Is it time to regulate aircraft brokers?

Is it time to regulate aircraft brokers?

Aviation is one of the most regulated markets in the world (second only to nuclear power, according to some safety specialists). But there is one area that we all know is completely unregulated: pre-owned aircraft sales, where around 2,400 jets

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Noisey planes

Noisey planes

At the start of July, the FAA did a little bit to encourage retirements of older aircraft by announcing that Stage Two business jets will no longer be able to operate in the US after December 2015. The FAA says

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Think of a financier…

Think of a financier…

If I ask you who the biggest buyers of business jets are, what are the first ones you think of? NetJets and VistaJet probably came to your mind straight away. But most people won’t instantly have thought of Minsheng Financial

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Helicopter financing with friends

Helicopter financing with friends

There is an old golf joke where one player asks the caddy: “Is my friend in the rough or is the lucky bastard on the green?” The same has always been true in banking where arch rivals on one loan

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The chinese goldrush is over: Corporate Jet & Helicopter Finance Asia 2013 review

The chinese goldrush is over: Corporate Jet & Helicopter Finance Asia 2013 review

I probably should stop judging events by “mood” – which isn’t really a real thing and is entirely subjective – but the mood at our annual Asian conference this week was markedly different this week compared to the first two

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China waits for helicopter boom

China waits for helicopter boom

I have been in Hong Kong this week at our third Corporate Jet & Helicopter Finance Conference to be held in Asia. While China’s business jet fleet has grown considerably in the last three years, it is frustrating that the

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The first helicopter cycle

The first helicopter cycle

Although I did not make it to the Paris Airshow, I did  visit Eurocopter UK a few weeks ago. It is one of Eurocopter’s design centres of excellence and where they customise helicopters for British and Irish customers (it has the

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Postcard from the Isle of Man

Postcard from the Isle of Man

The Isle of Man adds the 600th aircraft to its aircraft registry. It has only taken the Isle of Man Aircraft Registry six years to become established as one of the world’s biggest business jet registries. This week, it registered

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Golden oldies

Golden oldies

  Economists worry about ageing populations. Perhaps they should look at the business jet fleet. In May, Dassault celebrated 50 years since the first flight of the Mystère 20. Since then 2,250 Falcons have been built. And 85% of these

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Show business jets

Show business jets

Being an original equipment manufacturer is hard. You have to balance unions, demanding customers, suppliers, shareholders and try and make a profit. And you have to decide which celebrity you want as a brand ambassador. Bombardier really likes brand ambassadors.

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