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White Plains Regional Forum to Feature More Than 130 Exhibitors
May 17, 2013
NBAA’s 2013 Business Aviation Regional Forum series continues on June 6 at Westchester Country Airport (HPN), Panorama Flight Services, in White Plains, NY.
This second forum of 2013 will include 133 exhibitors, 19 aircraft on static display and an agenda focused on important issues in business aviation, such as safety and aircraft acquisitions.
“The White Plains forum represents a valuable opportunity for local aviation professionals to connect with prospective owners and operators,” noted NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen, who will be speaking at the event. “The forum, like all of NBAA’s local events, also affords attendees a chance to network with peers, participate in discussions on issues of local interest and introduce government leaders in the area to the business aviation industry.”
Beyond local policy and operational discussions, the education sessions at the event will also provide value. One session, entitled, “Thinking Strategically About Your Aircraft Acquisition,” will be presented by Ed Kammerer, of Hinckley, Allen & Snyder, and Jeff Agur, of The Van Allen Group. Attendees will learn about developing an acquisition plan, including consulting with the right team of advisors; evaluating ownership financial structures in regard to pertinent tax and regulatory issues; and using the best resources for analyzing true costs of aircraft ownership and evaluating other financial considerations.
A separate talk on “Key Considerations When Hiring or Switching Aircraft Management Companies” will be presented by Keith Swirsky of GKN Law. Swirsky is expected to discuss federal tax implications of chartering; current IRS enforcement positions on federal excise taxes; and how to apply “lessons learned” when drawing up a contract with a management company.
The final session of the forum is “Safety Culture Trends in Business Aviation,” which will be presented by Steve Witowski of PRISM. He will examine findings from recent surveys on perceptions of business aviation safety. In addition, Witowski will provide insights into interpreting survey results to better understand perceptions of safety, and show how to use feedback from the surveys to perpetuate the safety culture of business aviation.