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Calling All Maintenance Decision-Makers

By Jim Janaitis, IBM Flight Operations

NBAA and its Maintenance Committee are busy planning next year’s NBAA Maintenance Management Conference (MMC), which will be held April 15 through 17, 2008, in Daytona Beach, FL. The 2007 MMC was a resounding success, and I anticipate that the 2008 Conference will be even better (read article). If you have any ideas regarding the subject matter or speakers for the upcoming MMC, please contact Committee Liaison Eli Cotti at

When making suggestions, please note that a subtle change is taking place in the MMC’s target audience. We have traditionally asked maintenance managers, supervisors and technicians to attend the meeting. However, in light of shifting NBAA demographics, the emergence of very light jets and the growing number of single-aircraft operators that do not have a dedicated maintenance professional on staff, we are trying to appeal to a broader audience that encompasses all maintenance decision-makers.

These people could include the aircraft manager, aviation department liaison, chief pilot, copilot (or only pilot). They are responsible for maintaining the continued airworthiness of the aircraft and must ensure that all appropriate inspections and maintenance work are done on time while meeting basic quality standards. In some cases, this function is handled by a management company under contract, but shouldn’t there be someone in your organization who, at the minimum, understands the maintenance function, can monitor the activities conducted by the management company and ask questions when appropriate?

Another maintenance-related concern of all flight departments is regulatory compliance. The Maintenance Committee has increased its activity in this area, thanks to the leadership of Bill Meyer, GE’s maintenance and facilities director and chair of our Regulatory Subcommittee. Bill has done great work getting his arms around the various environmental, health and safety issues facing flight departments. Now, the Committee is expanding its activities to include a watchdog function on regulatory issues that affect us or could affect us in the future.

The most recent initiative is the work on non-essential furnishings (NEF) that has been done by Jon Haag of Kraft Foods Global. A relatively recent policy letter (PL116) replaces PL33 in terms of passenger convenience items discrepancy deferral management within an MEL. The NEF-related document is both a policy and a procedure for identifying what items will make it to a deferral list. Check the NBAA web site at to see what issues you need to address and how other flight departments have complied with the new requirements.

Newsletter Has New Look

Starting with this issue, NBAA Quick Turns transitions from e-mail to printed format and features a fresh new look.

This publication has served as the source for news about NBAA Maintenance Committee activities and other business aviation maintenance-related guidance since its launch as an e-mail newsletter in 2004. With this new printed format, NBAA intends to increase the visibility and effectiveness of this valuable publication, which is an essential part of NBAA’s communications program.

How else can we continue to improve this newsletter? Please contact NBAA at to share your thoughts and suggestions, or to let us know if your company would be interested in sponsoring a future issue.