Schedulers & Dispatchers Show Opens With Nod to Past

 - January 30, 2019, 1:11 PM
Kindra Mahler, a member of Fargo Jet Center's sales and marketing staff addressed the audience at the opening general session of NBAA's Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference, held this year in San Antonio, Texas. She served as this year's S&D committee co-chair along with Derek Fitzgerald, a flight department scheduler with Boston Scientific. (Photo: Jerry Siebenmark)

The 30th anniversary NBAA Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference officially opened Wednesday in San Antonio, Texas, with a nod to its inception in 1989 and founders Fred Towers and Bob Weinwurzel. “It’s truly amazing to see what this conference has accomplished and the progress it’s made,” said conference co-chair and Fargo Jet Center staffer Kindra Mahler at the opening session.

“I can’t wait to see what’s in store for the future, and I hope members like yourselves will continue to support these efforts, volunteer, and foster the growth of this conference,” she said. Organizers are expecting about 3,000 people to attend and 580 exhibitors at the conference that runs through Friday. 

The show's three-day slate of education sessions includes topics on new regulations for charter brokers and operators, understanding weather for flight planning operations, creating and communicating flight department budgets, and how flight departments should prepare and respond to aircraft accidents.

"We’ve got 34 sessions here to cover just about anything in our business aviation industry, things that will keep you current and relevant,” said conference co-chair Derek Fitzgerald. It's those sessions that Fitzgerald, a scheduler in flight management for Boston Scientific, said have benefitted him the most in his career. “Professional development never stops,” he said. “So always stay hungry and keep growing.”