Peter Blakeney, Vice President Aircraft Trading
Apollo Aviation Management Limited
Peter has 8 years’ experience in the aircraft finance and leasing market in Ireland. He is currently Vice President of Trading at Apollo Aviation and his primary responsibility is the purchase and sale of aircraft within the portfolio. Peter qualified in Trinity College Dublin, before moving to Australia to work in engineering. He returned to Ireland to complete a Master’s Degree in Management at Smurfit Business School Dublin, before joining Apollo Aviation in 2010.
Peter has been an active member of ISTAT since 2015, attending and participating in events around the world. He has immersed himself in the ISTAT community and is currently a member of the ISTAT EMEA Conference
Committee, with a particular focus on sourcing sponsorship. Peter is also the Irish representative on the ISTAT Internship Committee, with the aim of encouraging company participation in the scheme.
Outside of ISTAT, Peter has been heavily involved
Peter would be a great addition to the ISTAT Board and would bring a variety of key attributes including enthusiasm, energy and a fresh perspective. His active role, combined with his demonstrable history of endorsing the aviation industry, shows that he has the positive and innovative outlook to continue growing ISTAT’s membership value going forward. Peter is currently living in Dublin. He enjoys travel, especially to countries where he can develop his scuba diving skills. He is passionate about all types of sport, particularly cycling, and has represented Ireland internationally at several sports.
Mark Dunnachie, Chief Commercial Officer
My true association with ISTAT goes back over 15 years when Colin Molloy (then with Finnair) invited me to join the European convention. I was immediately impressed with the scope and expertise of the Association and since then have been a loyal supporter, member, panel speaker and attendee at many of the events. I also accepted Todd Freeman’s kind invitation to serve on the ISTAT Foundation, where I eventually held the Chairmanship of the Grants Committee. A cause that was very close to my heart since it reflected, to me, one of the core
principals of ISTAT, namely the continuity and growth of our great industry across multiple platforms and encouraging the future generations.
My career to date covers over 28 years in the Industry. Having graduated from Cardiff University with a degree in Maritime Commerce, I was offered a unique opportunity to join a small regional airline from Rotterdam to London City with Dornier 228s. Once the smell of aviation fuel hit me, it was clear that this was where I wished to build my career. After the successful
I am a great believer in the continued growth of ISTAT across all the regions, something I tried to push very strongly as the Chair of the Grants Committee from Singapore. The Association has enjoyed tremendous success and growth and I would like to actively work to support this continued path. I also have some new ideas to potentially bring to the table.
I am a Scot, married with two sons (ages 13 & 17). My wife is French and whilst she and the family will always take
It would be an honor to serve ISTAT again and I hope my candidature is of interest to you and the committee and I remain of course available to answer any additional questions that you may have.
Mark Ebanks, Senior Vice President, Commercial – Americas
CDB Aviation Americas
Mark L. Ebanks joined CDB Aviation Americas as SVP Commercial Air /Marketing in September 2017. Forming a marketing team, he is responsible for airline customer relationships, marketing
Prior to CIT Aerospace, Mark worked at United Airlines and the former Eastern Airlines in Miami, where he began in commercial aviation. He participated in various capacities, from aircraft maintenance and engineering to aircraft sales and marketing. During his tenure with the United Services Division, he marketed integrated support services that included engine sales and leasing, flight training, spare parts and maintenance services.
Mark is active in the commercial aviation industry among his peers, serving as a leader for the ISTAT Forum in Latin America. In his role as the Sponsorship Chairman for the ISTAT Latin America Forum, he was a founding committee member who embraced and contributed to a successful launch and the branding of two
He was instrumental in raising more than $250,000 in sponsorship dollars over the initial three years of the forum. He has recruited regional industry colleagues to serve on the committee who also share the vision to establish the ISTAT platform as the best in class industry networking and forum in Latin America. Mark has recently volunteered with the ISTAT Foundation to serve as an ambassador with the objective of engaging students, schools and airline leaders for the expansion of ISTAT grants and scholarships within Latin America.
As an advocate for the commercial aviation sector, Mark has produced industry symposiums to engage airlines, manufacturers
As he began his commercial aviation career with Eastern Airlines in Miami, he obtained a degree in Aviation Technology. He is active in leading and serving several community charities for the benefits of children and underprivileged youth, having served as annual event chairman for the Nicklaus Children’s Hospital/Life Flight Golf Invitational & Airline Symposium since 2014.
He and his wife of 28 years have four children of which three are currently pursuing their university education. Mark also enjoys recreational outdoor activities that include hiking, scuba diving, boating and the sport of beach volleyball.
Nick Fadugba, Chief Executive Officer
African Aviation Services
Nick Fadugba is a long-standing member of ISTAT and a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS), UK. He is widely
Nick has provided a wide-range of consultancy and advisory services to international and African aviation organisations and governments, including developing airline business plans; fleet planning; aircraft leasing and finance advisory services; airline route network development; market information research and analysis; reconciliation of aircraft leasing / finance accounts and debt recovery; negotiating acquisition of airport slots and air traffic rights; establishing London Heathrow Airport operations for a foreign airline; and aviation arbitration and dispute resolution. He has also been instrumental in
fostering business relations between the International aviation community and Africa in critical areas such as Aviation Finance, Aircraft Leasing, Aircraft Maintenance, Air Safety and Aviation Training.
He has been a regular attendee at ISTAT Conferences and functions around the world and has voluntarily served on the ISTAT Scholarship Program for African Students and the Airlink charity. He was also a Guest Speaker at the ISTAT Conference held at The Gleneagles Hotel, Scotland in 2005.
Nick is a Committee Member of the Aviation Club of the UK; member of German Aviation Research Society (GARS); the European Aviation Club; the Institute of Directors (IOD), UK; the International Society of Transport Aircraft Traders (ISTAT), USA; is a Volunteer for Airlink, the international aviation charity; and a Launch Member of the African Business Aviation Association (AfBAA).
In December 2003, the African Airlines Association (AFRAA) presented
Nick Fadugba has a BSc (Honours), Mass Communication, a Post Graduate Diploma in Air Transport Planning and an MSc (Distinction), Air Transport Planning & Management.
Mark Lee, Chairman
Certified Aviation Services LLC (CAS)
Mark Lee is Chairman and owner of ISTAT member company Certified Aviation Services LLC.
Certified Aviation Services LLC (“CAS”) is the premier independent Line Maintenance provider for International and domestic airlines on the West Coast of the United States. It has additional locations at a total of 12 major airports throughout the country. In addition, CAS has an Aircraft Modification and Recovery Division that provides aircraft repair and modification for commercial aircraft throughout the world. In the past 12 months, it has performed major projects in The United States, the United Kingdom, China, Indonesia, The Philippines, Africa,
and Thailand. Much of the work has been done on aircraft ultimately owned or managed by ISTAT members.
CAS sponsored the ISTAT Americas meeting in San Diego and the ISTAT EMEA meeting in Edinburgh during 2017. It also sponsored the ISTAT Chalet at the Paris Air Show. CAS Representative, Paulina Vivanco was the Event Captain for the Los Angeles Holiday Reception.
In 2018, CAS is committed to sponsoring ISTAT-Americas and ISTAT-EMEA in Prague. CAS is also committed to
Mr. Lee is also Chairman and owner of Aero-mark LLC. Aero-mark LLC has held interests in
He is currently serving as a member of the Board of Governors of the Aerospace Industries Association for the second time and serves on the Nominating Committee.
Prior to founding Aero-mark, Mr. Lee had a career in finance and management as a financial analyst for a diversified conglomerate; Chief Financial Officer for a US-Japanese Joint Venture and as President and CEO of American Pacific Corporation, publicly traded company.
Mr. Lee holds a degree in Economics from UCLA and
He served three years of Active Duty in the US Navy attaining the rank of Lieutenant.
Mr. Lee resides in Newport Beach with his wife, Patricia. They have one married daughter.
Statement of Interest and Experience -- ISTAT Board of Directors Election
Mark Lee, Chairman Certified Aviation Services (“CAS”)
As a member of the ISTAT Board of Directors, I would contribute to the knowledge of the organization with experience in the more granular aspects of aircraft ownership and operation.
ISTAT was established by people interested primarily in the capital needs and financing aspects of ownership. Ownership of aircraft by non-operators has continued to grow. These changes require aircraft owners to be much more involved in issues beyond just the financial aspects.
The changing structure of aircraft operators requires rethinking in the best ways to protecting aircraft desirability and enhance residual values. Outsourcing of maintenance, emergency repairs, component replacement issues; OEM or PMA parts, IFE changes and end of life disposal and parting out options are all factors that affect the financial returns of aircraft ownership.
I have owned companies that have participated in all these phases of aircraft manufacturing and service. These experiences would bring a broad perspective on to the Board and the Membership on issues that impact aircraft values and the structure of aircraft financing documentation.
The CAS line maintenance operation provides insight into maintenance issues and procedures that can affect the residual values of aircraft and engines. Our experience with engine washing as a partner with Lufthansa Technik has shown indications that the EGT on some engines seems to deteriorate more quickly if they are not washed regularly. This information would be useful in structuring engine leasing contracts to optimize residual values of engines or airframes.
I own a separate component repair station. Our recovery and repair team has done disassembly of aircraft and we have partnered with owners to maximize the returns that can be achieved from recovery. Parting out has been a lucrative investment model but there are some signs that the model may be changing due to competition and component OEM response to usable parts.
New strategies such as accumulated group
I serve on the Board of Governors Aerospace Industries Association (“AIA”). AIA is composed primarily
For these reasons, I bring a broad base of aircraft operational knowledge. I hope that you would consider me a viable candidate for your vote for the ISTAT Board of Directors.
Edward (Ted) O’Byrne, Chief Investment Officer
Edward O’Byrne has been Chief Investment Officer at AerCap since January 2011 overseeing aircraft trading, OEM relationships
Mr. O’Byrne joined AerCap in July 2007 as Vice President of Portfolio Management and Trading and was later promoted to Head of Portfolio Management.
Prior to joining AerCap, he worked at Airbus North America and Airbus Leasing Markets.
Mr. O’Byrne received his MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and his BA from EuroMed in France.
(Joe) Ye Tian, Managing Director, Head of Aviation
Ping An International Financial Leasing Company Limited
Joe joined Ping An Leasing in July 2015 as Deputy Managing Director, Deputy Head of Aviation responsible for the global airline marketing and trading activities in Ping An Leasing then-fledgling aviation division. He established the marketing and trading functions within Ping An Leasing and led the team to build up solid business relationships with airlines and investors
In 2016, Joe was promoted to Managing Director, Head of Aviation and appointed to the Board of Directors of Ping An Aircraft Leasing Company Limited, the 100%-owned Irish subsidiary of Ping An Leasing, with responsibility for the entire aircraft leasing business sector. Under his leadership, the company successfully closed Sale and
with major international airlines including Latam, Turkish Airlines, Aeromexico, Vietnam Airlines and Ethiopian Airlines for aircraft types including A320Neo, B737Max, A350-900
Joe has an arguably unmatched track of business success at a global level, achieved
Joe has a vast network of senior connections across all sectors of the aviation industry, including airlines, lessors