A robust slate of Education Sessions will be available for attendees of the 2013 Asian Business Aviation Conference and Exhibition (ABACE2013) next month in Shanghai, featuring presentations from some of the industry’s most notable and well-regard experts in their fields. ABACE2013 will take place April 16 to 18 at Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport.
Following the first day Opening General Session that will include remarks by U.S. Ambassador to China Gary Locke, International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Council President Roberto Kobeh González, and NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen, a Training Panel for Flight Attendants, Maintenance Technicians, and Pilots will feature presentations by Hongkong Jet COO Mark Thibault and Scott Arnold, director of Aircare Solutions Group staffing subsidiary Aircare Crews.
That will be followed by a market update regarding cooperative strategic partnerships between companies in China and abroad. Presenters will include Sinojet Management Limited CEO Jenny Lau; Mark Burns, president of Gulfstream Product Support for Gulfstream Aerospace; and Zhang Peng, vice-president for Hainan Airlines business aircraft subsidiary Deer Jet. The panel will be moderated by corporate aircraft sales consultant Jay Mesinger.
The first day’s round of Education Sessions will conclude with a collaborative panel about topics of concern to operators in mainland China, hosted by the Asian Business Aviation Association (AsBAA.)
In recognition of business aviation’s value throughout the Asia-Pacific, the second day Opening General Session will feature discussions about the industry from directors general across the region, including from Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand and Vietnam. That will be followed by an Education Session focused on infrastructure support, training and safety considerations for the growing helicopter industry in the region, moderated by Helicopter Association International (HAI) President Matt Zuccaro.
That will be followed by an Education Session focusing on best safety practices for aircraft maintainers. Moderated by Pete Bunce, president and CEO of the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) and featuring presentations by Gulfstream Aerospace Product Support Director-Asia Paul Lu; Metrojet Ltd. Director of Maintenance and Engineering Steve Hughes; and Jet Support Services (JSSI) Technical Services Representative Robin Tozer, the session will explore best practices for aircraft maintenance that are designed to ensure a safe, reliable operation.
The last Education Session for the day will focus on purchasing and financing a business aircraft, and will include advice from Jetcraft Asia President David Dixon, Aviatrade Asia President Philip Rushton, and Tom Chang, senior vice president/director for the Pacific Northwest Region at East West Bank.
On the third and final day of ABACE2013, a session about planning and risk mitigation for International Operations will include guidance from Pat Dunn, Gulfstream G450 Chief Pilot at Asia Corporate Jet Singapore; Dr. Paulo Alves, vice president, Aviation and Maritime Health at MedAire; and Edmond Yuen, Senior Trip Support Specialist for Universal Weather & Aviation. That will be followed by a discussion about Security Requirements and Recommendations for Business Aviation operators, hosted by NBAA vice president, Safety, Security and Regulation Doug Carr, and International Business Aviation Council (IBAC) director general Kurt Edwards.
“NBAA is extremely grateful to the wide range of industry leaders who have graciously agreed to share their knowledge and expertise with attendees at ABACE2013,” said Mike Nichols, NBAA vice president, Operational Excellence & Professional Development. “With the support of these professionals, we have Education Sessions available to provide extremely useful insights to experienced business aircraft operators, as well as those who are seeking information about utilizing business aviation for the first time.”
Hosted by Shanghai Hawker Pacific Business Aviation Centre, ABACE2013 is a partnership between the Shanghai Airport Authority and the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA), and co-hosted by NBAA, the Asian Business Aviation Association (AsBAA) and the Shanghai Exhibition Center (SEC). More information is available at www.abace.aero.