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NBAA Seeks Operator-Developed Education Sessions for 2014 Convention
Jan. 23, 2014
NBAA recently issued a call for speakers for education sessions at the Association’s 2014 Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (NBAA2014), which will take place from Oct. 21 to 23 in Orlando, FL. The Association is specifically seeking proposals for operator-developed, interactive, peer-to-peer educational content in order to provide attendees with the most relevant, useful and timely industry information.
NBAA encourages business aviation operators, including those who fly under Parts 91, 125, and 135, to submit proposals for presentations. For example, at the 2013 Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition, a session titled “Working with Training Providers and Your FSDO for Part 135” was a popular education session. The presenters included two Part 135 operators and one representative of a Part 142 training center, and another Part 135 operator moderated the session. The real-life experiences shared, and practical guidance offered for building relationships and dealing with conflicts with attendees’ FSDO or a Part 142 training center, added significant value from a learning perspective.
NBAA hopes to increase the number of advanced, interactive sessions such as this on the 2014 agenda. Proposals for sessions that come from the industry will ensure that the educational focus at Convention remains relevant to the challenges business aircraft operators face each day.
“NBAA strives to build a fresh, innovative agenda for the Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition that emphasizes peer-to-peer interactions and utilizes best practices in adult learning. To that end, we want operators to share their knowledge and skills with other convention attendees,” said Mike Nichols, NBAA’s vice president, operational excellence and professional development.
“We know some of our member companies have developed intelligent and creative solutions to address issues and challenges the business aviation community faces, and everyone benefits when representatives from those companies share their experiences,” he added.
Proposals addressing safety and risk management, maintenance and technical issues, airspace and airport access, aircraft and flight operations, aviation management, aircraft ownership, and career and leadership development are sought. “What do you do in your flight department or charter operation that helps you meet or exceed business aviation best practices? What can you share with your colleagues that will make our industry safer, more efficient and more effective?” Nichols asked. “If you have policies, processes or procedures that you think could benefit others in the industry, I strongly encourage you to submit a proposal to present an education session at NBAA2014.”
Education sessions will be scheduled for either 60 or 90 minutes. Presenters may team with other industry representatives for panel presentations by submitting one proposal and naming each presenter.
Proposals are due to NBAA by Feb. 28. NBAA will review all proposals and make selections by April 30. Review the request for proposals.