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Asian Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition

Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport at Shanghai Hawker Pacific Business Aviation Service Centre



Shanghai, China
April 16-18, 2013

Program Schedule

Unless noted otherwise, ABACE Education Sessions, the Opening General Session, ABACE Press Conference Rooms, at-Show publications and ABACE Press Headquarters will be located in the hangar at Shanghai Hawker Pacific Business Aviation Service Centre.

Exhibit Hours

  • Tuesday, April 16, 2013: 10:00 - 18:00
  • Wednesday, April 17, 2013: 10:00 - 18:00
  • Thursday, April 18, 2013: 10:00 - 16:00

April 16, 2013

Opening General Session
Honored Guests: The Honorable Gary Locke, United States Ambassador to China
Council President Roberto Kobeh Gonzalez, International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO)
A representative from the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC)
Chairman Nianzu Wu, Shanghai Airport Authority (SAA)
President and CEO Ed Bolen, National Business Aviation Association (NBAA)
Training Panel: Flight Attendants, Maintenance Technicians, and Pilots
​Presenters:  Mark Thibault, Hongkong Jet; Keith Morgan, TAG (invited); Scott Arnold, Air Care Solutions Group
​Experts will discuss training best practices and training requirements for pilots, maintenance technicians, and cabin crewmembers (flight attendants). Panelists will address initial training requirements through advanced training on new equipment and advanced technologies (such as SATNAV, ADS-B, PBN, Mode-S, CVS, TCAS, TAWS/GPWS) from a maintenance and operational perspective.
Bombardier Technical Session: Global Series, Vision Flight Deck and RIMP Update
Market Update: Strategic Business Alliances
​Moderator: Jay Mesinger, J. Mesinger Corporate Jet Sales
​Presenters: Jenny Lau, Sinojet; Andrew Richmond, TWC Aviation, Inc.; Mark Byrnes, Gulfstream Aerospace; Zhang Peng, Hainan Airlines
​Cooperative alliances between companies in China and abroad provide greater strengths and seamless operations. Customers of a Chinese company can receive dependable business aviation services when traveling elsewhere in the world, and vice versa. At ABACE2012, several companies announced strategic alliances that will help their customers as they use business aviation to compete in the global economic environment. This panel discussion will highlight the successful relationships, the benefits to the customer and the companies in the alliance, and offer tips on how to create a successful alliance for your business.
China Business Aviation Symposium
Location: Exhibit Floor
Scheduled speakers include: Xia Xinghua, Vice Minister of the Civil Aviation Authority of China (CAAC); Wu Nianzu, Chairman of the Shanghai Airport Authority Group; International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Council President Roberto Kobeh Gonzalez; and CAAC Department of Transportation Director General Shi Boli.
Organized by the CAAC, the China Business Aviation Symposium will bring together top-level regional, national, and international officials to discuss a wide range of matters, including the continuing development of China’s emerging business aviation industry, regional and international policies affecting operations in the region, and the formation of strategic partnerships between established companies. View the full schedule.

April 17, 2013

​​An International Operations Panel Discussion
Mr. Ron Duncan, President and CEO, General Communications, Inc. Duncan flew his first mission to China for ABACE2013, and will discuss the considerations involved in his travel to the Asian region for the first time.
Mr. Glen Western, Chief Pilot, Tail Wind, Ltd. Tail Wind has operated a single, large aircraft from a base in Singapore for many years, and Mr. Western has more than 30 years’ experience operating in the Asian region.
Ms. Saira Kanchwala, Sales & Marketing Director, ARINC Direct, Asia/Pacific. Ms. Kanchwala’s company has extensive experience in working with clients to provide flight support in Asia.
Mr. Denzil White, Director of Flight Operations, Metrojet. His company is a Hong Kong-based charter and management enterprise, which routinely counsels clients on matters related to Asian business aviation operations.
This new session replaces a formerly scheduled ABACE2013 Second-Day General Session, which has been canceled due to unexpected logistical difficulties among the participants in that session.
Bombardier Operational Roundtable
​​Helicopter Operations in Asia
Moderator: Matt Zuccaro, President & CEO, Helicopter Association International
Helicopter operations offer unparalleled access to remote and urban areas alike. The Chinese government had announced plans to opensome lower-altitude airspace, which would make it easier to operate helicopters in China. This panel will discuss infrastructure concerns, training requirements, and safety considerations, as well as the benefits of helicopter operations.
​​Aircraft Maintenance: Best Practices for Safety
Moderator: Pete Bunce, President & CEO, General Aviation Manufacturers Association
Paul Lu, Product Support Director-Asia, Gulfstream Aerospace;Robin Tozer, JSSI; Steve Hughes, Metrojet Ltd.
Inspections and routine maintenance of business aircraft arenecessary to ensure safety. Aircraft owners may not fully understand or appreciate the maintenance requirements of a business aircraft. This session will explore best practices for aircraft maintenance that are designed to ensure a safe, reliable operation. Participants will introduce essential elements of aircraft maintenance, how to minimize down-time of the aircraft when maintenance is required, reduce maintenance expenditures, and enhance aircraft reliability.
Bombardier Technical Session: Challenger Series Update
Mainland China Operators Meeting
Hosted by: Asian Business Aviation Association (AsBAA)
Location: Meeting Room #1
The Asian Business Aviation Association (AsBAA) invites all mainland China business aircraft operators to attend this important program during ABACE2013. This meeting will include educational content, such as a presentation on safety (focusing on the International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations - IS-BAO) as well as a lively interaction and discussion about current economic and regulatory policies impacting Chinese operators. Operators will share their views on operational issues and priorities. AsBAA leaders will listen to your concerns and develop a concrete action plan focusing on how to improve business aviation in China.
​Purchasing & Financing Business Aircraft
Presented by: David Dixon, Jetcraft Asia; Philip Rushton, Aviatrade Asia; Tom Chang, East West Bank
The level of sophistication of high net worth individuals is increasing rapidly in China, and is redefining the expectations of service in business aviation. Aircraft owners are becoming savvier and no longer making decisions without having in-depth analysis on various aspects of aircraft types and operators. A new, expanded definition of service excellence must now cover not only cabin service and flight efficiency, but also a multitude of aircraft management services beyond the flights themselves. A growing level of sophistication among aircraft owners means aircraft operators must proactively raise the bar in safety and service management systems. These may not previously have been considered necessary due to a narrowly defined service scope, but they greatly influence aircraft owners’ satisfaction that can enhance client business referrals. Furthermore, different segments of service providers such as operators, financiers, legal counsels, brokers and aircraft manufacturers are expected to be more knowledgeable about the full spectrum of service providers to offer quality advice to their clients.
​International Aviation Womens Association (IAWA) Reception
Hosted by: National Business Aviation Association (NBAA)
Location: NBAA Stand, H526

April 18, 2013

​​International Operations
Pat Dunn, Asia Corporate Jet Singapore; Dr. Paulo Alves, Vice President, Aviation and Maritime Health, MedAire; Edmond Yuen, Senior Trip Support Specialist; Universal Weather & Aviation
Preparation is key when traveling, particularly in an international environment. Attend this session to learn about strategies for mitigating risks when travelling to new destinations and to obtain best practices to plan for and protect employees and guests from potential risks while traveling. Issues to be addressed during the session include preparing for international operations, pre-trip safety and security planning, as well as contingency planning should an injury, sickness, safety, security, health, financial or travel-related incident occur in the air or on the ground.
​​Security Requirements and Recommendations for Business Aviation
Doug Carr, Vice President, Safety, Security & Regulation, NBAA; Kurt Edwards, Director General, International Business Aviation Council; Shirley Shen, Asia Trip Support (invited)
Security and business effectiveness are two of the top reasons companies and individuals chose business aviation. Securing yourvaluable business assets requires risk and vulnerability assessments of your aircraft and flight operation. This session will offer best practices for ensuring security pre-trip, during the trip, and post-tripas well as security regulations and best practices from an international perspective.