Schedulers Conference Offers Training Opportunities for All

ORLANDO, FL, October 7, 2008 – The NBAA Schedulers & Dispatchers (S&D) Committee sponsored a networking opportunity yesterday afternoon at NBAA’s 61st Annual Meeting & Convention (NBAA2008) in which leaders briefed Attendees about the upcoming NBAA 20th Annual S&D Conference, scheduled for January 13 through 16, 2009, in Long Beach, CA.

The goal was to acquaint flight department managers with how the Conference will provide an expanding array of training, education, professional development and networking opportunities for all business aviation professionals, not just schedulers and dispatchers. S&D Committee leaders also took the opportunity to outline the opportunities for scheduler and dispatcher training available year-round through NBAA’s Scheduler Professional Development Program (SPDP) and On-Demand Education Program.

S&D Committee Chair Anne-Marie Smith said, “This networking event was an opportunity to feed off the energy of the Convention and reach an audience of decision-makers, giving them the knowledge and justification they need to commit dollars to their scheduler/dispatcher training, whether through SPDP or the Annual S&D Conference.”

“We’ve seen a growing number of department managers attend our Conference because it’s an ideal venue to foster business relationships in a smaller setting,” Smith continued. “The NBAA Convention always will be the number-one place to see what the industry has to offer and do business, but I believe the S&D Conference fills a niche. And the educational content of the Conference has grown to include subjects that are of interest to anyone in aviation, not just schedulers and dispatchers.”

S&D Conference sessions with broad appeal are to include “Implementing a Safety Management System;” “Fuel Saving Tools You Can Use;” “Managing Risk in an Emergency;” “Maximizing the Value of Your Flight Department;” “Improving Your Managerial Effectiveness;” “New York City Area Airspace Overview;” “Flight Department Budgeting, Accounting and Finance Fundamentals;” “Tax Implications of Personal Use of Company Aircraft;” and “Global Cultural Etiquette.”

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