Partnership for Corporate Aviation Training to hold Smackdown

The Partnership for Corporate Aviation Training has been approved by the National Business Aviation Association for NBAA’s CAM Certification for the 6th Annual Smackdown training event on June 2-4 in San Antonio, Texas.

CAM Certification is NBAA’s Certified Aviation Manager Program. It identifies qualified professionals to lead flight departments and companies that use business aircraft.

More recently, the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA), an arm of the Institute for Credentialing Excellence, granted the CAM program accreditation after a two-year vetting process. According to NBAA CAM Administrative Director Jay Evans. “It took us more than 10 years from the time we administered the first CAM test in 2003 to achieve this accreditation,” he said. “It took us a while to evolve the CAM program to meet the NCCA standard. It is quite a process of documentation and support.”

Courses at the PCAT Smackdown will include topics such as Aircraft Performance, Legal issues for Pilots and Flight Departments, Water Evacuation Training, ADS-B, Asset Management, Cold Weather Operations, High Altitude Physiology and many others.

Tripp Riedel, Board Member and Aviation Director at Valero Energy stated, “I’m very excited about this year’s lineup of classes. We have kept our best courses but have added several additional courses for the aviation professional and enthusiast.”

One of the new additions this year at Smackdown is the “Owner Flown Symposium.” This program is being specifically designed for the business owner who flies his or her own aircraft and wants that extra training, but doesn’t always have the time to fit it in extra training.

Registration is now open at

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