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The Malta Business Aviation Conference (MBAC), 8th annual conference, takes place at the Corinthia St George’s Bay, Malta on the 24th March, 2020.

Produced by Quaynote Communications, leaders in conferences for the marine, aviation and security industries the Malta Business Aviation Conference (formerly Opportunities in Business Jets) represents an excellent opportunity to network with valuable industry contacts and expand your business base.

Operators who attended MBAC this year included Lux Aviation, DC Aviation, Comlux, Privajet, Excellent Air, Titan Aviation, Synergy Aviation and Air CM Global, making this a great platform for meeting clients!

Officially supported by MBAA, the Malta Business Aviation Conference will attract 80+ operators, FBOs, flight services providers, MROs, brokers, OEMs, lawyers, corporate service providers, registries, tax advisors and accountants, associations, from around the globe, ensuring that MBAC`s place as a leading international industry forum.

The conference has a strong emphasis on panel discussions, giving delegates the opportunity to hear from a wider variety of industry figures, as well as to interact and join the debate with panellists. Topics to be covered this year include:

* Business Jets as an Investment
* Options for financing aircraft purchase
* The Future for aircraft sales and values
* What are the biggest challenges facing Operators?
* What can different registries offer?
* Technology Update
* Maintenance Programmes
* Focus on Malta – examining the data and figures
* Legal perspectives

Chaired for a number of years now by Richard Koe, Managing Director of WingsX Advance MBAC regularly boasts industry leaders of the highest calibre.

To find out more about joining The Malta Business Aviation Conference (MBAC), 8th annual conference, by becoming a speaker, Sponsor or Exhibitor at please contact us now:

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AGENDA (subject to change)
08.00Refreshments and registration
Session One: Welcome to the conference
09.00Conference organizer`s opening remarks
09.05Conference Chairman`s introduction to the conference
Richard Koe, Managing Director, WINGX
09.10Opening Presentation
Session Two: Maintenance Programmes & Insurance Market Developments
09.20Presentation: What are the challenges of dealing with an aging European fleet?
* Important updates from EBAA / GAMA maintenance work group re: aircraft
maintenance and asset management
* Pre-purchase inspections, EASA standardisation & EU harmonisation
Arjen Groeneveld, Duncan Aviation
09.40Questions & Discussion
09.50Panel: Mitigating risks in a challenging environment
*How does aircraft-on-ground insurance work?
*As insurance costs increase, how can operators keep their overall costs down?
Moderated by: Fiona Healy, FCF Assets
Panellists to include:
James Carroll | Director of Business Development, Jet Support Services, Inc.
Zoë Layden, Managing Director, Claveaux Consulting
Stuart Kirkwood, Sales Director, TAG Maintenance Services
Alex Williamson, EVP Maintenance, Comlux
Session Three: Buying and financing aircraft
10.30The benefits of using escrow accounts for purchasing business jets
*How do escrow accounts work in different jurisdictions?
Henning Schwarzkopf, M.C.L, Schwarzkopf Law
& Bransom Beam
10.25Presentation: What are the best options for financing aircraft purchase?
* What challenges and changes are taking place in this sector?
* How can Know Your Client (KYC) requirements be addressed? How seriously is this requirement implemented by salespeople?
* How should we view the trend where by a number of specialty interest groups are
setting their own rules regarding ethics? Can these rules be enforced and if so, by
Moderated by: Gary Crichlow, Director, Aviation Finance, Arc & Co
11.20Refreshments and Exhibition
Session Four: Technology Update
Panellists include:
Clayton B. Healey, AIC Title Service 
Eric Lewin, Owner, Global Closing Room
Session Five: Developments in Russia:
12.20Panel Discussion: What are the key changes in Russia affecting your business?
*Why should Western operators forge forge a relationship with a Russian AOC?
*How will be the impact of the stoppage of Russian customs clearances?
*What are the latest changes to VAT rules on imports to Russia?
*What registration, importation and customs issues should you know about?
Moderated by: Stockton Birthisel, Atlas Corporate Services
Panellists include:
Razvan Stefan, Emperor Aviation
Session Six: Corporate Services in the Aviation Industry
14.00Presentation / panel
Session Seven: The shortfall of personnel in aviation
14.30Panel: Nurturing the next decade`s talent pool
Moderated by: Julian Perigo, Boston Link
Session Eight: What are the biggest challenges facing Operators?
*Operators compare their business models
*What are the challenges faced by different types of operators?
Panelists Include:
Alexandre Valentini, JET&CO 
15.50Refreshments & Exhibition
Session Nine: What can different registries offer?
16.15Panel: A review of registries in Europe and further afield
* What are the different types of registries and why is that relevant?
* How can registries influence buyer’s & owners’ decision to buy an aircraft?
* Does Cape Town make a difference?
* Are more recent registries a threat to older and more traditional aircraft registries?
Moderated by: Matthieu de Varax, Founder and Managing Partner, Odi-sé Avocats & Member of Lawyers Sub-Committee & Associated Member Advisory Council, European Business Aviation Association
Session Ten: Hospitality & Interiors
16.55Panel: Business aircraft interiors
*What are clients looking for?
* Interior upkeep during operations
* Selecting the right interior from the get go
Ryan Cremona, CEO, 3Plex
17.40Chair`s closing remarks
17.45End of conference proceedings
17.50Drinks Reception

Richard Koe

Managing Director, WINGX

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Arjen Groeneveld

Duncan Aviation

Fiona Healy

FCF Assets

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James Carroll

Director of Business Development Jet Support Services, Inc.

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Zoe Layden

Managing Director, Claveaux Consulting

Stuart Kirkwood

Sales Director, TAG Maintenance Services

Alex Williamson

EVP Maintenance, Comlux

Henning Schwarzkopf

M.C.L, Schwarzkopf Law

Bransom Beam

Gary Crichlow

Director, Aviation Fianance

Clayton Healey

AIC Title Service

Eric Lewin

Owner, Global Closing Room

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Stockton Birthisel

Atlas Corporate Services

Razvan Stefan

Emperor Aviation

Julian Perigo

Boston Link

Alexandre Valentini


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Matthieu de Varax

Founder and partner chez Odi-sé Avocats

Ryan Cremona

CEO, 3Plex

Corinthia Hotel St George’s Bay
St Julians, STJ 3301, Malta
+356 2137 4114

Corinthia Hotel St. George’s Bay is one of the best luxury hotels in Malta, bringing together outstanding sea views, enchanting luxury and unbeatable service. You can see the full information on the hotel using this link here Corinthia St George’s Bay Website

We have a rooming block at the hotel with a rate of 135 euros which includes a full buffet breakfast. To register go to

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Corinthia St George's Bay, St Julians, Malta