International Helicopter Finance 2013 London


Winner of the BAFTA for Best Actor goes to….

Actually I was going to compare the speakers to winners of the popular British Academy Film awards but after the first couple of rounds I decided these performances were closer to the People’s Choice Awards. There was no acting going on here. The speakers were honest, frank and upfront.

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And the award goes to…

Clark McGinn Managing Director of CHC Leasing Ireland winning for best comedy. He was both informative and funny without being glib. Of course  I find it a wee bit funny anytime a Scotsman admits that he wears nothing under his kilt.

Sten Gustafson CEO Era Group brought us up to speed on what the world’s oldest helicopter operator is up to. In this winning action drama performance they sold SEACOR -the marine company- or vice versa. This is comparable to the speed boat chase scene in Live and Let Die where James Bond’s boat gets airborne.

Eric Chartier Customer Financing Eurocopter wins for the best “Being Frank” performance and delivered his answers with charm and a wink.

Jaspal Jandu CFO Lease Corporation International won for best directing. His check list showed us that if you follow the script you can’t go wrong.

Pedro Silveira of United Helicopter Services won the category of best “cameo performance” for asking the most and the toughest questions aimed at the panelists. “I’am gonna make them an offer they can’t refuse.” Pedro, was that a question?

Mirika Nakayama President of ITC wins for best supporting actress for her insightful questions and interesting comments during the panel on Helicopter Leasing. Her most memorable line was “Oh, I wish my father was here.” 

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The winner of Best Picture, however, goes to Joseph Baj, Vice President-Treasurer of Bristow Group, who gave an in-depth feel good presentation that compelled me into signing up for the Peace Corp or Boy Scouts or something equally squeaky clean.

In fact I got the news that the Pope had resigned shortly after Joseph’s presentation. Even the Pope could not compare.

Where were you the day the Pope resigned? I was listening to Joseph Baj in London.

All in all this was an excellent series of presentations and panels delivered at the first ever International Helicopter Finance Conference hosted by the Corporate Jet Investor. Good presentations, tough questions and frank discussion made the trip to London worthwhile.

About John S Goulet

Air Transport Pilot, consultant, writer, blogger and photographer with 40 years in Professional Aviation.
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