NBAA 20th Annual Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference

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Incoming Chair Aims to Expand S&D Community

LONG BEACH, CA, January 15, 2009 – The incoming chair of NBAA’s Schedulers & Dispatchers (S&D) Committee wants to reach out to more schedulers, both in the U.S. and abroad, during 2009 as part of the Committee’s continuing effort to expand training and educational opportunities for flight support professionals.

“My goals for 2009,” said Dorette Kerr, “are to retain Committee members, continue to expand online training opportunities and provide more operational material through Air Mail (NBAA’s online discussion group for schedulers) and NBAA Dispatch (the Committee’s newsletter).” She also hopes the Committee can better support smaller flight departments, perhaps through regional S&D groups.

Kerr, who has been scheduling for 12 years for Deere & Company Aviation and has risen to become supervisor of flight administration at the company, attributes part of her success to the S&D Conference.

“I attended my first Conference in 1998, and I came back to my department with all this great new information that I picked up there.” After talking to her boss about taking on more responsibilities, her role was expanded, and Kerr now has two schedulers reporting to her. “This is something I never could have done if I had not attended the conferences and taken Schedulers Professional Development Program (SPDP) courses.”

The incoming chair of NBAA’s Schedulers & Dispatchers (S&D) Committee wants to reach out to more schedulers, both in the U.S. and abroad, during 2009 as part of the Committee’s continuing effort to expand training and educational opportunities for flight support professionals.

“My goals for 2009,” said Dorette Kerr, “are to retain Committee members, continue to expand online training opportunities and provide more operational material through Air Mail (NBAA’s online discussion group for schedulers) and NBAA Dispatch (the Committee’s newsletter).” She also hopes the Committee can better support smaller flight departments, perhaps through regional S&D groups.

Kerr, who has been scheduling for 12 years for Deere & Company Aviation and has risen to become supervisor of flight administration at the company, attributes part of her success to the S&D Conference.

“I attended my first Conference in 1998, and I came back to my department with all this great new information that I picked up there.” After talking to her boss about taking on more responsibilities, her role was expanded, and Kerr now has two schedulers reporting to her. “This is something I never could have done if I had not attended the conferences and taken Schedulers Professional Development Program (SPDP) courses.”

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