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Conference Schedule

Start planning your time in Edinburgh. View the full programme here.

All sessions take place in the Pentland Auditorium, Level 3 at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre (EICC). Please visit exhibitors in The Hub, located in Strathblane Hall, EICC, throughout the conference.

Saturday, 23 September

17:00 - 18:30 Welcome Happy Hour
Peacock Alley at the Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh – The Caledonian

Sunday, 24 September

6:45 - 16:30 Golf Tournament
Gleneagles Country Club
7:30 - 15:00 Tri Target Shooting 
Gleneagles Country Club 
7:30 - 17:00 Tri Target Shooting & Fly Fishing
Gleneagles Country Club 
9:00 - 16:00 Walking Tour of Edinburgh - includes lunch
City Centre
Departs from Sheraton Lobby
9:45 - 15:40  Velodrome Cycling for the ISTAT Foundation
Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome 
11:00 - 17:00 Fly Fishing
Gleneagles Country Club  
13:30 - 15:00 Appraising 101
14:00 - 21:00 Registration Open
Sponsored by Acumen Aviation
15:30 - 18:00 Appraiser Continuing Education Session
16:30 - 18:00 ISTAT NewGen Event
Featuring Steven Udvar-Hazy, Executive Chairman & past ISTAT Award winner, Air Lease Corporation 
Sponsored by KPMG
18:00 - 20:30 Welcome Reception

Monday, 25 September

8:00 - 17:30 Registration Open
Sponsored by Acumen Aviation 
8:30 - 9:00 Welcome Morning Coffee
Sponsored by Airbus, Aircraft Part-Out Company Europe BV, Apple Aviation Ltd., ATR, AVITAS, Inc., Bombardier, Certified Aviation Services, Embraer, ICF, Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation and Novus Aviation Capital
9:00 - 17:15 The Hub Open
9:00 - 17:15 Jet Fuel Café Open
Sponsored by Jackson Square Aviation
9:00 - 9:15 Opening Remarks 
  • Douglas W. Runte, President of ISTAT & Managing Director & Head of Aviation ResearchDeutsche Bank
  • James Meyler, Chief Executive Officer, ORIX Aviation Hong Kong & Deputy Chief Executive Officer, ORIX Aviation Group
9:15 - 10:15 The Economists


  • Mary Ellen S. Jones, Vice President, Sales - The Americas, Pratt & Whitney


  • Peter Morris, Chief Economist, Ascend FlightGlobal
  • Brian Pearce, Chief Economist, IATA
  • Adam Pilarski, Ph.D., Senior Vice President, AVITAS, Inc. 
10:15 - 11:00 Used Aircraft Marketing & Remarketing Strategies 


  • Dick Forsberg, Head Of Strategy, Avolon
  • Robert Korn, President, Apollo Aviation Group 
  • Paul O'Dwyer, Senior Director, Sales & Leasing, ORIX Aviation
  • Stephan J. Sayre, Global Head of Investment ManagementDVB Bank SE (Deucalion Aviation Funds)
  • Otto Verhoeff, Managing Director, Aircraft Origination, Remarketing and Trading, Castlelake (UK) LLP
11:00 - 11:30 Morning Coffee Break
Sponsored by CFM International 
11:30 - 12:15 Regional Aircraft Panel
  • Mylene Scholnick, Principal, ICF International
  • Gregory Alberts, Senior Vice President Global Leasing & Asset Management, Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation
  • Jerome Gabory, Head of Leasing Markets, ATR
  • Arjan Meijer, Chief Commercial Officer, Embraer Commercial Aviation
  • Ross Mitchell, Vice President of Commercial Operations, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft 
12:15 - 13:00 Investors Panel
  • Gerry Butler, Managing Director, Merx Aviation Finance


  • Brian Healy, Head of Quantitative Modeling, Stellwagen Technologies
  • Bob Peart, Portfolio Manager, Magnetar Capital LLC
  • Blair H. Wallace, Managing Director, Och-Ziff Capital Management, LLC
    12:00 - 14:30 Lunch
    Sponsored by DAE Capital 
    14:30 - 15:30 Engine Panel
    • Bryson Monteleone, Marketing Director, Tailwind Capital Partners, Inc.
    • Julie Dickerson, Managing Director, Shannon Engine Support, Ltd. (SES)
    • Richard Goodhead, Senior Vice President Marketing, Rolls-Royce 
    • Jon Sharp, President and Chief Executive Officer, Engine Lease Finance Corporation (ELFC)
    • Nick Tomassetti, Vice President Sales - Global Leasing, Pratt & Whitney
    14:30 - 16:00 Registered Spouse Afternoon Tea
    RSVP Required, Onsite Registration Not Available
    Peacock Alley, Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh - The Caledonian
    15:30 - 16:00 Afternoon Coffee Break 
    Sponsored by SuperJet International 
    16:00 - 17:10 Aircraft Finance Panel
    • Patrick Kaufer, Managing Director, Deutsche Bank


    • Gareth Halpin, Managing Director Capital Markets, Avolon
    • Gerry Laderman, Senior Vice President Finance, Procurement & Treasurer, United Airlines
    • Bob Morin, Transaction and Business Development Leader, AFIC
    • Eelco van de Stadt, Global Head of Aviation, DVB Bank SE
    • Nigel Taylor, Senior Vice President - Customer, Project and Structured Finance, Airbus
      17:15 - 18:00 ISTAT Women's Networking Reception in conjunction with IAWA
      All women in aviation are invited to attend.
      Sheraton Grand Hotel and Spa 
      Sponsored by KPMG 
      17:30 - 19:30 Cocktail Reception
      Sheraton Grand Hotel and Spa 
      Sponsored by Boeing 
      21:30 Club ISTAT
      Ghillie Dhu

      Tuesday, 26 September

      9:00 - 17:00 Registration Open
      Sponsored by Acumen Aviation
      9:00 - 9:30 Welcome Morning Coffee
      Sponsored by Airbus, Aircraft Part-Out Company Europe BV, Apple Aviation Ltd., ATR, AVITAS, Inc., Bombardier, Certified Aviation Services, Embraer, ICF, Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation and Novus Aviation Capital
      9:30 - 17:20 The Hub Open
      9:30 - 17:20 Jet Fuel Café Open
      Sponsored by Jackson Square Aviation
      9:30 - 9:35 Welcome
      • Steven Townend, Chief Commercial Officer, BOC Aviation Limited
      9:35 - 10:05 Keynote Address
      • Adam Pilarski, Ph. D., Senior Vice President Consulting, AVITAS, Inc.
      10:05 - 10:50 Large Aircraft Panel 
      • Steven Townend, Chief Commercial Officer, BOC Aviation Limited 


      • Isabelle Floret, Senior Vice President Leasing Markets, Airbus
      • George Metcalf, Managing Director, Boeing
        10:50 - 11:15 Morning Coffee Break 
        Sponsored by Air Lease Corporation
        11:15 - 12:00 Efficient Aircraft Transitions for Lessors
        • Pete Seidlitz, President, Bristol Associates, Inc. 


        • Rich Gauvin, Senior Vice President, Asset Management, Castlelake
        • Edward O'Byrne, Chief Investment Officer, AerCap
        • Joe Schreiner, Executive Vice President – Technical, Aircastle
        • Ben Whelan, Group Resource Director, Eirtech Aviation
          12:00 - 12:45 Low Cost Carrier Discussion
          • David Swan, Chief Operating OfficerSMBC Aviation Capital


          • Sylvain Gloux, Senior Fleet Planning Executive, Flybe 
          • Neil Sorahan, Chief Financial Officer, Ryanair
          • Serhan Ulga, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Pegasus Airline Inc.
            12:00 - 14:00 Lunch
            14:00 - 15:00 Long Haul Airlines Panel 
            • Daniel J. Pietrzak, Managing Director, Fleet Management, Delta Air Lines, Inc.
            • Riku Aho, Vice President, Fleet Management & MD, Finnair Aircraft Finance Ltd. 
            • Beat Locher, Head of Aircraft Asset Management, Swiss International Air Lines Ltd. 
            • Niklas Per-Olaf Hardange, Vice President, Fleet Management, Scandinavian Airlines System
            15:00 - 15:30 Afternoon Coffee & Break in The Hub 
            Sponsored by Vallair 
            15:30 - 16:15 Appraisers Panel
            • Bert van Leeuwen, Managing Director, DVB Bank SE
            • George Dimitroff, Head of Valuations, Flight Ascend Consultancy
            • Stuart D. Hatcher, Ph.D., Chief Intelligence Officer, IBA Group Limited
            • Douglas B. Kelly, Senior Vice President of Asset Valuation, AVITAS, Inc.
            • Olga Razzhivina, Director, Oriel
            • Lindsey Webster, Director of Asset Valuations, Morton Beyer & Agnew 
            16:15 - 17:15 Lessor CEO Panel 
            • Domhnal Slattery, Chief Executive Officer, Avolon
            • Peter Barrett, Chief Executive Officer, SMBC Aviation Capital
            • Alec Burger, President and Chief Executive Officer, GE Capital Aviation Services 
            • John Plueger, President and Chief Executive Officer, Air Lease Corporation
            • Firoz Tarapore, Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Aerospace Enterprise
            • Khanh Tran, Chief Executive Officer, Aviation Capital Group
            17:30 - 21:30 Open Bar & Dinner
            Sheraton Grand Hotel & Spa
            19:00 - 22:00 The Royal Yacht Britannia
            Royal Yacht Britannia
            21:30 After Party
            Sheraton Grand Hotel and Spa
            Sponsored by GE Capital Aviation Services