ABACE2015 to Feature Key Discussions Addressing Operational Needs Across Asia-Pacific

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ABACE2015 to Feature Key Discussions Addressing Operational Needs Across Asia-Pacific

This is a post by guest author Mike Nichols, Vice President, Operational Excellence & Professional Development of NBAA. Mike was asked to contribute to our business aviation blog because of his experience and expertise in business aviation. Any thoughts expressed below are entirely Mike’s and do not necessarily reflect the views of Universal Weather and Aviation, Inc.

As the operational environment for business aviation in the Asia-Pacific continues to evolve, operators must remain continually aware of changing procedures, expanded services and new equipment requirements, and other challenges across the region. These topics will be at the forefront of several discussions taking place next month at the 2015 Asian Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition, or ABACE, in Shanghai.

We expect this year’s ABACE to be the strongest ever, with more than 8,000 attendees expected over three days, 195 exhibitors, and approximately 40 fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters on static display at Shanghai Hongqiao Intl airport (ZSSS).

Perhaps most importantly, regional and international business aviation users attending ABACE2015 will also have the opportunity to learn about the latest developments affecting safe and secure operations in the region – topics relevant to experienced business aviation operators, and those new to the industry.

For example, a first-time session at ABACE2015 will cover important aspects to consider when acquiring a business aircraft. A panel of experts will discuss taxation and regulatory policies, legal frameworks across the Asia-Pacific region, procedures required when purchasing a business aircraft, as well as equipment mandates, and the continuing effort to expand low-level airspace available to operators in China.

Safety is always a key theme at ABACE, and this year’s event will include a session addressing the need to develop a strong safety culture and a safety management system (SMS) encompassing the entire flight department to help maintain the operation safe and compliant. Sessions will also be held focusing on the ongoing deployment of Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) equipment, which is replacing radar surveillance at high altitudes over Australia, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan and Vietnam.

Airport access is another key concern in the region, and a presentation at ABACE2015 will examine problems and solutions at airports in Hong Kong (VHHH), Bangkok airports Don Mueang (VTBD) and Suvarnabhumi (VTBS), Tokyo airports Narita (RJAA) and Haneda (RJTT), and Sydney (YSSY). Presenters will also look ahead to access the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, Japan, and how lessons learned from other recent global sporting events may be applied as aviation continues to flourish in Asia, and airports grow increasingly difficult to access.

In recognition of the growing role of helicopters for a variety of missions throughout China and the Asia-Pacific, ABACE2015 will also feature four expanded discussions addressing the development of a viable, capable and safe helicopter industry, including best practices for operational safety and establishing new rotorcraft operations in the region. These sessions, coordinated in partnership between event organizers and Helicopter Association International (HAI), will build upon previous years’ successful helicopter operators’ sessions.

Of course, our industry’s health today is also dependent upon its future stakeholders of tomorrow, which is why ABACE2015 will again host the “Careers in Business Aviation Day” for students across China who are pursuing aviation careers. Members of the Asian Business Aviation Association (AsBAA) will discuss career paths and opportunities for pilots, engineers, maintenance technicians, safety officers, scheduling/dispatching, as well as other business aviation opportunities.

This diverse roster of sessions are in addition to a roster of discussions involving key government officials from across the region and around the world about furthering the development of general aviation, including business aviation, in the Asia-Pacific.

Hosted in partnership with Shanghai Airport Authority (SAA) and co-hosted by the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA), the AsBAA, and the Shanghai Exhibition Center (SEC), ABACE2015 will take place April 14-16 at the Shanghai Hawker Pacific Business Aviation Service Centre.

On behalf of NBAA and other organizers of ABACE2015, I invite you to attend ABACE2015 and witness firsthand how these developments affect the growth of our industry in the region.

Questions?

If you have any questions about this article, contact me at mnichols@nbaa.org.

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Mike Nichols is NBAA’s vice president, operational excellence & professional development. In this position, he directs NBAA’s programs, policy positions and educational efforts related to tax, regulatory, finance and risk management issues. Nichols also manages NBAA’s Operations Service Group, which provides technical and flight operations information to NBAA Members, and is responsible for expanding NBAA’s educational efforts via on-demand education technologies.

Nichols joined NBAA’s staff in June 2003 as manager, tax & finance issues, and was subsequently promoted to vice president, operations, education & economics. He serves as the staff liaison to the NBAA Tax Committee and the NBAA FAR Part 135 Committee. Nichols is a primary contact on aircraft operations and ownership issues, and as an active participant on the Operations Working Group of the FAA’s Parts 135/125 Aviation Rulemaking Committee, Nichols influenced the technical and operational regulations affecting NBAA’s Member Companies. He currently represents charter operators and fractional programs on the FAA-Industry Operations Specifications (OpSpec) Working Group.

Passionate about general aviation and its future, Nichols represents NBAA on the Transportation Research Board’s Business Aviation Subcommittee.

Nichols is a graduate of Kutztown University of Pennsylvania, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in international business with a minor in German. Nichols completed an internship for a company located near Osnabrück, Germany and studied abroad for a semester at Buckinghamshire College in Chalfont St. Giles, England.

Nichols is an active instrument-rated private pilot. He is a member of the Aircraft Owners & Pilots Association and American Society of Association Executives.

Mike can be reached at mnichols@nbaa.org.

This guest author’s views are entirely his own and do not necessarily reflect the views of Universal Weather and Aviation, Inc.

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