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Interest in S&D Conference Growing

October 21, 2009, Orlando, FL – With the publication of the Attendee brochure for the upcoming 21st Annual NBAA Schedulers & Dispatchers (S&D) Conference and the announcement that NBAA will be coordinating the event with a related National Air Transportation Association (NATA) meeting, interest in the S&D Conference is building.

The 2010 meeting, which will be held January 26 to 29 in San Antonio, TX, offers numerous educational, training and networking opportunities for schedulers and dispatchers. Each year the S&D Conference also draws a large number of NATA's FBO and airports members, many of which will also be in San Antonio for that association’s 2010 FBO Leadership Conference from January 25 to 26. The synchronization of these two events in a single city, with complimentary dates, will provide Attendees with an excellent opportunity to meet with customers, learn about the latest products and gather the most up-to-date business intelligence and tactics.
For those who are interested in attending these two meetings, but want more information about the S&D Conference, a session previewing the event was held during this week’s NBAA2009.

NBAA S&D Committee Chair Dorette Kerr and Vice Chair Darren Hall explained how the S&D Conference offers schedulers and dispatchers timely and challenging educational sessions, invaluable networking opportunities with peers and vendors, and the ability to learn of new products and service.

In addition, Kerr and Hall described the various Schedulers Professional Development Program (SPDP) courses that will be offered during the conference, as well as the other educational and networking opportunities available throughout the year at S&D regional group meetings. Kellie Rittenhouse, director of customer relations for Pentastar Aviation and a Certified Aviation Manager, explained how SPDP works.

Three flight department managers – Jeff Lee, director of flight operations for IBM Corporation and former NBAA chairman; Jeff Daniels, manager of flight services for Zurich, and Elizabeth Dornak, manager of operations for DuPont Aviation – also provided their perspective on how sending a scheduler or dispatcher to the conference not only can increase the personal expertise of individuals, but also can enhance the efficiency and capability of the entire flight department.

The session concluded with Troy Ladue, executive flight coordinator for MassMutual Financial Group, enumerating the various scholarship opportunities available to schedulers and dispatchers.

Visit the official 2010 S&D Conference web page at

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