The International Operators Committee aids member companies in the facilitation of their international flight operations. The committee presents a strong and knowledgeable voice in international aviation affairs through liaison with the International Business Aviation Council, Ltd. (IBAC) and other international aviation organizations. The committee has divided the globe into eight regions about which they regularly report at their annual International Operators Conference.


  • John C. Tuten, Honeywell International (Chairman)
  • Nat Iyengar, Jet Aviation Business Jets, Hong Kong (Vice Chairman)
  • Scott Harrold, Sky Aviation International (Secretary)
  • Brian Koester, CAM, NBAA (National Business Aviation Association) (Staff Liaison)

NBAA members may also review the full committee roster.

Regional Leads

  • Regional Lead Coordinator: Paul Scurio, Sunbird Aviation, USA
  • North America (NAM) Lead: Jo Giles, Sky River; Chad Patnode, Pfizer
  • Caribbean / Mexico Leads: Donna Goddard, IAM Jet Centre; Manny Vargas, Manny Aviation Services
  • South America Leads: Pablo Penalva, J.W. Childs Associates,USA; Cynthia Oliveira, Lider Aviacao, Brazil
  • North Atlantic (NAT) Lead: Shawn Scott, Scott International Procedures, LLC, USA
  • Europe Leads: Andrew DeLaTorre, Blue City Holdings, LLC, USA; Terry Yeomans, International Business Aviation Council, Ltd. (IBAC), UK
  • Africa Leads: Francisca Susan Mashibe, Tanzanite Jet Centre Ltd; Dawit Lemma, Krimson Aviation, Ethiopia
  • Asia Leads: Steve Thorpe, Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp.; Julie Ambrose, The ASA Group, Asia
  • Pacific Leads: Julie Ambrose, The ASA Group, Asia; Chris Duffek, JP Morgan Chase & Co, USA
  • Middle East Leads: Henry LeDuc, UAS Aero, USA; Timothy Morton, Adobe, USA

Information & Resources

International Operations Website Content – The International Operators Committee contributes to regular content in the International Operations section of the NBAA website.

International Hot Topics – In 2016, the International Operators Committee contributed to a Business Aviation Insider magazine article, which featured the committee’s recommended list of International Hot Topics for business aircraft operators, including access restrictions, avionics mandates and changing customs procedures.

International Operators Conference – This four-day Conference hosts industry experts from around the world covering topics such as international flight planning, air navigation systems, volcanology, airports and air space, and security and medical issues affecting crew and passengers. Highlights include a one-day flight planning review along with networking opportunities for nearly 600 international operators. A golf tournament is planned each year on the Sunday prior to the Conference.

International Operators Scholarship – The NBAA International Operators Committee offers the International Operators Scholarship in conjunction with corporate sponsors to promote education and training as a means for individuals to increase the safety and professionalism of their positions.