Professional Development Program (PDP) Course Directory

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NBAA's PDP Course Directory helps members of the aviation community explore the wealth of learning opportunities offered by the Association's Professional Development Program. Through enrollment in PDP courses, instructors with real-world experience in the business aviation industry provide students with quality instruction to help them increase their professional knowledge and advance their career goals.

A range of customized PDP courses are offered by NBAA and other education providers year-round at convenient locations across the country, as well as via distance and online learning – ideal for professionals in a fast-moving industry like business aviation.

The annual PDP Course Directory is an essential publication for business aviation professionals in planning their career development. It lists PDP courses offered by both NBAA and other approved educational providers, with details on course dates, locations and descriptions.

The current list of educational providers offering PDP-approved courses is provided below. For more information:

All Available PDP Courses Listed by Provider

If you are unable to make it to one of the published NBAA courses, or if you don’t find the objective you need through an NBAA course, the following approved PDP providers offer courses throughout the year at locations nationwide. Contact the individual training organizations and educational institutions listed below for the latest course details. (Provider information subject to change.)

Current as of Fall 2014.


Contact: Walter Kraujalis
Tel: (727) 233-3429
Email: [email protected]

  • Human Resources Management for Aviation (HR6)
  • NBAA Flight Operations Manual Workshop – Employing the International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO) (Ops1, Ops4)
  • NBAA Management Fundamentals for Flight Departments Workshop (L2, L3)

AeroTechna Solutions

Contact: Len Beauchemin
Tel: (770) 514-7241
Email: [email protected]

  • NBAA Technical Operations Manual Workshop (T8)

Aviation Training Solutions

Contact: Dr. C. Daniel Prather
Tel: (951) 902-9206
Email: [email protected]

  • Developing Strategic Vision, Mission and Goals in Business Aviation (L1, L2)
  • Effective Leadership in Business Aviation (L3)
  • Enhancing Productivity through Business Aviation (BM1)
  • Staffing Needs for Aviation Departments (HR1, HR2)

Aviem International, Inc.

Contact: Lamar McEwen
Tel: (404) 881-2819
Email: [email protected]

  • Emergency Response and Family Assistance for Business Aviation (Ops5)

Baldwin Aviation Safety & Compliance

Contact: Sunshine McCarthy
Tel: (843) 342-5434
Email: [email protected]

  • SMS From the Top Down (L7)

Bravo Golf Aviation

Contact: Robert Gould
Tel: (413) 320-3977
Email: [email protected]

  • Practical Aviation Risk Management (HR9)

Convergent Performance, LLC

Contact: Andy Kay
Tel: (703) 441-9213
Email: [email protected]

  • Pilot Reliability Certification (PRC) (HR9)
  • Maintenance Reliability Certification (MRC) (L6)

CornerStone Strategies, LLC

Contact: Dr. Shari Frisinger
Tel: (281) 992-4136
Email: [email protected]

  • Creating and Maintaining a Vibrant Company Mindset (L1)
  • Goal Achievement (L2)
  • Dynamics of Empowered Leadership (L3)
  • The Perceptive Leader (L4)
  • Conducting Valuable Performance Reviews (HR5)

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU)

Contact: Extended Campus/Corporate Aviation Management Certificate Program
Tel: (866) 574-9125 (toll free) or (386) 226-7694
Email: [email protected]

  • CE 2111 – Value Proposition, Analysis for Corporate Aviation (BM1)
  • CE 2112 – Flight Department Finance, Budgeting and Accounting (BM2, BM3)
  • CE 2113 – Community Relations (BM6)
  • CE 2121 – Strategic Vision and Planning (L1, L2)
  • CE 2122 – Leadership Motivation (L3)
  • CE 2123 – Managerial Communications (L4)
  • CE 2124 – Professional Development (L5)
  • CE 2125 – Human Factors (HR9)
  • CE 2131 – Standard Operating Procedures and Processes (Ops1)
  • CE 2132 – Scheduler and Dispatcher Function (Ops2)
  • CE 2133 – Recordkeeping and Regulatory Compliance (Ops3)
  • CE 2141 – Workload Management and Training (HR1)
  • CE 2142 – Employee Training Programs (HR2, HR3)
  • CE 2143 – Staffing and Team Building (BM6, HR4)
  • CE 2144 – Performance Reviews and Feedback Systems (HR5)
  • CE 2145 – Compensation and Rewards Programs (HR6, HR7)
  • CE 2146 – Human Resource Management, Law and Ethics (HR8)
  • CE 2151 – Aviation Safety Programs and Emergency Preparedness (Ops4, Ops5, T1, T3)
  • CE 2152 – Aviation Maintenance Management (T2, T5, T8)
  • CE 2153 – Customer Service Programs (T4)
  • CE 2154 – Aviation Security (T6, BM5)
  • CE 2155 – Vendor Management (T7)
  • CE 2157 – Aviation Safety Audits (T2)

Global Jet Services, Inc.

Contact: J. D. McHenry
Tel: (860) 651-6090
Email: [email protected]

  • Aviation Interpersonal Management (AIM) (L3, L4)
  • Introduction to Aviation Safety Management Systems (Ops4)
  • Aviation Resource Management (L6)
  • Aviation Human Factors (HR9)

Grey Owl Aviation Consultants, Inc.

Contact: Richard Komarniski
Tel: (204) 848-7353
Email: [email protected]

  • Human Factors (HR9)

International Business Aviation Council (IBAC)

Contact: Jason Starke
Tel: (832) 538-9107
Email: [email protected] or [email protected]

  • Fundamentals of IS-BAO Workshop (Ops4)

Jackson & Wade, LLC

Contact: Lori Edwards-McGee
Tel: (913) 338-1700
Email: [email protected]

  • Regulatory Compliance and Documentation (Ops3)

Kansas State University

Contact: Jimmy Splichal
Tel: (785) 826-2986
Email: [email protected]

  • Business and Corporate Aviation Management (BM1)

National Business Aviation Association (NBAA)

Contact: Tyler Austin
Tel: (202) 783-9267
Email: [email protected]

Courses Offered: While NBAA hosts several courses each year that are developed and taught by other providers, the following three courses were developed by NBAA:
  • Flight Operations Manual Workshop (Ops1, Ops4)
  • Management Fundamentals for Flight Departments Workshop (L2 and L3)
  • Technical Operations Manual Workshop (T8)

Ohio University

Contact: Bryan Branham
Tel: (740) 591-7780
Email: [email protected]

  • AVN 4800 – Business in Aviation (BM1)

PAR Travel Tech, Inc.

Contact: Phil Roberts
Tel: (937) 248-1191
Email: [email protected]

  • Introduction to Business Aviation (BM1)
  • Principles of Aviation Leadership (L1, L2)

Saint Louis University

Contact: Center for Aviation Safety Research
Tel: (314) 977-8725
Email: [email protected]

  • Safety Management Systems for Managers (L7)


Contact: Bob Hobbi
Tel: (480) 538-0123
Email: [email protected]

  • Teams in Business and General Aviation, Performance Enhancing Tools (BM6)
  • Aviation Service Solutions and Strategy (L3)
  • Effective Leadership in Aviation (L5)
  • Capitalize on Human Resources (PM4)

Sinclair Community College

Contact: Kent Wingate
Tel: (937) 512-2242
Email: [email protected]

  • AVT 1140-222 – Introduction to Business Aviation (BM1)
  • AVT 141-225 – Principles of Aviation Leadership (L1, L2)

Summit Solutions LLC

Contact: Jodie Brown
Tel: (303) 670-8178
Email: [email protected]

  • Strategic Leadership: How to Inspire, Influence and Achieve Results (L3)
  • Building, Coordinating and Developing a Flight Department Team (BM6)
  • When Leaders Talk: Mastering Communications Skills (L4)

University of Central Missouri

Contact: Dr. John Horine
Tel: (660) 543-4455
Email: [email protected]

  • AVI 4430 – Corporate Aviation Management (BM1, BM2)

University of Dubuque

Contact: Steven Accinelli
Tel: (563) 589-3179
Email: [email protected]

  • AVI 344 – Corporate Aviation (BM1)

The VanAllen Group

Contact: Jane Holloway
Tel: (770) 507-5001
Email: [email protected]

  • Emergency Response Planning (Ops5)