NBAA GO Flight Operations Redefines the Standard For Virtual Conferences

Contact: Dan Hubbard, 202-783-9360,

Washington, DC, Feb. 25, 2021 – As the NBAA GO Flight Operations Conference concluded an exciting three days, the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) said the first-time virtual event broke new ground in providing access to highly compelling speakers, brand-name industry exhibitors and networking opportunities.

NBAA produced the conference in collaboration with the association’s Schedulers & Dispatchers Committee and International Operators Committee.

“Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, we brought the industry together in a very engaging way, that helped us connect, learn from one another and move the industry forward,” said NBAA Schedulers & Dispatchers Committee Chair Emily White.

NBAA International Operators Committee Chair Kurt Stehling agreed, adding, “The NBAA GO Flight Operations Conference proved that our industry is dedicated to finding innovative ways to chart a course for a brighter future today, tomorrow and together.”

NBAA noted that exhibitors were pleased with the number and caliber of business connections offered by the conference; attendees pointed to the event’s value in offering a robust exhibit floor and content menu. 

Specifically, features of the virtual conference included:

  • Three engaging keynote sessions to inspire business aviation professionals, including: world champion adventure racer Robyn Benincasa, who shared secrets to extreme performance that can be applied to business and personal life; “Zen Pilot” Robert DeLaurentis, who flew a South-to-North Pole peace mission, as well as an around-the-world flight featuring 27 stops and totaling 27,000 miles; and a Flight Operators Town Hall featuring NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen, veteran aviation journalist Bill Garvey, NBAA International Operators Committee Chair Kurt Stehling and NBAA Schedulers & Dispatchers Committee Chair Emily White.
  • More than 40 education sessions, focusing on emerging technologies, aviation sustainability, COVID-era best practices, professional development, international protocols and more. All sessions were recorded, and are available through March 25, including the Q&A hosted by session presenters. New education sessions on aviation safety will be added each week throughout the month of March to continue to educate and engage with attendees.
  • Ample opportunities for networking, including “Coffee Chats” focused on diversity, equity and inclusion; earning the CAM credential; local and regional group development and growth; and more, as well as dedicated chat rooms for peer-to-peer engagement.
  • Virtual 3D exhibit booths from the industry’s leading companies, which allowed for personal engagement, real-time chats and an ability to feature new products and services in a unique way. Exhibits are available for attendees to revisit through March 25.
  • A Professional Member Happy Hour featuring a live virtual magic show, as well as a Young Professional Happy Hour with a ‘90s-throwback theme.

Visit the NBAA GO Flight Operations Conference newsroom for a recap of the event.

NBAA’s commitment to virtual events designed to move the industry forward continues March 24-25 with the NBAA GO Leadership Summit. Learn more about the summit and register today.

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Founded in 1947 and based in Washington, DC, the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) is the leading organization for companies that rely on general aviation aircraft to help make their businesses more efficient, productive and successful. The association represents more than 11,000 company and professional members and provides more than 100 products and services to the business aviation community, including the NBAA Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (NBAA-BACE), the world’s largest civil aviation trade show. Learn more about NBAA at

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