Martin Bleasdale is CEO of freighterdata.aero, a consultancy and on-line database listing the history and status of every jet and turboprop cargo aircraft ever built or converted. In July 2011 he retired from PFW Aerospace AG after three years as Director Business Development and International Sales, responsible for promoting PFW’s on-board cargo loading systems and aerostructures products throughout the world. He has been closely involved with the air cargo handling equipment business for 48 years, during which period he has acquired an extensive knowledge of the freighters and conversions business. Before joining PFW, Martin had been with Ancra International since 1987 in various CLS sales & marketing roles. Prior to that he was active in the aircraft cargo container industry, commencing with Brownline Ltd, London and Frankfurt, then was General Manager of Transequip London. In 1981 he moved to New Jersey to establish Alusingen aircraft containers in the Americas. Subsequently he was VP Technical Services at Envirotainer, Los Angeles. He was an officer and chairman of the SAE technical committee on Air Cargo Handling and Equipment for many years, and is a long-standing member of ISTAT, the International Society of Transport Aircraft Trading.
Martin studied aeronautical engineering at the University of Bristol, UK and later obtained an honors degree in manufacturing engineering from the University of Nottingham. He is a UK citizen, and relocated to southern France in 2001, after being a US resident for over 20 years.