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Annual Compensation Survey Reflects COVID’s Impact on Industry

NBAA has enhanced its annual compensation survey with new data reflecting the impact that COVID-19 has had on the business aviation industry, from flight operations to personnel changes.

These never-before-seen figures were collected during an extended-response survey period in which NBAA’s survey partner, BDO USA, LLP, worked closely with operators across the country to record their experiences during the critical first few months of the pandemic.

“The NBAA compensation survey has always been a valuable tool for business aircraft operators, but the addition of this urgently needed data ensures it will provide a complete picture of the industry’s response to these unprecedented events,” said Hunter Watson, operations specialist with NBAA.

As with previous years, the annual survey provides detailed information about cash compensation, salary ranges and merit increases.

The data on COVID-19 was collected in a separate survey that asked questions about deviations from typical flight operation levels, facility closures and transition plans, as well as personnel changes, including furloughs, layoffs and compensation adjustments.

The NBAA compensation survey results will be released later this autumn and are only available to NBAA members. Members that participated in the survey receive the results free of charge. Non-participating members can purchase access to the interactive web resource for $700.

Learn more about the NBAA compensation survey at nbaa.org/survey.

Member Benefits

BizAv Back to Work

NBAA is committed to helping industry get back to work by making it easier for job seekers and employers to connect and by providing relevant employment content.

“Although COVID-19 has produced daunting challenges for our community, it is clear the people and companies in it are resilient, and ready to get back to work,” said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen.

In recent NBAA member surveys, a significant number of participants have listed job security among their highest concerns. BizAv Back to Work will speak to this concern by expanding on the association’s existing employment services and adding new resources, including virtual career fairs and content like the recent “Using LinkedIn to Find Your Next Opportunity” webinar.

Visit the BizAv Back to Work web page to learn more about how NBAA can help job-seekers and employers take the next step forward.


Leadership Council Webinars

Members of NBAA’s Leadership Council receive exclusive access to a series of expert-led webinars on hot industry topics. Featuring well-known thought leaders from the world’s most prominent aviation and technology companies, these interactive webinars (available to download afterward) deliver actionable information about emerging connectivity trends, balancing safety and passenger satisfaction during COVID-19, manufacturer adaptations in a post-pandemic world, and more.

Professional Development

IS-BAO Fundamentals

Held in partnership with the International Business Aviation Council (IBAC), the Fundamentals of IS-BAO online workshop will foster a deeper understanding of the importance of a well-developed safety management system (SMS) and the role of SMS in IS-BAO certification. It also will provide guidance to aircraft operators to help them confidently begin implementing IS-BAO, prepare for a registration audit or attain a higher IS-BAO certification level.

Highly Effective Teams At Work

This online PDP course is designed to get participants to think differently about teams and how they work. It introduces several new motivational concepts that can enhance teamwork, such as finding talent through a strength-based philosophy, diversity, mutualism and inclusiveness. Project management will be used as the application example. This interactive course includes videos, role plays, breakout sessions and group discussions.

Upcoming Events

Business Aviation Sustainability Summit Goes Virtual

On Sept. 14 and 15, leaders from across the industry are hosting a virtual event aimed at accelerating the availability and use of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) in business aviation.

The 2020 Global Business Aviation Sustainability Summit, which will be free for the public to livestream, is scheduled to include representatives from NBAA and the European Business Aviation Association, General Aviation Manufacturers Association, International Business Aviation Council and National Air Transportation Association.

“Over the past decade, we have redoubled our commitment to reducing the industry’s already-small carbon footprint, and key to that has been the development and use of sustainable fuels,” said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen, who will be speaking during the event. “This summit marks the next step in focusing on how to accelerate the fuels’ adoption and use.”

Topics to be discussed are expected to include SAF availability, aircraft operator experiences using sustainable fuels, and the many ways that SAF usage can help the industry achieve its long-term, carbon-emission reduction goals.


New Certified Aviation Managers

More than 500 business aviation professionals from all segments of the industry have earned the Certified Aviation Manager (CAM) credential. The people listed here are the latest people to join this elite group of business aviation professionals.

Francea Bolden, CAM
Aviation Schedule & Dispatch Manager
Enterprise Holdings, Inc.

Seth Byerley, CAM

Todd Studer, CAM
Lead International Captain
Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co.

Jacob Maher, CAM
Aircraft Technician
Amway Aviation

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