NBAA 20th Annual Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference

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Professional Development Workshops Augment Conference Educational Experience

LONG BEACH, CA, January 14, 2009 – The 2009 Schedulers & Dispatchers (S&D) Conference features three dozen educational sessions, but the learning that is taking place in Long Beach this week actually began on Monday, with the first of five Schedulers Professional Development Program (SPDP) courses being offered here.

An offshoot of NBAA’s Professional Development Program, SPDP, which was launched in 2001, provides courses specifically designed to meet 30 learning objectives of schedulers and dispatchers. SPDP courses are offered at a variety of NBAA events or can be taken in coordination with individual educational or training providers. Courses are grouped into modules, and SPDP participants who complete modules receive professional recognition by NBAA and industry peers in several ways, including through receipt of certificates and plaques at the S&D Conference each year.

SPDP courses offered at this year’s Conference include:

  • Scheduling and Dispatch Function, a one-day course presented by Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.
  • Highly Effective Teams at Work, a one-day course presented by ServiceElements.
  • Human Factors, a two-day course presented by Global Jet Services, Inc.
  • International Operations, a one-day course presented by Universal Weather & Aviation.
  • Finance and Budgeting Accounting, a one-day course presented by Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

For more information about SPDP, contact NBAA’s Jay Evans at (202) 783-9353 or

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