National Aircraft Finance Association

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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

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    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.

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    Seacoast Bank Joins National Aircraft Finance Association see more

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    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Aug. 1, 2018 – National Aircraft Finance Association (NAFA) is pleased to announce that Seacoast Bank 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 Seacoast to our association,” said Ford von Weise, President of NAFA.

    Seacoast Bank is a 90 year old progressive Florida banking institution, offering a full suite of commercial and retail banking, residential and commercial mortgages, wealth management and trust services to individuals as well as small and mid-market businesses. Seacoast is also a seasoned aircraft lender, with over 70 years of combined aviation experience, and hundreds of aircraft financed.

    The Seacoast team helps their clients through aircraft selection, reduced cost operation, financing and loan closing. They are dedicated and passionate about aircraft and aircraft finance, and take pride in the timeliness of their transactions.

    Much like NAFA, Seacoast Bank is dedicated to promoting simplicity, convenience, expertise, community, and technology throughout the aviation finance industry. Seacoast and NAFA expand on the concept of knowledge through a connected community, benefiting the finance industry at large, and aviation lending specifically.

    For aircraft financing, call 954.767.1031.  For more information about Seacoast Bank, visit https://www.seacoastmarinefinance.net/https://www.seacoastbank.com/business-aircrafthttps://www.seacoastbank.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.

    About Seacoast Banking Corporation of Florida (NASDAQ: SBCF):

    Seacoast Banking Corporation of Florida is one of the largest community [A3] banks headquartered in Florida with approximately $5.9 billion in assets and $4.7 billion in deposits as of June 30, 2018. The company provides integrated financial services including commercial and retail banking, wealth management, and mortgage services to customers through advanced banking solutions, 49 traditional branches of its locally branded, wholly owned subsidiary bank, Seacoast Bank, and seven commercial banking centers. Offices stretch from Fort Lauderdale, Boca Raton and West Palm Beach north through the Daytona Beach area, into Orlando and Central Florida and the adjacent Tampa market, and west to Okeechobee and surrounding counties. More information about the company is available at SeacoastBanking.com.

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    Echo Aviation Leasing Corporation Joins National Aircraft Finance Association. see more

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    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Aug. 8, 2018 -- National Aircraft Finance Association (NAFA) is pleased to announce that Echo Aviation Leasing Corporation 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 Echo Aviation to our association,” said Ford von Weise, President of NAFA.

    Echo Aviation Leasing Corporation is an aircraft finance origination and advisory company. Founded by aviation finance entrepreneurs Tony Bergeron and Frédéric Larue, the company’s mission is to become global leaders in business aviation finance, providing value-added strategies & financing solutions for clients who seek knowledgeable advice from industry experts. Echo offers true turnkey solutions, leveraging their industry expertise, relationships and reputation to provide the best options for aircraft owners and buyers, as well as lenders, lessors and investors. 

    “We are happy to join NAFA in this exciting time for the business aircraft industry and we look forward to developing relationships with other members to continue serving the aircraft owners and buyers who are the core of our industry,” said Frédéric Larue, Partner & Co-Founder of Echo.

    Much like NAFA, Echo Aviation Leasing Corporation is committed to making the aviation finance industry accessible with efficient service to the public, saving their clients time, energy and money in aircraft transactions. Echo and NAFA foster expanded industry expertise, valuable business and client relationships, and upholding reputable actions in every transaction.

    For more information about Echo Aviation Leasing Corporation, visit www.echoleasing.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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    CMG Capital joins National Aircraft Finance Association see more

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    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Aug. 15, 2018 – National Aircraft Finance Association (NAFA) is pleased to announce that CMG Capital 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 CMG to our association,” said Ford von Weise, President of NAFA.

    Established in 2004, CMG Capital is a leading direct lender in Florida. The company is a highly reputable correspondent lender, licensed in Florida and Colorado, and backed by some of the largest wholesale institutions in the industry, as well as by capital from around the globe. They provide strategic airplane financing through their partnership with L & L International, LTD, a leading worldwide aircraft brokerage.

    “As our aircraft finance business has grown we realized the need to be a member of NAFA, opening new doors and opportunities for continued growth,” stated Marc Yahr, Vice President. CMG Capital blends experience, financial strength, integrity and resourcefulness in each transaction, whether their client is buying, leasing, or trading in an airplane. The company offers the financial resources to execute the deal with aircraft expertise, providing the highest level of customer service throughout the entire process of airplane acquisition, marketing, bridge financing, and sales. 

    With proven sales and acquisition strategies, sophisticated research tools and global capabilities, CMG navigates their clients’ complex aircraft transactions and operations, working closely with their partner, L & L International, LTD, - trained and experienced aviation consultants with a worldwide reputation for tending to all the details each transaction requires.

    Much like NAFA, CMG Capital understands that a successful transaction is one that satisfies both the seller and buyer, enabling their clients to acquire the airplane that meets their needs today and in the future and to sell under any market conditions. CMG and NAFA are dedicated to fostering the highest level of service throughout the aviation finance industry. 

    For more information about CMG Capital, visit https://www.cmgcapital.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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    Elliott Aviation joins National Aircraft Finance Association see more

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    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Aug. 21, 2018 – National Aircraft Finance Association (NAFA) is pleased to announce that Elliott 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 Elliott to our association,” said Ford von Weise, President of NAFA.

    Elliott Aviation is a second-generation, family-owned business aviation company offering a diverse set of products and services including aircraft sales, avionics service & installations, aircraft maintenance, accessory repair & overhaul, paint & interior, and charter and aircraft management. Serving the business aviation industry nationally and internationally, they have facilities in Moline, IL, Des Moines, IA, and Minneapolis, MN.

    Elliott Aviation is an authorized service center for Phenom 100/300, Beechjet 400A/Hawker 400XP, King Air, Premier and TBM. They are a 145 repair station for Challenger 300/604, Hawker, Lear 40/45/60 and most Citation models. Their one-stop-shop in Moline, IL is an ISO 9001:2015 and AS9100D facility, ensuring the highest-level of quality standards and processes available. 

    Much like NAFA, Elliott’s goal is to provide unmatched quality, uncompromising integrity, and unbeatable customer service to their clients worldwide. Elliott Aviation and NAFA are committed to developing and delivering top-notch aviation finance solutions while building partnerships that last.

    For more information about Elliott Aviation, visit http://www.elliottaviation.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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    Lending Associates joins National Aircraft Finance Association see more

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – September 1, 2018 - National Aircraft Finance Association (NAFA) is pleased to announce that Lending Associates 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 Lending Associates to our association,” said Ford von Weise, President of NAFA.

    Lending Associates is a provider of financing solutions for recreational and commercial aircraft acquisitions, working with a large network of quality lenders to ensure the most competitive loan rates. With years of experience, their team of experts are available to answer client questions throughout the process, helping consumers and industry professionals alike navigate today’s complex financing process. 

    Lending Associates matches the best lender to their clients’ specific financing needs, maintaining the utmost privacy and confidentiality. Their loan specialists work to design a financing program to best meet each unique situation. From the initial consultation to loan closing and ongoing servicing of the loan, the company is committed to the needs and goals of the client.

    "Lending Associates is proud to join NAFA in its efforts to support private aviation. From what I have seen, the members of this association have a passion for aviation and a history of moving the industry forward from all aspects, not just finance," stated Grant Smalling, President of Lending Associates. 

    Much like NAFA, Lending Associates is dedicated to fostering quality, professional service throughout the aviation finance industry. Lending Associates and NAFA promote excellence in aircraft finance through their commitment to the consumer’s goals. 

    For more information about Lending Associates, visit https://www.lending-associates.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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    The Shiane Group joins National Aircraft Finance Association see more

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    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Sept. 13, 2018 – National Aircraft Finance Association (NAFA) is pleased to announce that The Shiane Group 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 Shiane to our association,” said Ford von Weise, President of NAFA.

    Founded by Diane Levine-Wilson (founder of AMSTAT), The Shiane Group is a research and consulting services company, specializing in staff support consulting services for private aviation and luxury yachting. They also provide services to a broad range of businesses and charities, recognizing that various professional businesses require additional staffing support for special projects. Shiane builds their clients the team of employees required to cover research, marketing, operations, charter, and finance.

    The company also provides consultants on call, bringingtogether top independent experts in their fields to be their clients’ exclusive team, covering product development, management assessment, operations, finance, and charter. Beyond that, the Shiane Group offers enhanced research and marketing efforts to their clients with the company’s own team of experienced researchers. Shiane’s staffworks to execute a focused and cost effective plan, designing each project specifically to the needs of the client, with complete confidentiality. 

    “Diane is thrilled to be back in business with her daughter Shari Levine-Gagliardo who was with her at AMSTAT from the very beginning and was the driving force in maintaining their daily operations,” the company stated. Much like NAFA, The ShianeGroup’s leadership has a long, respected history in private aviation with a broad range of experience, promoting excellence throughout the industry. Shiane and NAFA are committed to fostering innovative new products and services, along with the education required for knowledgeable aviation industry members.

    For more information about The Shiane Group, visit https://www.theshianegroup.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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    Powell Aircraft Title Service joins National Aircraft Finance Association. see more

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Sept. 18, 2018 – National Aircraft Finance Association (NAFA) is pleased to announce that Powell Aircraft Title Service 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 Powell to our association,” said Ford von Weise, President of NAFA.

    Powell Aircraft Title Service is a full service title company that has been providing professional services to the aviation community since the 1950’s, offering help with many aspects of sales, acquisition, and ownership, including FAA title searches, international registry title searches and filing services, escrow services, document escrow services, and document recordation services. 

    The company has a proven track record for professional, prompt, and friendly service to their clients. Combined with the strong relationships they maintain with their banking partners, Powell takes care of their transactions in a safe and timely manner. With a time-tested and proven team of hardworking employees, and a vast network of contacts in the aviation industry, they pride themselves on the abiity to get things done right the first time. 

    “We’re excited to be a part of NAFA and continue building our connections in the industry,” stated Kimberly Thompson, Escrow, Title & Operations Manager. Much like NAFA, Powell’s goal is to support their clients and the aviation industry by providing the most professional service and commitment to long-lasting relationships. Powell Aircraft Title Service and NAFA are dedicated to going beyond the transaction itself by furthering the education and expertise necessary for safe and timely aircraft financing.

    For more information about Powell Aircraft Title Service, visit http://www.airtitle.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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    McLarens Aviation joins National Aircraft Finance Association. see more

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.– Oct. 11, 2018 – National Aircraft Finance Association (NAFA) is pleased to announce that McLarens Aviation has recently joined its professional network of aviation lenders. NAFA members will have access to McLarens Aviation’s comprehensive Risk and Asset Management Services, which includes due diligence and asset monitoring, throughout the financing cycle. 

    “NAFA members proudly finance, support or enable the financing of general and business aviation aircraft throughout the world and we’re happy to add McLarens Aviation to our association,” said Ford von Weise, President of NAFA.

    McLarens Aviation is a leading provider of aviation claims, risk & asset management services to the global aviation industry. Managing in excess of 3,500 assignments each year, McLarens Aviation offers independent technical expertise and advice to aircraft financiers, lessors, institutional investors, insurers, operators and end users. 

    The international business has a team of over 80 in-house aviation specialists, operating across 33 offices, in 22 countries across the globe and its dedicated Risk & Asset Management Services division has supported aircraft financiers for several decades, with industry leading technical due diligence and asset monitoring. In 2017 alone, McLarens Aviation inspected over 600 aircraft globally for the finance and leasing community.  

    McLarens Aviation also offers extensive corporate and general aviation experience, with its team averaging more than 20 years of technical asset management experience. The company aims to exceed the highest industry standards, inspiring innovative thinking and new developments to stay ahead in an ever-changing market.

    Ben Dean, Director of Risk & Asset Management at McLarens Aviation, commented: “In the current dynamic economic environment, it is important for lenders to have access to a dependable technical resource, either at the time-critical pre-finance stage or during the loan term. With this in mind, we are proud to join NAFA and provide its members with access to our market leading technical consultancy, in order to support their business growth whilst mitigating against associated asset risk”.

    Much like NAFA, McLarens Aviation strives to offer the highest degree of credibility and assurance to its clients. McLarens Aviation and NAFA are dedicated to pioneering solutions in the aviation industry, fostering a culture of knowledge and integrity. 

    For more information about McLarens Aviation, visit http://www.mclarens.com/mclarens-aviation/.

    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.