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    NAFA Announces Geoff Colvin as Keynote Speaker for 48th Annual Meeting see more

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Fort Lauderdale, Fla. – Jan. 15, 2018 - The National Aircraft Finance Association (NAFA) is pleased to announce that Geoff Colvin will be the keynote speaker at their upcoming 48thAnnual Conference, to be held March 3rdthrough March 6th, 2019,at Marriott Harbor Beach in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Mr. Colvin will be presenting to an audience of aviation industry and finance experts with a global reach; supporting or enabling the financing of general and business aviation aircraft throughout the world. 

    Mr. Colvin is one of the most respected voices in business journalism, with a remarkable understanding of the key issues and trends impacting business today: the global economy; government regulation; the impact of Washington politics/policy on the business environment and the economy; leadership and management; global competitiveness and more. He is an award-winning author, broadcaster, and speaker, and has engaged hundreds of audiences on six continents.

    With his extensive experience as longtime editor and columnist for FORTUNE, top broadcaster on the CBS Radio Network, regular lead moderator of the Fortune Global Forum, and moderator for the International Business Leaders Forum in London, Geoff Colvin is one of America’s sharpest minds on leadership, globalization, wealth creation, the infotech revolution, and related issues. He has appeared on TodayThe O’Reilly FactorGood Morning AmericaCBS This Morning, ABC’s World News, CNN, CNBC, PBS’s Nightly Business Report, among other programs.

    The 48th Annual Meeting of the National Aircraft Financing Association will bring together the most active aircraft lenders in North America and worldwide to network and discuss issues topical to the industry, including: aviation regulatory changes, banking system regulatory changes, updates on new aircraft entering the marketplace, and other issues pertinent to aircraft buyers and their support systems. 

    Mr. Colvin will present “Leading Ahead of What’s Next – The New Rules of Business” for the over 250 attendees. He will address how the world of business is changing in historic and profound ways, with technological disruption, government’s role, and the balance of global economic power shifting massively, helping aviation industry leaders successfully navigate the tumultuous environment.

    For more information about Geoff Colvin, visit http://geoffcolvin.com/speaking/

    About NAFA: 

    The National Aircraft Finance Association (NAFA) is a non-profit corporation dedicated to promoting the general welfare of individuals and organizations providing aircraft financing and loans secured by aircraft; to improving the industry's service to the public; and to providing our members with a forum for education and the sharing of information and knowledge to encourage the financing, leasing and insuring of general aviation aircraft. For more information about NAFA, visit www.NAFA.aero.

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    NAFA Announces New Officers and Board Members at its 46th Annual Meeting see more

    Dear Fellow NAFA Members,

    At the close of the 48th Annual NAFA Conference it became my distinct honor to take the helm of such a distinguished organization as we head toward our 50th anniversary.

    The 2019 Conference was an excellent event in many respects, with presentations from industry experts, aircraft manufacturers, our keynote and economist, and lively discussions on the issues that are most topical to the NAFA membership. We are especially appreciative of our conference sponsors who have given NAFA the ability to invest in increasing the quality and content of the event year over year. Your feedback from the event is critical in our development of future years’ Conference programs. Please take the time to complete the post-conference survey if you have not already done so via the link: https://www.getfeedback.com/r/cuVU44p8.

    At the Annual Meeting NAFA announced a new Code of Ethics for our membership, and the final version is attached here. We would welcome you to review and comment on the document by April 30th, as our intent is to implement this soon thereafter.

    Organizationally, NAFA welcomes the addition of Ed Medici to the Board of Directors. Ed is a 20+ year veteran of the aviation industry and serves as the Managing Director at Banc of America. In addition, Jim Simpson, Senior Managing Director with First Republic Bank joins the NAFA Executive team as NAFA’s new Vice President. We are also thankful for the renewed support of our officers; Karen Griggs - Executive Director, Tobias Kleitman - Treasurer, Tony Kioussis - Secretary, and David Warner, NAFA’s General Counsel.

    We received excellent feedback during the Conference on what you want to see from your NAFA membership. With this in mind, we have a lot to accomplish, and we are looking for active participants for our Committees. Please consider participating in one of the below committees:

    • -  Website Development

    • -  Annual Conference Planning

    • -  Other Networking Event Planning

    • -  Membership Committee

    • -  Regulatory & Advocacy

    • -  Marketing Committee

    • -  Strategic Planning

    • -  Sponsorships & Fundraising

    If you have an interest in joining one of the above initiatives, please feel free to reach out to Karen Griggs or I (karengriggs@nafa.aero).

    In moving our focus forward, we ended our event in Fort Lauderdale with an announcement as to next year’s conference dates and locations. NAFA’s 2020 conference will be hosted by the Meritage Resort in Napa Valley, California and is scheduled for April 28-May 1.  We hope you will make plans to join us!

    Sincerely,

    Jim Blessing

    President, National Aircraft Finance Association 

    jblessing@airfleetcapital.com

    480.634.8129 direct

    703.608.9360 cell

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    47th Annual Conference - Letter from the President - Register now! see more

    Dear NAFA Members,

    I hope you all have had a great winter and have been able to enjoy and take advantage of the uptick in transaction activity in the business and general aviation markets. Most importantly, I hope everyone has enjoyed some well-deserved time off with their families enjoying warm weather or skiing in the mountains.

    Now that the brutal cold spells are in the past and the days finally longer, spring has finally arrived for most of us which can mean only one thing – the NAFA Annual Meeting and Conference is only a month away! I look forward to seeing industry friends, new members, learning more about our industry and factors that impact it, not to mention enjoying a few (maybe more) drinks with everyone, along with some not-so-great golf.  

    I wanted to take this opportunity to remind everyone to register for the NAFA conference. This year is different than the past few years and we are excited for everyone to enjoy:

    • The venue - the Hotel Del Coronado, which is a well-known luxury beachfront resort on the water in lovely sunny San Diego. This is a fantastic property and location; we think everyone will truly enjoy the new West Coast location for the conference,
    • We have a broad and diverse complement of speakers this year (many from outside our traditional pool of speakers).  Based on valuable feedback from you in the last few years, we heard what people wanted for upcoming conferences and have incorporated those recommendations in this year’s slate of speakers,
    • Improving our program now means that we are stacked with speakers from firms with a variety of acronyms!  NAFA, NBAA, GAMA, NATA, NARA, ABA, FDIC, FHLB, ASA, NBC, MSNBC – what would aviation be without a multitude of abbreviations.

    We are very enthusiastic about this year’s conference and hope you can join us. I’d like to thank Jim Blessing and his committee – along with Karen Griggs - who have organized this year’s conference. Jim and his team have been working very hard to make sure the program reflects what you want to hear. Here is a list of some of the speakers and topics covered:

    • John Heilemann – National Affairs Analyst for NBC and MSNBC, staff writer for The Economist, Wired and The New Yorker.  Co-managing editor of Bloomberg Politics.  He may be uniquely qualified to help us understand what is happening at the highest levels of our political system and why, and where we may be headed as a nation,
    • Our Economic Keynote Dr. LaVaughn Henry is an employee of the FDIC and prior VP of the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland.  Expect a fresh presentation this year by a seasoned speaker in economic circles, with detailed insight on both the US Economy and Monetary Policy,
    • A town-hall style session on the State of the Aviation Industry will be anchored by the Presidents of NBAA (Bolen), GAMA (Bunce), and NATA (Hiller),
    • Our New Aircraft Showcase focuses this year on new products from light sport to supersonic – with Textron and Dassault, along with the Icon A5 and Aerion Supersonic,
    • The Pre-Owned Market Update panelists will cover the full spectrum of aircraft - from single-engine piston through larger cabin jet,
    • Other panels will dive into the potential impact of the new tax laws on the aviation industry, and a look back at the changes we have seen since the financial collapse of 2008,
    • Members are sure to see some familiar names but will also see new faces like Jeffrey Ball, Brian Proctor, and Timothy Obitts.  Ball is a community bank owner who is also Chairman of the Government Relations Council of the American Bankers Association and a Member of the Board of the Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco.  Proctor is the President of Mente Group, and also the current Chairman of NARA.  Obitts is the General Council and VP of Operations and Business at the National Air Transportation Association.

    We received feedback that last year’s conference did not allow enough time for networking. We listened and have decided to not have a speaker at lunch to create more time to spend with each other.

    The NAFA Board has been working hard to address several issues of importance to the membership and I will update everyone at the meeting on our initiatives and progress that we have made to improve the organization.

    Rooms are almost all sold out, so please hurry and register. I look forward to seeing everyone in San Diego.

    Take care,

    Ford

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    NAFA thanks sponsors and attendees for a successful NAFA/IADA Cocktail Reception 2018. see more

    October 22, 2018 – Orlando, FL –The National Aircraft Finance Association (NAFA) and International Aircraft Dealers Association (IADA) held the 13thannual Joint Networking Cocktail Reception at the Hyatt Regency Hotel on October 15 in Orlando, Florida. This reception is one of the most highly anticipated events of the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) annual Business Aviation Convention. There were over 500 attendees. “We would like to thank everyone that joined us for this year’s reception and for the International Aircraft Dealers Association for co-hosting with NAFA,” said Ford von Weise, President of NAFA, and Senior Vice President of the Global Aircraft Finance Group at Citi Private Bank. “The opportunity to bring together business aviation industry leaders to discuss trends and ideas is invaluable as the industry continues to evolve.”

    A special “THANK YOU” to our Sponsors: Gold Sponsors1stSource Bank, JSSI and Wright Brothers Aircraft TitleSilver SponsorsAviation Legal Group, Insured Aircraft Title Service, Inc. and PNC Aviation FinanceBronze SponsorsGKG Law, Global Jet Capital, Jet Aviation, Satcom Direct and Rolls-Royce.

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    NAFA held it's 47th Annual Conference in Coronado, CA from May 15-18, 2018 see more

    Coronado, CA., May 25, 2018 – #NAFA47 - The National Aircraft Finance Association (NAFA) held its 47thAnnual Conference May 15-18, 2018 with a record-setting number of member representatives attending. The conference was held at the Hotel del Coronado in San Diego, CA.  The four-day event included a 1-day NAFA Aircraft Education Program, a Vendor Forum, Annual Business Meeting and a wide array of aviation and finance-specific Sessions.

    With over 240 attendees and $9,380 in donations towards NAFA scholarship fund, this event exceeded expectations! “Year over year, we continue to see marked growth in the Conference”, commented NAFA President Ford von Weise. “Many thanks for our dynamic speakers who kept discussions lively and engaging.”  

    Keynote speaker this year was John Heilemann, a political reporter, National Affairs Analyst for NBC and MSNBC, Best Selling Author, and Executive Producer of Showtime’s The Circus. He spoke about Donald Trump’s Washington, the Fallout from the 2016 election, and the new realities of our political climate.  

    Economic Analyst, Dr. LaVaughn M. Henry, spoke to the audience about the state of the U.S. Economy and Monetary Policy. Dr. Henry is a policy analyst for the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) and Former Vice President of the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland and provided insight on the elements influencing our economy today and their potential impact over the next few years.

    General session discussions included The State of the Aviation Industry in 2018 headlined by Ed Bolen (President, NBAA), Pete Bunce (President, GAMA) and Marty Hiller (President, NATA).  Additional sessions included The Great Financial Meltdown and its impact on the Aviation Industry; a New Aircraft Showcase with presentations by ICON, Textron, Dassault and Aerion; an update on activity in the pre-owned aircraft sales market, and a session  on the New Tax Law and its impact in Business Aviation & Lending.

    A special THANK YOU to ICON Aircraft who was generous enough to display their ICON A5 on the lawn oceanfront at the hotel during the NAFA Cocktail Reception. This was a first for the hotel and it’s 130-year history and a huge hit for not only NAFA members but the guests at Del Coronado also enjoyed this display! 

    NAFA would like to thank the conference sponsors:  Gold Sponsors– Insured Aircraft Title Services, Global Jet Capital, JetAviation, JSSI, and Rolls-Royce. Silver Sponsors– Aero-Space Reports, Aircraft BlueBook, AIC Title Service, Airfleet Capital Inc., Aircraft Finance Corporation, Aviation Management Systems, AOPA, Asset Insight, Dassault Falcon Jet, Essex Aviation, GKG Law, LL Johns Insurance, PNC Aviation Finance, Salem Five, Scope Aircraft Finance, and Vref. Bronze Sponsors– Aerlex, Aviation Legal Group, Bank of America, Dorr Aviation, Huntington National Bank, NAFCO, Stonebriar Commercial Finance and Wright Brothers Aircraft Title.

    About NAFA:

    The National Aircraft Finance Association (NAFA) is a non-profit corporation dedicated to promoting the general welfare of individuals and organizations providing aircraft financing and loans secured by aircraft; to improving the industry’s service to the public; and to providing our members with a forum for education and the sharing of information and knowledge to encourage the financing, leasing and insuring of general aviation aircraft. For more information about NAFA, visit the website at www.NAFA.aero

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    NAFA Announces John Heilemann as Keynote Speaker for 47th Annual Meeting see more

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

     

    NAFA Announces John Heilemann as Keynote Speaker for 47th Annual Meeting

    Ft. Lauderdale, FL – February 21, 2018 – The National Aircraft Finance Association (NAFA) is pleased to announce that John Heilemann will be the keynote speaker at their upcoming 47th Annual Meeting, to be held Thursday, May 17th, 2018 at the Hotel del Coronado in Coronado, CA. Mr. Heilemann will be presenting to an audience of aviation industry and finance experts with a global reach; making and supporting transactions domestically and abroad.

    Mr. Heilemann is a celebrated journalist with over twenty five years dedicated to covering politics and business, and is currently national affairs analyst for NBC News and MSNBC. He is also the co-creator, host, and executive producer of The Circus, which returns to Showtime this spring for its third season to cover Donald Trump and the upcoming midterm election. Some of his most recent endeavors also include serving as managing editor of Bloomberg Politics and host of Bloomberg TV and MSNBC’s With All Due Respect during the 2016 election cycle, and co-authoring the international bestsellers Game Change and Double Down (reporting on the 2008 and 2012 elections respectively).

    The 47th Annual Gathering of the National Aircraft Financing Association will bring together the most active aircraft lenders in North America and worldwide to network and discuss issues topical to the industry, including: aviation regulatory changes, banking system regulatory changes, updates on new aircraft entering the marketplace, and other issues pertinent to aircraft buyers and their support systems.

    John Heilemann will give a keynote presentation and host a Q&A session for the over 250 attendees. The exact time is to be determined as the actual date nears, but will be held sometime between 9:00 am and 12:00 pm PST on May 17th. Mr. Heilemann’s address is a noteworthy addition to NAFA’s Annual Meeting. His extensive background in the area of politics and business will highlight the most current and relevant issues that also affect the aviation industry.

    For more information about John Heilemann, visit http://www.washingtonspeakers.com/speakers/biography.cfm?SpeakerID=1930.

    About NAFA:  

    The National Aircraft Finance Association (NAFA) is a non-profit corporation dedicated to promoting the general welfare of individuals and organizations providing aircraft financing and loans secured by aircraft; to improving the industry's service to the public; and to providing our members with a forum for education and the sharing of information and knowledge to encourage the financing, leasing and insuring of general aviation aircraft. For more information about NAFA, visit www.NAFA.aero.

     

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    NAFA's 48th Annual Conference a Great Success! see more

    Ft. Lauderdale, FL., March 3-6, 2019 – #NAFA48 - The National Aircraft Finance Association (NAFA) held its 48thAnnual Conference March 3-6, 2019.  With 108 companies in attendance, and over 200 attendees, the conference was a great success. The conference was held at the Marriott Harbor Beach in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.  The four-day event included a 1-day NAFA Aircraft Education Program, Annual Business Meeting and a wide array of aviation and finance-specific Sessions.

    NAFA announced new officers for the next year, with Jim Blessing assuming the role as president, succeeding Ford Von Weise. Additionally, Jim Simpson will become vice president.  NAFA also welcomed industry veteran Ed Medici to the Board of Directors.

    “The 48thAnnual Conference reflects a continued commitment by NAFA to raise the bar, with economic and business thought leaders, aviation industry experts, and seasoned veterans in the finance community,” said Jim Blessing president of NAFA.  “Engaging discussions about the future of the aviation industry, workforce shortages, the approaching ADS-B deadline, and new aircraft entering the marketplace highlighted the event.”

    Keynote speaker this year was Geoff Colvin, Acclaimed Author & Senior Editor, Fortune Magazine. He spoke about Leading Ahead of What’s Next – The New Rules of Business.  

    Economic Analyst, Dr. LaVaughn M. Henry, spoke to the audience about The Status & Outlook of the  U.S. Economy & Monetary Policy.Dr. Henry is a policy analyst for the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) and Former Vice President of the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland.

    Conference participants also included Mark Baker, President of the Aircraft Owners’ & Pilots’ Association, Steve Brown, COO of the National Business Aviation Association, Gary Dempsey, President of the National Air Transport Association, and representatives from a wide variety of aircraft manufacturing and aviation service organizations.

    NAFA would like to thank the conference sponsors:  

    -       Platinum Sponsor– Embraer – host of the Welcome Reception along with an Open House and Static Display a their Fort Lauderdale facility. 

    -       Gold Sponsors– AIC Title Service, Aircraft Bluebook, AOPA Finance, Global Jet Capital, Insured Aircraft Title Service, JSSI Advisory Services, Rolls Royce and Wright Brothers Aircraft Title. 

    -       Silver Sponsors– Aero-Space Reports, Aircraft Guaranty-Corp, AirFleet Capital, Aviation Management Systems, Essex Aviation, LL Johns Aviation Insurance, Salem Five, Scope Aircraft Finance, and V-Ref Aircraft Value Reference. 

    -       Bronze Sponsors– Aviation Legal Group, Asset Insight, Bank of America/Merrill Lynch and Stevens Aerospace and Defense Systems.

    NAFA’s 49thAnnual Conference is to be held in Napa Valley, California April 28 through May 1, 2020.

    About NAFA:

    The National Aircraft Finance Association (NAFA) is a non-profit corporation dedicated to promoting the general welfare of individuals and organizations providing aircraft financing and loans secured by aircraft; to improving the industry’s service to the public; and to providing our members with a forum for education and the sharing of information and knowledge to encourage the financing, leasing and insuring of general aviation aircraft. For more information about NAFA, visit the website at www.NAFA.aero

     

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    National Aircraft Finance Association (NAFA) 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award see more

    Coronado, CA – May 25, 2018 – At the NAFA 47thannual meeting, Wayne Starling was the recipient of the 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award. This is the 2nd year that NAFA has presented this award. 

    “The NAFA Lifetime Achievement Award was established to recognize NAFA Members that have made outstanding contributions to NAFA and the business aviation finance community,” stated Tony Kioussis, chairman of the NAFA Lifetime Achievement Award Committee.  “Considering Wayne’s accomplishments within the finance community, and his relentless support of NAFA, the Association could not have selected a worthier candidate.”

    In addition to this prestigious award, Wayne also got a Hole-In-One while enjoying an afternoon of golf.  Congratulations to Walt on both accomplishments!

    About NAFA:

    The National Aircraft Finance Association (NAFA) is a non-profit corporation dedicated to promoting the general welfare of individuals and organizations providing aircraft financing and loans secured by aircraft; to improving the industry’s service to the public; and to providing our members with a forum for education and the sharing of information and knowledge to encourage the financing, leasing and insuring of general aviation aircraft. For more information about NAFA, visit the website at www. NAFA.aero.

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    Podcast: AOPA's Mark Baker Talks Certification Trends see more

    NAFA member, Mark Baker, President of AOPA, gave a presentation about some surprising growth trends in pilot certification at Aero 2019 in Friedrichshafen, Germany.  In this podcast, he discusses the relationship between the number of active pilots, pilot salaries, and flight training in the U.S. and Europe.

    This podcast was originally published by Paul Bertorelli on AvWeb on April 11, 2019. 

     

     

     

     

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    Leading Economist & Aviation Industry Powerhouses at the 48th Annual Conference see more

    NAFA is pleased to announce that Dr. LaVaughn M. Henry is returning to our Annual Conference as the guest speaker on economy. Dr. Henry is a Policy Analyst in the Banking and Regulatory Policy Section at the FDIC and will discuss the Status and Outlook of the U.S. Economy and Monetary Policy on Tuesday, March 5th, 2019, from 9:30-10:30 am. 

    We are also happy to welcome aviation powerhouses Mark Baker, President, Aircraft Owners & Pilots Association (AOPA), and Ed Bolen, President, National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) for the State of the Aviation Industry, moderated by Ford von Weise, Director-Head of Global Aircraft Finance, Citi Private Bank. Come hear what these industry leaders have to say on Tuesday, March 5th, 2019, from 10:45 am to noon.  Click here for the full program agenda.

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    René Banglesdorf speaks to pilot Andrew Gratton about the Cessna Citation CJ3. see more

    NAFA member, René Banglesdorf, CEO of Chalrie Bravo Aviation, speaks to pilot Andrew Gratton about the Cessna Citation CJ3 in part 1 of this exciting new video series. 

    Private aviation insider René Banglesdorf interviews some of the world’s most interesting pilots and gets the scoop on aircraft they’ve mastered, including the aircraft’s operational strengths and weaknesses and their most thrilling experiences from the cockpit.

    In episode one, she speaks to Andrew Gratton, pilot, aviation consultant and co-founder of Wingform on the key features of the Cessna Citation CJ3.

    In this engaging interview, we learn about the stand-out features of the CJ3 from the point of view of an accomplished pilot. Find out about operating and maintenance costs, range capabilities, cabin environment and much more!

     

    Andrew Gratton sitting in cockpit

    About Andrew:

    Andrew Gratton has been involved in aviation since he was 18 years old, having flown as a line pilot for the United Nations on missions in war zones, whilst working in corporate aviation management. He is also an aircraft broker, and serial entrepreneur driven by finding solutions. Andrew is the co-founder of Wingform, an exciting new platform for secure aviation transactions. He lives in Stockholm, Sweden with his wife and 3 children. 

    In his spare time, he even competes for Sweden at International level aerobatics in an Extra 330. And flies the De Havilland Vampire fighter jet in airshows. 

    Coming soon: a second video featuring Andrew talking about his passion for flying. 

    Follow Andrew on LinkedIn, Visit Wingform

    About Rene:

    René Banglesdorf is the co-founder and CEO of Charlie Bravo Aviation, an aircraft brokerage headquartered just north of Austin, TX. René has a degree in journalism from Ohio University and serves as the VP of Communications on the International Aviation Women’s Association Board. She is a frequent speaker on topics of business aviation and women’s issues, and has written several books, the latest of which, Stand Up: How to Flourish When the Odds are Stacked Against You, will be released in April 2019.

    Follow Rene on Charlie Bravo Aviation, on Linked In,  FacebookInstagram or Twitter.

    This article was originally published by AvBuyer on April 4, 2019.

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    Clay Lacy Aviation Joins National Aircraft Finance Association see more

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Feb. 4, 2019 – National Aircraft Finance Association (NAFA) is pleased to announce that Clay Lacy Aviation has recently joined its professional network of aviation lenders. “NAFA members proudly finance - support or enable the financing of - general and business aviation aircraft throughout the world, and we’re happy to add Clay Lacy to our association,” said Ford von Weise, President of NAFA.

    Founded in 1968 by an aviation legend and industry pioneer,Clay Lacy Aviation is considered one of the world’s most experienced operator of private jets. For the past 50 years the company has managed, maintained and globally operated jet aircraft from every major manufacturer- serving business and world leaders, Fortune 500 companies, government agencies, professional athletes, sports franchises, celebrities and dignitaries. 

    “NAFA brings together talented leaders from across the business aviation industry and we are delighted to support and participate in their efforts,”said Scott Cutshall, VP Brand Development with Clay Lacy.

    Clay Lacy Aviation is a trusted partner for aircraft management, charter, maintenance, avionics, interiors and FBO services. The company has aircraft operations and regional offices across the U.S., including a full-service FBO at Van Nuys Airport in Los Angeles, and aircraft maintenance centers in Los Angeles, San Diego, and Oxford, Connecticut. They are also the authorized dealer for the Quest Kodiak 100 Series II in the Northeastern U.S. 

     

     Waterbury-Oxford Airport, Oxford, CT

     

    The company prides itself on having the resources of a large organization, with the agility, responsiveness and personal attention of a small, private flight department. Their highly knowledgeable team of aviation professionals manages every facet of their clients’aircraft- whether one aircraft or a fleet, a light jet or an airliner- anticipating needs, reducing costs and protecting assets.

    Much like NAFA, Clay Lacy Aviation is dedicated to the continuous improvement of safety, service and value throughout the industry.Clay Lacy and NAFA foster highly trained, knowledgeable and passionate aviation professionals worldwide with their expanding networks of experienced and trusted businesses. 

    For more information about Clay Lacy Aviation, visit claylacy.com.  

     

    Van Nuys Airport, Los Angeles, CA

     

    About NAFA: 

    The National Aircraft Finance Association (NAFA) is a non-profit corporation dedicated to promoting the general welfare of individuals and organizations providing aircraft financing and loans secured by aircraft; to improving the industry's service to the public; and to providing our members with a forum for education and the sharing of information and knowledge to encourage the financing, leasing and insuring of general aviation aircraft. For more information about NAFA, visit www.NAFA.aero.

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    LBC Capital Joins National Aircraft Finance Association see more

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - March 1st, 2019 - National Aircraft Finance Association (NAFA) is pleased to announce that LBC Capital, Inc., a subsidiary of Laurentian Bank of Canada, has recently joined its professional network of aviation lenders. "NAFA members proudly finance - support or enable the financing of - general and business aviation aircraft throughout the world, and we're happy to add LBC Capital to our association," said Ford von Weise, President of NAFA.

    LBC Capital's Aviation Finance team aims to facilitate business productivity by providing capital for the acquisition, sale and refinancing of corporate aircrafts including turbojets, turboprops and helicopters. The group serves corporations, high net worth individuals and aircraft operators within the general aviation market across Canada and the United States. They partner with manufacturers, brokers, aircraft owners, and various industry players by providing creative financing solutions.

    "LBC Capital is delighted to join NAFA as we expand our aviation financing offering not only to Canadian business aircraft and helicopter buyers but now also to the US market," said Eric Provost, President of LBC Capital.

    Much like NAFA, LBC Capital fosters a network of highly talented and dedicated professionals in the finance and aviation industries. LBC Capital and NAFA are committted to providing the highest level of service through their many partnerships, promotion of education and support of local communities.

    About Laurentian Bank Financial Group

    Founded in 1846, Laurentian Bank Financial Group is a diversified financial services provider whose mission is to help its customers improve their financial health. The Laurentian Bank of Canada and its entities are collectively referred to as Laurentian Bank Financial Group (the "Group" or the "Bank"). With more than 3500 employees guided by the values of proximity, simplicity and honesty, the Group provides a broad range of advice-based solutions and services to its retail, business and institutional customers. With pan-Canadian activities and a presence in the U.S., the Group is an important player in numerous market segments.

    The Group has $CAD 45 billion in balance sheet assets and $CAD 29 billion in assets under administration.

    About NAFA:

    The National Aircraft Finance Association (NAFA) is a non-profit corporation dedicated to promoting the general welfare of individuals and organizations providing aircraft financing and loans secured by aircraft; to improving the industry's service to the public; and to providing our members with a forum for education and the sharing of information and knowldge to encourage the financing, leasing and insuring of general aviation aircraft. For more information about NAFA, visit www.NAFA.aero.

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    Bloom Business Jets Joins National Aircraft Finance Association see more

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - April 23, 2018 - National Aircraft Finance Association (NAFA) is pleased to announce that Bloom Business Jets has recently joined its professional network of aviation lenders. “NAFA members proudly finance - support or enable the financing of - general and business aviation aircraft throughout the world, and we’re happy to add Bloom Business Jets to our association,” said Ford von Weise, President of NAFA.

    Bloom Business Jets has more than 30 years of operational and hands-on experience in all phases of business aviation aircraft sales and management.  Bloom is a top private brokerage with expertise in aircraft charters, fractional ownership, and purchasing new or pre-owned aircraft. With an experienced U.S.-based staff and international team of associates, including aeronautical engineers, former jet manufacturer sales managers and directors of Fortune 50 flight operations, expert aviation attorneys and financial MBAs, Bloom Business Jets is a highly reputable, worldwide company. 

    Led by President and CEO, Steven Bloom, who is a seasoned Aviation Executive with all aspects of Business Aviation and a Senior Accredited ASA Appraiser, BBJ has successfully negotiated scores of aircraft transactions of everything from medium to large business jets to larger turboprops and helicopters – even executive airliners. Bloom Business Jets has extensive experience in Falcon transactions, specializing in all Falcons. Regularly working with high-profile individuals, leading corporations, governmental agencies and even heads of state, they pride themselves on finding the right aircraft for their clients’ needs.

    Much like NAFA, Bloom’s goal is to provide the aviation industry with expert knowledge on the pre-owned aircraft market and assistance in the financing, leasing and insuring of aviation aircraft. Bloom Business Jets and NAFA are committed to providing the expertise necessary to navigate the aviation finance industry’s complexities and intricacies.

    For more information about Bloom Business Jets, visit https://mybusinessjet.com/.

    About NAFA:  

    The National Aircraft Finance Association (NAFA) is a non-profit corporation dedicated to promoting the general welfare of individuals and organizations providing aircraft financing and loans secured by aircraft; to improving the industry's service to the public; and to providing our members with a forum for education and the sharing of information and knowledge to encourage the financing, leasing and insuring of general aviation aircraft. For more information about NAFA, visit www.NAFA.aero.

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    JetTransactions joins National Aircraft Finance Association see more

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – July 2, 2018 – National Aircraft Finance Association (NAFA) is pleased to announce thatJetTransactions has recently joined its professional network of aviation lenders. “NAFA members proudly finance - support or enable the financing of - general and business aviation aircraft throughout the world, and we’re happy to add JetTransactions to our association,” said Ford von Weise, President of NAFA.

    JetTransactions, a Bloomer deVere Dahlfors company, was founded by Mark Bloomer and Brant Dahlfors. Their worldwide team of aviation experts has established a strong reputation for perceptive market intelligence, trusted industry relationships, and personalized customer service. With a combined record of over 1600 new and pre-owned business jet transactions completed around the globe, JetTransactions maintains a prominent position in today’s evolving aviation marketplace.

    By providing a degree of expertise only gained through hundreds of business jet transactions and daily market research, JetTransactions is able to predict what fair market values really are. Their tested and proven documentation and procedures are an industry benchmark, assuring that during each step of the acquisition process, their clients’ interests are protected. 

    JetTransactions consults on transportation delivery options, fleet analysis, Aircraft Completion, Acceptance and Delivery, and operational start-up. With established industry relationships and expert brand awareness, JetTransactions recognizes the unique design, performance and value differences represented by the world’s top, business jet manufacturers.

    Much like NAFA, JetTransactions’ commitment and focus is driven by their client’s goals, welcoming the opportunity to deliver and expand their state-of-the-art portfolio. “We are proud to join the NAFA Network,” said Brant Dahlfors, Co-Founder of JetTransactions. “NAFA is a great resource to us, setting the right foundation to support our business jet transactions.” 

    For more information about JetTransactions, visit https://www.jettransactions.com/.

    About NAFA:  

    The National Aircraft Finance Association (NAFA) is a non-profit corporation dedicated to promoting the general welfare of individuals and organizations providing aircraft financing and loans secured by aircraft; to improving the industry's service to the public; and to providing our members with a forum for education and the sharing of information and knowledge to encourage the financing, leasing and insuring of general aviation aircraft. For more information about NAFA, visit www.NAFA.aero.