NBAA-BACE 2017 - Day 1 Sessions: Our Picks

We're getting ready for NBAA-BACE 2017, and as part of that, we've been planning which sessions we're going to attend.  Here are our picks for Day 1, with descriptions provided by NBAA, and the reasons why we think they're important!

Subject: Security: How to Protect Your Data, Assets and Facilities

Time: 10:30am - 12pm

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

Description:

In the present security environment, the private sector remains the first line of defense for protecting its own personnel, assets and facilities. This session will help business aircraft operators conduct a security risk assessment, measuring compliance with applicable security requirements based on a standard methodology. Items to be covered in this session include:

  • Shielding your data from cyber-attacks

  • Business aviation security best practices

  • Cost benefit and cost effectiveness analysis

  • Security decision making

  • Risk assessment process

Why We’re Going:

Securing data in any industry has never been more important.  We take it seriously and always try to make sure we’re on top of the latest developments.

We’re also very interested in risk management - with more and more governing bodies looking to standardize various forms of risk management, there are lots of possible applications of optimization technology to help manage such a complex topic.

 

Subject: All Hands on Deck: Confronting the Personnel Shortage

Time: 10:30am - 12pm

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

Description:

As the business aviation workforce continues to age, the industry must evolve and adapt to meet personnel challenges. Are standard experience requirements of the past necessary in the future? How can business aviation compete to attract the best and brightest? This attendee-driven session will create strategies for bridging the talent gap and succeeding in a volatile labor market, as well as provide an analysis of potential employment barriers within the industry. Topics will include developing talent pipelines, examining qualification standards and how industry collaboration can help build the business aviation workforce of the future.

Why We’re Going:

We consistently see pilot and crew shortages as a problem among almost all transportation industries, not just aviation.  Finding great crew is a secondary concern, but one which most companies would like to have the freedom to pursue.

We also believe that the cost of employee turnover is vastly underestimated, or at least undervalued, and solving the issue could loosen up capital to grow for many of these companies.

We have experience building simulations and crewing models that improve quality of life - adding more days off, or a better rotation, for example - and these are a good start.  Being able to objectively evaluate crew and be able to build a very successful, loyal group of employees is where we’d like to head, and this session should help guide that effort.


 

Subject: Elevating Your Operation

Time: 10:30am - 12pm

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

Description:

Develop your flight operation to better serve the business. Experienced flight department managers will explain how to communicate department needs to the aircraft principal, detail strategies for staying compliant with regulatory changes and offer advice on implementing or enhancing Part 125 and 135 operations within your business.

Why We’re Going:

Ultimately, communication is critical in building a successful logistics or transportation business, and that holds true in aviation.

We strive to build solutions for clients that aid in that effort, and make logistics clearer to all those involved.  Learning more about how the best managers communicate is never a bad idea.

As a side note, dealing with regulatory changes can be a big hassle for logistics operators if they aren’t prepared for it.  We’ve seen some concern over potential upcoming regulatory changes in Canada, and we believe building regulatory changes into our scheduling modules will be a game-changer for companies undergoing these changes, whether it be due to new mandates, or simply because they want to branch into new areas.

 

Subject: Technology-Driven Trends in Business Aviation

Time: 1-2pm

Location: LVCC, Innovation Zone

Description:

Keep your finger on the pulse on an ever-changing technological landscape with insights from digital experts Indy Cho and Greg Jones. From cloud technology to augmented reality, this lively panel discussion will bring you up-to-date on emerging industry trends impacting present and future operations.

Why We’re Going:

Who doesn’t want to hear about new technology? Seriously, we’re always keen to hear about the latest and greatest in the industry, and given that we like to think of ourselves as pushing the boundaries, it’s always a good idea to find out how others believe the industry is going to change, and what others are working on to push the industry forward.

 

Subject: There’s an App for That: Using Tech to Reach the Skies

Time: 3-4pm

Location: LVCC, Innovation Zone

Description:

Our personal and business lives have changed dramatically with the advent of apps, and our reliance on mobile platforms. This panel of operators will discuss their favorite apps for flight planning, in-flight operations, team communications, project management and fun/relaxation. The presenters also will address best practices for managing multiple devices, ensuring backups and updates, and other practical tips.

Why We’re Going:

As we mentioned before, communication in logistics businesses is critical for business success, and mobile apps have changed how we conduct communication.  That said, we still believe there’s a lot to be desired by most systems - often operators have had mobile apps added to their legacy software, so the functionality is limited, or seems like an afterthought.  

Finding out more about how apps are being used for communication among various teams is particularly important for us as we continue to develop our own methods for communication as it relates to the scheduling, routing and planning optimization we do for clients.

 

Read about our picks for Day 2 here!