The 2023 Small Operator Symposium will be held in room N250 at the Las Vegas Convention Center, North Hall.

Monday, Oct. 16, 2023

2:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.

Welcome and Introduction

2:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.

Implementing Stabilized Approach Principles Into Your Flight Operation

Speakers: Scott Birdsall

This session will feature a succinct, yet detailed, discussion on how one flight department implemented a “Dynamic Approach Gate (DAG)” philosophy into their flight operation, and the observed positive effects on stabilized approaches. The session will look at how the “DAG” changes for different approach types and airports, and how its implementation improves decision making and impacts safety by mitigating runway overrun chances.

3:15 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.


3:30 p.m – 5:00 p.m.

How Can Small Flight Departments Cultivate Effective Leadership?

Speakers: Mark Lusnar, PhD

This session will cover essential leadership skills and strategies necessary for effectively leading a small flight department. Topics explored will include effective communication techniques, efficient decision-making, resource management, team building, and optimizing operations with limited resources.

Through real-world case studies and interactive discussions, attendees will gain valuable insights and learn best practices from industry experts who have successfully navigated the complexities of leading small flight departments. These experts will share their knowledge and experiences, offering practical tips and innovative strategies specific to smaller aviation operations.

Participants will be offered the opportunity to connect with other small flight department professionals, fostering a supportive and collaborative network. This enables attendees to share challenges, exchange ideas and learn from each other’s experiences, ultimately enhancing their leadership capabilities within the specific context of small flight departments.

5:00 p.m.– 5:15 p.m.

Closing Remarks

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