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Pre-conference – 2nd February 2016

16.00 | Early registration

19.00 | Cocktail reception hosted by Vedder Price at the Roof Gardens, Kensington

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20.00 | Aircraft Dealmakers Dinner at the Roof Gardens, Kensignton

21.30 | After Party hosted by AIC Title Service


Day One – 3rd February 2016

08.00 | Networking breakfast

08.50 | Opening remarks and welcome

Alasdair Whyte, Helicopter Investor

09.00 | Commercial helicopters 2016-2025

  • Outlook for the Offshore Helicopter Market
    – Stephen Robertson, Douglas Westwood
  • What now and what’s next for values?
    – Sharon Desfor, HeliValue$
  • The future for helicopter finance
    – Jaspal Jandu, Lease Corporation International
  • Ten years helicopter delivery forecast
    – Chris Seymour, Ascend Flightglobal Consultancy

10.20 | Operators’ Q&A – managing at $50

  • Is now the time to buy?
  • Is there enough finance available?
  • Are OEMs and leaasing companies doing enough to help?

Moderated by Alasdair Whyte, Helicopter Investor
Russ Allen, WestStar

10.40 | Morning coffee hosted by Finmeccanica


11.10 | Making flying safer: HeliOffShore

  • What has HeliOffShore done so far?
  • Where are operators focusing on?
  • How can financiers and others make a difference?
  • Cost-cutting and safety

Gretchen Haskins, HeliOffshore

11.30 | Investing throughout the cycle

  • Why now is a good time to upgrade
  • Managing through the cycle

Daniel Rosenthal, Milestone Aviation

11.50 | Outsourcing SAR – lessons from the UK

  • Why did the government choose to outsource?
  • How is it working so far?
  • Will other cash strapped countries follow?

Damien Oliver, Maritime Coastguard Agency

12.10 | Lunch hosted by Lobo Leasing


14.00 | Key legal issues for operators and financiers?

Moderated by Edward Gross, Vedder Price
Bruce Marshall, AIC Title Service
Zohar Zik, Holman Fenwick Willan

14.40 | Selling helicopters to the capital markets

  • Educating investors without large volumes
  • How big do deals need to be?
  • Is there still appetite for helicopters or are they tarnished by oil?

Moderated by Alasdair Whyte, Helicopter Investor
Joseph Ryan, Goldman Sachs
Paul Wilson, Chiral Capital
Grant Newman, Deutsche Bank
Carla Schriver, Goldman Sachs

15:20 Finmeccanica Helicopters: Flexibility to Cope with Market Changes

Roberto Garavaglia, SVP Strategy & Business Development

15.40 | Afternoon tea hosted by Finmeccanica


16.00 | Export credit for rotary assets

  • Will ECAs take a long term view on contracts?
  • Are ECAs now lenders of first resort?

Moderated by Rex Rosales, Watson Farley & Williams
Viren Joshi, Export Development Canada

Kirsten Bartok, Air Finance Capital
David Fiore, Export Import Bank of US

16.40 | Managing maintenance risk

Raymond Weiser, JSSI

17.00 | Bell Helicopter: The 2016 market

Senior representative, Bell Helicopter

17.20 | Reasons to be cheerful – McGinn’s half hour

  • Why helicopters are greatest financial assets in the world, regardless of what the oil price is.

Clark McGinn, Waypoint Leasing

17.50 | Close of day one

Alasdair Whyte, Helicopter Investor

18.15 | Cocktail reception hosted by Watson Farley & Williams


20.00 | Helicopter Investor Historic Pub Tour (meet in lobby) hosted by Lloyds Asset Services

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Day Two – 4th February 2016

08.30 | Networking breakfast

09.20 | Opening remarks

Alasdair Whyte, Helicopter Investor

09.30 | Broker panel: Trading rotary assets

  • Are all the markets suffering?
  • Are there any signs of recovery in the smaller market?

William Sturm, Avpro
Jean Marc Youkhana, Uplifting Aviation
Nadav Kessler, Asian Sky Group
Aubrey Point, Avinco

10.10 | Investing in rotary assets

  • What to look for when investing in an operator
  • Opportunities in the US vs the rest of the world

Joe Hawke, Hawke Aerospace 

10.30 | Offshore Operations – Navigating Through the Downturn

  • Capacity response – not like the airline business
  • Opportunities for the nimble
  • Operators and financiers partner up

John Mannion, Kylemore Group

10.50 | Morning coffee hosted by Milestone Aviation Group


11.20 | Helicopters in a downturn – the debt provider’s view

  • How are banks reacting to low oil prices?
  • Risks facing lessors and operators
  • What keeps credit people awake at night?
  • Impact on demand for helicopter risk in the debt capital markets.

Philippe Foulon, SG Equipment Finance
Rafael Kuhn, Deutsche Bank Securities Inc.
Phillip Bolt, Bolt Advisory
Nick Fazioli, Jefferies International

12.00 | Diversifying towards mature mission segments

  • EMS, Public Services, Utility: business models
  • Business models and products at stake
  • Should lessors buy light twins?

Fabrice Arfi, Airbus Helicopters

12.20 | Helicopter values – the only way is up

  • How much does oil and gas hit all types?
  • Are there any signs of recovery in smaller helicopters?

David Crick, Lloyds Asset Services
Sharon Desfor, HeliValue$
Usman Ahmed, IBA Group
Chris Wills, Ascend Flightglobal Consultancy 

13.00 | Lunch hosted by HeliValue$

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14.20 | Panel: Helicopters operating leasing faces its first test

  • How hard are customers failing?
  • How do you price lease rates in a down market?
  • Does the model still work?

Moderated by Alasdair Whyte, Helicopter Investor
Crispin Maunder, LCI Helicopters
Bill Wolf, Lobo Leasing
Ed Washecka, Waypoint Leasing

15.00 | From pilot shortage to redundancies

  • Are oil fields and operators thinking too short-term?
  • Will pilots return and new entrants commit to training?
  • What happens when contracts are transferred – CHC/DanCopter case study

Jim McAuslan, BALPA

15.20 | Helicopter Investor Challenge

15.40 | Closing remarks

Alasdair Whyte, Helicopter Investor

15.45 | End of day and afternoon tea hosted by Milestone Aviation Group





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