Helicopter Investor London 2023

22-23 March 2023 | Royal Garden Hotel, London

You would be crazy to miss this conference. This is the essential conference to attend if you are in Helicopters finance. In fact this should be held twice a year.
Crispin Maunder, LCI

Helicopter Investor London is THE ONLY dedicated helicopter finance, transactions and operations conference.

Join us for our 13th year, where over 200 of the industry’s most senior executives and key decision-makers meet to discuss and debate the industry’s hot topics.

Connect with the industry’s most important operators, financiers, OEMs, leasing companies, appraisers, lawyers, investors and all other leading figures involved in growing the helicopter market at a conference like no other to close deals and make new connections!

Operators are eligible for FREE delegate tickets, if you think are you eligible for a free delegate pass, please email [email protected]

If you are interested in speaking or sponsoring the 2023 event, please contact [email protected].

What is included in your Helicopter Investor Pass?

  • Exclusive access to the two day conference
  • Cocktail reception
  • Networking breakfasts
  • Three-course lunches
  • All refreshments
  • Conference documentation
  • Event app
  • Delegate list
  • VAT which may be reclaimable



All timings are subject to change

Is Helicopter leasing now a mature market?

What will the next five years look like?
Does helicopter leasing naturally fit with commercial aircraft
Will we see new capital enter the market
Con Barber, Macquarie Rotorcraft
Crispin Maunder, LCI
Pat Sheedy, The Milestone Aviation Group

The state of the fleet, trading and off-shore

Helicopter supply and demand
What is hot, what will be?
Is the off-shore boom back?
Emmanuel Dupuy, Aero Asset
Steve Robertson, Air and Sea Analytics

Fireside Chat: Helicopters & ESG

What can the industry do?
Who should drive change?
Jaspal Jandu, LCI

The changing market

Is this the start of a new cycle
Growing SAR
Why Helicopter operators should lead the electric vertical aircraft revolution.
Chris Bradshaw, Bristow Group

Let it blow – off-shore wind

How much demand is there for helicopters?
Helicopters versus marine transport
Moderator: Steve Robertson, Air and Sea Analytics
Senior Representative, Airbus Helicopters

Helicopter Leasing

Sell versus keep
Looking at new assets
Moderator: Jim Janaitis, Baker Donelson
Marc Schechter, Thora Capital
Dan Roberts, Lobo Leasing
Olivier Piot, Nova Capital

Are we getting closer to zero accidents?

Making operations safer
What can other operators learn from off-shore
Tim Rolfe, Heli Offshore

Has the death of offshore missions been exaggerated

Are we seeing more than green shoots
Is the balance shifting between operators and customers?
Can financiers influence regulations
Moderator: Robert Van der Vuurst, Baker Donelson
Tony Cramp, Shell Aircraft
Senior Rep, PHI Aviation
Sebastien Moulin, The Milestone Aviation Group
Jeffrey Juergens, Sikorsky

Orders and Progress: The Brazil Helicopter market

Will Brazil’s South American dominance continue?
Special missions versus VIP
Joao Paulo Servera, Veirano Advogatos
Senior Representative, Rotortrade
Senior Representative, Airbus Helicopters

Money, Money, Money

Have lender attitudes changed?
Helicopters and bank ESG policies
Moderator: Eddie Gross, Vedder Price
Thato Matsha, Investec
Praveen Vetrivel, LCI
Camille Brunel, RIVE Private Investment

Face Value

Are economic lives changing
David Crick, DavAir Group
Owen Geach, IBA
Gerard Deterne, Pteron Valuations

MRO, technology and maintenance

How to manage supply chain issues
The rise of preventative maintenance
Joe Hawke, Uniflight Global
Senior Representative, The Milestone Aviation Group

The new(ish) off-shore entrant

Why GAMA Aviation and Bond are joining the party
Does this mean the UK Competitions and Market Authority was right
Senior Representative, GAMA Aviation

Is the future electric? Helicopters versus electric vertical aircraft

Which is the future?
Is there room for both?
Importance of harnessing the helicopter expertise
Jean-Marc Youkhana, Uplifting Aviation
Nigel Leishman, LCI

Growing through a boom – lessons for electric vertical aircraft

Looking back at the helicopter leasing boom
Can you avoid bandwagons when everyone is jumping on them
The risks with aviation – regulation, safety and why it is really different
Ed Washecka, Race Point Partners

The McGinn-ing of the end

Is the up-cycle starting again?
Is it too early to get excited?
Clark McGinn, Uplifting Aviation


Event Partner

The Milestone Aviation Group is the world’s leading helicopter leasing and financing company. Milestone has a fleet of helicopters including loan financings worth over US $5 billion. Milestone partners with helicopter operators worldwide, providing a wide array of financial and productivity solutions, including operating leases, purchase/leasebacks, secured debt financing, engine leasing and fleet advisory. The company supports over 40 customers in more than 35 countries serving a variety of industries, including offshore oil and gas, search and rescue, emergency medical services, police surveillance, mining and other utility missions.

Lead Sponsors

Aero Asset is a global helicopter trading firm, headquartered in Toronto. It specializes in remarketing & trading preowned twin engine helicopters. Aero Asset also publishes the Preowned Helicopter Market Trends, an comprehensive market report released quarterly.
Airbus is a global leader in aeronautics, space and related services. In the helicopter area, Airbus provides the most efficient civil and military rotorcraft solutions worldwide.
The unique operational capabilities of Airbus helicopters enable them to perform vital missions around the world: saving lives, protecting populations, and delivering critical services, thereby contributing to the building of a safe, united and sustainable world.
For 130 years, Baker Donelson has built a reputation for achieving results for our clients, both nationally and internationally, on a wide range of legal matters. While providing legal services is our focus, it is how we deliver them that sets us apart. Our goal is to provide clients with more than what they have come to expect from a law firm.
LCI is a leading aviation lessor that provides operators worldwide with an attractive alternative to buying, and financing the purchase of, rotary and fixed wing aircraft. LCI’s rotorcraft fleet is focused on the latest technology medium and super medium helicopters manufactured by leading OEMs including Leonardo, Airbus Helicopters and Sikorsky. These are in operation across four continents in multiple sectors including emergency medical services, offshore wind, search and rescue, maritime pilot transfer and energy sector transportation. LCI’s highly experienced management team has built strong relationships with manufacturers, customers and leading financial institutions, and has undertaken in excess of US$8 billion of transactions in the fixed wing and helicopter markets since its inception in 2004.
Leonardo, through its Helicopter Division, performs research, design, development, production, customer support and marketing of the AgustaWestland’s extensive range of products. They cover all the main helicopter weight categories, from the 1.8-ton single engine, to the 16-ton three-engine helicopter.
The AW139, AW189 and AW169 are new generation helicopters serving the market as the AWFamily of products featuring the same design philosophy and providing equivalent safety & technology standards and cost effective solutions. The Family’s models also share many component parts and the same approach to maintenance and training. This translates into significant advantages in terms of operational efficiency and a reduction in through-life costs for the users.
Leonardo Helicopters is also committed to the study and introduction into the market of innovative technologies and platforms, including the AW609 TiltRotor and the remotely controlled/optionally piloted rotorcraft.
A great emphasis to customer satisfaction is placed by Leonardo Helicopters, able to offer a great supportability level for both maintenance and training. Several service centres can provide spares, repair and overhaul throughout the product lifecycle worldwide 24 hours per day around the world.


Cirium brings together powerful data and analytics to keep the world in motion. Delivering insight, built from decades of experience in the sector, enabling travel companies, aircraft manufacturers, airports, airlines and financial institutions, among others, to make logical and informed decisions which shape the future of travel, growing revenues and enhancing customer experiences. Cirium is part of RELX PLC, a global provider of information-based analytics and decision tools for professional and business customers.
HeliValue$, Inc. is best known for its publication, The Official Helicopter Blue Book®, which has been sold worldwide since 1979. HeliValue$ is the trusted advisor and industry-wide interpreter for an international clientele of manufacturers, vendors, helicopter operators, banks, leasing and insurance companies, and aviation law firms.
HeliValue$ is the world's only dedicated helicopter appraisal firm. With the powerful combination of decades of resale data, our internal component pricing data, and insight into the helicopter industry, our accredited ASA appraisers go well beyond the "appraiser" role. Our advice and consultations have helped lenders, lessors, and other funding participants: by advising on final "go/no-go" decisions for many by discussing the pros and cons of participating in helicopter lending, whether in general or in a specific deal, signifying changing the lending/credit industry's opinion of helicopters' long-term values through our 40+ years of evaluations, advice, and counsel.
HeliValue$ continues enhancing the helicopter industry's position with in-person and telephone presentations for senior management, asset, and credit personnel.
Lobo Leasing works with commercial helicopter operators around the globe to provide creative, innovative and flexible helicopter leasing and fleet management solutions designed to preserve liquidity and to help them grow their business. We are comprised of a diversified team of seasoned helicopter operators, technicians and finance professionals with extensive experience in the commercial helicopter industry.
Lobo is owned by Blackstone/GSO, one of the largest alternative investment firms in the world. Most importantly, we have an operator-centric approach to the market whereby we partner long term with operators to help them acquire the helicopters they need.
Lobo offer a comprehensive range of helicopter leasing solutions including sale and leaseback as well as the leasing of new delivery helicopters. In addition, Lobo assists operators with the sourcing of used helicopters and the sale of surplus machines.
Macquarie Rotorcraft was established in 2013 as part of Macquarie Group Limited (Macquarie Group), a global financial services group with over $A737 billion of assets under management.
Macquarie Rotorcraft (MR) offers customized leasing and helicopter financing solutions to a global customer base supporting applications in offshore energy, EMS, SAR, and other mission critical segments.
MR’s executive cadre consists of helicopter industry professionals with experience in MRO, OEM, operator and aircraft finance and leasing.
The company has a worldwide presence with offices in Dallas, Limerick, London, and Singapore.
Nova Capital Aviation Group is a global leading aviation lessor, and associate lease management services provider, dedicate to on-shore mission critical services assets, with a constant growth of its fleets since inception in 2002.
The company was founded in 2002 by Olivier PIOT, acting as company CEO and main shareholder since then. We are focusing in particular on on-shore helicopters operated in such various missions as Emergency Medical Services, firefighting, powerline construction and survey, Arial work, training, passengers transportation…
At Nova Capital, our unique 20 years history allows our experienced and dynamic team to continually create and nurture flexible financing solutions and long-term business partnerships with our customers, investors, and lenders.
We do this by firstly providing our customers with flexible, pragmatic and innovative helicopter financing solutions that support their fleet strategies and underpin their business growth.
We operate from Paris (2002), Dublin (2013) and Lisbon (2019).
Founded in 2010 by Toby Gauld, Optima Aero provides refurbished and certified parts, components, and engines to helicopter operators, maintenance centres, and OEMs worldwide, while ensuring a reduced carbon footprint.

Committed to strict quality standards, Optima Aero has had its Transport Canada accreditation since 2012 for engine fuel nozzle maintenance. It sheds light on the quality and reliability of the company’s services and products. Recently, Optima Aero also received AS9120 certification, attesting to compliance with quality, reliability, and traceability requirements for refurbished parts and components.
At Pratt & Whitney, we believe that powered flight has transformed – and will continue to transform – the world.

That’s why we work with an explorer’s heart and a perfectionist’s grit to design, build, and service the world’s most advanced aircraft engines. We do this across a diverse portfolio – including Commercial Engines, Military Engines, Business Aviation, General Aviation, Regional Aviation, and Helicopter Aviation – and as a way of turning possibilities into realities for our customers.

This is how we at Pratt & Whitney approach our work, and this is why we are inspired to go beyond
PTERON Valuations is a newly created valuation house aimed at supporting key market stakeholders such as large & niche Lenders, Operators, Title & Escrow firms, Brokers & Dealers, Aviation tax specialists, Aviation attorneys when involved in helicopter transactions.
Convinced that documenting and taking into account all the technical specificities of helicopters is not enough to explain all depreciation trends, PTERON Valuations is committed to sort out the other factors likely to affect values and to address market economics more thoroughly.
Assessing current and future market trends, tackling the detailed features of the relevant secondary markets, evaluating the strength and weaknesses of alternative solutions to helicopters and taking a comprehensive view of the market are some of the key elements to be considered.
Thru genuine and open interactions, PTERON Valuations’ goal is also to help its future customer community to raise their own level of expertise in tackling the subtle interactions between market trends and aircraft values.
Based in Paris, Geneva and Luxembourg, RIVE Private Investment puts its proven and successful experience at the service of its institutional and family offices clients to generate stable returns through defensive and long-term investments in real assets. Through funds or dedicated mandates, we successfully developed long-lasting relationships with our investors and business partners based on trust, transparency and alignment of interests.
With over 70 professionals in Chicago, New York, Washington, DC, London, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Singapore and Dallas, the Global Transportation Finance team of Vedder Price is one of the largest, most experienced and best recognized transportation finance practices in the world. Since 2016 Vedder Price has been ranked Band 1 in Private Aircraft (Global-wide) of Chambers High Net Worth, recognizing the world’s leading high-net-worth advisers.
With one of the largest and most experienced Business Aircraft and Helicopter Finance practice in the world, Vedder Price is able to provide counsel in all aspects of business aircraft and helicopter financing transactions, particularly large jet aircraft but also small jets, turboprop aircraft and helicopters. Attorneys in the group are considered to be thought leaders regarding commercial and contract law matters pertaining to aircraft finance and leasing transactions, whether governed by U.S. law, English law or the commercial laws of other jurisdictions, or international treaties. 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.


Companies that attended in 2022

123 Investment Managers | AerCap | Aerlinks | Aero Asset | Aeroptimo | Air & Sea Analytics | Airbus | Airbus Bank | Airbus Corporate Jets | Aircraft Acquisitions, Inc. (AAI) | Aviation Week Network | AYR Logistics Ltd | Babcock International Group | Bell Flight | BLADE Urban Air Mobility | Blueberry Aviation | Bristow Group | Capital Air Services | CHC Helicopter | Cirium | CIT Aerospace & Defense Finance | Close Brothers Aviation and Marine | Collins Aerospace | Cross Ocean Partners | CYBG plc | DART Aerospace | DavAir Group | Dragonfly Helicopters | Draken Europe (formerly Cobham Aviation Services) | ECN Capital | EcoCopter | Effective Outcomes – Independent Aviation Industry Advisor | Eliance | Elroy Air | Era Group | Eve Urban Air Mobility | Flexam | FlightGlobal | FlyBLADE India Pvt Ltd | Genesis Park Acquisition Corp. | Gowling WLG | GreenAir | Halo Aviation | Harrods Aviation & Air Harrods | Heli Service International GmbH | Heli-Union | HeliOffshore | HeliSpeed | Helivalue$, Inc. | IBA Group | International Aviation Marketing | International Aviation Marketing Ltd. | Jet Support Services, Inc. (JSSI) | LCI | Leadfeeder | Leonardo S.P.A | Lider Aviation | LIDER TAXI AEREO S/A – AIR BRASIL | Lobo Leasing | Lombard | Macquarie Rotorcraft | Malahat Valuation Group | NatWest | NHV | NOVA CAPITAL | Odi-se Avocats | Offshore Helicopter Services UK Ltd | Omni Helicopters International | OneSky Flight | Parapex Media | PHI International | Protective Packaging Corporation | Pteron Valuations | PwC | RACE Aviation Partners | Raymond James | Rive Private Investment | Rotortrade | Safran Helicopter Engines | Shell Aircraft | Sikorsky Aircraft, A Lockheed Martin Company | Skyports | SMBC Aviation Capital | Société Générale | Starspeed | Straightline Aviation | Supernal | The Milestone Aviation Group Limited | Thora Capital | TRANSPORTES AÉREOS PEGASO S.A. DE C.V. 2019 | Traxxall Technologies (UK) Ltd | Uniflight Global | Uplifting Advice | Uplifting Aviation Ltd | Vectra UK | Watson Farley & Williams

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