Regional Forum in Ft. Worth, TX

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March 23, 2017 • Fort Worth Meacham Airport (FTW) • Fort Worth, TX


9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Exhibits and Static Display of Aircraft
10:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
Opening Session: Political Outlook for Business Aviation in 2017 and Beyond
Presented by: Ed Bolen, NBAA and local business aviation leaders

What does a changing administration in Washington, DC mean for business aviation? Learn how key industry issues such as FAA reauthorization are progressing and what NBAA members can do to remain engaged. Also hear from state and local leaders about efforts to make Florida a more business friendly state for general aviation.

10:45 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Fundamentals of Aircraft Leasing Structures
Presented by: Ty Little, Carriere & Little

What is the difference between a “dry” or “wet” lease of an aircraft and how can these arrangements add flexibility to your flight operation? While leases are effective ways to share aircraft use or increase utilization, advance planning must be done to avoid potential pitfalls. During this session, attendees will learn how to:

  • Identify different types of common aircraft leases.
  • Understand key regulatory guidance, including FAA’s Truth-In-Leasing Advisory Circular.
  • Analyze practical considerations such as risk management and operational control.
11:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Buffet Lunch
11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Strategies to Validate Your Safety Efforts
Presented by: Sonnie Bates, Baldwin Safety & Compliance

Safety management system (SMS) standards help organizations develop tools to validate the effectiveness of their safety risk controls. However, recent incidents have shown that improvements are still needed in this area. Through safety performance indicators (SPIs) operators can measure their performance at addressing risks specific to their operation. During this session, attendees will learn how to:

  • Measure safety performance to validate the effectiveness of their efforts.
  • Develop SPIs and targets specific to operational risk factors.
  • Engage all levels of the organization to set SPIs that consider human, technical, and cultural factors
1:00 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.
Connect up with CAMs
Presented by: T. James Buchanan, AT&T

Learn more about the NBAA Certified Aviation Manager (CAM) Program. Members of the CAM Governing Board and other CAMs will be available to meet with you one-on-one during this time. Learn how you can qualify to earn the CAM certificate, which is the professional certification for business aviation managers.

2:00 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.
Human Resources Best Practices for Business Aviation
Presented by: Gregory Ripple, Miller Johnson

Business aviation operators must ensure they have adopted Human Resources policies and practices that protect the company and its employees. With federal and state agencies having oversight in this area, a well developed compliance strategy is key. From overtime pay to mandatory retirement policies, these are hot topics for any aircraft owner or operator. During this session, attendees will learn how to:

  • Analyze the unique Human Resources issues and regulations specific to business aviation.
  • Understand recent developments on issues related to pilot retirement age.
  • Utilize existing resources in your organization to address Human Resources challenges.
3:00 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.
Student Program

Join the Love Field Pilots Association (LFPA)and the North Texas Business Aviation Association (NTBAA), as well as Local and Regional groups for a student mentor session. Listen to industry panelists share their insights about the many opportunities available to students interested in pursuing business aviation careers.

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Conference Sponsors

  American Aero   Atlantic  
  Cutter Aviation   International Jet Interiors  
  Jetex   Pratt Whitney  
  Snecma   StandardAero  
  TrueNorth   Universal-Weather  

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