Virtual International Operators Conference Regional Review Webinar Series

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NBAA's Virtual International Operators Conference Regional Review Series

As an online expansion to the NBAA Annual International Operators Conference (IOC), which next will be held March 12 to 15, 2012, in San Diego, CA, the Association is offering an interactive IOC Regional Review webinar series from September 26 to November 18, 2011. This international operations refresher explains the regulatory and operational requirements unique to each region of the world and is based on presentations made by subject-matter experts at the 2011 conference.

This webinar series is designed both for those wishing to increase their international operations experience and for those just beginning their international flight training. It also is an ideal review for those planning to attend the NBAA 39th Annual International Operators Conference in person from March 12 to 15, 2012, in San Diego, CA.

The interactive online course not only includes six weekly webinars focusing on different international regions, but also offers participants exclusive access to a virtual study group for the duration of the course. The virtual study groups allow for private individual and group interaction, weekly discussion questions and a live chat with the presenters for the weekly webinar topic.

If participants miss any of the live webinars to be held each Tuesday, they can access the webinar recordings anytime on-demand. Likewise, participants who cannot attend the weekly live chats each Thursday can still contribute questions in advance of the chat and then view conversation results afterwards.

Weekly Topics

Dates noted below are Tuesdays, when live webinars will be presented from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. ET. The live chats will occur weekly on Thursdays from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. ET.

September 27
Week 1: Introduction and Indoctrination
October 4
Week 2: Middle East and Africa
Moderated by Lex den Herder, Universal Weather & Aviation, Inc.

While more trips are being scheduled to Africa, it remains a region that is still difficult to communicate with and requires significant pre-planning. In addition, the Middle East continues to experience political unrest and security concerns. This week will focus on current operational issues and will define what you need to know from those who fly and operate in this extensive region.

October 11
Week 3: NBAA 64th Annual Meeting & Convention in Las Vegas

No webinars or live chats planned during NBAA's Convention week. A participant meet and greet at the Convention for participants in attendance will occur instead.

October 18
Week 4: Pacific Rim
Moderated by Michael Ouellette, Baseops International

The focus for this week will feature expertise on flight planning in the Pacific Rim region from both pilot and handling perspectives, with an emphasis on India. Presenters will provide regional operating recommendations, restrictions and concerns, as well as updates on current and future operational and technical requirements.

October 25
Week 5: Russia & China
Moderated by Keith Dixon, Colt International and Mike Wittman, PF/AVPlan

During the week focused on Russia and China, both regions will be reviewed from both the pilot and handler perspective. Additional information on flight-planning options and limitations, along with economics and demographics, will be provided.

November 1
Week 6: North Atlantic & North America
Moderated by Bris Gannett, Rockwell Collins Flight Information Solutions

This week's review of the North Atlantic/North American region will include a discussion of Canadian and North Atlantic operational procedures and equipment requirements and will review current U.S./Canada border issues with the focus on cabotage and CANPASS.

November 8
Week 7: Europe
Moderated by Nancy Schnetz-Pierce, Jeppesen

Whether you are a well-seasoned international traveler or a first-timer, you are apt to find yourself flying to Europe, which is commonly found on the itineraries of business aviation operators. Although not a particularly complex destination, there are specific operational requirements, regulations and potential “gotchas” that flightcrews and schedulers need to be aware of well before engine start. This week will provide an overview of the European operational environment as well as detailed information on such topics as EU importation, eBorders and the 2012 Olympics in London.

November 15
Week 8: Caribbean & South America
Moderated by Ryan Frankhouser, ARINC Direct

As economies grow and industries expand, business aviation traffic to Latin America is on the rise, and this surely will not be a fleeting trend. This week will focus on operational and regulatory issues in Central and South America, from Mexico City to Tierra del Fuego. It will also present a detailed look at operations into some of the most popular destinations throughout the region.

Weekly Outline

Week 1
The online forum opens for those registered. Attendees will develop individual profiles and can begin interaction, introductions and content-related conversations. This week will provide attendees with an overview of the series and will provide an on-demand indoctrination to ensure they know how to maximize the benefit of the virtual conference.

Weeks 2 to 8 (except for Week 3)

  • Monday: Questions of the week are introduced directly related to the Tuesday webinar topic. Handouts will be made available for the Tuesday webinar.
  • Tuesday: The 90-minute live webinar will be held from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. ET on the weekly topic. The webinar will be recorded and immediately available to attendees on-demand after the live webinar concludes. Attendees can attend the webinar live or access the recording if live attendance is not possible.
  • Wednesday: The webinar Q&A will be shared in the forum for further discussion and general knowledge. Follow-up questions can be submitted for the Thursday live chat.
  • Thursday: There will be a scheduled 60-minute live chat from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. ET to answer any questions left in the study group forum since the Tuesday webinar or from the Tuesday webinar that time did not allow to complete. Q&As will be conducted either by the presenters, knowledgeable committee members or other subject-matter experts. They will be predetermined with backups identified. Questions can be submitted in advance if attendees cannot make the live chat.
  • Friday: Summary of the week and preview of the next week's schedule and objectives.
  • Daily: Discussion will be ongoing related to the weekly topic, the webinar and the submitted questions.

Week 3

The webinar series will take a break during NBAA's Convention week, so no webinar or guided discussion will be offered during Week 3. However, the online forum will be open for interaction among attendees, who also will be invited to an in-person networking event on Tuesday, October 11, with fellow webinar participants in attendance at the NBAA 64th Annual Meeting & Convention, to be held from October 10 to 12 in Las Vegas, NV. Details regarding the networking event will be announced.


Individually priced, each webinar is $99 for Members and will not include access to the series classroom. Members who purchase the series for $495 will save over 15 percent from the a la carte price and will gain eight-week access to the classroom at no additional charge. That's equivalent to one free webinar as well as the added benefit of the interactive virtual study group.

For More Information

Register for the IOC webinar series now or direct questions to NBAA's Jo Damato at

This webinar series is part of NBAA's On-Demand Education Program, which regularly offers live webinar opportunities for Members on relevant topics presented by industry experts. For more information, visit the NBAA On-Demand Education site.