More than ever, people want timely access to experts and authorities to help them make decisions about their business aviation operations and other plans. This is especially the case as the business aviation community grapples with the spread of the COVID-19 virus, and 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.

Produced at least twice a week, 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.


Upcoming Webinars

Video Engagement During & After COVID-19
Date/Time: Wednesday, May 27, 2020, 11 a.m. EDT
Whether we were prepared for it or not, COVID-19 and stay-at-home orders have forced our industry into an all-digital world. More than ever, the need for people to connect on a personal level has put video at the forefront of both internal and external communications. This episode will explain why the use of video is crucial for engagement and success, the best tactics for development and implementation, and why mastering video communication will still be necessary post-COVID-19.

NBAA News Hour Archives

How to Avoid Illegal Charters as We Emerge From COVID-19
Date/Time: Friday, May 22, 2020, 11 a.m. EDT
As the nation fights to recover from the global pandemic, members of the traveling public may turn to business aviation for the first time. While this could reduce their exposure to COVID-19, it also introduces new risks. Join our panel of regulatory experts to find out how to determine what constitutes a legal charter, what makes a charter flight illegal, and how to tell the difference. Operators will learn legal options for cost-sharing and common pitfalls.
How to Recover Professionally from a Crisis
Date/Time: Wednesday, May 20, 2020, 11 a.m. EDT
The COVID-19 pandemic has and continues to impact professionals across every industry. For the majority of young professionals, this is their first encounter with a worldwide crisis in their career and they are left facing these unprecedented times with little to no point of reference. During this News Hour episode, we’ve gathered industry veterans who have weathered the storm of various crises and sustained their careers while keeping their morale high. We will uncover lessons learned and provide strategies to navigate these uncertain times.
The Unprecedented Insurance Market & the Impact of COVID-19
Date/Time: Monday, May 18, 2020, 11 a.m. EDT
COVID-19 has forced most of the aviation industry to come to a halt. The insurance market has been in a state nearly as unprecedented as the health of our nation. Premiums are increasing anywhere from 30% to as much as 300% due to accidents, natural disasters, and a shrinking pool of underwriters. We’re bringing together a panel of underwriters, brokers, and insurance experts to answer your questions on both manned and unmanned aviation insurance.
COVID 19 & Federal Excise Tax Suspension: Does it Apply to Your Business?
Date/Time: Friday, May 15, 2020, 11 a.m. EDT
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) suspended federal excise taxes (FET) for commercial aviation operations until Dec. 31, 2020. While the suspension offers significant benefits to commercial operators, including Part 135 air carriers, it has also generated many questions. NBAA has been working directly with the IRS to understand how the suspension applies to business aviation and our panel of experts will answer your questions. If you have questions on how to apply the suspension to charter invoices, payments for trips before the passage of the CARES Act, need details on fuel tax credits and refunds, or have other concerns, join us this Friday for our NBAA News Hour webinar.
Sanitizing Your Business Aircraft During COVID-19, Part 2
Date/Time: Wednesday, May 13, 2020, 11 a.m. EDT
NBAA revisits aircraft sanitization to continue the high-demand discussion and to review technologies not previously mentioned during the fluid and evolving COVID-19 environment.
Remote ID: Paving the Way Forward for UAS Integration
Date/Time: Monday, May 11, 2020, 11 a.m. EDT
Join NBAA and our emerging technology member companies to discuss the FAA’s Remote ID proposed rulemaking and the recent announcement to collaborate with 8 companies to develop technology requirements for future Remote ID UAS Service Suppliers. Remote ID will enable drones to provide identification and location information while operating in the national airspace. Hear from industry experts on what the path forward looks like and how the industry-government collaboration will enable integration.
SFAR 118: Dissecting FAA’s COVID-19 GA Relief Package
Date/Time: Friday, May 8, 2020, 11 a.m. EDT
The FAA just released a large package of specific relief measures for a variety of GA and BA operational needs in Special Federal Aviation Regulation (SFAR) 118, which provides regulatory relief to persons who have been unable to comply with certain training, recent experience, testing, and checking requirements due to the COVID-19 outbreak. NBAA regulatory leaders will join FAA experts to examine the regulations that make relief available and the steps involved in their implementation.
Aviation Security During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Date/Time: Wednesday, May 6, 2020, 11 a.m. EDT
With a reduced presence of personnel at flight departments and airports during the COVID-19 crisis, maintaining consistent security can be a challenge. This panel of security experts will address:
  • Facility and aircraft security
  • Insider threat concerns
  • Passenger and baggage screenings
Additional discussion will cover broad security concerns given the current pandemic environment, fielded questions from the audience, and more.
Engagement at the Regional Level Despite COVID-19
Date/Time: Friday, May 1, 2020, 11 a.m. EDT
The new “normal” looks different for everyone. Whether you’re adjusting to working from a home office, are pushing through a company halt, or are still flying the skies with new precautions, physical isolation does not mean an end to professional engagement. Local and regional groups and NBAA Regional Representatives are your go-to resource to remain engaged and active wherever you might be based. This episode will discuss the following and more:
  • How to participate in and remain up-to-date in local legislative issues
  • Why and how to virtually network within your region during COVID-19
  • Opportunities for students to engage with industry professionals
  • Concepts for virtual regional events
Innovation During COVID-19: Halted or Full Steam Ahead?
Recorded Wednesday, April 29, 2020
A hallmark of the business aviation industry is technological advancement, which comes from extensive research and development investment. How will COVID-19 impact investments in the aerospace industry? This NBAA News Hour webinar examines topics such as: How has our industry managed innovation during previous economic downturns? Have investors pulled back or are they doubling down? Will stay-at-home orders delay product launches, and if so, to what extent? Read a review of the April 29 webinar.
The Value of Virtual Audits During and After COVID-19
Recorded Monday, April 27, 2020
With social distancing and travel restrictions becoming our current normal, the need for audits continues. Several groups have stepped into the realm of remote and virtual auditing as a way of maintaining the structured focus in safety. This webinar answers questions such as: What are the current options and processes for virtual audits? How will virtual auditing evolve post-COVID? Is the FAA embracing virtual solutions? Read a review of the April 27 webinar.
Managing Workforce Challenges During COVID-19
Recorded Friday, April 24, 2020
The workforce environment has changed drastically since the emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic. Companies have shifted from an employee shortage to quickly needing to develop a management strategy of existing staff and financial stability. This webinar answers questions of interest to business aircraft operators regarding recruiting, employee engagement, employment benefits and more. Read a review of the April 24 webinar.
Humanitarian Operations and the NBAA HERO Database
Recorded April 22, 2020
Though business aviation is a tremendous asset to the economy and businesses, times like the COVID-19 environment emphasizes the value and opportunity for us to use business aircraft to help those in need. This webinar will tell the stories of companies involved in humanitarian operations from the perspectives of both a charitable organization and a Part 91 operator. It also will explain what the NBAA Humanitarian Emergency Response Operator (HERO) Database is, how the HERO initiative aids communities and citizens in times of crisis, and how NBAA member companies can get involved in humanitarian aid efforts. Learn more about NBAA’s HERO Database.
YoPro Legislative Update
Recorded April 20, 2020
The legislative environment is constantly evolving around COVID-19 and it’s important that young professionals have a grasp on how legislation is affecting them and what they can do to enGAge and drive positive change for business aviation. In this episode, the NBAA legislative team unpacks the most recent information and fields questions from the live audience. Read a review of the April 20 webinar.
Airports in the COVID-19 Environment and What You Should Expect
Recorded April 17, 2020
Our general aviation (GA) airports have been greatly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Pavement will survive the health crisis; however, it takes people for this critical aviation infrastructure to continue to operate safely and to keep it ready for the recovery. In this interactive webinar representatives from GA airports across the country will share their perspectives on how they are tackling these challenges, and our panelist from the FAA will talk about the CARES Act funding to airports and what it means to business aviation. Read a review of the April 17 webinar.
Keeping Your Crew Fit for Duty in the Downtime
Recorded April 15, 2020
Fitness for duty – which encompasses medical health, mental health and fatigue mitigation – is essential to safety for personnel performing safety-sensitive functions. COVID-19 presents a particular challenge to preserving the routine policies, practices and processes that ensure fitness-for-duty standards are maintained. What steps should business aviation organizations be taking to support fitness for duty in their workforce? What are common mental health considerations for people in business aviation specific to COVID-19, and response? Read a review of the April 15 webinar.
FAA Transaction Guidance During the COVID-19 Crisis
Recorded April 13, 2020
The FAA Civil Aviation Registry has implemented a policy to quarantine for 72 hours all documents submitted to the registry for filing. This quarantine can complicate closings on aircraft transactions, and create a series of complications. What is the FAA doing to address this situation? What lessons have been learned from those who have needed to conduct aircraft transactions during this challenging moment? Read a review of the April 13 webinar.
Fleet Readiness: Maintenance Considerations Amidst COVID-19
Recorded April 9, 2020
COVID-19 has idled a number of flight crews and aircraft, prompting questions about maintenance best practices, so that aircraft are ready to return to service as needed. For example, is it best to place an aircraft in “preservation mode”, or take steps to preserve its airworthiness? What preparations should be made for returning to full operation? Read a review of the April 9 webinar.
COVID-19 and Catering Best Practices
Recorded April 7, 2020, 11 a.m. EDT
If you must conduct a mission in the current COVID-19 environment, you want to ensure that food-service standards are maintained on the aircraft and on the ground. What are operators doing to ensure such standards are preserved? Read a review of the April 7 webinar.
Does the CARES Act Apply to Your Company?
Recorded April 3, 2020
On March 25, 2020, Congress passed and President Trump signed sweeping legislation to provide COVID-19 relief to a host of industries, including companies in the aviation sector. This webinar features knowledgeable sources who will unpack the recently passed CARES Act, which provides relief for the business aviation community. What are the bill’s major provisions? Does the legislation apply to your aviation business? If so, what are the considerations related to tax conformity and other types of compliance? Read a review of the April 3 webinar.
Maintaining Flight Department Readiness Amidst the COVID-19 Spread
Recorded March 31, 2020
The unprecedented COVID-19 environment has raised a host of challenges for business aviation, including how can flight department managers ensure that their flight operations are ready for a mission on a moment’s notice? How can managers ensure that crews are safe, fit for duty and ready to fly on a continuing basis? And how can they effectively create a decision tree, or a crew-scheduling plan, in the current situation? Read a review of the March 31 webinar.
Best Practices for Cleaning and Disinfecting Business Aircraft in a COVID-19 Environment
Recorded March 27, 2020
NBAA recently produced an Aircraft Disinfection and Cleaning Procedures Guide with best practices for sanitizing business aircraft, a topic particularly in focus given the spread of COVID-19. This webinar will discuss disinfection and cleaning best practices, including COVID-19-specific sanitation practices, as well as broad recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Read a review of the March 27 webinar.
When COVID-19 Causes ‘ATC-Zero’ Disruptions – Planning Considerations
Recorded March 24, 2020
In light of recent temporary, COVID-driven ATC zero moments, there is some chance that more of them will occur. What are the lessons already learned from those experiences? What do the experts recommend in the way of alternate planning? What resources does NBAA offer to provide real-time information on ATC developments? Read a review of the March 24 webinar.
Updated COVID-19 Guidance From Medical, International Ops Experts
Recorded March 20, 2020
On March 12, the FAA released a safety alert for operators (SAFO) outlining guidance for the aviation community – informed in part by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and World Health Organization – for limiting exposure and reducing the risk of transmission of COVID-19 onboard aircraft. Although the SAFO has been primarily developed for air carriers, the guidance has implications for passengers and crews in business aviation. Read a review of the March 20 webinar.