Expanded NBAA-BACE Safety Program Hosts Government, Industry Leaders

Contact: Dan Hubbard, 202-783-9360, dhubbard@nbaa.org

Washington, DC, Sept. 22, 2022 – Building a preventative safety culture through best operating practices and diligent analysis of past errors will be a central focus at the 2022 NBAA Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (NBAA-BACE) in Orlando, FL.

During 18 timely presentations throughout the Oct. 17-20 convention week, government and industry experts will address business aviation safety priorities including:

  • Strategies for identifying and mitigating risks related to the four most common accident types
  • Ways to support mental health awareness in the aviation workforce 
  • Scaling Safety Management Systems (SMS) to meet the needs of different operating segments 

“Business aviation’s commitment to constantly refining best operating practices is reflected in the robust NBAA-BACE safety program, which will deliver important perspectives on the latest strategies and technology for preventative safety,” said Mark Larsen, CAM, NBAA director of safety and flight operations.

Reflecting the show’s emphasis on safety-focused discussions, the NBAA National Safety Forum returns in an expanded format that now takes place throughout the convention week, making it easier than ever for business aviation professionals to participate in these vital industry conversations.

Additionally, a substantial government presence at this year’s NBAA-BACE – which includes National Transportation Safety Board members and, for the first time, a co-located Department of Energy aviation safety summit – will enable critical dialogue on shared safety objectives, including the forthcoming SMS mandate.

Opportunities for world-class safety training next month in Orlando include:

Single-Pilot Safety Standdown (Oct. 17)

  • Peter Basile, Textron Aviation, will provide a case study of a Citation runway excursion event 
  • Dan Moore will outline keys to achieving operational consistency in approaches and landings
  • Raphael Maitre, Daher, will present on how flight data can be used to improve performance
  • Charlie Precourt will share the results of a comprehensive runway excursion research study 

National Safety Forum (Oct. 18-20)

  • NTSB investigators and NBAA Safety Committee subject matter experts will highlight prevention strategies for loss of control, runway excursion, controlled flight into terrain, and ground operation events 
  • Dr. Quay Snyder, president/CEO and co-founder of Aviation Medicine Advisory Service; Matt McNeil, founder, president and clinical director of LiftAffect and Dr. Beth Bjerke, associate dean/professor at University of North Dakota Aerospace, will participate in a timely panel on addressing mental health challenges in the aviation community 
  • Michael Graham, National Transportation Safety Board member; Chris Rocheleau, NBAA chief operating officer; Andrew Karas, IS-BAO program director; Bob Rufli, Air Charter Safety Foundation director of operations and Amanda Ferraro, CAM, Aviation Safety Solutions CEO, will present strategies for making SMS work for organizations of all sizes in a panel moderated by Doug Carr, NBAA senior vice president, safety, security, sustainability and international operations 
  • NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen and incoming NBAA Safety Committee Chair Paul Ransbury will highlight business aviation safety leaders, including the presentation of NBAA’s first-ever 90-Year Safe Flying Award, as well as the NBAA Dr. Tony Kern Professionalism in Aviation Awards

Education Sessions

  • The Effect of Servant Leadership on Organizational Commitment and Safety Citizenship
  • How Safe is the Food on Your Flight?
  • Fitness for Duty: The Foundation to Professionalism
  • Tired of Being Tired? Strategies for Minimizing Fatigue 
  • Two Professional Development Program courses:
    • Strengthening Your Safety Culture with Performance Evaluations 
    • SMS for Business Aviation

Industry/Government Interfacing Opportunities 

Taking place Oct. 18-20 at the Orange County Convention Center and nearby Orlando Executive Airport (ORL), NBAA-BACE will explore future-forward technologies and innovative perspectives, while also showcasing the very latest business aviation aircraft, products and services. Learn more about NBAA-BACE.

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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 10,000 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 nbaa.org.

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