Founder’s Vision

First Message from our Chief Executive Officer – April 2018

Our website talks about what we do, but I want to take this opportunity to give you a sense of what Aviation Partners is about, what we know and why we’re undertaking such an ambitious industry changing project.

Our aim is to empower all vertical lift operations by creating an infrastructure for a global market. We now see this aim coming to fruition after three years of hard work and commitment.

We are pleased to have obtained the backing of the lion’s share of international industry which is critical to execution. In short, we are creating the world’s first international helicopter centric city designed for the global industry to conduct their local and international business from. It is also going to be supported by the world’s first helicopter landing infrastructure in the UAE. Within HeliCity, we are also creating the world’s largest international professional helicopter academy which many of the key industry players agree is long overdue. This is an academy focused on the entire envelope of mission training and global type fleet. It is blending military and civil training standards using technology that even the late Steve Jobs would be “truly excited” about. Let’s not be shy of the fact that this is going to be a unique facility with the full scope of facilities to meet the global demand. I’m both humbled and grateful for the range of supporting comments I have received from senior executives from the world’s leading OEM’s. For example…. “it’s a game changer”, “this will have profound affect”, “this will have positive effects on the whole industry” and“it’s about time” are just a handful of the many comments I have a received. Thank you.

We have also obtained industry recognition that there is only one place where a ‘global first’ of this scale and impact can be located. Only one place where it can be supported in line with the vision of a nation. That place is the United Arab Emirates and their vision is UAE Vision 2021, with the foundations of being united in responsibility, destiny, knowledge and prosperity. Everything that we set out to achieve for the helicopter industry, professional helicopter pilots, helicopter operators, helicopter passengers and ultimately a positive future for the industry.

The United Arab Emirates is uniquely placed making it accessible from Dubai and Abu Dhabi airports for the international industry professionals visiting the facilities

The UAE is linked to over 120 global locations, by Emirates Airlines, Etihad Airways and numerous other airlines making access for the global industry and international pool of professional pilots easy. Also, the vicinity boasts year-round hotel availability, leisure and entertainment options to suit all tastes and can comfortably accommodate the high footfall that this undertaking is forecast to generate, even during the build-up to our mature operations. It is widely accepted that the UAE excels in service and hospitality and for this reason we have partnered with a leading hotel operator to manage the visitor and corporate hospitality experience to ensure unparalleled attention to all our service users.

As a professional helicopter pilot, I have watched the helicopter landscape change during the past two decades on all levels. With the amazing advancement of technology, to the reduction of highly trained military helicopter pilots re-entering the civil industry with valuable skills, to private companies now training military pilots, to more use of police and emergency medical helicopters by civil operators, to civil organisations undertaking search and rescue and to the general population’s desire to transit quicker and in more luxury with the use of helicopters. We are also about to see the next generation of vertical lift that everyone has ambitions of achieving but there is little or no infrastructure to support it.

Everything that we are undertaking takes into account the development of the industry for original equipment manufacturers, pilots, technicians, helicopter crews, helicopter air operators and helicopter passengers. We will unite helicopter manufacturers and support services within HeliCity, empower Helicopter crew training at HeliAcademy and empower air operators provision of helicopter transportation by development of the infrastructure network of HeliPods.

Let’s be clear, each one of these projects are monumental in their individual right. However, to combine them under the execution skill and vision of Aviation Partners will further enhance the success for the industry and ultimately the operational partners that we have chosen to engage with. Forgive me for repeating that we are really inspired by the level of industry engagement and very excited to have engaged with operational stakeholders of international excellence. Those stakeholders will be delivering and managing all the essential operational services under their own international brands in such areas as hospitality, simulation equipment, aviation training, airside operations and facilities management.

This is not marketing blur prepared by someone who I’ve never met. So please allow me to explain that we focus on dedicated professionalism with core values to empower and inspire. We approach everything with creativity, treat everyone fairly and seek to exceed expectations. We desire to be the best, with a commitment to quality, with a commitment to UAE culture, responsiveness and resourcefulness to our stakeholder partners, clients and employees. We will simply not compromise on that and if anyone believes we have, please get in touch with me personally.

On behalf of the Aviation Partners’ highly skilled team, we consider it a privilege to be engaged with the leading helicopter industry professionals, the professional helicopter pilot and crew community and leading luxury brands of the world to bring this industry changing project to life and to continue to develop and empower the helicopter and vertical lift industry.

Sincerely,CEOChief Executive Officer