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NBAA Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference Sets Another Consecutive Attendance Record

Scholarships, Awards, Enthusiastic Participation Part of Annual Event

Contact: Dan Hubbard at (202) 783-9360 or dhubbard@nbaa.org

Washington, DC, March 9, 2005 – The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) today announced that its 16th Annual Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference was the best-attended ever, with 1,525 participants, more than 200 of whom were at the Conference for the first time. Additionally, a record 275 Exhibitors were present at this year's event.

"This Conference is illustrative of NBAA's commitment to assisting schedulers and dispatchers, and promoting their important work to help businesses large and small utilize aviation to conduct business in a safe, efficient manner," said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. "This forum provides an opportunity for our community to share information, ideas and passion about safety, professionalism and other priorities for our industry. I'm delighted by the tremendous turnout and enthusiastic participation at this year's event."

The Conference – held February 14 to 16 in Reno, NV – was organized and hosted by NBAA's Schedulers & Dispatchers Committee, led by outgoing Chair Susan Ramsay of Exxon Avitat Network.  Highlights included addresses by the following general session and luncheon speakers:
  • Ed Bolen, NBAA president and CEO
  • Dr. Peter H. Diamandis, chairman, founder and president of the X-Prize Foundation and chairman, Zero Gravity Corporation
  • Donna Hartley, author Fire Up Your Life and international inspirational speaker
The yearly Conference, which focuses on training and networking opportunities for Attendees, featured a variety of sessions covering a broad range of relevant topics.

Some workshops focused on topics of specific interest, including a discussion on personal growth, insights from a panel of fixed-base operator (FBO) personnel, a review of aviation software, primers on scheduling, flight planning and available FAA management resources, and safety best practices for catering and travel planning.

Other sessions focused on broader topic areas, including current issues and trends in business aviation, information about Standard Industry Fare Level calculation, an update on NBAA's Transportation Security Administration Access Certificate (TSAAC) initiative, and information about the International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO).

Two additional sessions – a regional group meeting and a discussion on the role of general aviation in local communities – underscored the need for flight department personnel to remain active on issues impacting local business aviation communities.

During the Conference, the Committee awarded the NBAA Schedulers & Dispatchers Scholarship, worth a total of $45,000, to seven individuals and also awarded six individual Training Awards.  The recipients will use the scholarships and awards to advance their professional development as business aviation schedulers and dispatchers.

The 2005 monetary scholarship sponsors are: ExxonMobil and the Avitats, Signature Flight Support, Universal Weather and Aviation Inc., ChevronTexaco, Atlantic Aviation, Air BP Aviation Services, Jeppesen DataPlan, Jet Aviation and Miami Executive Aviation.

The 2005 training scholarship sponsors are: Airline Ground Schools, CornerStone Strategies LLC, FlightSafety International, MedAire Inc. and the NBAA GA Desk at the FAA Air Traffic Control System Command Center.

The Conference was held in conjunction with a companion NBAA initiative, the Schedulers Professional Development Program (SPDP). More than 100 people participated in four SPDP Courses, which were held on February 12 and 13, and focused on the following topics: basic corporate scheduling and customer service, effective written communications, flight department team-building skills and meteorology.

The 2005-2006 NBAA Schedulers & Dispatchers Committee Chair, Kristi Ivey of The Home Depot, closed the Conference by announcing that next year's event will be held in San Antonio, TX, on January 25 and 27, 2006. For more information about NBAA's Schedulers & Dispatchers Committee or its Annual Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference, visit NBAA's web site at web.nbaa.org/public/about/committees/sched or contact NBAA's Jo Damato at jdamato@nbaa.org.

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Founded in 1947, NBAA serves its 7,400 Member Companies by promoting the aviation interests of organizations utilizing business aircraft in the United States and worldwide. The association provides more than 100 products and services to the business aviation community, including the NBAA Annual Meeting & Convention, the world's largest civil aviation trade show. Learn more about NBAA at www.nbaa.org.