NBAA 40th Annual International Operators Conference

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Below are downloadable presentations from the NBAA 40th Annual International Operators Conference, held from March 4 to March 7, 2013, in San Diego, CA. This annual event, planned in conjunction with NBAA’s International Operators Committee, brings together a team of expert speakers from around the world to address international operational issues and new technologies in both the cockpit and cabin. Direct questions about the presentations to NBAA Director, International Operations Bill Stine at

Review presentations from each day by clicking on the day below.
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday

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

8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
Welcome Message, Purpose and Conference Goals
Brad Baas, Chairman of NBAA's International Operations Committee

1973 International Operators Conference (1.12 MB)

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.

Know Where You Are, Nat Iyengar (1.89 MB)

Satellite Based Augmentation System (SBAS), Jeff Holt (2.62 MB)

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

Oceanic Operations Best Practices, Tony Yerex (1.42 MB)

Oceanic Communications, John M. Davenport (0.34 MB)

Oceanic Contingencies: Being Ready for Action, Christian P. Strand (1.89 MB)

Contingencies, Mike Schaaf (1.26 MB)

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.

HP International Operations and SMS, Martin H. Tapay (3.01 MB)

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

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.

North Atlantic and North America, Darryl Young, Wayne Williams, Asgeir Palsson (2.15 MB)

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.

Security, Charlie LeBlanc, Doug Carr, Kris Cannon, Tom Winn (1.99 MB)

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.

Operating in Africa, Gavin Kiggen (3.18 MB)

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.

iPads in International Business Aviation, Thatch VandenBergh (1.06 MB)

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!

Middle East, Keith Dixon, Abdulrahman Charafddien, Eyal Sagi (4.87 MB)

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.

Customs and Border Issues: Mexico, Alvaro Quintana Elorduy (0.72 MB)

Canada Customs, Mandy Hodge (0.60 MB)

U.S. Homeland Security Update, Laura W. Everington (1.08 MB)

U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Eric Rodriguez (0.23 MB)

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

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.

Medical Issues for Domestic or International Operators, Quay Snyder, David Streitwieser, Paula Kraft (4.95 MB)

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.

Avionics and Global Data Link, Carey Miller (1.22 MB)

CPDLC - Operational Examples, Steve Thorpe (4.60 MB)

International Head-Up Display Operating Minima, Dean Schwab (0.94 MB)

CPDLC Operational Guide, Steve Thorpe (0.05 MB)

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Lunch and IOC International Scholarship Presentations

Strategic Threats for US Aviation, Dr. Walid Phares (0.75 MB)

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.

Russia and China, Mike Wittman, Phil Linebaugh, Chris Cartwright, Ruben Khachatryan, Shirley Sheng (6.30 MB)

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.

Regional Review: Southeast Asia and Pacific, Rick Ballew, Pat Dunn, Joe Wilson, Rob Turpin (7.57 MB)

Thursday, March 7, 2013

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.

Mexico and the Caribbean, Helmuth Rueckert (0.66 MB)

Navigating the Mexico and Caribbean Airspaces, Mario I. Fernandez (0.30 MB)

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.

South America, Walter Lindo, Ana Paula Martin, Marcio Lucchese (4.35 MB)

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.

Update on EU ETS, Kurt Edwards (0.30 MB)

London, United Kingdom, Will Holroyd (0.52 MB)

Avoiding VAT Structural and Operational Tips, Pete Tonyan (0.34 MB)

European Charter Permits, Flight Planning, and Weather, BaseOps International (0.58 MB)

General Information on European Countries, BaseOps International (0.45 MB)

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.

Answers from the ISPs, Nat Iyengar, Christian Strand (2.22 MB)

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