Business aviation can play an important role in combating human trafficking operations that, according to a recent study, forced an estimated 27.6 million people worldwide into involuntary labor in 2021. “Aviation professionals are very good at what they do,” notes the Department of Homeland Security’s Michael Camal. “If they see something that seems abnormal – if someone [a passenger] doesn’t know where they’re going, if it doesn’t seem like they are free to [hold their identity documents] – those are big red flags, and there are ways to safely report it.”
In this episode of NBAA’s “Flight Plan,” host Rob Finfrock speaks with:
Michael Camal, senior engagement manager for the Blue Lightning Initiative at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Jacquie Dalton, founder and president of Sparrow Executive Jets, a business aviation company participating in the Blue Lightning Initiative
Throughout February, NBAA has marked Black History Month by recognizing the significant aviation contributions of African Americans and emphasizing the importance of ensuring our industry is open and welcoming to people from all backgrounds.
The FAA has been working with NBAA and others to address privacy concerns with the Privacy ICAO Address program (PIA), which recently was expanded beyond the contiguous U.S. to include overwater routes.
Flight data monitoring and data sharing are important tools to help identify potential safety risks before they become serious issues. That said, many operators are uncertain about how they work, what equipment is needed and what this information can offer their operations. NBAA has developed a new, comprehensive resource to answer those and other questions.
In this special edition of NBAA Flight Plan, podcast host Rob Finfrock gets a few moments in between conference sessions with NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen to discuss the latest efforts by the association to highlight business aviation's societal benefits.