NBAA Launches New Interactive Virtual Business Aviation Platform

NBAA’s new GO Virtual meeting platform brings together business aviation professionals. NBAA

As our personal and professional lives move through the drastic changes the world is experiencing, aviation associations like the National Business Aviation Association are moving fast to re-tool content delivery systems to maintain their usual high level of educational benefits. NBAA’s new GO Virtual Interactive Platform is an example of the shifting mindset association executives are working with to keep members engaged and updated.

NBAA GO (short for “Go Online”) initially launched with pre-recorded and interactive live content that delivers the latest advancements, best practices, and progress in the business aviation industry, all aimed at industry professionals. With nearly 40 hours of available content currently being offered, NBAA GO virtual sessions provide access to important educational programs available anytime. “We’re extremely excited to offer this new, interactive product to business aviation professionals seeking to further their education about the latest developments in our industry,” said Jo Damato, CAM, NBAA vice president of educational strategy and workforce development. “Especially during this difficult time, it’s more important than ever that business aviation professionals remain informed and engaged. The platform is open to everyone right now at introductory member pricing regardless of their membership status.”

The new interactive platform will initially feature sessions tied to three NBAA staple events that were canceled or curtailed for 2020 because of the COVID-19 crisis. These include the following virtual events:

Virtual IOC2020: The 2020 NBAA Virtual International Operators Conference sessions will focus on the latest critical safety and security information, and they were launched on April 30. New sessions will be available weekly on Thursdays at 11 am EDT.

Virtual MC2020: The education sessions at the 2020 NBAA Virtual Maintenance Conference will cover new ways of doing business and best practices in aircraft maintenance. This virtual conference launched May 4 with a free keynote presentation offering the latest regulatory updates from the FAA, and new sessions will be available weekly on Mondays at 2 pm EDT.

Virtual SDC2020: This virtual conference will feature a combination of 2020 NBAA Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference sessions recorded live on-site in Charlotte, North Carolina, in early March. New sessions recorded virtually will keep members up-to-date on the latest operational information critical to business aviation, with an emphasis on building resilience in the face of challenges. Virtual SDC2020 sessions are available now and more will be added by May 15.

Each session includes a live question-and-answer portion allowing attendees to engage virtually with session presenters and other industry professionals. Live sessions and Q&A will also be recorded for on-demand consumption. Additionally, nearly every NBAA GO online interactive session is eligible for quarter-point credit toward initial or recurrent Certified Aviation Manager (CAM) approval.“

NBAA GO will include all of the scheduled education sessions planned for SDC2020, IOC2020 and MC2020 that lend themselves well to the virtual format,” Damato added. “While these interactive online sessions are in no way intended to replace the experience of attending an NBAA conference in person, during this difficult time NBAA GO offers an exciting and innovative way for business aviation professionals to continue their engagement with education about our industry.”

Dan Pimentel is an instrument-rated private pilot and former airplane owner who has been flying since 1996. As an aviation journalist and photographer, he has covered all aspects of the general and business aviation communities for a long list of major aviation magazines, newspapers and websites. He has never met a flying machine that he didn’t like, and has written about his love of aviation for years on his Airplanista blog. For 10 years until 2019, he hosted the popular ‘Oshbash’ social media meetup events at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh.

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