Ascend in Business Aviation with NBAA’s Professional Development Program

ORLANDO, FL, October 5, 2008 – Now in its tenth year, NBAA’s Professional Development Program (PDP) is proud to announce that over 7,000 courses have been completed to-date by professionals in the business aviation industry seeking to advance their careers. With 16 approved course providers and over 50 course offerings, the PDP is fulfilling its promise of offering quality education and career advancement opportunities for the business aviation community.

At this year’s NBAA 61st Annual Meeting & Convention (NBAA2008) in Orlando, several PDP-related Information Sessions will take place, and a number of PDP Courses and Workshops are being offered immediately before, during and right after the Convention.

NBAA invites both prospective students and potential PDP Course providers to attend sessions on Tuesday, October 7, at NBAA2008. The "NBAA PDP Presentation: Introduction on How to Become an NBAA PDP Provider," will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. in room S310G of the Orange County Convention Center (OCCC), where members of the PDP Review Committee will describe the benefits of becoming an approved PDP-Course provider and answer any questions. The session also will discuss how the PDP fits into the NBAA Certified Aviation Manager (CAM) certification process.
Also on Tuesday will be the "NBAA PDP Provider Update," from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., also in room S310G of the OCCC. The session will give current and prospective PDP students an update on courses and programs being offered to support career advancement, information on how to map a career path in business aviation and prepare for the CAM Exam.
PDP Workshops offered in conjunction with NBAA2008 began yesterday, and will continue through Friday October 9, with all workshops taking place from 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Orange County Convention Center.

On Saturday, the "Record Keeping and Regulatory Compliance Workshop," presented by the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, helped flight department personnel establish and maintain record-keeping practices accepted by the industry, including regulatory compliance and audit processes and requirements.

Yesterday also featured day one of the "Emergency Response Planning Workshop," a two-day course that helps aviation departments respond to a worst-case scenario and implement an emergency response plan. In addition, the two-day "Flight Operations Manual Workshop – Employing the International Standard-Business Aircraft Operations," began. The session covers safety management systems, standard operating procedures, international standards and more.

The "Goal Achievement and Conducting Valuable Performance Reviews," presented by Shari Frisinger of CornerStone Strategies, takes place today in room S320E.

Post-Convention workshops begin on Thursday and include "Technical Operations – Policy & Procedures Manual Development Course” in room S320B, which highlights integration of IS-BAO standards, regulatory requirements and benchmark practices identified by NBAA’s Maintenance Committee. Also on Thursday, the two-day "Management Fundamentals for Flight Departments Workshop" begins in room S320A. Additional details on all PDP Courses and Workshops are in the printed NBAA2008 Show Guide.

A PDP Review Committee meeting is being planned for December of this year to review potential new PDP Courses. The committee has updated and shortened the application forms to help facilitate the process, and NBAA asks that companies or organizations that would like to become PDP providers submit proposals to NBAA’s Jay Evans at by October 31.

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