Upcoming events

    • 08 Jun 2017
    • 09:30 - 16:00
    • Creekside Conference and Event Center 101 Mill Street Suite #300 Gahanna, OH 43230

    Summer 2017 OBATS

    Ohio Business Aviation Training Standdown (OBATS)

    Details for this popular event are as follows:

    DATE:              Thursday, June 8, 2017

    TIME:               9:30am – 4:00pm

    VENUE:           Creekside Conference and Event Center, 101 Mill St., Ste. 300, Gahanna, OH 43230

    Note: Underground public parking is available by turning into the parking entrance right in front of the conference center at the traffic light.  There are signs that lead you to this parking.


    For those of you who have come to make OBATS an annual tradition, the format will be similar to last year and will include timely and relevant working sessions facilitated by industry veterans. 

    9:30 - 10:00 - Registration 

    10:00 - 11:30 - Paul Ratté, USAIG 

    No Simple Mistakes in Aviation

    11:30 - 12:30 - Lunch

    12:30 - 14:00 - Shay Colson, Colson Research

    Navigating Cyberspace - What to Know to Stay Secure

    14:00 - 14:30  - Break and Networking

    14:30 - 16:00 - James Onieal, Raven Career Development

    Attracting Talent and Employee Retention


    Paul Ratté, USAIG

    Paul Ratté flew helicopters in the Atlantic, Alaskan, Gulf Coast and Great Lakes regions during a 26-year US Coast Guard career. He served as an aviation training center standardization pilot, operations director of the service’s largest air station, and commanded two Air Stations, leading maritime response and unique National Capital Region air-intercept operations. He holds engineering and MBA degrees, and two Distinguished Flying Crosses for dramatic rescues. He currently directs insurer USAIG’s Aviation Safety Programs.

    Session: There Are No Simple Mistakes in Aviation 

    In this age of highly reliable aircraft and infrastructure, about eighty percent of aviation accidents are human-caused. Most of the people involved in those events saw themselves as attentive and professional, and certainly didn’t set out to have an accident. How is it that we can be drawn into the role of weakest link? This session will examine human factors-based errors through three different lenses: the individual, the team, and the system.

    Shay Colson, Colson Research

    Shay is based full-time in Bellingham, Washington. He is a full-time Cybersecurity Engineer for the United States Department of the Treasury. Shay has previously worked for the United States Senate (Sergeant at Arms) doing a comprehensive cybersecurity review. He has helped detectives handle cases in court for the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office Dangerous Drug Offenders Unit. Shay worked for startups, including his own, and worked for multiple higher-education institutions. His personal mission is to help use technology to improve the lives of real human beings. That starts with making sure security is an enabler. Shay has an undergraduate degree from the University of Washington, where he majored in the Comparative History of Ideas, and spent time rowing for UW. His graduate work was completed at Syracuse University, where he earned an MS in Information Management and Certificate of Advanced Study (CAS) in Information Security Management.

    Session: Navigating Cyberspace: What to Know to Stay Secure

    You've got a plan for in-flight issues. What's your plan for cyber security issues? Find out what 99.9% of cybersecurity vulnerabilities have in common - and how to defend yourself against them. Going above and beyond is great customer service - until it puts your customers at risk. Find out how that might be happening online.

    James Onieal, Raven Career Development

    James Onieal founded Raven Career Development in 2010 with the goal of providing aviation professionals with the tools and resources to successfully network, market, strategize, and develop their careers within the aviation industry. Focused on delivering high quality customer-focused services, James has helped hundreds of pilots and aviation professionals across all disciplines of the industry including corporate, charter, airline, and military segments. His personalized approach to career development has become one of the core values that Raven clients continue to appreciate with each interaction.

    Session: Attracting Talent and Employee Retention

    Retaining top talent, recruiting up and coming professionals, upholding safety and customer service standards, and maintaining continuity of flight operations, are just some of the many key concerns in today’s top Aviation Departments. The aviation industry is in the early stages of a pilot shortage that is dramatically increasing competition, raising costs, and constraining growth. As this progression continues to evolve, corporate flight departments all over are beginning to feel the pinch. While the airline industry commands much of the focus, Corporate Aviation is struggling equally. Given corporate aviation’s fewer resources, a continual challenge to keep up with constant change, and advances in technology, recruitment and retention initiatives are becoming a much larger part of the daily focus. This session will analyze hiring trends, baseline talent considerations, and introduce real-world actions to attract and retain top-tier talent. Additionally, this presentation will allow your department to structure an open dialogue within your organization and provide the resources needed to resolve many future staffing concerns.


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Past events

30 Mar 2017 Total Internship Management Workshop
04 Aug 2016 Schedulers and Dispatchers Seminar
18 May 2016 Spring OBATS
04 Nov 2015 OBATS at EJM
06 Oct 2015 Ohio Aerospace Day

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