More than ever, people want timely access to experts and authorities to help them make decisions about their business aviation operations and other plans. That’s the idea behind the NBAA News Hour webinar series – an interactive platform that allows participants to get answers to their pressing operational, legal, medical and other questions from people in the know.

These webinars touch on considerations including crew scheduling, catering, aircraft cleaning and maintenance, airport and airspace operations, medical advice and more. Each webinar features a host and panelists, all available for an interactive question-and-answer session with participants. All webinars are free and recorded for replay, usually by the next business day.

NBAA News Hour Archives

Crafting Your Career Narrative – Strategies for Professional & Career Development
Date/Time: Thursday, May 16, 2024, 11:00 a.m. EDT
NBAA recently published the results of the 2023 YoPro Member Survey which gathered insights from young professionals in business aviation. The report shows that over 72% of young professionals in the business aviation industry are seeking ways to advance their careers and invest in their professional development. With over 50% either struggling with upward mobility or feeling boxed-in in their current role, how can employers help grow their next generation of leaders?
Unpacking the FAA’s New SMS
Date/Time: Friday, April 26, 2024, 2:30 p.m. EDT
Safety Spotlight: What You Should Know About the FAA’s New SMS
On April 22, the FAA issued an advance copy of its much-anticipated rule for Safety Management Systems (SMS) for some types of business aviation operations, including Part 135 on-demand and 91.147 air tour operations. Publication of the rule marks the latest development in NBAA’s long-running involvement with the FAA and its planned SMS.
The requirements largely reflect guidance provided by NBAA and the industry, but what are the noteworthy portions of the 160-plus page document? This NBAA News Hour webinar will feature a panel of experts in the safety arena with perspectives detailing the implications for the SMS. Following a discussion about the new rule, the industry veterans will take participants’ questions.
NBAA Thought Leadership Webinar: Maximizing Aircraft Availability with Data-Driven Maintenance Efficiency
Date/Time: Thursday, April 25, 2024, 1 p.m. EDT
Join us for an immersive webinar where industry experts will discuss the transformative potential of data-driven maintenance and predictive strategies in aviation operations and how these advancements can optimize safety and efficiency. This session will explore cutting-edge technologies and methodologies reshaping the aviation industry, including:
  • Utilizing real-time data to help provide the information needed to perform predictive maintenance
  • Advancements that enhance predictability, reduce downtime, and optimize operational efficiency for business aircraft owners, operators, and maintainers while prioritizing safety
  • Providing actionable insights, practical tips, and best practices to empower attendees in safeguarding their flight operations
This Thought Leadership Webinar is sponsored by NBAA Leadership Council member, Veyron.
NBAA Thought Leadership Webinar: First Quarter Market Results and Stats
Date/Time: Wednesday, April 17, 2024, 1 p.m. EDT
We’re three months into 2024 and it’s report card time. Learn how the year is shaping up so far for business aviation from the perspectives of a lender, a broker and an aviation statistician. Are sales up? Are prices holding? Is the fact that this is an election year impacting activity? This can’t-miss hour will better prepare you to share accurate and helpful market intel with your community!
This Thought Leadership Webinar is sponsored by NBAA Leadership Council member, Mesinger Jet Sales.
The IRS Plan to Audit Companies Using Business Aviation: What Should You Know?
Date/Time: Thursday, Feb. 29, 2024, 11 a.m. EST
On Feb. 22, the IRS announced a plan to “begin dozens of audits” of business aircraft use by American companies and entrepreneurs. Largely missed in the news coverage following the agency’s announcement is the reality that guidance for tax compliance from several government agencies – including the IRS, FAA and SEC – is often confusing, and even conflicting. This NBAA News Hour will provide top-line perspectives about the IRS announcement, a refresher on navigating the government’s often-confusing guidance and answers to participants’ questions.
NBAA Thought Leadership Webinar: 2024 – Keeping It Real
Date/Time: Thursday, Jan. 25, 2024, 11 a.m. EST
Join some of the industry’s brightest thought leaders who will ring in 2024 with their expectations for business aviation. Learn how 2024 will be shaped by previous years’ sales, the upcoming election season and OEM book-to-build ratios. Lively discussions with the panel will also include financing and the effects of interest rates, price movement and stability or lack thereof in the market. Attending this webinar should be one of your first New Year’s resolutions!
This Thought Leadership Webinar is sponsored by NBAA Leadership Council member, Mesinger Jet Sales.
The Changing Datacomm Landscape, and the ABCs of CPDLC
Date/Time: Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2023, 11 a.m. EST
It may sound like just another jumbled aviation acronym, but CPDLC – controller-pilot data link communications, the basic equivalent of pilot-to-ground texting – is a next-generation communications technology long sought by business aviation pilots and others. Recently, the FAA opened CPDLC beyond an initial test group to the broader community including business aviation.
  • What is the status of the rollout?
  • What is to be expected of pilots, controllers and the FAA?
  • When will the technology be available to everyone?
In this NBAA News Hour webinar, experts will provide an assessment and take participants’ questions.
Call to Action – Elevating Runway and Surface Safety in Business Aviation
Date/Time: Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2023, 1 p.m. EST
The latest FY’23 data released by the FAA indicates that serious category A & B Runway Incursions and overall numbers are on the rise. Beyond the data, recent headlines highlight several near-miss incidents, and even a runway collision – all a reminder that business aviation is not immune. Additionally, wrong surface operations occur almost daily, underscoring the need for vigilance and action on aviation safety. Join us for a timely NBAA News Hour that will delve into insights from the FAA, reveal key details from the NTSB regarding the recent accident at Houston Hobby Airport (HOU), and offer perspectives from leading safety experts in the business aviation industry on how to bring the best runway and surface safety practices to your flight deck.
Going Through Changes – Oceanic Changes
Date/Time: Thursday, Nov. 16, 2023, 11 a.m. EST
Join Shawn Scott from the NBAA International Operators Committee to review the latest changes to oceanic operations. Highlights will include an overview of FAA’s revisions to guidance for Oceanic and Remote Continental Airspace Operations, provided in AC 91-70C, and a discussion on the implications of no longer receiving oceanic clearances in the North Atlantic starting in March 2024.
NBAA Thought Leadership Webinar: Ears to the Ground at 2023 NBAA-BACE
Date/Time: Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2023, 11 a.m. EDT
What were the loudest rumblings from the 2023 NBAA Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (NBAA-BACE)? This session will help you prioritize the many challenges that face our industry, and evaluate solutions proposed by the thought leaders who attended the event. We have the most distinguished group of panelists to address the rumblings, as well as shape the solutions for our industry.
This Thought Leadership Webinar is sponsored by NBAA Leadership Council member, Mesinger Jet Sales.
Thought Leadership Webinar: Focusing on the Last Bit of 2023 – Headwinds, Tailwinds & Managing Our Success
Date/Time: Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2023, 11 a.m. EDT
What can keep us on track for an amazing, balanced year, and what can derail us? Are there obstacles we as an industry can manage? Who would be our best thought leaders in this challenge? Join an esteemed panel of guests to discuss the tailwinds and the headwinds of 2023.
This Thought Leadership Webinar is sponsored by NBAA Leadership Council member, Mesinger Jet Sales.
Thought Leadership Webinar: DOMs Spill Their Secrets to Running the Most Efficient Flight Departments
Date/Time: Thursday, Aug. 10, 2023, 1 p.m. EDT
Join us on Thursday, August 10 to hear first-hand from top directors of maintenance (DOM) on how they are managing their flight departments like a business unit. The following topics will be covered:
  • Key metrics that are critical to their business and how to track them
  • Reducing paperwork and improving communication and collaboration between crew members
  • Maximizing uptime and prioritizing initiatives to increase returns to the company and its shareholders
  • Gaining efficiencies and creating a competitive edge
  • Optimizing well-being and performance using effective strategies for mitigating burnout and boosting morale in high-tempo operations, personnel shortages, busy work, travel schedules, etc.
  • Letting your people shine and maximize performance through effective job fit and talent alignment
This Thought Leadership Webinar is sponsored by Veryon.
Is Your Aircraft LLC Insurable?
Date/Time: Thursday, July 20, 2023, 11 a.m. EDT
Many aircraft owners choose to register their aircraft in an LLC to take advantage of legal protections for dry leases and other utilization options. However, if the LLC is improperly set up, it may render charter operations illegal and uninsurable.
As the FAA takes a fresh look at the matter, NBAA recently convened an Aircraft Operations and Dry Leasing Insurance Summit to unpack this sometimes complicated matter and provide best-practice guidance. In this interactive NBAA News Hour, the group will address common concerns and take your questions.
This edition of NBAA News Hour is sponsored by Veryon.
Inflight Connectivity Beyond the Cabin
Date/Time: Tuesday, April 18, 2023, 11 a.m. EDT
In aviation, internet connectivity is often considered as one of the most important tools available on a flight. Most airborne bandwidth is reserved for those in the back of the aircraft and the need for internet by the passengers. The barrier to making the aircraft a true “connected experience” is largely due to limitations on the size of the “pipe” bringing data to and from the aircraft, limiting the situational awareness options for the crew and causing cockpit and ground operations to wait until landing to offload aircraft data, or even critical maintenance information. Could that be changing? Hear from SmartSky Networks’ Sean Reilly as he talks about what is possible today with:
  • True high-capacity bandwidth, ultra-low latency and real-time data flow to and from the aircraft
  • Harnessing the power of ADaaS (Aviation Data as a Service) to obtain your data, when and how you want it
  • What technology will bring to connectivity in the cabin and beyond in the years to come
This Thought Leadership edition of NBAA News Hour is sponsored by SmartSky Networks.
The FAA’s New Safety Management System Proposal: Implications for Business Aviation
Date/Time: Thursday, March 30, 2023, 2 p.m. EDT
The FAA recently published a long-anticipated notice of proposed rulemaking that would extend the agency’s safety management system (SMS) requirements beyond the airlines to many business aviation operations. NBAA’s work with the agency on the proposal has continually emphasized the fact that for any SMS to be truly effective, it must be tailored to the size and complexity of the operation. Does this new plan meet that criteria, while also addressing other important priorities for business aviation? A panelist of experts will unpack this and other thoughtful questions, including those from the audience, in a live, interactive webinar.
2023 AAM Outlook – Top Predictions
Date/Time: Thursday, March 16, 2023, 11 a.m. EDT
The business aviation landscape is changing as quickly as ever, with advanced air mobility (AAM) central to the on-demand air-mobility equation. New business models are emerging; investments are being made in infrastructure, certification and technology; and policymakers are offering proposals to move the sector forward. What are the likely developments across all these areas in 2023? Join NBAA’s panel of experts as we answer this question with an exploration of the top five trends that will shape the emergence of advanced air mobility in the year ahead.
The Business Aviation Industry – From the Top Down
Date/Time: Thursday, Feb. 2, 2023, 11 a.m. EST
As we put 2022 in our collective rearview mirrors and plan for 2023, this thought leadership edition of NBAA News Hour will feature industry association leaders from GAMA, NATA and NBAA.
Their conversation, led by Jay Mesinger of Mesinger Jet Sales, will cover topics that have a critical influence on business aviation growth including safety, sustainability, workforce, supply chain and access to resources within the FAA and National Airspace System.
Sponsored Thought Leadership Edition by Mesinger Jet Sales
Health, Safety and Emotional Support – Holistic Approach to Protecting Crewmembers Globally
Date/Time: Thursday, Nov. 17, 2022, 11 a.m. EST
To ensure operational resilience we have to consider the human resources before, during and after a mission. More and more the impact of unforeseen events like natural disasters, political unrest, aftermath of pandemic lockdowns on top of threats to personal security or risk of getting sick while travelling is affecting their mental well-being and quality of life while off duty.
All individuals serving in a safety sensitive role in business aviation have a responsibility to monitor themselves and others’ fitness for duty. This includes mental and emotional fitness. Learn by example from client cases taken at our assistance centers.
Sponsored Thought Leadership Edition by MedAire
Mental Wellness in Aviation – A Closer Look
Date/Time: Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2022, 11 a.m. EDT
Pilots and others in the aviation community are not immune to the mental health issues affecting the overall population, especially in a post-pandemic work-and-life environment. The concern appears to have been a factor in a recent incident involving a pilot-in-training’s King Air flight over Tupelo, MS. The key, experts advise, is to use practical tools that can keep everyday challenges from becoming mounting obstacles.
In this interactive edition of NBAA News Hour, experts will detail some of the steps that have proven highly effective in keeping mental wellness in focus, without setting up career setbacks.
Turning Into the 4th Quarter; A Look Into the Near-Term Future
Date/Time: Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2022, 11 a.m. EDT
What do the most forward-leaning industry professionals see? Our NBAA News Hour panelists will bring a unique, qualified perspective to the discussion. As we come out of the summer months will the reporting define what may have been the usual summer doldrums or perhaps the true beginning to a slowdown in demand?
Be prepared to listen to the input and be ready to help shape the reality of the market today. Another important milestone to watch for as we enter the 4th quarter will be the appetite and demand for what looks like the last year that will qualify for 100% bonus depreciation for both new and pre-owned aircraft. Will the market begin to have a frenzied feel again?
Our panel of experts will unpack these questions and much more, in a Thought Leadership edition of NBAA News Hour, sponsored by Mesinger Jet Sales.
New and Pre-Owned Business Jet Transaction Forecast
Date/Time: Thursday, Sept. 8, 2022, 11 a.m. EDT
In a business aircraft transactions market that is more unpredictable than ever, a panel of experts will provide their latest data on what’s driving trends on buying and selling, for both new deliveries and pre-owned transactions. No matter how you’re involved in the business aircraft market, the panel’s perspectives will provide timely insights that could inform your decision-making.
A panel of experts will unpack these market insights and much more, in this interactive Thought Leadership edition of NBAA News Hour, sponsored by Global Jet Capital.
Business Aviation – “Talk to the Talkers”
Date/Time: Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2022, 11 a.m. EDT
Join a group of leading analysts, webinar and podcast hosts and other communicators in the aviation Industry, who will provide a front-line view of the factors driving change in business aviation during an unprecedented moment, including:
  • The reasons a weather forecast now seems more accurate and predictable than forecasts related to marketplace changes
  • Understanding why the shift to a coming seller’s market might swing the transaction pendulum to a balance, or cause an over-correction toward a buyer’s market. Our guests will discuss the implications of either outcome, and offer their back-channel intelligence about such shifts.
  • “Drinking the Kool Aid”: when it comes to transactions, which flavor will be the sweetest – buyers Kool Aid or Sellers Kool Aid? Sip it with us this hour.
Our panel of experts will unpack these questions and much more, in a Thought Leadership edition of NBAA News Hour, sponsored by Mesinger Jet Sales.
The Ukraine Crisis and Business Aviation – Your Questions Answered
Date/Time: Wednesday, March 16, 2022, 11 a.m. EDT
The confrontation between Russia and the West over Ukraine continues to impact business aviation in evolving ways, prompting new questions and changing answers in a fluid situation.
The Ukraine Crisis – Global Impact and Perspectives
Date/Time: Friday, March 4, 2022, 11 a.m. EST
The unfolding confrontation between Russia and the West over Ukraine has implications for the aviation industry and well beyond. During this News Hour, NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen will be joined by a panel of expert analysts weighing in on a host of conflict-driven factors cutting across many sectors, with the potential to impact your business, including:
  • The situation’s impact on financial systems, including transactions
  • Concerns over cybersecurity
  • The economic and market impact of sanctions, including for supply chains and asset management
  • Geopolitical ramifications
Flying Out of the COVID-Era – Do’s And Don’ts For International Missions
Date/Time: Monday, Feb 28, 2022, 11 a.m. EST
As the pandemic continues to recede, entrepreneurs and companies are eager to pursue business opportunities all around the world. In light of this pent-up demand, experts say mission plans should include a thorough understanding of the evolving landscape of requirements. In this webinar, three veterans with NBAA’s International Operations Committee will review the most common oceanic errors from 2021, and help ensure you’re not caught unprepared for international travel in 2022. Webinar participants will be able to put this team of experts to the test during a live Q&A.
Your 2022 Compensation Plan – Hear From the Experts
Date/Time: Friday, Feb 18, 2022, 11 a.m. EST
As managers and employees alike map out their career goals for the coming year, a panel of experts will discuss the workforce landscape, and the trends worth watching. This webinar will also feature the release of key findings from NBAA’s annual Compensation Survey. Learn what you should be paying – and what you should be getting paid.
New Year, Limits Stretched, What’s to Come? The Experts’ Scorecard
Date/Time: Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2022, 11 a.m. EST
Sponsored Thought Leadership Edition by Mesinger Jet Sales
If 2021 redefined boundaries for business aviation – new aircraft buyers, more flight hours, new clients embracing charter and fractional – what trends will define the “new normal” in 2022? This edition of NBAA News Hour will look at:
  • Expectations for aircraft supply, in light of increased demand, and what changes to watch for that might increase supply
  • How increased flying will drive maintenance scheduling, modification and RTS pressures on the maintenance facility and MROs
  • The impact of the 2022 norms on hiring and benefits
  • The emerging pressures of this environment on aircraft transactions and utilization arrangements and lift fulfillment, based on evolving and changing processes
New Year, New Considerations for International Operations
Date/Time: Thursday, Jan. 27, 2022, 11 a.m. EST
Sponsored Thought Leadership Edition by MedAire
Join a panel of international operators and operational support services experts as they discuss how new regulations, ever-evolving entry/exit requirements and new COVID-19 variants will shape private travel in 2022. Panelists will share best practices to ensure successful operations, from trip planning to return.
2022: Big Year, Big Issues for Operators – CEOs’ Perspectives
Date/Time: Thursday, Jan. 20, 2022, 10 a.m. EST
The coming year will present the business aviation industry with both significant challenges and opportunities, such as:
  • Fuel: airports in California are banning the sale of 100LL (and is that a slippery slope?)
  • 5G and Radar Altimeters: the January rollout of 5G networks is raising safety concerns
  • Workforce: pilot and other shortages continue to confront the sector; what GA is doing to address the trend?
  • Safety: recent data offer mixed conclusions for general aviation
These are only a few of the issues the industry faces. What are the expectations regarding these and other concerns in 2022 and beyond? Join AOPA President and CEO Mark Baker and NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen for a look ahead to the topics and trends that will shape the year in aviation.
What the Looming Threat From 5G Interference Could Mean for Your Flight
Date/Time: Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2021, 11 a.m. EST
The potential for emerging 5G broadband signals to interfere with the radio altimeters pilots rely on for all phases of safe flight is raising alarm among all industry segments. Recent news reports have detailed FAA plans to issue special safety bulletins if the new systems are brought online. This NBAA News Hour panel will detail what’s involved with the concern, and the latest steps an industry coalition is taking to confront it.
High Demand During Low Tide – Business Aviation’s Capacity Issues
Date/Time: Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2021, 11 a.m. EDT
This webinar will help instruct participants of the absolute necessity of using patience and smart thinking to overcome the fear of being left behind in a market created by the lack of industry-wide capacity. Currently, we’re going through the waning moon phase. It’s a time when Lady Luna decreases in her size and slowly disappears from the night sky. As this occurs and the industry capacity tide is lower, we will discuss all the relevant effects on our industry. It is almost a perfect storm. Our guests this morning will discuss just a few of the areas working to shape our industry given the high demand and pointing out the inelasticity of their respective industry segments.
Managing Fatigue Through Trip Execution
Date/Time: Thursday, Aug. 19, 2021, 11 a.m. EDT
As vaccine distribution increases and COVID risk becomes manageable, many operators are restarting long haul trips. Be sure your fatigue management program is set up to proactively prevent fatigue using practical planning tools and protocols. Join us for a conversation with fatigue and trip planning experts.
Business Aviation’s Elephant in the Room – Buying Aircraft
Date/Time: Wednesday, Aug. 11, 2021, 11 a.m. EDT
Sponsored Thought Leadership Edition by Mesinger Jet Sales
In every “room” either wedged in the corner, hiding in an adjacent closet, or perhaps under the rug, there is an elephant. In our industry, the elephant centers on the pricing of aircraft, the true availability of inventory, the causes of the seemingly lower supply, and when availability will balance out. Among the many areas to be covered, along with live Q&A, this episode will answer:
  • Is the scarcity of available inventory causing price hikes?
  • How are supply chain delays hampering transaction timing?
  • Does the pre-owned market follow suit with other inflationary products affected by supply chain issues?
  • This webinar will allow our attendees to become engaged on this matter and give them the confidence to join in the evolving market space.
Your Post-Pandemic Promotion – Experts Help You Make the Case
Date/Time: Tuesday, July 20, 2021, 11 a.m. EDT
COVID-19 introduced severe disruption to the business aviation employment market, but it also provided opportunities for professionals to innovate, and provide value as never before. If it’s time to move up, this edition of NBAA News Hour will feature three professionals who will explain how they successfully made the case for career advancement in the COVID era.
Pilot Records Database Compliance is Weeks Away – What Should You Know?
Date/Time: Thursday, July 15, 2021, 11 a.m. EDT
On August 8, the FAA will begin requiring compliance for certain flight operations with the agency’s new Pilot Records Database (PRD). NBAA and its members were able to remove the most onerous provisions from the FAA’s original PRD plan – what criteria remain, and how can you ensure compliance, if needed? A panel of experts has your PRD-compliance briefing.
We’re Off to the Races – An Industry Roaring Back
Date/Time: Wednesday, July 14, 2021, 11 a.m. EDT
Sponsored Thought Leadership edition by: Mesinger Jet Sales
The Pulse Live – Ladies and gentlemen, start your engines! With each passing week, it’s clear that business aviation is ready to take to the skies and soar once again. All the metrics – flight hours, fueling, maintenance, staffing – point to a bright horizon. Does your flight department have the right considerations in view? Join moderator, Jay Mesinger and veteran panelists for this exclusive discussion to ensure your company knows you’ve thought about much more than just a return to “normal.”
Improved Tools and Resources for Thunderstorm and Hurricane Activity – Are You Ready?
Date/Time: Wednesday, June 30, 2021, 11 a.m. EDT
Thunderstorm and hurricane seasons have arrived. The National Hurricane Center has increased the number of named storms considered an “average” season after they updated the 30-year data, just in time to forecast this as an “above-average” season. Both the FAA and the NWS have updated their thunderstorm tools, making them easier for operators to interpret, and to use them to try and mitigate some delays. This News Hour will highlight the enhancements made and how you can best be prepared for hurricane and thunderstorm season.
Flying Internationally in the New Norm is Anything But Routine – Are You Prepared?
Date/Time: Wednesday, June 23, 2021, 11 a.m. EDT
From operational guidelines, to manuals and authorizations, to training and aircraft equipment, the COVID-19 pandemic has had a profound impact on business aviation, including for international missions. In this important discussion, sponsored by Aviation Manuals, you’ll hear from panelists with the expertise to ensure you’re prepared.
Returning to the ‘New Normal’ – Is Your Flight Department Team in Sync?
Date/Time: Wednesday, May 26, 2021, 11 a.m. EDT
Week after week, travel and vaccination statistics make one central fact clear: with each passing day, we are continually emerging from the COVID-19 pandemic. As we roll up our sleeves to return to the skies, it is crucial we maintain the same level of safety, service, and efficiency we enjoyed pre-COVID, while also adapting to the drastic changes our industry has experienced.