2013 Maintenance Management Conference

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NBAA’s Maintenance Management Conference: Not Just for Wrench Turners

April 5, 2013

With nearly two dozen education sessions and more than 125 Exhibitors, NBAA’s annual Maintenance Management Conference – scheduled for April 30 – May 2 in Fort Worth, TX – has something for everyone with maintenance responsibilities, from flight department managers and chief pilots to maintenance directors and hands-on technicians.

New this year is an outdoor static display area, said Eli Cotti, NBAA director of technical operations. Among the displays will be Gulfstream Aerospace’s mobile maintenance support vehicle.

The new static display area “is an opportunity for Exhibitors to showcase ground support equipment,” said Marlin Priest, director of maintenance for McWayne Inc. and chairman of the NBAA Maintenance Committee. The venue not only provides room for growth, it maximizes opportunities for Exhibitors and Attendees to build beneficial relationships.

This is an important business-to-business connection, said Len Beauchemin, managing director of AeroTechna Solutions and a charter member of the Maintenance Committee. Both Exhibitors and owner/operators “share a common agenda, in that we seek solutions and efficiency to meet our economic and operational goals.”

MMC sessions fall into two broad categories: management and technology. An example of the latter is “The Next Generation of Aviation Communications,” which will be presented by Sanaa Saadani of Inmarsat, and will preview the newest technologies that will shape the future for business aircraft passengers and crew alike.

On the management side, with the industry’s rebounding economics, “there is a focus on obtaining good data and justifying the correct aircraft for finance and purchase,” said Beauchemin. Conklin & de Decker’s presentation, titled “Maintenance and the Art of Aircraft Acquisition Planning,” will “focus on the now very important role that the maintenance professional must play during the aircraft selection and proposal process,” Beauchemin added.

Ultimately, the MMC is for anyone who wants a deeper understanding of this multifaceted topic, from those who live maintenance every day to “an owner/operator who doesn’t know what he doesn’t know,” said Priest. The conference intentionally combines education, training and opportunities to discuss business with Exhibitors in a single event.

“Our desire is that the return on the investment is such that the event serves everyone involved, including Attendees, Exhibitors and presenters,” Priest said.

An additional benefit for those involved in NBAA’s Professional Development Program is a Technical Operations Manual Workshop that will be held in Fort Worth on May 3, following MMC. An early-bird registration discount for MMC is available until April 15.