HAI Event Recap

On March 6, 2017, the Helicopter Association International (HAI) Finance & Leasing Committee held its annual full day seminar at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas, Texas. This year’s sessions focused on various aspects of helicopter transactions in the global marketplace.

There were approximately 90 registered participants representing helicopter operators, financiers, lessors, and professionals from legal and accounting fraternities. All were eager to learn the intricacies of international helicopter transactions from seasoned and well-regarded professionals. This year’s keynote presenter Mr. Paul Bowen, a pre-eminent aviation photographer, had the room spellbound throughout his presentation. Attendees enjoyed the interactive sessions delivered by industry experts on critical issues relative to helicopter finance, leasing, ownership structures, and transactions. Topics included Financing & leasing alternatives for the helicopter operator; Operator bankruptcies & forced sales: views from key stakeholders; Problems to solve when doing an international leasing or financing arrangement; Importing and exporting helicopters; Ownership, structuring and registration of your helicopter; Unmanned aircraft systems in a rapidly changing environment; The helicopter market – what’s really going on out there. Participants left with a new appreciation for the intricacies and complexities involved with helicopter transactions in the global marketplace.

The seminar was successful due to the kind support and tireless work of the Finance & Leasing Committee members. The Finance & Leasing Committee Chair, David Crick, ASA, and Committee Member, Sharon Desfor, ASA, represented ASA well and provided phenomenal insight from an appraisal perspective.

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