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Valuing the appraisers

Yves Le Marquand, Reporter Corporate Jet Investor
July 14, 2021


As with most appraisers, Sharon Desfor, owner, HeliValue$ tripped and fell into the role.

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HeliValue$ leads the way with remote helicopter appraisals

Jeremy Parkin
July 1, 2020

Long-established helicopter appraisers HeliValue$ has used the opportunity of lockdown, and have pivoted their work to appraise helicopters remotely.  From a recent Helicopter Investor town hall webinar where both President Jason Kmiecik and Owner Sharon Desfor spoke, it is clear that the company is leading the way in adapting to the situation.

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Residual Values in Helicopter Leasing

Sharon Desfor
June 23, 2020


Residual Values in Helicopter Leasing

By Sharon Desfor, ASA, HeliValue$, Inc.


There are two types of residual value analyses, and they do not comfortably co-exist.  One type calculates usage directly on an annual dollar-per-flight hour basis, assuming a constant market, with no past or future inflation taken into account. 

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Sue Kandefer
May 6, 2020


Starting June 1 our office will be open Monday-Thursday  9:00am to 5:00 pm CST.


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Coronavirus to hit offshore flight demand

Alex Baldwin
March 19, 2020

The number of offshore helicopter flights  will be hit heavily by the coronavirus pandemic, according to Air & Sea Analytics research.

Coronavirus has driven down demand for oil and gas and impacted the day-to-day operations on oil rigs, spelling bad news for offshore helicopter operators who have, so far, witnessed an uptick in flight hours in 2020.

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HeliCalc® now live

Are you considering a purchase? Need to establish a competitive asking price? Considering pre-lease commitments? Are you performing an internal company evaluation?

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Helicopter Valuations in Turbulent Times

Jason Kmiecik and co-author Lindsay Moore
September 7, 2018

The dangers and uncertainties of an unstable market are plentiful.  Businesses struggle to find their footing and make all possible adjustments to survive the storm.  We are seeing some recovery, but it’s no secret that the helicopter industry is still trying to cope with a depressed market.  We’ve seen almost every possible...

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Future of the Offshore Heavy Market

Jason Kmeicik, Acting President

Oil prices are slowly on the rise, but supply still remains higher than demand and values continue to decline.  The face of the offshore heavy market has begun to shift.

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Oil Market Overview & Its Effects on the Sikorsky S-92A

Ben Moore, ASA

I recently had a conversation with a marketing member of one OEM.  We were in agreement that many of us did not see a continuation of low activity for this long.  We asked ourselves, "What happened in the last 18 months to cause the continuing excess of heavy helicopter ..."

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Evaluating a Report for USPAP Compliance

Lindsay Moore

New Online Seminar!  A Special Offering for Lenders and Other Non-Appraisers

Lending professionals and other non-appraisers will gain a better understanding of the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP) and its applicability to the lending process through this online

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Appraising the Appraiser

Richard A. Berkemeier

As originally appeared in Business Aviation Advisor, May/June 2015 (www.bizavadvisor.com)

Finding the Right Appraiser is as Easy as ASA. 

After the savings and loan crisis in the 1980s, and again in 2008, the banking industry responded with new

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Unions: UK North Sea Workers Give 'Overwhelming' Support For Strike

Reuters on Friday, March 27, 2015
March 27, 2015
LONDON, March 27 (Reuters) - Trade unions Unite and GMB said members working offshore in Britain's oil and gas industry had shown overwhelming support for industrial action over proposed changes to their terms and conditions in a consultative ballot which closed on Friday.
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Pick a letter: U or V

Alasdair Whyte, Editor, Helicopter Investor
March 20, 2015

You could get a barrel of West Texas Intermediate oil on Wednesday for just $44.66 (although what anyone would do with one barrel – or enough to fill 3.5 ten-gallon hats – is a mystery). This is the lowest price for six years and shows a fall of about 60 per cent from last summer.

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Increased Scrutiny on Residual Reviews

Shawn Halladay & Carl Chrappa
July 29, 2014

Monitor 100 June 2014.  Expanded regulation and concern over past problems have increased the scrutiny auditors are applying to residual reviews, particularly for banks. Shawn Halladay and Carl Chrappa of The Alta Group discuss the impacts additional scrutiny has, including amplified levels of detailed information...

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Challenges of "Heavy" Overwater Helicopters

Lindsay Higgins

Mechanical failure, perception and confidence, and differing opinions about safety are all factors contributing to the successes and failures of rotorcraft.  In this article, we will look at other models that have faced similar mechanical issues, some with distinctly different outcomes, and compare them to...

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