Helicopter & Luxury Yachting Industry Expert • Navy Veteran • Philanthropist

Nigel Watson is an Aviation Consultant and Operator in the Helicopter Industry.
He has maritime experience in the Royal Navy and the Luxury Yachting industry and holds commercial helicopter and fixed wing flight qualifications.


Nigel was educated at
Queen Elizabeth Grammar School, Wakefield and Britannia Royal Naval College, Dartmouth.

After that he embarked on a maritime career that would see him spend 20 years at sea in the Royal Navy, the Sultan of Oman’s Navy and the Luxury yachting industry.

In the late eighties, he went to Prue Leith’s School of Food and Wine in Kensington, successfully completing his Cordon Bleu diploma course.

Nigel joined his mentor Captain Peter Jago aboard
MY Il Vagabondo in 1988.

For 12 years, Nigel served as a part of the GOLDEN FLEET.
He first served on the build team and as Chief Officer for Golden Odyssey, then Build Captain and First Master of Golden Shadow.

During the build of Golden Shadow in the early '90s, Nigel was living in San Diego.

Here he achieved his fixed and rotary wing licences through courses with American Flyers and Corporate Helicopters of San Diego.

His passion for aviation and yachting evolved
into the founding of his first company: Heli Riviera.

From a back bedroom consultancy, he grew to create a suite of companies providing turnkey services to helicopters, specialising in yacht-based operations.
Nigel has founded six organisations and brands to date.

Nigel manages and operates a fleet of twin-engine Airbus helicopters through Luviair, his Isle of Man-based operating company.

Operations are London, the South of France, the Caribbean, and onboard some of the largest helicopter-capable, globally cruising yachts in the world.

In 2010, Nigel moved to the Isle of Man.

He founded Manx Youth Opportunities, MYO, in association with the Manx Educational Foundation, to help young people in their pursuit of a future.

Nigel is constantly looking forward and discovering new ways to develop his personal and professional life.

Furthermore he is currently working on expanding from VIP operations to commercial helicopter flying, as well as continuing to develop his existing ventures.


Founded 2012

Nigel Watson Limited

Founded 2006

Luviair Limited

Founded 2000

Heli Riviera

Founded 2018

Yellow Helicopters

operated by Luviair (UK) Ltd

Founded 2012

Manx Youth Opportunities

Founded 2016