NBAA 40th Annual International Operators Conference

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Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday

Monday, March 4, 2013 – Safety Day: Safety First

7:30 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.
Registration & Continental Breakfast
8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
Welcome Message, Purpose and Conference Goals
Brad Baas, Chairman of NBAA's International Operations Committee
8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Safety Best Practices: Top Issues and Lessons Learned in the International Environment
Coordinated by: David Stohr, Air Training International

How do you define safety? Is it a set of rules and procedures? Is it an attitude? Maybe it is a culture? However you define it, operational safety is permeated throughout our industry. During our initial years of flying we spend our time primarily operating within the confines of United States adhering to and embracing habits and practices that promote a safe operating environment.

Then we moved into the international environment and found that what we do here in the U.S. is not necessarily the same as what is done in the rest of the world. Rules and regulations, proper execution of procedures and phraseology can vary significantly from the domestic environment, forcing us away from our established practices and developed habit patterns.

During Safety Day, we will address many of the differences you are likely to encounter when operating in the international environment. We will highlight critical issues, identify threats and errors, and present best practices that will help operators navigate the complexities of international operations while managing and mitigating the risk factors of international flight operations.

8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Session 1. Safety is in the Details: Differences from ICAO standards and non-common procedures employed by various countries within ICAO
Shawn Scott and Don Trekell, Scott International Procedures, LLC.

Included in this session will be the importance of standard ICAO Phraseologies, as well as a discussion of the oft misunderstood CDFA and the requirements, logic and equipment behind flying Constant Descent Final Approaches (CDFA) and the misunderstandings that present a threat to our safety.

10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Morning Break
10:30 a.m. – 12:00 noon
Session 2. Safety is in the Details: Know Where You Are!! A review of details on the charts
Presented by: Nat Iyengar, Independent Contract Pilot and courseware developer for Advanced Aircrew Academy
  • Knowing where you are is important.
  • Do you have a plan for an emergency descent? What altitude can you descend to safely?
  • Terrain information on the Jeppesen charts will be reviewed along with how to use this information for threat and error management.
12:00 noon – 1:00 p.m.
1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Session 3. Safety is in the Details: Contingencies
Presented by: Mike Schaaf, Tony Yerex, John Davenport from FlightSafety International, and Chris Strand from Amway

Included in this session will be the following:

  • Best practices for staying out of trouble while in oceanic airspace
  • Various forms of available communications
  • How to perform basic contingency procedures
  • Differences in contingency procedures world-wide

3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Afternoon Break
3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Session 4. Safety is in the Details: Threat and Error Management in the International Arena
Presented by: Martin Tapay from Hewlett-Packard, John Harpool and Dave Stohr, from Air Training International

The final session of Safety Day will focus on Threat and Error Management in the international arena. Martin Tapay will offer his personal experience with an electrical failure over the North Atlantic and discuss how the event led to enhanced operating procedures. Safety Day will close with David Stohr leading attendees through a case study and presentation illustrating the value of an effectively implemented Threat and Error Management program.

6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Chairman's Reception

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

7:30 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.
Continental Breakfast
8:00 a.m. – 8:40 a.m.
Brad Baas, Chairman of NBAA's International Operations Committee
8:40 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
North Atlantic and North America
Moderated by: Darryl Young, Universal Weather & Aviation, Inc.

Operator, air traffic and trip planning subject matter experts will present an overview of North America’s operational challenges and procedure updates as well as North Atlantic airspace challenges and operational procedures. A special focus on emergency procedures and contingency planning will be offered for practical operating education and review.

10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Morning Break
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Moderated by: Charlie LeBlanc, FrontierMEDEX

We always hope to return safely from a trip abroad without incidents. Hope is not enough, though. This session will address how you can avoid becoming the victim of a crime and what steps you should take if one of your crew or passengers does become a victim of a crime. This session will include an update from NBAA’s Security Council and an intelligence briefing on areas of concern around the world.

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
1:00 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.
1:15 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.
Africa Regional Session
Moderated by: Nancy Pierce, Jeppesen

More and more operators are travelling to Africa than ever before. This session will provide an overview of the operational environment for the continent, including a pilot’s perspective on successfully planning and executing trips and, from locally based representatives, requirements and recommendations for key locations.

2:15 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.
iPads in International Business Aviation
Presented by: Thatch Van den Bergh, Jeppesen

As pilots transition from paper to electronic charts and mobile solutions, operators have questions around the implementation and legality of their use in the cockpit during international operations. This session will cover the EFB Authorization procedures (“8900.1”) and how to navigate your way through that process. Additionally there will be guidance on international considerations and ramp-check strategies associated with the use of digital charts and portable electronic media in the international flying arena.

2:45 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.
Afternoon Break
3:15 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Middle-East & India Regional Session
Moderated by: Keith Dixon, Colt International

This session will provide insight from a panel of regional specific experts either based in the region or experienced in flying within Middle East and India. Join us to learn operational considerations for the region and to be updated on what changes may have happened over the last year. Whether transiting the region or staying there on business, discussing actual flight operations will let you assess your needs. Learn further insights, recommendations and challenges, during the question and answer session. Planning is the key!

4:30 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.
Customs and Border Issues
Moderated by: Chris Strand, Amway

Customs, Immigrations and Quarantine (CIQ) procedures vary widely and demand constant review in order to ensure compliance and keep your principals and flight crews out of trouble. This session will provide a discussion of the most challenging of these concerns with representatives from the Canada Border Services Agency, US Customs & Border Protection and the Mexican authorities.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

7:30 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.
Continental Breakfast
8:00 a.m. – 8:15 a.m.
Brad Baas, Chairman of NBAA's International Operations Committee
8:15 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.
Medical Issues for Operators
Moderated by: Debbi Laux, MedAire, Inc.

Learn the dangers to pilot medical certification associated with the use of over-the-counter medications overseas and recent trends of the FAA regarding alcohol related driving events in pilots. Find out the best practices and tools for safer personal and business travel health management. Discover safe food handling tips to avoid medical issues while traveling internationally. “Ask the Experts” questions from the audience will be encouraged during this session.

9:45 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.
Morning Break
10:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Avionics Requirements and Timelines
Moderated by: Carey Miller, Universal Avionics Systems

With projections for increased air traffic around the world, in both oceanic and domestic airspace, it is increasingly necessary for aircraft to operate to tighter navigational specifications. These are the drivers behind NextGen in the US and SESAR in the EU. And it is also being adopted in Canada, the NAT, PAC and Gulf and elsewhere, with their attendant avionics and training requirements. These technologies, such as FANS, CPDLC, ADS-B, Link 2000+ and others, are being implemented imminently. This session will provide a map to these programs and provide operational examples.

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Lunch and IOC International Scholarship Presentations
1:00 p.m. –1:15 p.m.
1:15 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
China / Russia Regional Session: Operational Progress in these Popular Regions
Moderated by: Mike Wittman, Avplan Trip Support & Phil Linebaugh, International Trip Planning Services

China and Russia have made significant steps in the right direction to simplify operating in these complex regions. You will learn of options and alternatives that will help in your planning, as panelists with current knowledge and regional expertise will cover the subjects of routing, costs, ground services, and facilities in detail. Additionally, you will be briefed on changes and plans underway with air traffic control and civil aviation policy.

2:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Afternoon Break
3:00 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.
Southeast Asia and Pacific Regional Session

Moderated by: Rick Ballew, Rockwell Collins Flight Services

This session will provide insight to the Southeast Asia and Pacific theatres, ensuring successful operations to any location in this vast region. Presenters will address the various requirements that challenge operators, such as airspace structure and operational procedures. First-hand strategies from ground support experts and pilots who frequently travel to this region will be provided covering the process and requirements for obtaining permits and visas, to cultural considerations, ground support and more.

5:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
40th IOC Anniversary Celebration Gala

NBAA is pleased that 2013 marks the 40th Anniversary of the International Operators Conference. In honor of this impressive achievement and to commemorate the outstanding work of the International Operators Committee, NBAA invites you to an "Around the World Experience" celebrating the success of the committee and the conference for the past 40 years. IOC's "Around the World Experience" promises to be memorable and includes a reception, dinner, wine and entertainment.

IOC invites spouses/guests to attend this special 40th Anniversary Celebration Gala evening. The guest registration is $125 per person for this special event. You may register your guest in advance of the Conference or on-site in San Diego.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

7:30 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.
Continental Breakfast
8:00 a.m. – 8:10 a.m.
8:10 a.m. – 9:55 a.m.
Caribbean and Mexico Regional Session
Moderated by: Jay Husary, UAS International Trip Support

Mexico and the Caribbean are popular destinations for many business aviation operators. Challenges operators may face and extensive information about requirements and regulations governing operations into these regions will be highlighted. We will hear about various aspects of operations into these regions from both a ground handler’s and a pilot’s perspective.

9:55 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.
Morning Break
10:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
South American Regional Session
Moderated by: Tim Sitkauskas, ARINC Direct

Upcoming events like the World Cup and the 2016 Summer Olympics will put Brazilian infrastructure to the test and significantly impact business aviation operations. Recent complexities with over-flight and navigation fees in areas like Venezuela have added frustration to flying in the region. Even so, travel to, from and within South America is exploding and wonderful experiences can be had. Our panel of regional experts and pilots examine these operational and regulatory areas and provide additional information on South America and travel within the continent.

12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.
12:30 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.
European Regional Session
Moderated by: Cade Schalla, BaseOps

This session on Europe will focus on hot topics applicable to operating into and throughout Europe. Topics include handling, UK parking and immigrations; major airports traffic concerns and slots; tax considerations, such as VAT and MOT; charter permits; weather concerns; flight planning; and EUROCONTROL. Experts will provide information on EU-ETS developments and requirements as well as what N-registered aircraft operators can expect in light of recent US legislation that was passed related to EU-ETS.

1:45 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.
Answers from the International Flight Planning Service Providers
Moderated by: Nat Iyengar; Chris Strand, Amway

International Service Providers field a variety of questions from clients during the course of routine (and non-routine) trip planning. This session will feature answers to many routine (and sometimes off-the-wall) questions that clients have posed to the leading International Service Providers during the course of global operations trip planning.

2:45 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Closing Comments & Last Prize Drawing

Friday, March 8, 2013 – PDP Course: Fundamentals of IS-BAO Workshop

This workshop provides information and guidance to operators who are implementing, or considering implementing, the International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO), in order to help them complete the IS-BAO registration process efficiently and effectively.

A separate registration fee is required for the Fundamentals of IS-BAO Workshop. This course fulfills NBAA PDP Operations Objective 4.

7:30 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.
Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Download the 2013 International Operators Conference Attendee Brochure (3.55 MB, PDF)

Conference Sponsors:


Jeppesen Signature Flight SupportJetEx


CAE SimufliteDassault AviationRockwell Collins


Colt International Manny's Aviation Services

SatcomDirectVan Nuys AirportWorld Fuel


Airbus Corporate JetsARINC DirectCastle & Cooke

CutterEmbraer Executive Jets

Fargo Jet CenterUniversal Weather & Aviation

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