The National Business Aviation Association held their aviation regional forum at the Business Jet Center, Love Field, Dallas, on November 18.
In many ways, these NBAA regional forums are miniature replicas of the NBAA annual convention, with a mix of exhibitors, aircraft on static display, and various meetings. Regional FAA officials, airport officials and NBAA staff welcomed the attendees and kicked off the forums.
Ed Dolanski, vice president, Raytheon Aircraft Company, explained how to leverage aviation technology for improved customer service. Steve Creamer, FAA DRVSM program manager, and Bob Lamond, NBAA staff, discussed how to plan a domestic flight into Reduced Vertical Separation Minimum airspace.
Monty Thompson, TSA, and Dick Doubrava, NBAA director of security, reviewed security for business aviation operations. Eclipse Aviation and Adam Aircraft representatives held a special session on the Very Light Jet market.
Pete Kilmartin, vice president, Duncan Aviation, made a presentation on how to avoid technical traps in pre-purchase evaluations. Eric Barfield, Hope Aviation Insurance, showed how to piece together the aviation insurance puzzle.
Jay Mesinger, CEO of J. Mesinger Aircraft Sales, looked at the current aircraft market trends. Ray Rohr, manager of standards, International Business Aviation Council, held a session on flight department management system gold standards. Tom Logan, executive vice president, corporate, Human Performance Training Institute, made a presentation on how approach and landing accidents can be reduced.
Most of the business aircraft original equipment manufacturers were present with their latest product line on static display at the host Business Jet Center facilities. A catered lunch and a cocktail reception were provided for all attendees.