Helicopter Investor Miami 2014: Agenda


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Agenda for Helicopter Investor Miami 2014

The Biltmore Hotel, Miami: 17 September

It is hard to think of a hotter asset class at the moment than helicopters. Private equity funds, banks and leasing companies are all keen to invest in these value-retaining assets. However, the market is changing fast and although the returns can be good there are unique risks in the helicopter market that need to be managed. Helicopter Investor Miami is a unique opportunity to hear market developments from industry leaders and to network with industry colleagues.

Gold sponsor: AIC Title Service

Silver sponsor: Jet Support Services, Inc (JSSI)

Bronze sponsor: Waypoint Leasing


08.30 Registration and refreshments

09.00 Opening remarks from the chairman

09.10 CHC: the helicopter value proposition
Why helicopters work for financiers
Contracts, operators and financiers
Clark McGinn, Managing Director, CHC Leasing

09.40 Operating leasing panel: is this now a mature market?
Why is leasing so fashionable?
Are lease rates sustainable?
Why not all leasing companies are the same
Ed Washecka, Chief Executive Officer, Waypoint Leasing

10.10 OEM finance panel
Which clients need the most support?
How do you view lessors?
Should manufacturers finance helicopters?
How important is Ex-Im finance?

10.40 Morning coffee

11.10 Air Medical Group
How Air Medical Group has grown in the last 10 years
Is there room for more consolidation?
Are health reforms hitting this market?
David Hinton, Senior Vice President of Finance and Controller, Air Medical Group Holdings

11.50 Export credit for rotary assets
What options are available?
How long do deals take?
ECA costs versus loans and operating lease
Options with different ECAs
Green deliveries sub-debt lenders and shorter contracts
Should you use a Qualified Advisor or go direct?
Kathleen Flanagan, Director of Business Aircraft and Helicopter Financing, Transportation Division, Export-Import Bank of the United States
Kirsten Bartok, Managing Partner, AirFinance 

12.20 Bristow Group: growth and optimization
Market outlook
Fleet funding strategy
UK search and rescue update
John Mannion, Director of Asset Finance and Portfolio Management, Bristow Group
Samantha Willenbacher, Director of UK Search and Rescue, Bristow Group

13.00 Lunch

14.00 Panel discussion: what debt options do helicopter operators and lessors have?
How banks view operators
How do they value underlying contracts and customers?
Helicopters in the capital markets
Matthew Little, Vice President, Investment Banking Division, Goldman Sachs
Greg Leveto, Vice President, Goldman Sachs

14.50 The rise and rise of Brazil
How fast is the off-shore fleet growing?
Financing and legal issues
João Paulo de C. Vianna Servera, Associate, Veirano Advogados 

15.20 Afternoon tea

15.50 Closing helicopter sales
What is aviation title insurance and how does it work?
Title insurance versus title opinion?
What are possible lien issues to watch out for in helicopter transactions?
Bruce L. Marshall, General Counsel, AIC Title Service
Robert Van de Vuurst, Shareholder, Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, P.C.

16.20 The importance of maintenance to helicopter values
Comprehensive maintenance programs for continued airworthiness
Unscheduled and scheduled maintenance costs
How maintenance programmes can help
Ray Weiser, Helicopter Program Specialist, JSSI

16.40 The future of the rotor market
Is there too much finance available?
What impact will the tilt rotor have?
Key regions to watch
Are there enough pilots to support the growth?
Ed DiCampli, Chief Operating Officer, Helicopter Association International

17.10 Chairman’s closing remarks and close of conference, followed by a drinks reception

We are now working on finalising the agenda for Helicopter Investor Miami 2014.

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