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Supporting Business Aviation Professionals

By Ed Bolen

In this difficult economy, the business aviation community faces a number of challenges that require creativity, innovation and engagement to address. Among these is the need for NBAA Members to have access to opportunities to invest in themselves and their future.

Looking to the coming year, NBAA remains committed to providing resources to help the dedicated people in our industry achieve everhigher levels of professional excellence in their careers.

For example, this year, NBAA will continue to introduce new on-demand professional education and training offerings. These Internet-based learning technologies provide a convenient and cost-effective way to access valuable information and instruction about all manner of issues important to people across the spectrum of the industry – from the latest in management best practices, to considerations for workplace safety and security, to the tax policies and other regulations that affect your flight operation, to international aviation laws impacting business aviation, and beyond. The list of offerings is continually kept up to date on NBAA's web site, at

This year, the Association will also bring more professional education and training opportunities directly to our Members through the NBAA Business Aviation Regional Forums scheduled in locations across the country. The 2010 Regional Forums will offer valuable education sessions and expert industry speakers on such important topics as aviation management, career and leadership development, aircraft ownership, safety and risk management, maintenance and technical issues, airspace and airport access, and aircraft and flight operations. To learn more about the forum nearest your business, I encourage you to visit

“NBAA remains committed to providing resources to help the dedicated people in our industry achieve ever-higher levels of professional excellence.”

We'll also keep strengthening the professional development programs our Members have long recognized and relied upon. As just one example, we're continually working to add value to the standard-setting Certified Aviation Manager (CAM) Program for industry leaders. In the coming year, I look forward to adding to the record number of CAMs earned in a single year in 2009. If you want to know more about how you can get started on earning your CAM, visit

Of course, NBAA will continue to help Members strengthen their professional skills through the publication you're holding, Business Aviation Insider. In fact, this edition is focused on professional development and training, with tips and tools for charting your career advancement, as well as the latest information on the scholarships and Professional Development Program courses NBAA offers to help you achieve your career goals.

We look forward to helping you, and our industry, succeed and advance in what promises to be another challenging and eventful year.