INTERVIEWS

 
 
 
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Expanding General Aviation in China

interview with DaJun Li, Director, xihua Aviation

In a move to facilitate the development of civil aviation in Sichuan province, the local government requested Chengdu Aircraft Industrial (Group) Company, a subsidiary of state-owned Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC), to establish the first general aviation company in the province. In 1996, experienced technicians and managerial staff were appointed to set up Huaxi GA Company. After restructuring, the company evolved into Xihua Aviation in early 2017; officially known as Sichuan Xihua GA Company Limited.

 
 
 
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Combining East and West in China GA

interview with David Peng, General Manager, Kings Aviation

In 1996, David Peng was introduced to aviation for the first time at the “China International Aviation & Aerospace Exhibition” in Zhuhai, opening his eyes — and ears — to the roaring sounds of fighter jets, military and civil aircraft. The sights and sounds piqued Peng’s interest and left a lasting impression. During that time, China had also begun embracing general aviation; an opportune time to make a move in that direction.

 
 
 
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Bridging The Gap of Communication

interview with Elaine qian Siyin, Executive Managing Editor. GA China Magazine

Born into an aviation-minded family in Beijing, Elaine Qian Siyin is now the Executive Managing Editor of one of China’s most trusted general aviation publications — GA CHINA Magazine. Upon first glance Elaine doesn’t seem like your typical GA enthusiast. She has a spunky sense about herself and an interesting take on life, intertwined with a sense of adventure. But perhaps it’s that same sense that has led her to develop the bilingual, quarterly magazine into the well-known source of information it is today.

 
 
 
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Developing the Mainland Market

interview with Sylvia Zhang, Fastransit CEO

Providing the widest range of service center coverage in the region, jet manufacturer Bombardier Business Aircraft serves the regional fleet through its extensive service centers and customer support. Industry veteran Simon Wayne now spearheads the first Bombardier Business Aircraft Service Center in Asia, located in Singapore.

 
 
 
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Serving the Region

interview with Simon Wayne, General manager, Bombardier Business Aircraft Singapore Service centre

Providing the widest range of service center coverage in the region, jet manufacturer Bombardier Business Aircraft serves the regional fleet through its extensive service centers and customer support. Industry veteran Simon Wayne now spearheads the first Bombardier Business Aircraft Service Center in Asia, located in Singapore.

 
 
 
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LEADing Business Jet Services In Asia

interview with Bruce Watson, Chief operating officer, Metrojet

Celebrating its 20th year of service in 2017, business jet operator and maintenance provider Metrojet has showed immense growth. The Hong Kong-based company has several aircraft MRO facilities across the region and continues to prosper.

 
 
 
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IMPROVING BA/GA Hong Kong Flights THrough BETTER SLOT ARRANGEMENTS

INTERVIEW WITH Madonna fung, General Manager, Hong Kong Business Aviation Centre

Committed to safety, service and style, Hong Kong Business Aviation Centre (HKBAC) is an executive aviation support facility for business aircraft. Located in the aviation hub of Asia and Operating around the clock, HKBAC is one of the most convenient arrival and departure points for destinations in Mainland China and beyond. Deemed the ‘Best Asian FBO’ by Professional Pilot’s PRASE Survey for ten consecutive years, General Manager Madonna Fung helped ASG understand the company’s success and the region’s need for better infrastructure.

 
 
 
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Extension of comfort living

INTERVIEW WITH JOHN RIGGIR, VICE PRESIDENT & GENERAL MANAGER, SINGAPORE

Global business aviation leader Jet Aviation has been ensuring safety in the Asia-Pacific region for over two decades. With the region’s growing fleet and limited capacity, ASG spoke with John Riggir to discuss his background, the difficulties in the region, and Jet Aviation’s greatest successes.

 
 
 
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Extension of comfort living

INTERVIEW WITH ED HARRIS, JET AIRCRAFT INTERIOR TECHNICAL SERVICES, LLC

Ed Harris’ track record in the aviation industry is top tier. He has spent nearly five decades building up his reputation through manufacturing, management, technical integration, certification, interior design of corporate aircraft, and product design that complements an aircraft interior. Specializing in completion projects, Ed Harris is a completions consultant for Asian Sky Group and a founder and president of VIP aircraft interior completion specialist company - JET Aircraft. With a long portfolio in the field, JET Aircraft is inspiring futuristic change in the current aircraft interior industry landscape.

 
 
 
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sKY IS THE LIMIT

INTERVIEW WITH SEVERINE COSMA, COMLUX EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT OF MARKETING

As one of the leaders in business aviation industry, Comlux has left its mark worldwide. Founded in Switzerland in 2003, Comlux has a growing fleet of aircraft and dedicates itself to exceeding expectations. Severine Cosma, the Vice President of Marketing spoke with ASG to illustrate the grounds behind the success story.

 
 
 
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Redefining High-end interiors

INTERVIEW WITH Michael Reichenecker, aircraft interior designer

In this interview prolific Aircraft Interior Designer Michael Reichenecker discusses how his experience in real estate project development can be beneficial when planning to outfit a Private VIP Jet. Michael Reichenecker spoke to Jeff Lowe, MD of Asian Sky Group in a conversation that spanned real estate, and love of aviation

 
 
 
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ACCOMMODATING EVOLVING DEMAND

INTERVIEW WITH VICKY TSUI, VICE PRESIDENT, SALES & MARKETING/ CUSTOMER SERVICE

After plunging into the aviation industry for a little over a decade, Vicky Tsui, now the Vice President of Sales & Marketing Department at Amber Aviation, sheds light on the evolving demand and challenges faced within this industry. Kick starting what is now her groundbreaking career, Vicky started from scratch as an original member at Business Aviation Asia (BAA) in 2006 and is currently a key player at Amber Aviation

 
 
 
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ON THE ROAD TOWARDS PRIVATE AVIATION CONSULTING

INTERVIEW WITH PATRICK BOUVRY, ASIAN SKY GROUP, DIRECTOR OF CONSULTING SERVICES

Drawn to aviation in his early years, Asian Sky Group (ASG) Director of Consulting Services, Patrick Bouvry, bas been on the aerospace and aviation road for over 22 years. From learning degrees in Mechanical Aerospace Engineering and an MBA, to working with top aircraft manufacturers and operators on commercial strategy and restructuring, his extensive work in the industry has seen a wide-range of aviation projects leading to a deep understanding of the industry.

 
 
 
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A PROMISING FUTURE

INTERVIEW WITH MICHAEL AMALFITANO PRESIDENT & CEO, EMBRAER EXECUTIVE JETS

Joining the Brazilian aircraft manufacturer Embraer Executive Jets in March 2017, newly appointed President Michael Amalfitano is preparing to take the company to new heights. Amalfitano, who succeeds Marco Tulio Pellegrini, will take the reins of the Melbourne, Florida-based Executive Jets unit bringing along over 35 years of business aircraft leasing and financial services experience.

 
 
 

SERVICES FOR ALL AVIATION REQUIREMENTS

INTERVIEW WITH CHIE MATSUOKA, ASSISTANT GENERAL MANAGER, MARUBENI AEROSPACE CORPORATION

Marubeni Aerospace Corporation was created in 1998 when one of the world’s largest trading companies, Marubeni Corporation, inherited the trade rights to the aerospace division of Okura & Co.

 
 
 

ENSURING ALL YOUR CHARTER NEEDS ARE MET

Interview with Mr. Seongbae Cho, Korean Air Business Jet Senior Vice President

Offering flexible schedules, hassle-free boarding, maximum and ultimate safety, Korean Air Business Jet was established in 2007 to cater to the growing demand from clients, including foreign dignitaries, senior executives and celebrities. Today, the charter division of Korean Air has grown to become one of the largest operators in the country, and in Northeast Asia. Clients can now expect an easy-to-access charter service committed to meeting every need.

 
 
 
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DEVELOPING THE INDUSTRY WITH KOREA’S FIRST FBO

INTERVIEW WITH MR. WOOKSANG CHO, AVJET ASIA CEO & PRESIDENT

Avjet entered the Asia market in 2008. Established by Mr. Marc J. Foulkrod, former owner of Avjet Corporation, along with Mr. Wooksang Cho, former Executive VP of Samsung’s Business Jet Operations Team, the duo saw the importance of the China market and the potential of the Korean market. From there, Avjet Asia was born, offering multi-lingual, multi-national operational support around-the-clock.

 
 
 

EVOLVING CHINA’S INDUSTRY, ONE JET AT A TIME

INTERVIEW WITH MR. CHANG QIU SHENG, AMBER AVIATION CHAIRMAN

Having played a key role in bringing the first Gulfstream jet to China, obtained one of the country’s first air operator’s certificate (AOC) and established the first privately-owned aircraft managemen company in China through Business Aviation Asia (BAA), Mr. Chang Qiu Sheng has always been at the center of the evolution of China's business aviation industry.

 
 
 
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ADVOCATING FOR CLIENTS’ INTERESTS

INTERVIEW WITH PAUL JEBELY, PILLSBURY WINTHROP, MANAGING PARTNER

The son of a Captain and a Flight Attendant, Paul Jebely is rated as the top business aviation lawyer in Asia by Chambers & Partners (and one of the top four worldwide). He is counsel to some of the world’s wealthiest business aircraft owners and their financiers. With hundreds of transactions and even numerous repossessions under his belt, the 36 year-old Managing Partner at Pillsbury Winthrop is described by his peers as someone who “knows the industry on a global scale.”

 
 
 
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DEVELOPING AN UNKNOWN REGION

Interview with Lynton Van Aswegen, Asian Sky Group, Sales Director, Africa

Lynton Van Aswegen is the newest addition to Asian Sky Group (ASG), expanding operations into the relatively unknown African business aviation market. Lynton’s adoration for aviation and a bit of luck led him into the industry, starting out with as a Gulfstream Representative for a number of African countries. Over the course of his 15 years in the industry, Lynton has come to see and understand the development of business aviation in Africa.

 
 
 

A YEAR IN REVIEW

A COLLECTION OF INTERVIEWS FROM 2016

All Interviews that we've done from 2016 in one review!

 
 
 

Dedication to Aviation

Kevin Wu, Vice President international Sales, Greater China & Mongolia Textron Aviation

Kevin Wu is the International Vice President Sales, Greater China & Mongolia Sales for Textron Aviation. He also serves as Chairman of the Asian Business Aviation Association (AsBAA) and Co-Chairman of the Aerospace Forum under the AmericanChamber of Commerce (AmCham) in China.

 
 
 
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LONG-RANGE AIRCRAFT IN THE ASIA PACIFIC REGION

David Longridge, Boeing Business Jets President

With a growing market, the announcement of a new addition, and enthusiastic showings at business aviation shows across the globe, Boeing Business Jets has experienced an exciting few last years — in addition to marking its20th anniversary this year for the popular jet series

 
 
 
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THE ASIA PACIFIC LEASING MARKET

David Henderson, Managing Director Asia Sales, Global Jet Capital

David Henderson as Managing Director Asia Sales. With over 20 years of experience in aviation finance across Asia, Henderson now hopes to take his knowledge gained throughout the years to drive further growth in the regional market.

 
 
 

FULFILLING A STRONG LOCAL MARKET DEMAND

Eric Gillespie, Vice President, Business Development

Flying Colours Corp. has built an international reputation since founder John Gillespie repainted his first King Air just over thirty years ago. It is now a global aviation company providing a service led by the core philosophies of technical innovation, business integrity and service flexibility.

 
 
 

AIRCRAFT MANAGEMENT IN ASIA PACIFIC

Patrick Enz, Senior Vice President, Hawker Pacific

Senior Vice President Patrick Enz, who has spearheaded Hawker Pacific’s Aircraft Management services out of Singapore since 2012, says the group’s heritage dates back to 1978 and Hawker Pacific’s name comes from the entrepreneurial activities of Australian aviation pioneer Harry Hawker.

 
 
 

MAKING THE PHILIPPINES MORE ACCESSIBLE

Dexter Ampong, General Manager, INAEC Aviation Corporation

Officially founded on November 9, 1993, INAEC Aviation Corporation has roots that reach all the way back to 1932.  Dexter Ampong, General Manager of INAEC, says, "INAEC goes back to its founding in 1932 as Iloilo-Negros Air Express Corp.  It was the first Filipino-owned civil airline in the Philippines, founded by sugar and shipping magnate Don Eugenio Lopez.

 
 
 

The Charter Market in Asia

Leona Qi, VISTAJET President of North Asia

Launched in 2004, VistaJet has enjoyed the accolade of being deemed one of the world’s fastest growing private aviation companies – offering private jet services through its Flight Solutions Program and On-Demand solutions. 

 
 
 

Asia Pacific Civil Helicopter Market

Nadav Kessler,  Business Development & Rotary Program Sales. Asian Sky Group

INDUSTRY EXPERT NADAV KESSLER joined the Asian Sky Group (ASG) team three years ago, heading the Rotary and Industrial Aviation Department in the Asia-Pacific region. Kessler handles the sale and acquisitions of helicopters and turboprop aircraft for the Hong Kong-based company. As Director of Rotary Sales and Business Development, Kessler aims to provide creative solutions for clients across the globe.

 
 
 
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GROUND BREAKERS OF THE INDUSTRY

Philip Stransky, Vice President Sales and Relationship Management, Waypoint Leasing, Asia

Waypoint was founded in 2013 by a team of helicopter industry veterans, most of whom had firsthand experience as helicopter operators.  Waypoint’s three major long term investors are MSD Capital, L.P., Quantum Strategic Partners, and Cartesian Capital Group LLC.  Collectively these three fund investors lead the way, giving the Ireland-based Waypoint financial depth and reliability to face any challenges that may show up on the world economy’s radar.  

 
 
 

Understanding MROs In India

Prashant Bhuchan, CEo, Taj Air Metrojet aviation (TAMa)

WTAMA provides maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services for business jets based in India.  It is a joint venture between Taj Air, an executive charter service in India which is part of the publicly-listed multinational conglomerate TATA Group, and Metrojet, a business jet operator in Asia which is part of the Kadoorie group. 

 
 
 

Developing Chinas General Aviation

Si Rui, General Manager, Department of Strategic Planning

Eastern General Aviation (EGAC), a subsidiary of China Eastern Airlines was developed from China General Aviation, which in turn was developed from the No. 1 Civil Aviation Flying Corps, established in 1952.  The company’s mission is to develop China’s general aviation business. 

 
 
 

high Hopes for China's Heicopters

Wu Zhendong, Founder And Chairman, Avion Pacific Limited

Wu Zhendong is founder and current Chairman and CEO of Avion Pacific Limited, one of China’s leading general aviation service providers since 1993.