Jean-Marc is on his way up in the helicopter world.

Managing Director Jean-Marc Youkhana has both a vast international experience and a broad set of technical qualifications. After qualifying as an avionic and on-board instrument technician in 1991, Jean-Marc went on to serve a 5-year maintenance apprenticeship where he specialised in aircraft airframes, engines and systems and graduated in 1997 with a Technical Sales degree.

During his apprenticeship and training, Jean-Marc also worked for France’s largest business jet, air charter specialist and maintenance, repair and overhaul centre; marketing the company’s capabilities across business jet and propeller powered aircraft. Turning his knowledge into practical experience he became the youngest sales engineer in France, gaining a deep insight into all aspects of the industry.

In March 1997 Jean-Marc moved from France to the United Kingdom in order to study the English language and to learn the English way of doing business. He immediately took advantage of the job opportunities within the Aviation Industry, starting his new life on the international stage working for Pratt & Whitney Canada as Customer Support Engineer.

From September 1998 to 2001 Jean-Marc was in charge of the business development and account management for all French Speaking helicopter operators within Europe, Africa and the Middle East for H+S Aviation, where he worked on the Rolls-Royce model 250 Program.


In 2002 after returning to the U.K. Jean-Marc founded Uplifting Aviation to provide commercial representation for companies dealing in helicopter repair and overhaul. However, a second stream of activity, providing full commercial assistance worldwide, including the selling or purchasing of aircraft has developed into an important part of Uplifting Aviation’s activity.

The founding ethos of technical expertise and entrepreneurial spirit continues to give Uplifting Aviation a highly competitive position in all aspects of the aeronautical market.

Mission Statement

"We are truly passionate about what we do, our mission is to help our clients make their dreams of owning the ultimate flying machine come true"