NBAA 36th Annual International Operators Conference

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Sunday, March 29, 2009


11:30 am – 6:00 pm
IOC Golf Outing

11:30 am Box lunch, range balls
12:30 pm Tee Off
5:00 pm Awards Reception

Please join us for an afternoon of golf at one of San Diego’s finest golf courses, Salt Creek Golf Club – awarded 4 ½ stars by Golf Digest as one of San Diego’s top places to play for 2008-2009.

The cost is $90 per player, includes golf, cart, range balls, box lunch and awards reception.

Monday, March 30, 2009

7:30 am – 8:00 am
Registration & Continental Breakfast
8:00 am – 8:30 am
Welcome Message, Purpose and Goals of the International Operations Committee

Ron Weight, Honeywell, IOC Chairman, Gary Dietz, AT&T, Vice Chairman, Brad Baas, 3M, Regional Lead Coordinator, Scott Harrold, Landmark Aviation, Master of Ceremonies

8:30 am – 10:00 am
CAR/SAM Regional Review, Caribbean / South America Heading South - Tijuana to Tierra del Fuego

Moderated by Mike Wittman, Pacific Coast Forecasting and Keith Dixon, Colt International

This session brings pilot speakers and regional handling experts together covering key operational issues including country and airport reviews, along with a pilot perspective focusing on routings with respect to overflying and technical stops for getting there. Special attention to security hot spots as well as aircraft equipment and pilot requirements will be discussed.

10:00 am – 10:30 am
10:30 am – 12:00 noon
Security Update

Moderated by Charlie LeBlanc, AirSecurity International

LASP, EAPIS, IBAC, TSA, CBP and the UK Border Management Program -- the letters and names can be confusing, so please join us for this session as industry experts from NBAA, IBAC, Service Providers and Regulatory Agencies clarify the new and on-going security initiatives that will affect all business aviation. This panel discussion will be followed by a World Threat Overview.

12:00 noon – 1:30 pm
Lunch – Special presentation on Antarctic Ops flying an Airbus 320 aircraft

Presented by Garry Studd, Skytraders

A graphic-supported presentation on the trials involved in obtaining approval of operational approvals and the surveillance and safety protocols used in conducting routine flights between Australia and an ice runway on Antarctica.

1:30 pm – 1:45 pm
1:45 pm – 3:15 pm
Russia /China Regional Review

Presented by Captain John Hicks, Airflite Inc; Rick Ballew, Air Routing International; Captain Bob Strakele, Jet-2000; Moderated by Bris Gannett, Air Routing International

This session will focus on pre-planning and operating in China and Russia from the pilot and dispatcher perspective. Speakers include pilots who operate in the region that are based both in the US and Russia. The session will conclude with a complete review of operational concerns that may affect an operator planning a trip into China and Russia highlighting permit timelines/changes in procedures and requirements since IOC/2008.

3:15 pm – 3:30 pm

Sponsored by United Aviation Services

3:30 pm – 5:00 pm
Medical Issues

Presented by Dr. Melissa Mallis, Dr. Quay Snyder and Dr. Paulo Alves; Moderated by Debbi Laux, MedAire

6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Chairman’s Reception

Sponsored by Universal Weather and Aviation, Inc. Sheraton San Diego Hotel – Bayview Lawn

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

7:30 am – 8:00 am
Registration & Continental Breakfast
8:00 am – 8:15 am
8:15 am – 10:00 am
NAT/NAM Regional Review

Moderated by Ryan Frankhouser, ARINC Direct

This session focuses on key issues regarding trans-Atlantic flight planning and other oceanic crossing considerations, including Strategic Lateral Offset Procedure (SLO P), gross navigational error (GNE) prevention, and the utilization of standard/ preferred routes. The session will also discuss the newest developments in the implementation of CNS/ATM functionality in the region, including an update on current business aviation trials. In addition, a portion of the session will be dedicated to best practices of crossing the Atlantic in a light (or very light) aircraft. Other impact issues such as eAPIS will be discussed. This critical session is a must for both first-time and veteran “pond” crossers alike.

10:00 am – 10:30 am

Sponsored by AVCARD

10:30 am – 12:00 noon
NEXTGEN/SESAR Part 1: The Programs

Moderated by John Harpool, Base Ops

Industry representatives will join experts from the FAA and Eurocontrol to provide insight and discussion of the FAA NEXTGEN and the European SESAR programs.

12:00 noon – 1:00 pm

Includes a 15 minute Environmental Overview by Don Spruston, director general of IBAC

1:00 pm – 1:15 pm
1:15 pm – 2:45 pm
NEXTGEN/SESAR Part 2: The Cockpit of Today & Tomorrow

Presented by Arnold Oldach, Rockwell Collins and Ron Weight, Honeywell; Moderated by Adam Evanschwartz, Rockwell Collins

Prepare your operation today for the flight deck of tomorrow. This session addresses new and emerging operational benefits and airspace requirements around the world and their implications for the communications, navigation, and surveillance systems onboard your aircraft. Key topics include Automatic Dependent Surveillance, Controller Pilot Data Link Communications, and new types of instrument approach procedures such as RNP and APV.

2:45 pm – 3:15 pm
3:15 pm – 5:00 pm

Pacific Rim Regional Review

Presented by Captain Mark McIntyr, Mente LLC, Mr. A.M. Ganapathy, CBAS India and Mr. Somyos Grachangvongs, H.S. Aviation; Moderated by Ted Glogovac, Jeppesen DataPlan

From the pilot perspective this session covers geography, key operational issues, permit and route considerations, suggested technical stops, local customs, plus personal experiences while operating trans-Pacific and within the Pacific Rim region as a whole. Additional presentations will focus on operations in India, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam from local area experts with information on airport/parking restrictions, alternative airports, facilities available, fees, and suggested tips to operators flying into this region.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

7:30 am – 8:00 am
Registration & Continental Breakfast
8:00 am – 8:15 am
Announcements - IOC Safety Day

Presented by David Stohr, Air Training International

A brief introduction to the day’s sessions which address the issues of Threat and Error Management (TEM) in International Operations

8:15 am – 9:45 am
Oceanic Operational Contingencies

Moderated by Shawn Scott, Scott IPC

A discussion to include ETP’s, Wet footprints and Point of Safe Returns along with UK information including Level Bust updates, stabilized approaches, communications and TCAS safety issues and trends. Additionally this session covers operational safety considerations within South America and lessons learned from the tragic GOL Airline / Legacy accident.

9:45 am – 10:15 am

Sponsored by ExxonMobil & the Avitats

10:15 am – 12:00 noon
Oceanic Airspace Structure

Moderated by Mike Schaaf, Flight Safety International

A session on the importance of adhering to clearances to mitigating errors in the oceanic environment including SLO P, ADS-C, the cockpit of today and the future as well as operational safety issues associated within the Pacific Rim. There is an attempt to bring a member of the Safety Management Coordination group for the NAT in to address general and specific error issues.

12:00 noon – 1:00 pm
Lunch / IOC Scholarship Presentation

Awarded by Cathy McNary ExxonMobil and the Avitats International

1:00 pm – 1:15 pm
1:15 pm – 2:30 pm
International Phraseology and Operational Safety Issues

Moderated by Don Trekell, CAE SimuFlite

As part of the Threat and Error Management in international operations, this session will look at several incidents where the threat of English as a non-primary language was a major contributor in the loss of life and how the use of standardized aviation English and correct ICAO phraseology is an effective means of mitigating the risk. The need for incorporating this into Standard Operating Procedures as part of an effective Threat and Error Management program is re-enforced. Threat and Error Management issues facing pilots while operating in India and China will also be covered.

2:30 pm – 3:00 pm
3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
PANS OPS, CIS and Africa Flight Operations Threat and Error Management

Moderated by David Stohr, Air Training International

Risk can be defined as the potential impact of a hazard that you do not control or fail to eliminate. Flying inherently involves a certain of level of risk. The key is to control that risk and reduce it to the point where flight operation is deemed acceptable. When operating in the international environment the level of risk intensifies. To bring the risk to an acceptable level will involve the use of threat and error management. The first step is to determine what threats exist and what errors may be made. Once the threats and errors are identified then appropriate training and operating practices can be employed to mitigate the risk. In this session we look to identify the threats and errors associated with operating in countries that utilize the PANS OPS criteria in procedure design and recommended actions that may be used to counteract the threats and errors that can result. We will also identify parallel concerns when operating in Africa and Russia. Pilots who have operated in these regions will share best practices in mitigating the risk associated with Russian and African flight operations.

6:00 pm – 9:30 pm
An Evening Aboard the USS Midway - “Answering the Call for 47 Years”

“Midway Magic” is a historical fact. It was a term known throughout the Navy as the USS Midway steamed through a 47-year career of service to country. Imagine a carrier that was commissioned in 1945 and served as a flagship in Desert Storm in 1991. No other carrier served as long as the USS Midway or carries such a proud - many say “magical” - tradition of diligence, vigilance and mission completion. Midway Magic was real. And it continues today on her final mission as an interactive museum, tribute and education center.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

7:30 am – 8:00 am
Registration & Continental Breakfast
8:00 am – 8:15 am
8:15 am – 10:00 pm

Africa/ Middle East Regional Review

Moderated by John Harpool, BaseOps

10:00 am – 10:30 am
10:30 am – 12:15 pm

EUR Regional, Universal

Moderated by Lex den Herder, Universal Weather and Aviation, Inc.

12:15 pm – 1:15 pm
1:15 pm – 2:45 pm

Customs, US/Canada/EU, E-APIS

Moderated by Gordon Berturelli, World Fuel Services

2:45 pm – 3:00 pm
3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
International Ops, Generic Best Practices for LOAs, AOCs, POCs, SMSs and other Requirements

Moderated by Bill Boucher, CBAA

Subject matter specialists will present the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Manual, Annex 6 Part 2, International Standards and Recommended Practices (SARPS) for International General Aviation. The panel will discuss historical context and background; status of Annex components; applicability; freedom of action; compliance with laws, regulations and procedures; aircraft operations; instruments, equipment and flight documents; maintenance; crew qualifications and, security. The panel will also address the need for explain the generic use of a Company Operations Manual (COM) and Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), Letters of Authority / Operational Specifications (LO As / Ops. Specs) and the requirement for an Air Operator Certificate (AOC). This session also provides a brief explanation of Safety Management Systems (SMS) and the status of SMS implementation in the international regulatory framework.

Friday, April 3, 2009

7:30 am – 8:00 am
Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:00 am – 5:00 pm
NBAA PDP Course: Aviation Security

Presented by Embry-Riddle University and meets PDP Objective BM5/T6

This course includes practical knowledge in the security systems, hardware and software practices and overall business security assessments. Added topics are airport security requirements and general hangar security, applicable regulations, passenger international considerations and operational security, as well as ethical requirements and norms for maintaining security programs and managing risk.

(A separate fee is required for this course. Continental breakfast, lunch and handout materials are provided.)

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