Jan 5. 2015

NBAA is expanding its annual Flying Safety Awards to include a new category: Scheduler & Licensed Dispatcher Safety Award.

The additional award recognizes the important contribution that aircraft schedulers and licensed dispatchers make to the safe and efficient operation of business aircraft. Previously, schedulers and dispatchers had to apply under the Aviation Support Services category.

“Aircraft schedulers and licensed dispatchers are essential members of a flight operations team and are dedicated to safely expediting the completion of each trip,” said Spring Adamo, former chairwoman of NBAA’s Schedulers and Dispatchers Committee, who championed the award. “This new award recognizes the vital role they play in incorporating safety and efficiency into the planning, scheduling and monitoring of every business aviation flight.”

An aircraft scheduler uses a flight-following system to ensure flight safety and operational efficiency, while a dispatcher assesses weather reports and flight paths and performs general operational duties to make certain the aircraft is safe and ready to fly, Adamo explained. Schedulers and dispatchers also ensure compliance with company policies and government regulations.

For more than 60 years, the NBAA Flying Safety Awards have honored business aviation companies and personnel with outstanding safety records. Applications are now being accepted for the 2016 awards, which will be given for the period from Jan. 1 to Dec. 31, 2015. Applications are due by March 1.

The eight award categories are: Corporate Business Flying Safety Award, Commercial Business Flying Safety Award, Maintenance Department Safety Award, Airline Transport Pilot or Commercial Pilot Safety Award, Private Pilot Safety Award, Maintenance/Avionics Technician Safety Award, Aviation Support Services Safety Award and Scheduler & Licensed Dispatcher Safety Award.

Learn more about the NBAA Flying Safety Awards.