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    • 02 Jun 2016
    • 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM (PDT)
    • Sun Air & Aeroplex/Aerolease VNY East 7943 Woodley Ave Van Nuys, CA 91406
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    SCAA Asset Management Luncheon

    Topic: Aviation Asset Management 

    Asset Management is renewable, reviewable, capital planning that contributes to the alignment between the flight department and senior executives. It allows aviation managers to become as smart as they can about the capital that is invested in the asset. Asset Management has saved millions of dollars for our customers.      

    Speakers: Fred Clarey and Don Dwyer, Guardian Jet

    When: June 2nd, 2016

    11:30am to 1:30pm

    Where: Aeroplex/Aerolease VNY East
    7943 Woodley Ave
    Van Nuys, CA 91406

    Below are the topics that will be discussed in the presentation:

    1. Asset Management Philosophy
    2. Aircraft as Assets in a Portfolio
    a)  What is Managing Assets
    b)  Why should Aviation be involved
    c)  How does Aviation contribute as part of the team
    d)  Building the team
    3.  Fleet Planning
    a)  Travel Lens
                        i.   Review historical
                        ii.   Predict future requirements
                        iii.   Mission / Utility
                        iv.   Aircraft capability
                        v.   Base facilities
                        vi.   Additional Lift to Core Fleet        
    4. Financial Lens
    a)  Valuations
    5. Market Survey
    6. Residual Value Projections
    a)  Understanding Approaches
    7. Cash Flow
    8. Profit and Loss  
    9. Corporate Lens
    a)  Earn Access, Interview, Opinion
    b)  Discover next 5 years requirements
    c)  Alignment, alignment, alignment
    10. Putting it all together to Manage the Assets

    About the Speakers:

    Donald Dwyer - Managing Partner
    Before joining Gardian Jet in 2010, Don Dwyer spent 22 years as an aviation sales professional and executive.  A 17 year career with Hawker Beechcraft saw Don start as a Regional Sales Director, then hold increasingly more demanding roles until his final 3 years as Vice President, Global Sales. As VP, he was in charge of the sale of all new and resale commercial aircraft both domestically and internationally.  Leading a global team of direct sales VPs, managers and salespeople, as well as dealer networks around the world, he was responsible for more that $2 billion in revenue. He also led the resale organization, managing between $200 million and $400 million in resale inventory. In addition to his management experience, Don is a 4,500-hour commercial pilot and sits on the board of Challenge Aspen, a world-renowned organization devoted to recreational therapy for all types of disabled persons.

    Frederick Clarey - Vice President
    Fred began his business career with 11 years at IBM in sales and sales management, positions that uniquely prepared him for the sophistication of the Guardian Jet consulting and sales approach. Prior to joining Guardian, Fred enjoyed 17 years as a Regional Sales Director in the Southwest and California for Hawker Beechcraft Corporation. As one of the HBC's most successful sales professionals in that period, Fred emphasized the strategic needs of his clients as the cornerstone of their aviation solutions. Fred is an accomplished pilot holding and ATP certificate as well as his CFI and MEI and has logged over 4,200 hours. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Arizona and a Masters in Business Administration from Pepperdine University. Fred heads up Guardian Jet's West Coast operations.

    For more information about Guardian Jet:

    If you have any questions please contact:

    Debi Carpenter
    (760) 390-738


    • 10 Jun 2016
    • 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM (PDT)
    • John Wayne Airport Administration / Eddy Martin Building


    Before you buy a plane, attend this FREE seminar first.

    It could save you tens of thousands of dollars!

    At the Plane Dollars and Sense Seminar you'll learn:

    • How to eliminate 7.5% - 10% off the cost of your plane.
    • How you can be subject to California use tax even if you don't reside in California.
    • How to legally avoid sales tax on airplanes, vessels or vehicles and keep that money in your wallet!
    • PLUS there will be additional presentations to make YOU a smarter plane buyer!

    Date: Monday, March 14th 2016

    Time: 10:00am - 4:00pm (Lunch provided)

    Location: John Wayne Airport

    Administration / Eddy Martin Building
    The airport commissioners room
    3160 Airway Avenue
    Costa Mesa, CA 92626

    Click Here to Register


    Tom Alston is the Founder and CEO of Aero & Marine Tax Professionals. His company has prepared and filed hundreds of tax returns with a 100%success rate. His company is the premier California sales and use tax consulting firm specializing in the area of Aircrafts, Vessels and Vehicles. 

    Attorney Nate Pietila has been with Aero Law Group since 2005. His specialty includes representing clients in the sale, lease and exchange of business and commercial aircraft. He will be sharing his knowledge of Closing and Structuring, Tax Benefits and Issues and Multi-State Sales & Use Tax.

    Kyle White founded Aviation Solutions in 2004 after holding various general aviation positions in the Midwest.  In March 2016, Marsh & McLennan Agency, LLC, acquired Aviation Solutions.  This merger enabled Aviation Solutions to provide more resources to clients.

    • 16 Jun 2016
    • 11:30 AM - 2:30 PM (PDT)
    • Atlantic Aviation, Carlsbad, CA 92011
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    SHARE (Safety Hazard Awareness Reporting & Empowerment) 

    Join us at SCAA's Safety SHARE Roundtable

    Theme: Expectation Bias

    Enhance the effectiveness & efficiency of your safety program by joining with other SoCal aviation professionals at the third SCAA SHARE Conference. Discuss safety report case studies, data and trends, challenges and successes, and industry hot topics.

    Date: Thurs., June 16th 2016

    Time: 11:30am - 2:30pm (Lunch provided)

    Location: Atlantic Aviation (upstairs conference room)
    2100 Palomar Airport Road
    Carlsbad, CA 92011

    *No Fee To Attend * 

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    • 16 Jun 2016
    • 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM (PDT)
    • Atlantic Aviation, Carlsbad, CA (KCRQ)
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    You're invited to the SCAA Annual General Meeting and Networking Event on June 16th at Atlantic Aviation in Carlsbad

    We will conduct the required Annual General Meeting of the Organization then move on to food, drinks, and networking with your local aviation community. 

    Note: Space is limited, the event is free, and we need all attendees to register please.

    We look forward to seeing you there!

    Where: Atlantic Aviation (formerly Premier Jet)
    McClellan Palomar Airport (KCRQ)
    2100 Palomar Airport Rd  Carlsbad, CA 92011

     Thurs., June 16th
    5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

    Sponsored by

    Questions?  Please contact Debi Carpenter
    • 12 Sep 2016
    • 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Carlsbad Sheraton, Carlsbad, CA
    The 8th Annual Safety Standdown Day is Coming This Fall! 

    The Southern California Aviation Association is pleased to announce its seventh Annual Safety Standdown Day on September 12, 2016.  This one day event will deliver valuable information beneficial to all facets of your flight organization.

    Date: September 12, 2016

    Location: Carlsbad Sheraton Resort  

    Time: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

    Breakfast and Lunch included

    Reception will follow: 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm    

    Need a hotel? The Sheraton in Carlsbad is offering attendees a 20% discount on their best available. Click Here

    Discount Code: 363086

    Topic: Expectation Bias

    Keynote Speaker: Dr. Tony Cortes


    Bob Hobbi

    more to come...


    $95.00   Member

    $145.00 Non-member (includes SCAA annual "individual" membership dues or $50 toward a corporate membership)

    Title Sponsor:

    CJ Type Rating Award

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    • 20 Oct 2016
    • 5:30 PM - 9:00 PM (PDT)
    • Palm Springs Air Museum 745 North Gene Autry Trail Palm Springs, California 92262
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    You're invited to SCAA & SONO's 2nd Annual evening event in Palm Springs at the Palm Springs Air Museum 
    More details coming soon..

    The Southern California Aviation Association and the Southern and Northern California Schedulers and Dispatchers Association have teamed up to host an evening at the Palm Springs Air Museum. Please join us for an evening of networking, cocktails, dinner, a presentation and raffle prizes in beautiful Palm Springs. 

    When: October 20th, 2016

    Time: 5:30 pm to 9:00 pm

    5:30-7pm Networking Reception
    7-8pm Dinner
    8-8:45pm Presentation
    8:45-9pm Door Prizes

    Speaker: TBD
    Topic: TBD

    Palm Springs Air Museum 
    745 North Gene Autry Trail
    Palm Springs, California 92262 

    Registration is FREE!  Please register for accurate catering head count.

    Accommodations Coming Soon...

    • 14 Nov 2016
    • 11:30 AM - 2:30 PM (PST)
    • Clay Lacy
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    SHARE (Safety Hazard Awareness Reporting & Empowerment) 

    Join us at SCAA's Safety SHARE Roundtable

    Theme: Expectation Bias

    Enhance the effectiveness & efficiency of your safety program by joining with other SoCal aviation professionals at the third SCAA SHARE Conference. Discuss safety report case studies, data and trends, challenges and successes, and industry hot topics.

    Please note seating for these Roundtables is limited. Please register early.

    Date: Mon, November 14th, 2016

    Time: 11:30am- 2:30pm

    Location: Clay Lacy VNY

    *No Fee To Attend*  

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    • 08 Dec 2016
    • 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM (PST)
    • Lyon Air Museum- 19300 Ike Jones Drive, Santa Ana, CA 92707
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    Don't Miss SCAA's Annual Holiday Party and Toy Drive at the Lyon Air Museum in Orange County 

    Enjoy great live music, dinner, drinks, a raffle, good company, and more... Part of SCAA's mission is to give back, and this year we are proud to be able to award another scholarship, as well as donate funds to a couple noteworthy organizations.

    SCAA is also proud to support the Toys for Tots Program and will have boxes for donations available at the event.  Please help us support Toys for Tots by bringing an unwrapped toy for a child in need.

    We look forward to seeing you there! 

    Title Sponsor


    Lyon Air Museum
    19300 Ike Jones Drive
    Santa Ana, CA 92707

    When: Thursday., December 9th
    6:00 pm - 10:00 pm 

    Free shuttle from Carlsbad's Premier Jet, Van Nuys' Signature Flight available.

    Premier Jet, CRQ Departure @ 4:30 pm
    Return Departure @ 9:15 pm
    Signature Flight Support West 7240Hayvenhurst, VNY Departure @ 4:00 pm
    Return Departure @ 9:15 pm


    Members: $60
    Member plus significant other: $100

    Non-Members: $120*
    Non-Member plus significant other: $220
    *$50 applies toward annual membership.

    Click Here to see available sponsorship opportunities
    Please contact Debi with any questions @ 760-390-738

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