Conklin & de Decker Releases Seminar Schedule for 2013

January 2013 – Orleans, MA -- Conklin & de Decker has released the 2013 lineup of educational seminars designed for Business Aviation professionals in numerous roles. For more than 13 years, Conklin & de Decker has been delivering informative programs covering important topics such as aircraft operating costs, taxes, and aircraft acquisition planning.

This year’s Conklin & de Decker seminar schedule is:

  • Exploring Aircraft Operating Costs - May 14-15, 2013 in Dallas, Texas
  • Commercial Operators Tax – August 6-7, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois
  • Aircraft Acquisition Planning – December 10-11, 2013 in Scottsdale, Arizona

These seminars are in addition to the series of educational sessions that Conklin & de Decker conducts in affiliation with the Helicopter Association International (HAI) during the annual Heli-Expo convention.

The Exploring Aircraft Operating Costs Seminar is a new addition this year and is designed for management personnel that deal with or have the responsibility for controlling operating costs. Managers from accounting, maintenance, inventory, operations, and others would find this course helpful in their effort to manage or understand operating costs. Individuals from fixed-wing or helicopter operations are encouraged to attend.

Everyone who owns, operates, or manages an aircraft encounters operating costs. But few understand them and fewer use them to influence their management decisions. The Exploring Aircraft Operating Costs Seminar focuses on this often misunderstood subject by exploring aircraft operating costs using a 3-step approach. The first step establishes a common foundation by identifying the various common categories of operating costs and discussing their definitions and assumptions. The second step examines the systems and methods for collecting operating cost data and converting it into information. The third step demonstrates how management can use operating cost information when making various decisions about the ownership and use of an aircraft.

The Commercial Operators Tax Seminar is the only Tax Seminar in the industry that is designed for the commercial operator (FAR Part 135) and focuses on the current tax issues affecting aircraft charter and management companies. Charter operators contend with a convoluted maze of Federal Aviation Regulations (FARs), as well as Federal, State and Local tax issues. Adding to the confusion is the additional tax complexity of Part 135 charter flying versus Part 91 owner flying.  Who needs to pay tax on what charges and to whom are the taxes owed? How often are they paid and who collects? These are all questions for which simple answers are hard to find, so Conklin & de Decker put together this two-day seminar to cover it all.  

Unique from other seminars and workshops, the 14th annual Conklin & de Decker Aircraft Acquisition Planning Seminar is the only seminar that is designed to help the aircraft buyer, aircraft owner or aviation professional make informed decisions when buying, selling and owning an aircraft. This seminar will focus on the many areas of concern that affect the aircraft owner, before, during and after the acquisition. It was created for the aircraft owner, manager or aviation professional that is faced with acquiring an aircraft, determining the best aircraft for their mission or developing a plan for changing their aircraft fleet.

Currently, the Aircraft Acquisition Planning seminar is approved for NBAA Corporate Aviation Manager (CAM) certification credit and the others are pending approval from NBAA.

For more information on attending these seminars or becoming a sponsor please contact Christine Preston at or call 928-443-8676 or go to the Conklin & de Decker website at

About Conklin & de Decker

Conklin & de Decker, with more than 25 years in business, is a leader in aviation research, consulting and education with offices in Massachusetts, Texas and Arizona.  The company, founded in 1984, focuses on fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft operating costs, performance and specification databases, maintenance management software, financial management, fleet planning, market research, aviation tax issues, and financial, tax and management seminars.  Conklin & de Decker consults with numerous individuals, corporations and government agencies worldwide. More information on their products and services, copies of published articles, and a unique “Members Only” section can be found on their website,

About NBAA CAM Program

The PURPOSE of CAM is to promote the interest of stakeholders (employers, direct users of corporate flight departments, passengers, etc., and others including the general public) by identifying flight department managers that are qualified and competent in corporate aviation management. Ultimately this is designed to raise the level of management skills for all managers within a flight department.