NBAA-BACE 2017 - Day 2 Sessions: Our Picks

Here are our picks for NBAA-BACE Day 2, and why we're excited about them!  If you haven't read our picks for Day 1, you can see them here.

 

Subject: Business Faster than the Speed of Sound

Time: 9:15am - 10am

Location: Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC), Innovation Zone

Description:

Business aircraft are commonly described as time machines, creating the ability to be in more places in less time. Supersonic business jets have the potential to multiply that benefit. This panel will explore legal and regulatory hurdles, current programs under development and what the future may hold for this promising technology.

Why We’re Going:

We’ve seen hype in the tech world for companies like Boom, as well as a wide range of opinions and insights from investors and entrepreneurs.  If supersonic flight can be made viable again, it would change worldwide logistics in drastic fashion.  Why we’re really interested in this session: do those in the industry view it as possible?  What barriers exist, aside from technological barriers in the design of the aircraft itself?  When, if ever, does the industry anticipate supersonic flight will debut?

 

Subject: New Rotors on the Horizon

Time: 12:30pm - 1:30pm

Location: LVCC, Innovation Zone

Description:

Helicopters provide operational flexibility and utility for a variety of functions that cannot be performed effectively by fixed-wing aircraft. Research and development of helicopters may be at an all-time high, with derivatives of proven models, new clean sheet designs and tiltrotors underway. What opportunities exist and what new products will come to the market?

Why We’re Going:

New business models have helicopter travel becoming more and more popular for short trips - commuting to JFK from Manhattan, heading to the Hamptons, etc. - what changes should we expect from future designs, and when can we expect them?  Changes to feasibility and capabilities of helicopter travel can potentially have a significant impact on logistics.

 

Subject: Defeating the Status Quo in Your Organization

Time: 1:00pm - 2:00pm

Location: LVCC, Room N255/257 (#3)

Description:

Transformational change might be perceived as uncomfortable, but it also might be required to “save” your business aviation organization. In this informative session, attendees will learn how to alter the status quo without creating chaos, and implement 12 actions steps to effect positive, transformational change.

Why We’re Going:

Among all the sessions, this might be the one we’re most excited about.  We see the constant struggle in organizations to modernize, improve operations, and generate change in general, and it’s critical for our own business to be able to communicate and implement changes in other businesses effectively.  

We can’t wait to compare the suggestions at these sessions to our own experience, and improve how we approach implementing changes in organizations we work with.

 

Subject: Simplifying Part 135 Compliance

Time: 1:00pm - 2:00pm

Location: LVCC, Room N245/246/247 (#1)

Description:

This session will address current Part 135 regulatory challenges, discuss the FAA’s new approach to compliance and offer strategies for streamlining recordkeeping. Hot topics to be discussed include:

  • SAS — Is it required and what does it mean for your operation?

  • Part 135 flight training programs

  • Check airmen and instructors

  • Hazardous materials

  • Exclusive use aircraft DOT compliance

  • FAA’s new compliance philosophy

  • Maintenance records

  • Flight crew records

Why We’re Going:

While compliance is generally not that exciting, and viewed by most as a burden, it’s actually a veritable gold mine of information that most organizations don’t take advantage of.  There are lots of opportunities for optimization within the procedures and operations undertaken for compliance, and we’re looking forward to learning more and generating ideas about how we can improve operations with this data.

Making changes to your operation in response to regulatory changes can often be extremely challenging, and is another area we can help companies gain control of their operations.

 

Subject: The Future of Electric Airplanes

Time: 2:00pm - 3:00pm

Location: LVCC, Room N255/257 (#3)

Description:

Volatility in fuel prices and a desire to reduce environmental impact are key reasons for investment in electric airplanes technology. But is there potential for wide-scale utilization of electric airplanes in business aviation? This forward-thinking session will explore financial opportunities, examine companies currently involved in research and development, identify technical challenges and speculate on when products may be viable in the marketplace.

Why We’re Going:

Electric cars are changing the face of ground transport, with companies like Teo Taxi in Montreal introducing shared transport via electric vehicles.  But companies utilizing electric vehicles must take into account further logistical challenges in charging their vehicles, and make sure they optimize their fleet to truly take advantage of the benefits of electric cars.

We’re looking forward to learning more about when aircraft might introduce electric technology, whether they anticipate facing the same challenges, and which might well-suited for optimization technology.

 

Subject: Unmanned in Demand

Time: 3:00pm - 4:30pm

Location: LVCC, Room N249/250/251 (#2)

Description:

The long-awaited Part 107 rules opened up a wide playing field for small unmanned aircraft system (sUAS) operators. While regulatory and operational challenges still exist, sUAS are already being adopted as a business tool by companies across the United States. Representatives of several NBAA member companies will discuss how they use sUAS to support their businesses, look at relevant operational considerations, explore available insurance options and more.

Why We’re Going:

Because it’s cool!  Well, partly.  One of our cofounders, Graham, is an unmanned aircraft enthusiast, and he’s always interested in anything related to the field.  That said, future uses of unmanned aircraft - delivery in particular - are going to face a large set of logistical challenges, and this is what we’re really interested in.  Finding out from those who are already using unmanned aircraft in their business how they anticipate use will change will be very interesting.

 

Subject: Skip the Traffic: Fly Your Car

Time: 3:30pm - 4:30pm

Location: LVCC, Innovation Zone

Description:

From “The Jetsons” to “Back to the Future,” the concept of a 21st Century flying car has been a commuter’s dream – one that, for the first time since the Aerocar of the 1950s, is a possible reality. Join us as we explore flying cars under development, their potential for bringing new businesses into aviation and why the near future may be the right time for this Space Age technology to take off.

Why We’re Going:

Kind of like unmanned aircraft, we just think flying cars are cool!  While they will no doubt change the future of logistics and transportation, we don’t anticipate this being a change that comes quickly.

Nonetheless, it will be interesting to see the newest designs, and how long experts believe it will be before flying cars are prevalent.