Leeham Company Team

Scott Hamilton, Managing Director

As founder and managing director of Leeham Company, Scott Hamilton has spent more than three decades in the commercial aviation industry. He was named Best Aerospace Journalist of the Year in 2009 in the Regional Airline Category and served on the Board of Directors for Pacific Northwest Aerospace Alliance (PNAA) from 2010 to 2013.

Hamilton created PNAA’s first Business Plan that enabled the group to increase its revenues and cash position by 1,000 percent in three years and position the association to employ its first executive director. The annual conference attendance increased by 300%. Also in 2009, the Washington State Dept. of Commerce retained Leeham to create an aerospace policy.

Before creating Leeham Company more than 20 years ago, Hamilton co-founded Linkraven Ltd. in 1989. Linkraven published the internationally distributed Commercial Aviation Report and Commercial Aviation Value Report; and organized conferences in Asia, Europe and the Americas under the Commercial Aviation Events banner. During the 10 years Hamilton and his partner owned and operated Linkraven, they produced 60 conferences, including the first aviation conference in Eastern Europe, the first in Moscow, and the first in China. Hamilton is a globally recognized expert in aerospace issues, focused on the major airframe and engine OEMs. With his partner, Bjorn Fehrm, Leeham provides aviation consultation focusing on business strategy, competitive intelligence and aircraft economic analysis.

Hamilton is known for his straight-shooting, call-it-like-it-is take on news and events and applies his decades of industry experience to offer consulting services, perspective and analysis. Broadcast and print media frequently call him for expert analysis about the issues of the day

As a regular speaker and moderator at aviation conferences and corporate events, Hamilton has recently teamed up with Airfinance Journal to produce another series of conferences that bring his stimulating, conversational and interactive format back to the industry.

Bjorn Fehrm, Aeronautical and Economic Analyst

Bjorn Fehrm joined Leeham Company as an aeronautical and economic analyst. He focuses on technical evaluation for Leeham, providing a level of technical and aircraft economic analysis rarely seen among aviation consultants. He has a background as an aeronautical engineer and fighter pilot from the Swedish Air Force where he flew the Draken and worked on the Viggen and Gripen programs. After leaving the Air Force, he worked at SAAB with the Gripen program in the area of counter-measures.

Fehrm is the developer and expert on the Aircraft Model, which enables a complete performance analysis of aircraft from aerodynamic data to cost of operation. Fehrm holds four worldwide patents in Aeronautics/High technology. He was one of four aviation journalists to be afforded the opportunity to fly the Airbus A350-900 and provide a pilot’s report.

Judson Rollins

Judson is an airline industry strategist experienced in network planning, fleet planning, revenue management, and ancillary revenue products. His experience includes both start-up and network carriers in North America and Australasia. He also served as a network planning and airline revenue consultant in Boeing’s Network and Fleet Solutions team. During his time as managing partner of Seattle-based SkyWriter Aviation, Judson consulted with investors and other industry stakeholders on airline demand trends and market potential for current and future aircraft.

Gary Smith

Gary brings top-notch capabilities as a leader in managing significant engineering projects in fast-paced environments. He has the technical and business qualifications, and global engineering experience to identify challenges and opportunities and develop innovative and cost-effective solutions for improving products and services, and increasing revenue.