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Ocean Explorer Brings Depth of Experience to CAM Board
Jan. 30, 2014
For NBAA's Certified Aviation Manager (CAM) program to earn accreditation, it had to meet certain standards, including having a "public member" on the CAM Governing Board. The board actually has included a public member for the last several years, and Brad Baker, chairman of the board at Odyssey Marine Exploration, currently serves in that capacity. While he’s not a business aviation professional, Baker is a pilot. He earned his private pilot's license at age 20 and is instrument-rated. In his first career, producing and selling computer software and equipment, he relied on business aviation to reach his customers. Read more about Baker and his role at the CAM Governing Board.

National Accreditation Marks Major Milestone in NBAA's CAM Program
Dec. 16, 2013
NBAA's Certified Aviation Manager (CAM) program is now accredited by one of the premier U.S. organizations aimed at demonstrating the quality of professional training and commitment. The National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA), an arm of the Institute for Credentialing Excellence, granted the CAM program accreditation after a two-year vetting process, according to NBAA CAM Administrative Director Jay Evans. "It took us more than 10 years from the time we administered the first CAM test in 2003 to achieve this accreditation," he said. "It took us a while to evolve the CAM program to meet the NCCA standard. It is quite a process of documentation and support." Listen to this week's NBAA Flight Plan for more about CAM's accreditation.

NBAA's CAM Program Receives Widely Revered Accreditation Status
Nov. 4, 2013
After completing a rigorous, two-year application process, NBAA's Certified Aviation Manager (CAM) program officially received accreditation on Oct. 28 from the National Commission for Certifying Agencies, an independent body that developed the standards for professional credentialing programs. "NBAA and the business aviation community acknowledge CAMs as professionals who have demonstrated an exemplary level of industry knowledge and management skills, and this accreditation serves to underscore their outstanding achievements and leadership potential," NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen said. Read more about the CAM accreditation.

Numerous Certified Aviation Manager Events Set for NBAA2013
Oct 9, 2013
NBAA’s Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (NBAA2013) will offer a number of events and education sessions both for those thinking about becoming a Certified Aviation Manager (CAM) and for those already involved with the program. On Tuesday, Oct. 22, the session “Roadmap to CAM” will provide a useful overview of the program and answer attendee questions. Additionally, a wide variety of education sessions have been selected as eligible for CAM points toward recertification or the initial CAM application. Learn more about CAM-related events at NBAA2013.

A Summer Reading List for CAMs
July 12, 2013
What are Certified Aviation Managers (CAMs), and those who aspire to be certified, reading this summer? A great start is the CAM Study Guide, a package of industry resources that includes the NBAA Management Guide, safety material and a variety of articles on aviation taxation and regulation. Other suggested reads include John Sheehan's book, Business and Corporate Aviation Management, Second Edition and Jim Cannon's Practical Applications in Business Aviation Management. Listen to this week's NBAA Flight Plan podcast to hear interviews with the authors, and get more suggestions on great summer reads for CAMs.

Newest Certified Aviation Managers Say Credential Is Worth Pursuing
May 13, 2013
NBAA recently added four new Members to the ranks of its Certified Aviation Manager (CAM) program, bringing the number of people who have successfully mastered the challenging course and exam to more than 200. The CAM program is a highly focused development course for business aviation managers, and those who aspire to manage in fields that range from flight department operations to maintenance, from schedulers and dispatchers to flight attendants and FBO managers. "The credential has been respected in the industry for many years," said NBAA Director of Professional Development Jay Evans, "but now we're reaching a point of 'critical mass,' and the CAM is becoming a standard that is often expected." This week's edition of the NBAA Flight Plan podcast has more about the newest CAMs.

Call for Nominations for the CAM Governing Board
March 15, 2013
The CAM Governing Board is seeking nominations for those CAMs that are qualified and interested in serving as a director on the CAM Governing Board. Any CAM in good standing may be submitted be as nomination for this director position. The three-year term for new directors will begin at the October 2013 CAM Governing Board meeting. Nominations may be submitted in writing to the CAM Governing Board Administrative Director at [email protected] before May 15, 2013. Learn more about the CAM Governing Board nomination process.

Mike Pape, CAM, Takes Over Idaho Division of Aeronautics
Oct. 12, 2012
Certified Aviation Manager (CAM) Mike Pape was named the new administrator of the Idaho Division of Aeronautics in September and credits much of his success to NBAA's CAM program. "There are lots of pilots, but only a small group who get promotions. I took the CAM course seven years ago. It gave me a leg up. It opened doors for me. I became a flight operations director, then an administrator. My employers saw leadership." Pape explained. Read more about Pape and his new role.

CAM Program Holding Annual Elections for Governing Board
Aug. 7, 2012
NBAA's Certified Aviation Manager (CAM) Program is holding its annual election for positions on the CAM Governing Board this month. Candidate information and voting instructions have been emailed to current CAMs. All CAMs in good standing are eligible to vote in the election, which will be conducted in accordance with the CAM bylaws. These positions will serve terms of three-years commencing at the NBAA Annual Meeting and Convention on October 30, 2012 in Orlando, FL, and ending at the NBAA Annual Meeting and Convention in 2015. Voting will terminate on September 14, 2012. For more information on the election process or the CAM Program, contact NBAA's Jay Evans at [email protected]. Learn more about the CAM Governing Board.

Preparing for the CAM Exam: An Insider's View
July 2, 2012
Jay Evans, NBAA's director of professional development and administrative director to the Certified Aviation Manager (CAM) Governing Board, held no illusions about the CAM exam – perhaps one of the most rigorous certifications in the aviation industry. But he took the challenge anyway, and is now one of three NBAA employees who have passed the test. "We all felt that getting the designation on our business cards and becoming certified was a career achievement," Evans said. Read more about the CAM exam.

CAM Governing Board to Update Bylaws at June Meeting
April 20, 2012
The NBAA CAM Governing Board will meet from June 4-6, 2012, at NBAA Headquarters in Washington, DC. This meeting includes all currently elected directors and officers of the CAM Governing Board. Key agenda items for this meeting will include a review and update of the CAM Bylaws and other procedures. Anyone with questions about the Bylaws or the CAM Governing Board should contact Jay Evans, CAM Administrative Director at [email protected] or call (202) 783-9353. Learn about the CAM Governing Board.

CAM Exam Item Writing Workshop in June
April 20, 2012
The CAM Governing Board will have a Testing Committee meeting on June 6-8, 2012 at NBAA Headquarters in Washington, DC. This meeting is open to all CAMs in good standing to assist in developing CAM test questions for the exam item bank. Participation in this 2-day meeting and training will earn points toward recertification. Anyone interested in participating should contact Jay Evans, CAM Administrative Director at [email protected] or call (202) 783-9353.

Call for Nominations for the CAM Governing Board
March 28, 2012
The CAM Governing Board is seeking nominations for those CAMs that are qualified and interested in serving as a director on the CAM Governing Board. Any CAM in good standing may be submitted be as nomination for this director position. The three-year term for new directors will begin at the October 2012 Governing Board meeting. Nominations may be submitted in writing to the CAM Governing Board Administrative Director at [email protected] before May 15, 2012. Learn more about the CAM Governing Board nomination process.

CAM Governing Board Scheduled to Review Application Process, Discuss Accreditation
March 27, 2012
The NBAA CAM Governing Board will meet on Monday, May 7, 2012, at 1:30 p.m. EDT.  This meeting involves all currently elected directors and officers of the CAM Governing Board. Key agenda items for this meeting will include a review of the CAM application process and continuation of the national accreditation process. Anyone with questions about accreditation, or the CAM Governing Board, should contact Jay Evans, CAM Administrative Director at [email protected] or call (202) 783-9353. Learn about the CAM Governing Board.

NBAA Announces New Certified Aviation Managers
Jan. 6, 2012
NBAA recently announced 16 individuals who successfully passed the Certified Aviation Manager (CAM) exam during 2011. Through the certification process, NBAA and the CAM Governing Board seek to raise the level of professionalism and quality of management within flight departments. The CAM designation provides industry recognition of their achievement and knowledge in the following areas of business aviation: business management, human resources, leadership, operations, and technical and facilities services. Learn more about the new CAMs.

CAM Governing Board Scheduled to Discuss Accreditation Process
Dec. 24, 2011
The NBAA CAM Governing Board will have a business meeting on Jan. 25, 2012, at 1:30 p.m. EST. This will be a meeting involving all currently elected directors and officers of the CAM Governing Board. Key agenda items for this meeting will include continuation of the national accreditation process and preparing for the June 4-6, 2012, meeting in Washington, DC. Anyone with questions about this process and the meeting should contact Jay Evans, CAM Governing Board Administrative Director at [email protected] or call (202) 783-9353. Learn about the CAM Governing Board.

CAM Points Available for Georgia Safety Day
Aug. 19, 2011
The Georgia Business Aviation Association (GBAA) will host its sixth Safety Day on Aug. 24, 2011, at the Hilton Atlanta Marietta Conference Center, in Atlanta, Georgia. This day-long program is dedicated to enhancing safety within the business aviation industry. Sessions and exhibitors will be of interest to all flight department personnel, including managers, pilots, technicians, flight attendants and schedulers/dispatchers. Attendees will receive one point toward qualifying for the NBAA CAM Exam or CAM recertification. Learn more.

CAM Governing Board Begins Accreditation Process
June 13, 2011
The NBAA Certified Aviation Manager (CAM) Governing Board has initiated the process of obtaining National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) accreditation for the CAM Program. "Gaining NCCA accreditation is important to the future of the CAM Program," said CAM Governing Board Chairman Scott Rose. "It's not only the sign of a well managed program; it also ensures the program follows best practices established for certification programs across all professions." There are currently 175 CAMs, who are recognized as qualified professionals to lead flight departments and companies that use business aircraft. Learn more.

NBAA Flight Plan Podcast: New CAM Chairman Discusses Exam's Evolving Mission
May 16, 2011
Scott Rose is the new chairman of the governing board for the NBAA Certified Aviation Manager (CAM) program, perhaps one of the most prestigious leadership programs in the entire industry. In this edition of the NBAA Flight Plan podcast, Rose explains the evolution of the CAM program and its role in developing the aviation leaders of tomorrow. Rose says his emphasis is on the big picture – the combined efforts of flight crews, maintenance technicians and dispatchers – to create a seamless aviation operation. Hear Rose talk about the CAM program on this week’s edition of NBAA Flight Plan, or read an online-extra story "CAM Governing Board Focused on Training the Next Generation" in Business Aviation Insider with more extensive thoughts from Rose.

Seeking Candidates for CAM Governing Board
Feb. 7, 2011
The NBAA Certified Aviation Manager Governing Board is seeking nominations for those CAMs that are qualified and interested in serving as a Director on the CAM Governing Board. All nominees must be CAMs in good standing and able to support the CAM Governing Board in the procedures needed to coordinate the CAM Program. Participation as a Director on the CAM Governing Board involves attending two meetings a year and support throughout the year on conference calls and other electronic forums. The first meeting is in early June and the second meeting is held in conjunction with the NBAA Annual Meeting and Convention. Learn more information about the CAM Governing Board.

Get CAM Credit for Ohio Business Aviation Training Standdown
Feb. 7, 2011
The Ohio Business Aviation Training Standdown (OBATS) will be held from April 20 to 21 on the Ohio State University campus in Columbus. Attendees will receive one point toward qualifying for the NBAA Certified Aviation Manager (CAM) Exam or CAM recertification. Hosted by the Ohio Regional Business Aviation Association in conjunction with the Global Aerospace SM4 training program, OBATS will offer sessions on human factors, corporate aviation security, aviation food safety, rejected takeoff considerations and other topics. Learn more and register now.

PCAT "Smackdown" Approved for CAM Credit
Feb. 3, 2011
The CAM Governing Board approved the Partnership for Corporate Aviation Training (PCAT) Safety "Smackdown: 2011. This three day event held Feb. 1–3, 2011 in San Antonio, TX focuses on IS-BAO, OSHS, Industry Best Practices, International Training and more. Attendees are entitled to one point toward completing the application to take the CAM Exam. or if already designated as a CAM, one point is awarded toward recertification. Learn more about the PCAT "Smackdown".

NBAA Aircraft Registration Conference Approved for CAM Credit
Jan. 21, 2011
The 2011 Aircraft Registration Conference scheduled for Feb. 3-4, 2011, is eligible for use toward CAM credit. The conference content focuses on CAM learning objective Business Management, with sessions on aircraft re-registration, financing and leasing aircraft, international transactions and related issues. Attendees are entitled to one point toward completing the application to take the CAM Exam or if already designated as a CAM, one point is awarded toward recertification. For more information or to register for this event, go to www.nbaa.org/events/arc/2011.

CAM Governing Board Announces New Officers
Oct. 19, 2010
NBAA's Certified Aviation Manager (CAM) Governing Board today named Scott Rose of PepsiCo, Inc. as its new chairman. In addition, Jack Stockmann of Corporate Aircraft Services, LLC will serve as vice chairman; Mark Chaney of Coca Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated Operations will serve as secretary and treasurer; and Dr. Thomas Q. Carney of Purdue University Aviation Technology Department will serve as past chairman. Read the press release.

NBAA Announces New Certified Aviation Managers
Oct. 19, 2010
NBAA today announced 25 individuals who successfully passed the CAM exam in the past year. Through the certification process, NBAA and the CAM Governing Board seek to raise the level of professionalism and quality of management within flight departments. The CAM designation provides industry recognition of their achievement and knowledge in the following areas of business aviation: business management, human recourses, leadership, operations, and technical and facilities services. Read the press release.

NBAA Recognizes Four New Certified Aviation Managers
July 11, 2008
NBAA congratulates four individuals who successfully passed the CAM Examination in May and have earned the official title of Certified Aviation Manager. They are: Brian Bockholt, captain and training office, Briggs & Stratton Corp.; Paul Erickson, standardization captain, ExxonMobil Aviation; Chad Lahman, director of aviation, Level3 Communications; and Denise Wilson, chief pilot, Desert Jet. Through the certification process, NBAA and the CAM Governing Board seek to raise the level of professionalism and quality of management within flight departments. The next CAM Exam will be administered in July and September in a computer-based format. The next paper-based exam will be administered on October 5, in conjunction with the NBAA 61st Annual Meeting & Convention in Orlando, FL. Review the press release.

Milestone CAM Reflects a Career of Dedication
July 1 2008
Nick Verdea earns NBAA’s 100th CAM designation. A personal commitment to teamwork and leadership recently led this director of aviation from an NBAA Member Company based in Oklahoma City to earn the CAM designation. In the process, Verdea became NBAA’s 100th CAM, an exciting milestone for NBAA’s CAM program. As a pilot and flight department manager, Verdea embodies the professionalism and dedication NBAA and the CAM Governing Board seek to foster through the certification process. “With the CAM designation, I can say that I have been in the business long enough and have the necessary experience to be an excellent flight department manager,” said Verdea. Review the full article in the July/Aug ’08 Business Aviation Insider.

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