A desire to provide tailored consulting solutions for corporate jets, encouraged Stephen Vella together with partner
Tom Chatfield to launch Camber Aviation Management.
Our business model is quite simple: to provide the best advisory services possible to High Net Worth Individuals,
Corporations and Heads of State seeking to acquire and customise large corporate jets.
The Camber Aviation Management Team together has over 135 years of hands-on experience with private owners, corporate jet operators, airlines, manufacturers, cabin outfitters and regulatory authorities. We have successfully managed 44 corporate aircraft projects to date ranging the Bombardier Global 7000 and Gulfstream 650ER business jets, to Airbus and Boeing airliner conversions, including 14 wide-body and 12 narrow-body programmes.
Fascinated since childhood in aircraft, Stephen Vella followed his passion. With over 35 years in aviation, Stephen has established a formidable reputation for professionalism, integrity and customer service and his contacts reach the highest levels of the airline,
aircraft manufacturing and completion industries.
After receiving his Aeronautical Engineering degree at the University London, Stephen earned his Master of Science Degree in Air Transport Engineering at Cranfield Institute of Technology before joining British Caledonian Airways’ Corporate (BCAL) Planning Division in 1976. Four years later, he transitioned to BCAL’s aircraft asset management group and in 1985 was promoted to General Manager of BCAL Aircraft Trading.
June 1987 saw Mr. Vella became one of the founding General Managers of the newly formed Ansett Worldwide Aviation Services (AWAS), responsible for Europe, Africa and South America.
The following year, Stephen was Managing Director and majority shareholder of Aircraft Leasing and Management Ltd (ALM). London-based ALM satisfied the aircraft asset management, financing and aviation consultancy needs of respected airlines, lessors, investors and financial institutions. By late 2002, ALM had developed a managed aircraft portfolio with a value exceeding US$1 billion and earned ALM the Queen’s Award for Export Achievement.
Mr. Vella subsequently formed Prime Aviation in 2002 and Kestrel Aviation Management in 2009 engaging in activities ranging from commercial and corporate aircraft purchasing, sales, financing/remarketing to fleet planning and airline business consulting.
Stephen is a UK citizen, born in Gibraltar, and is bilingual English-Spanish and fluent in French.
Tom Chatfield has 35+ years’ experience working with highly respected companies in the aviation industry. A trained avionics technician holding Transport Canada and EASA Aircraft Maintenance Engineer licences, with a MSc in Airline Transport Management from Cranfield University, Mr. Chatfield is characterised by his professionalism, technical insight and solutions-oriented approach.
In high school, Tom worked at a flying school to pay for his flying lessons. After gaining his pilot’s licence, he attended Canadore College before starting work at de Havilland Canada in 1986. Starting as a production flight test technician, he was fast-tracked into avionics engineering, later becoming de Havilland’s youngest international field service representative.
Tom joined Lufthansa’s partner, Contact Air, in 1992 to lead the Avionics Department and, later, manage the Engineering and Maintenance Planning Teams. Recruited as Maintenance Manager in 2000 for DaimlerChrysler’s new 12 aircraft corporate jet division, he led the team to achieve 100% dispatch reliability of its A319CJ during the first 2 years of daily trans-Atlantic operations. In 2004, Santos Dumont Aircraft Management, a boutique leasing consultancy, hired Tom as VP Technical to develop processes and train specialists to support an impressive list of client airlines and leasing companies.
Qatar Airways’ offered an opportunity in 2009 to join the senior management team of its new business jet operation. Mr. Chatfield managed Qatar Executive’s technical operations, defining new aircraft specifications and leading the team to receive Part 145, CAMO and Bombardier Service Center approvals.
Tom is a Canadian citizen, bilingual in English and German with considerable international experience.
Stephan Theis is a very knowledgeable Technical Manager with Camber Aviation Management, a company focused on providing strategic advisory services and unique custom designed, world-class corporate and private aircraft. Responsible for ensuring that client expectations are exceeded, from the quality of the cabin to external livery and the complete document package.
His most recent projects include performing cabin completion and modification programme oversight of the world’s first BBJ787 VVIP aircraft, heavy maintenance management of a VIP Boeing 767 corporate jet and preparation of two Challengers for government operation. Results oriented with a very strong background in modification programmes and technical documentation.
A highly knowledgeable professional with an eye for detail, Stephan has worked for highly respected European corporate jet operators and maintenance organisations, gaining a reputation for consistent high-standard work as both an EASA Licenced B1 Certifying Technician and Inspector. Extensive international experience with cultural sensitivity. Fluent in English and German.
A highly capable professional specialising in technical inspection, assessment and oversight of large VVIP Corporate Aircraft completions. Extensive experience on Airbus ACJ, Boeing BBJ and Bombardier Global families of aircraft.
Most recent projects include Boeing 787BBJ green aircraft acceptance, cabin completion oversight and completed aircraft delivery; technical acceptance of Airbus ACJ319 and major refurbishment of a Bombardier Global XRS. Equally adept at green aircraft inspections, cabin completion oversight, aircraft acceptances and heavy maintenance supervision, including structural repairs. Critical member of team ensuring cabin fit, finish and operation meet or exceed VVIP quality standards.
Experienced on both Airbus and Boeing wide-body VVIP Corporate aircraft, Hamid holds EASA B1 and C licences with numerous endorsements. Fluent in English and German. Extensive international experience with cultural sensitivity.