NBAA Sharpens Focus on Security with New Conference

 - November 22, 2016, 12:47 PM

With an eye on security concerns for both domestic and international operations, NBAA is planning its first Security Conference to help Part 91 and 135 operators “raise the bar” on security measures and preparedness. The inaugural NBAA Security Conference will be held January 24 to 25, just before the 2017 NBAA Regional Forum in West Palm Beach, Florida.

“Business aviation security issues are presented in a number of NBAA conferences and forums, but this is the one conference that will bring it all together,” said Mike Nichols, NBAA's v-p of operational excellence and professional development. “This brand-new, in-depth conference will complement other security educational opportunities NBAA provides throughout the year.”

The conference will focus on a range of topics aimed at business aviation executives with experience in security practices. Based on member surveys, the conference will cover the security landscape and “deep-dive” into international operations, cybersecurity threats and security of personnel away from home base. The conference will include workshop discussions between attendees and facilitators.

In addition, the conference will include an Introduction to Business Aviation Security Workshop on January 24 for professionals new to the security arena. The workshop will cover the basics for developing and implementing security measures.

Further, NBAA also is planning a pre-conference roundtable on the DCA Access Standard Security Program (DASSP). To cover possible improvements and changes; the roundtable is open to TSA-approved DASSP operators only.

“The conference will be interactive and scenario-based, presenting tools and practices operators can take back to their organizations and implement immediately to raise the bar for security in their flight department and company overall,” Nichols said.