Aerlex Law Group

CANCELED: NAFA April 28-May 1, 2020

EVENT CANCELED.  Aerlex Law Group President Steve Hofer and Partner Amanda Applegate will attend the National Aircraft Finance Association’s (NAFA) annual conference, to be held this year at The Meritage Resort in Napa Valley, California from April 28th through May 1st. This year’s conference is NAFA’s 49th annual gathering. The NAFA conference offers members a chance to learn about current industry trends relating to aircraft transactions, financing and leasing.

Ms. Applegate, a Partner at Aerlex, has extensive experience in handling whole aircraft transactions and has successfully closed hundreds of sales and purchases around the world. In addition to whole aircraft transactions, Ms. Applegate also has a unique understanding of fractional ownership programs, which she developed during her twelve year tenure as Associate General Counsel and Vice President of NetJets prior to joining Aerlex in 2011. She is also the author of a monthly column in Business Air magazine that addresses important issues involved in the acquisition, sale and operation of private aircraft.

NAFA is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the success of lending institutions and other organizations involved in the aircraft financing and lending industry. NAFA also works with government agencies to help develop greater understanding of the industry and its needs.

At the conference, speakers will address the current economic outlook and its impact on the business aircraft industry, as well as recent developments and critical issues impacting aviation finance. The keynote address “Leading Ahead of What’s Next–The New Rules of Business” will be presented by author Geoff Colvin. The conference will also include insight from industry leaders about how they are responding to current and anticipated market dynamics in a session entitled “The State of the Aviation Industry” with speakers Ford von Weise (Director, Citi Private Bank), Mark Baker (President, AOPA) and Ed Bolen (President, NBAA). Social events at the conference include a golf tournament, a deep sea fishing excursion, cocktail receptions, and an awards dinner with a silent auction.

If you are interested in learning more about the NAFA Conference, please click here to visit the NAFA website for more information.

If you would like to meet with Steve or Amanda during the conference, you can reach us by phone at 310-392-5200 or you can email Steve at or Amanda at