This story is part of AIN's continuing coverage of the impact of the coronavirus on aviation.
As NBAA’s first Virtual Busines Aviation Conference and Exhibition approaches next week, the association has begun planning its next round of virtual events for the first quarter of 2021, including a Flight Operations Conference and a Leadership Summit.
To be held February 23 to 25, the Flight Operations Conference will bring together schedulers, dispatchers, and pilots, among others, with a focus on mission planning, including international operations. The event, fashioned after NBAA’s Schedulers & Dispatchers conference that was to be held during the same week in Fort Worth, Texas, but is now canceled, will address in-depth weather planning, tax compliance, charter operations, and new protocols as the industry emerges from the pandemic. In addition, the conference will feature a dynamic exhibit hall with virtual exhibitors showcasing products and technologies and sharing information.
The Leadership Summit, meanwhile, is set for March 24 to 25 and designed to bring together business aviation innovators, the association said. NBAA had canceled its in-person Leadership Conference that was scheduled for February 8 to 10 in Palm Springs, California. The virtual event will cover strategies for leading through challenging circumstances with scheduled speakers who are experts on change leadership strategies, emotional intelligence, health and well-being, and connectivity and accountability.
“These new events will offer exciting opportunities for industry professionals to refine and rethink their business planning, and even their very definition of success, in a world upended by the Covid-19 pandemic,” said Mike Nichols, NBAA senior v-p of strategy and innovation. “With these conferences, we are going to plan not just for working through the current crisis, but for leading out of it.”
The conference and summit are part of a portfolio of NBAA Go events that NBAA staged as it has been forced to move all of its in-person events online during the prolonged Covid-19 pandemic. NBAA said it has employed an advanced and immersive technology platform that enables attendees, presenters, sponsors, and exhibitors to network through direct person-to-person meeting rooms, virtual 3D exhibit booths, and dedicated subject matter lounges.