market grow?

Gregor Grandl, Porsche Consulting
Joachim Kirsch, Porsche Consulting

13.00 Lunch

14.15 Rethinking off-shore contracts
Matching company, operator and financier needs

Are 90 day cancellation clauses and contractual penalty clauses sustainable or safe?

Moderator: Allan Blake, A&S Blake Ltd.
David Fowkes, Imperial Capital
Ed Washecka, RACE Aviation Partners

14.55 Oil and gas update: will we ever see a return to the boom?
Are explorers back?

Is investment back?
Key regions to focus on

Steve Robertson, Westwood Global Energy Group

15.15 Afternoon tea hosted by Protective Packaging Corporation

15.45 VIP Helicopters

Moderator: William Sturm, Avpro Inc.
Frederic Lemos, Airbus
Simon Mitchell, Starspeed Ltd.
Charlotte Pedersen, Luxaviation
Nigel Watson, Nigel Watson Ltd.

16.25 Using technology to grow the customer base
Does the public understand the benefits of helicopters?

Why is there not more demand for VIP helicopters?
Is the future eVTOL?

Moderator: Adam Twidell, PrivateFly
Frederic Aguettant, Helipass
Andy King, FLYT

Rob Wiesenthal, Blade

17.05 Closing remarks