LCI Analytics launched to probe rotorcraft and AAM sectors


LCI Analytics will offer advisory, consultancy and research services for rotorcraft and the AAM sectors

Operating lessor LCI has launched LCI Analytics, a new division, to deliver advisory, consultancy and research services dedicated to mission critical rotorcraft and the advanced air mobility (AAM) sector. The new division will be led by Steve Robertson, who has taken up the role of MD.

Jaspal Jandu, CEO, LCI said: “The creation of LCI Analytics supports our core belief in sustainable innovation and growth. With his proven track record in this field, I am confident that Steve Robertson will quickly establish LCI Analytics as a reputable and trusted source of insight.”

Aviation and energy markets are increasingly being driven by the forces of efficiency, sustainability, and scalability, he added.  Advances in STEM [science, technology, engineering, and mathematics] disciplines, computing power and analytics will play a key role in the transportation and logistics networks of the future.

The new division will initially cover mission critical rotorcraft and AAM operations including the energy sector, emergency medical services (EMS) and search and rescue (SAR). “It will publish regular, in-depth research and forecasts and leverage its in-house knowledge, experience, and computing power to deliver actionable, real-time insights from big data,” according to the company.

LCI Analytics will also deliver bespoke advisory, consulting and forecasting services to clients such as governments, developers, manufacturers, operators and investors. Its reports will be designed to have applications in market research, business planning, fund-raising and mergers and acquisitions (M&A).

As part of its industry monitoring, LCI Analytics will combine millions of flight data points from proprietary and third-party sources. It will also operate one of the world’s largest private networks of ADS-B (Automatic Dependent Surveillance–Broadcast) flight tracking receivers.  The data will be used to track key metrics such as supply, demand, costs, and emissions, and will identify future hotspots. Applications include new AAM networks and rapidly rising demand for logistical operations to support offshore wind farms.

The new LCI Analytics MD, Robertson, said: “LCI Analytics’ deep understanding and detailed coverage of traditional and new energy markets, such as offshore wind, will enable us to deliver unique insights to help our clients make informed and data-driven decisions.” The new venture was backed by the experience of hundreds of successful consulting projects, industry-leading published reports and support work on public and private transactions totalling billions of dollars, he added.

Before joining LCI, Robertson was the founder and principal of helicopter research and consulting firm Air & Sea Analytics. He previously spent 17 years at energy-sector research and consulting business Westwood Global Energy in a range of roles including director and board member.

Steve Robertson is the MD of LCI Analytics.