NBAA Launches New Virtual Learning Series Tailored to Smaller Flight Departments

Contact: Dan Hubbard, 202-783-9360,

Washington, DC, Sept. 29, 2020 –  The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) has unveiled a new series of educational programming to address common issues facing leaders of small flight departments, and to provide guidance to newer managers for supervising and growing their flight operations.

Developed by NBAA’s Small Flight Department Subcommittee, the new NBAA Small Operator Learning Series offers contributions from seasoned business aviation leaders on matters including operational excellence, management practices, and financial considerations. All programming is available free for NBAA members to review at their convenience, on their schedule.

“NBAA developed this new resource as a single point where small operators may to learn from experts, review best practices and receive professional guidance on handling a range of different scenarios that often carry unique considerations for smaller flight operations,” said NBAA Operations and Member Services Specialist Hunter Watson.

The online series recently launched with three informative modules:

  • Budgeting Basics: Addressing one of the most common challenges for new managers, this program assists small operators in designing budget templates, managing department expenses and planning for scheduled and unanticipated expenditures.
  • Insurance Claims and Coverage: Smaller flight departments consistently face insurance claims and coverage issues with respect to their aviation operations. This module addresses both fundamental issues as well as more specialized and highly nuanced areas, including aircraft diminution in value claims and the limits to professional liability insurance.
  • Time Sharing Arrangements: This module offers best practices for creating and utilizing a time-sharing agreement for aircraft principals to share their aircraft with others. This program also details NBAA’s Small Aircraft Exemption that allows the use of regulations typically reserved for large operators.

Watson emphasized the NBAA Small Operator Learning Series will continuing evolving and adding new content, with future modules addressing maintenance best practices, building an effective safety culture and communicating effectively with the aircraft principal, among other topics.

“The NBAA Small Operator Learning Series provides accessible information addressing the issues important to small operators in an easily digestible format,” he said. “We expect this informative and ‘outside the box’ series of specialized programming to be of tremendous benefit to smaller flight departments.”

Access NBAA’s Small Operator Learning Series.

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