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Popular International Operators Conference Comes to Tampa
March 13, 2014
The ever-popular International Operators Conference (IOC2014) begins Monday, March 17, in Tampa, FL, with a near-record number of attendees expected. The conference, taking place through Thursday, March 20, features the business aviation industry's top training providers and handlers, as well as leading operators that fly internationally.
As of March 11, 513 people had registered for the event, versus 433 registered attendees at the same time in 2013. That's a more than 18-percent increase in registrations.
Dr. Mark Rosekind, a member of the National Transportation Safety Board, and Eric Rodriguez, general aviation program manager for U.S. Customs and Border Protection, will also share with attendees their unique perspectives on international operations.
"The International Operators Conference continues to be the business aviation industry's best source for current, immediately applicable advice for flying to every region across the globe, as evidenced by this year's high registration numbers, said Doug Carr, NBAA's vice president, regulatory and international affairs.
"We are able to address issues and concerns relevant to our membership with an agenda and content that are developed by NBAA's International Operations Committee. This conference features an elite group of presenters, including some of business aviation's most experienced international operators," he added. "Attendees will hear the latest regulatory, policy and procedural updates from both popular and remote regions and locations. Topics also include cultural concerns common in some parts of the world and international medical and security incident response."
The four-day conference begins with a safety day, which highlights a variety of operational and practical themes. The next three days of education sessions will cover a variety of topics, including a North American customs and border update from top U.S. Customs and Border Protection and Canadian Border Service Agency representatives; airspace and other issues flying to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil; and fatigue risk-management for international operations.
"If you have a question about how to operate in a particular area of the world, you'll find the answer at the International Operators Conference," said Carr. "Even if your specific concern isn't covered in a formal session, you can bet another attendee has worked through that issue and will share their knowledge with you. The knowledge and experience level of the presenters and attendees at this conference is unparalleled."