Review the schedule for the 2019 West Palm Beach Regional Forum, held Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2019.

9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Exhibits and Static Display of Aircraft
9:30 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.
Opening Session: Political Outlook for Business Aviation in 2019 and Beyond

Presented by: Ed Bolen, NBAA and local business aviation leaders

Join NBAA and local business aviation leaders for a discussion of the key issues and opportunities facing the business aviation industry, from airport access to Urban Air Mobility. Learn how to get involved and be a strong advocate for business aviation.

10:30 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.
Can I Deduct (& Depreciate) the Cost of Operating My Aircraft

Presented by: George Rice, BIZJETCPA

This presentation will address in plain language, without technical tax jargon, the structural issues and complexities associated with the question of whether or not (or to what extent) an aircraft owner can deduct aircraft operating costs and depreciation of a business aircraft under the new rules imposed by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017. Entity structures will be illustrated in simple charts and the determination of the extent of business use is explained by simple direct examples without getting into the details of special rules and calculations.

11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Buffet Lunch
11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Flight Crew Travel Document Best Practices

Presented by: Janet Vrasic, G3 Global Services

International operators have a lot to worry about when planning and executing trips outside the United States. This presentation will address general challenges and best practices related to the documentation required for international flight operations, including travel visa & passport tips, knowing your resources, familiarity with your department/organization’s travel risk thresholds, U.S. Embassy registration, handling lost/stolen passports while overseas, and the importance of being prepared and ready to fly.

1:00 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.
The Future of Air Taxi – Separating Hype from Reality

Presented by: Bill Herp, Linear Air Taxi
Peter Schmidt, Transcend Aero

The charter market is experiencing many changes, with efforts to defragment the market to new technologies like passenger drones and electric aircraft, which are being hyped as revolutionizing air travel. It is hard to separate what is really just over the horizon from enthusiasm run amok. This session offers a view based on experience with new air taxi technologies over the better part of two decades, ranging from the VLJ craze of the 2000s to the present.

2:00 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.
ICAO Operations for the Occasionally International Flyer

Presented by: Guy Gribble, International Flight Resources, LLC

This session will examine Oceanic and Remote operations then introduce ICAO guidance and operational distinctions international operators must be intimately familiar with. Pilots and planners will encounter different requirements and some challenging procedures even for a simple trip north into Canada, a hop over to Hawaii or a flight down to Mexico and the Caribbean. This means that operators transiting large bodies of barren land or water will need to “Team-Up” with insightful planning and produce a robust compliance package once inside a different country.

3:00 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.
Student Session

Presented by: Jeff Ramsden, South Florida Business Aviation Association

This is a career session consisting of five panelists from different facets of the aviation industry who will discuss why they became involved in aviation and how they chose their specific field of work. After introductions we will open the floor to students for Q&A. Students will be given the opportunity to gain insight and perspective in multiple areas of the industry while learning from top aviation professionals.

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