Light Business Airplane Education Sessions

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Below is the list of Light Business Airplane Conference sessions designed specifically for owners and operators flying GA airplanes for business. These sessions can help you:

  • Maximize your tax benefits
  • Enhance the safety of your operations
  • Get tips on upgrading to a new airplane
  • Protect your medical certificate
  • Reduce your cost of flying

Dozens of other Education Sessions are available at NBAA2009 on other topics such as maintenance, airspace issues, career and leadership development, safety and risk management. View the full NBAA2009 Program Schedule.

NBAA2009 Program Schedule NBAA Putting Business Aviation to Work for Your Travel Needs - NBAA Program for Those Considering Business Aviation as an Option
Date: Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Time: 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Venue: Orange County Convention Center
Room/Location: S310E

Thousands of businesses across the U.S. use General Aviation to help their Companies succeed. Learn how you can harness the mobility of general aviation for your travel needs. This Session is open to Companies that do not currently own/operate a business airplane. It is designed to be a high-level, introductory, no sales-pitch, experience-driven format with time for audience interaction with the panel of experts. The program will review General Aviation options that are available, and provide tools that prospective aircraft owners can use when deciding upon the purchase or lease of an airplane.
· What Business Aviation Options Can Be Selected, and Why?

Learn the rules of thumb for business aircraft utilization and hear an overview of the pros and cons of charter, jet cards, shared ownership options and whole aircraft ownership, including what aircraft are suitable for which general missions, and what range of costs you can expect for aircraft acquisition and operation.
· How to Determine If General Aviation Is Right for your Company

Learn how to select the right aircraft and General Aviation options to complement your "mission profile," and how to determine the value of time for your Company's business travelers.

· Choosing the Right Aircraft and Aviation Options

Common questions will be addressed by your peers - business people who charter, own, lease and operate business airplanes. The panelists will offer their perspectives on the various options available and will offer resources to prospective users of business aviation.

A more detailed analysis of these considerations will be presented in subsequent Education Sessions at at NBAA2009.

NBAA Making the Big Step Up to Owning and Flying a Jet
Date: Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Time: 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM

Venue: Orange County Convention Center
Room/Location: S310F

Renowned aviation instructors and jet owners and operators for over 20 years, John and Martha King will present this Session geared for pilots of piston aircraft who are interested in learning more about transitioning to turbojet aircraft. The Kings will share what they wish they had known before they bought and operated their first jet. They will reveal the key aspects for transitioning pilots and operators, including how to buy a jet, and the surprises in store for operators who are maintaining a jet for the first time. Plus, you will learn some key steps for easing the transition to piloting an aircraft with a spectacularly higher level of performance. The presentation will be followed by a Q&A session.

NBAA Answers You Need: Legal Risk Management and Asset Protection for Aviators
Date: Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Time: 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM

Venue: Orange County Convention Center
Room/Location: S310G

This presentation will highlight the safety, regulatory, managerial and contractual considerations that go into a comprehensive legal risk management strategy tailored for General Aviation pilots, owners and maintainers. Presented by two experienced air crash litigators – one from the plaintiff side and one from the defense – the Session will lay out the elements of a practical risk management architecture, while at the same time answering such important questions as: Am I protected by having passengers sign a release of liability?; What does my liability insurance policy do for me in the event of an accident?; What is the interplay between an airplane crash lawsuit and FAA enforcement proceedings?; Am I protected from liability if I own my aircraft as a Limited Liability Company?; What is my liability as the owner of an aircraft that is involved in an accident?; How can I protect myself as the maintainer of an aircraft whose pilot foregoes recommended maintenance?; How will my fault be determined in an aircraft accident lawsuit?; and What can I do to protect my estate from a court judgment in an airplane crash lawsuit?

NBAA Getting, Keeping and Recovering Your FAA Medical Certificate
Date: Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Time: 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Venue: Orange County Convention Center
Room/Location: S310E

Pilots require two certificates from the FAA to fly: a pilot certificate and a medical certificate. The criteria for maintaining the pilot certificate are well defined. In contrast, the FAA does not publish specific criteria for maintaining one's medical certificate. Significant FAA medical policy decisions are made frequently and enforced strictly, but are usually unknown to pilots and even to aviation medical examiners. Ignorance of these unannounced changes may cause pilots to lose medical certificates for months or may even unnecessarily jeopardize a career. This presentation will address recent FAA medical policy and standards changes (both favorable and unfavorable), look at pending changes and discuss strategies to avoid FAA enforcement actions for medical reporting infractions. Subject areas will include cardiac health, vision, hearing, cancer, depression, alcohol related incidents, medications and more. The ultimate goal of this presentation is to keep pilots healthy, safe and flying.

NBAA Flying GPS & WAAS Approaches, Understanding Charts and Databases
Date: Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Time: 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Venue: Orange County Convention Center
Room/Location: S310F

This presentation will discuss flying GPS approaches, charts that are used to depict them, and databases on the airplane that contain the approaches. It will include WAAS approaches and some of the changes of GPS authorized substitution by the FAA.

NBAA Citation Jet Pilots Meeting: The Citation Jet Pilots Owner-Pilot Association and Web Site
Date: Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Time: 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Venue: Orange County Convention Center
Room/Location: S310G

Owners and pilots of Cessna Citation Jets (e.g., Cessna Mustang, CJ series) are invited to attend this Session to learn about the new Citation Jet Pilot Association and discuss operating Cessna Citation Jets and maintenance tips and tricks.

NBAA What Really Happens in IMC? Survival Tactics for Single-Pilot IFR
Date: Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Time: 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Venue: Orange County Convention Center
Room/Location: S310E

There are many positive lessons to learn by reviewing situations others have faced. Using Aviation Safety Reporting System ("NASA") input and NTSB accident reports as case studies, this Session will investigate techniques single-pilot, piston aircraft operators can use to avoid the sorts of mishaps that occur time after time in IMC. Attendees will complete this scenario-based discussion with fresh ideas for managing IFR risk, and obtain techniques from fellow class participants, which they may choose to adopt to become an even safer instrument pilot.

NBAA Successfully Navigating the FARs for Business Aviation
Date: Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Time: 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Venue: Orange County Convention Center
Room/Location: S310F

There are many uses of light business airplanes – ranging from private operations under FAR Part 91 with no cost reimbursement to commercial charter operations under FAA Part 135 having a profit motive. Between the purely private and purely commercial are many other uses including expense-sharing flights, charitable flights, shared ownershipoperations, fractional ownership operations and certain cost reimbursable operations that are exceptions to Part 135 certification. This Session will teach Attendees how to successfully navigate the regulations governing the many uses of light airplanes.

NBAA Tax Benefits of Using an Aircraft for Business
Date: Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Time: 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Venue: Orange County Convention Center
Room/Location: S310G

This Session will make owners and prospective owners of light business aircraft aware of the state and federal tax benefits they will receive when using aircraft for business purposes. Consideration to private operations (Part 91) and placing the aircraft into commercial service (Part 135) will be given. The tax treatment of personal and entertainment use of business aircraft also will be discussed.

NBAA's Small Aircraft Exemption Explained: What Is It? How Can It Help You? Do You Need It?
Date: Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Time: 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Venue: Orange County Convention Center
Room/Location: S310E

FAR 91.501 gives large jet operators the flexibility to use timesharing, interchange, joint ownership and other methods, such as monetary charge-backs, to meet business demands with their aircraft without operating the aircraft under FAR Part 135. FAR 91.501 does not give these regulatory advantages to small airplane or helicopter operators. NBAA addressed this problem decades ago by obtaining an exemption for NBAA Members who operate small airplanes and/or helicopters. This Session will explain the advantages of timesharing, interchange, joint ownership and other options for NBAA Members who wish to use the NBAA Small Aircraft Exemption and how to comply with the specific requirements of the Exemption.

NBAA The Miracle of Airborne NEXRAD Radar
Date: Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Time: 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Venue: Orange County Convention Center
Room/Location: S310F

Thousands of lives will be saved with the recent advent of Datalink NEXRAD weather radar. Pilots must become familiar with the proper interpretation of NEXRAD images and their important role in avoiding thunderstorms. This presentation deals with the understanding and interpretation of in-flight NEXRAD radar images including several examples of their precision. Dr. David Strahle, who has a degree in aerospace technology and a medical degree in radiology, will lead this Session. Referred to as the "Grandfather of datalink," Strahle wrote the initial research papers on transmitting weather intothe cockpit in 1969, and continues to provide ongoing assistance in the development of Datalink.

NBAA Recordkeeping Primer for Light Aircraft Operators
Date: Thursday, October 22, 2009
Time: 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM

Venue: Orange County Convention Center
Room/Location: S310E

This Session will offer tips and tools to easily and securely maintain proper records, stay compliant with the FAA and the IRS, and protect the value of your aircraft. Also addressed will be the methods that can be used to manage the records, and the benefits an owner/operator can expect to realize from accurate, organized record keeping. Additionally, the Session will cover:

  • Record-keeping basics for the flight, including: what you need to know about pilot logbooks and flight records, staying legal, and critical data to keep for your tax advisor.
  • Record-keeping basics for the aircraft, including: what an owner needs to know about his/her maintenance records and new maintenance regulations encountered by owners moving up to a turboprop or a jet.
NBAA Free Online Flight and Fuel Planning Resources
Date: Thursday, October 22, 2009
Time: 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM

Venue: Orange County Convention Center
Room/Location: S310F

As technology continues to evolve at a rapid pace, keeping up with the current trends and products available will become critical to operators of aircraft of all sizes. The presentation will give a thorough breakdown of what's currently available, what's on the way and how these online and mobile trip planning tools can be used to maximum effectiveness. Specific questions will be addressed, including:

  • What services are available online, as well as through mobile devices like the Blackberry and iPhone?
  • Which services are free or are fee based?
  • Which services provide the ability for a light aircraft operator to file a flight plan online or through a mobile device?
  • Which services provide weather information and how is the information presented (graphic and/or text)?
  • Which services provide NOTAMs, METARs and TAFs, and can they be viewed through online and mobile solutions?
NBAA Safety Management Resources for the Owner and Small Flight Operation
Date: Thursday, October 22, 2009
Time: 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM

Venue: Orange County Convention Center
Room/Location: S310G

The FAA will soon mandate Safety Management System (SMS) implementation for private and commercial aircraft operations. And, safety management is just good business for any airplane operator. Preparing well in advance to conform to safety management best practices will minimize disruptions and maximize the effectiveness of implementing an SMS. This Session will explain why SMS is beneficial to ALL aircraft operators and how to start implementing an SMS.

Cessna/NBAA Single-Pilot Safety Standdown
Date: Thursday, October 22, 2009
Time: 9:30 AM - 3:00 PM

Venue: Orange County Convention Center
Room/Location: S310AB

Owner-operators, stop everything and focus on aviation safety. The Cessna-NBAA Single-Pilot Safety Standdown will draw upon the actual experiences of pilots, providing an emphasis on peer-to-peer information sharing. Safety themed sessions will focus on emerging technologies in cockpit information and decision-support systems to enhance operational safety, best practices for on-the-ground operations, and planning for flights outside the continental U.S.  All materials and meals at the Cessna-NBAA Single-Pilot Safety Standdown will be provided compliments of Cessna Aircraft Company. The Cessna/NBAA Single-Pilot Safety Standdown is free of charge to Attendees at NBAA2009; however, space is limited. Safety Standdown participants must also be registered as Attendees at NBAA2009. Register online at www.nbaa.org/2009 for the Single-Pilot Safety Standdown and NBAA2009.

9:30 am – 10:00 am Registration

10:00 am – 10:15 am Welcome, Introductions, Safety Briefing

10:15 am – 10:45 am Improving Aviation Safety
Presented by: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)

10:45 am – 11:30 am Professional Airmanship
Presented by: Tony Kern,
Covergent Solutions

11:30 am – 12:45 pm Crew and Single Pilot Resource Management for Light Business Aircraft (CRM and SPRM)
Presented by: Gary Rower, Century CRM, LLC

12:15 pm – 1:00 pm Lunch

1:00 pm – 1:45 pm Fatigue Countermeasures

1:45 pm – 2:15 pm Aviation Health (FAA/AME)

2:15 pm – 2:45 pm Icing (NASA)
Presented by: Pat Cannon, Turbine Aircraft Services, Inc.

2:45 pm – 3:00 pm Wrap-up and Prizes

NBAA Hiring Light Jet Pilots vs. Owner-Flown Operations
Date: Thursday, October 22, 2009
Time: 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Venue: Orange County Convention Center
Room/Location: S310E

When taking delivery of new light jets, owners make decisions on whether they will pilot themselves or hire professional crews. Many elements go into the decision, from the realities of insurance requirements to subjective factors like whether the pilot will feel comfortable operating a jet on his own. During this Session, we will discuss how to assess the need for professional pilots and how to find qualified pilots, as well as the criteria owner-pilots use to decide which missions require a professional pilot.

NBAA Flying Green
Date: Thursday, October 22, 2009
Time: 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Venue: Orange County Convention Center
Room/Location: S310F

Are you worried about carbon emissions? Some aircraft owner/operators are interested in taking positive steps to deal with the CO2 emissions from their aircraft. Carbon offsetting is one action that can be taken today. This presentation will discuss the science and economics of carbon offsetting, and how it can be used by the GA community. Topics will include: estimating the CO2 production of your aircraft; definition and sources of offsets; verification and validity of offsets; providers and costs of offsets; and the role of offsets in evolving federal government policies.

NBAA Making an Informed Decision: Choosing the Best Airplane for Your Needs and Closing the Deal
Date: Thursday, October 22, 2009
Time: 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Venue: Orange County Convention Center
Room/Location: S310G

Deciding which light aircraft is best suited to meet your business needs is much like preparing to fly an airplane. Before take off, you have to decide on your mission, make certain you have airworthy equipment and follow your checklist to assure a trouble-free flight. That's equally true when it comes to picking the right light aircraft. You need to define the mission and purpose for your aircraft. You need to assemble a first-rate professional support team to help you identify and acquire the ideal airplane, including an aviation lawyer, broker, accountant, lender, aircraft inspector and aircraft operator. And, you need to complete an acquisition and closing checklist to guarantee a smooth transaction. This Session will address these topics, including such practical issues as how to locate the perfect aircraft and properly structure the aircraft ownership and management for an efficient and legal operation.

NBAA Sharing an Airplane
Date: Thursday, October 22, 2009
Time: 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Venue: Orange County Convention Center
Room/Location: S310E

Do you need a larger, faster or more expensive airplane, but are you uncertain how to justify it? Shared ownership or aircraft management might be the solution! This Session will: discuss how to properly structure shared ownership and share costs associated with light business airplanes, while complying with the FARs; examine tax planning opportunities to make shared ownership even more affordable; and provide information on shared ownership programs and opportunities.

NBAA Gizmos and Gadgets
Date: Thursday, October 22, 2009
Time: 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Venue: Orange County Convention Center
Room/Location: S310F

Pilots generally tend to be attracted to the latest and greatest technological advances. What are the latest and greatest gizmos and gadgets? This Session will review new products and Attendees will learn how to select and implement emerging display systems, datalink technologies and electronic content to enhance operational performance and safety, reduce flying costs, and contribute to the "green aviation" initiative. Effective use of these technologies can improve your preflight preparation, in-flight decision making, and post flight event analysis. A selection of current systems will be available for hands-on Q&A.

NBAA Aircraft Maintenance: Obtaining the Best Price and Highest Quality
Date: Thursday, October 22, 2009
Time: 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Venue: Orange County Convention Center
Room/Location: S310G

As a light business airplane owner and operator, you rely upon outsourced maintenance services – from a pre-buy inspection and routine maintenance to major inspections and overhauls. This Session will address the best practices associated with managing your aircraft maintenance, and provide tips on how to save money while also ensuring high quality service.

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