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President’s Perspective

Helping You Manage the Quickening Pace of Change

Leading a flight operation in today’s world is increasingly like running a business, with the need to reflect company priorities, report measurable results against objectives and adapt to all manner of changes. 

In short, the business landscape continues to evolve as fast as ever, and aviation operations are expected to respond to this rapid pace of change. Effective approaches to embracing change come in many forms – from new, creative ways of thinking about aviation safety, to setting goals for achieving sustainability, to hiring the best and the brightest amid a challenging workforce environment.

“In our dynamic community, the need for thoughtful leadership amid constant transition is an imperative for aviation operations of any size.”

NBAA has long supported the evolving needs of our 11,000+ member companies, helping them address challenges, embrace opportunities and always be prepared for tomorrow’s business aviation landscape. The association not only provides actionable guidance on meeting daily challenges; it also focuses on longer-term solutions by advocating in the regulatory and legislative arenas.
For example, when it comes to safety, we produce a number of safety events, including our National Safety Forum and Single Pilot Safety Standdown. We also partner with other leading organizations on shared learning experiences, including Flight Safety Foundation’s Business Aviation Safety Summit, Bombardier’s Safety Standdown and a year-round lineup of regional business aviation association safety events. In Washington, DC, we’re making your voice heard as regulators consider implementing new safety management system requirements. 

On the sustainability front, the aviation industry has set a goal of achieving net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. NBAA is supporting member efforts to reach this target through its Sustainable Flight Department Accreditation Program, which a host of leading companies have already embraced. As with safety, there’s a policy aspect to these efforts: NBAA championed a blender’s tax credit to support widespread production and adoption of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF). That incentive was included in the recently passed House FAA reauthorization bill. 

NBAA also helps develop business aviation managers. The association’s Certified Aviation Manager Program continues to produce leaders who excel in personnel recruitment and management. Our annual Leadership Conference and this Management Issue of Business Aviation Insider also provide valuable resources for hiring and developing employees. In addition, NBAA has representation in government/industry working groups that are developing policies to attract the next generation of business aviation leaders.

Of course, these aren’t the only priorities for managers and other flight-support team members navigating multiple issues. We’ll have a full roster of sessions on management topics at the 2023 NBAA Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (NBAA-BACE) Oct. 17-19 in Las Vegas, NV. 

In our dynamic community, thoughtful leadership amid constant transition are imperatives for aviation operations of any size. You can count on NBAA to continue to provide advocacy, expertise and guidance, no matter what lies on the horizon.

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