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Thursday, October 20
 

8:00am

Registration
Thursday October 20, 2016 8:00am - 5:00pm
TBA

9:00am

FAA Keynote: The Most Fundamental Change in Aviation in Our Lifetimes - Integrating Drones in the NAS
Mr. Gibson will provide a view into the unique challenge and precedent setting nature of integrating UAS into the our National Airspace System.  He will discuss recent accomplishments, activities that are underway and forward-leaning initiatives.  The much anticipated Part 107 Small UAS Rule that takes effect on August 29, 2016 will also be discussed.

Speakers
avatar for Marke

Marke "Hoot" Gibson

Senior Advisor, UAS Integration, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
Marke Gibson Senior Advisor on Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Integration (ADA-3) to the Deputy Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration.   Gibson is responsible for providing executive direction and high level leadership to the FAA with responsibility for oversight... Read More →


Thursday October 20, 2016 9:00am - 10:00am
NATCA Safety Learning Center

10:00am

11:00am

Self-Fly International Vacations: Explore the Globe From the Left Seat

If you love to fly and enjoy traveling internationally, double your pleasure, and combine them!  Learn about the resources and options available to private pilots, from self-fly adventures to group fly-ins, using rented or owned aircraft. 


Speakers
avatar for Justine Harrison

Justine Harrison

Attorney, CHTD
Justine’s practice focuses on corporate and aviation law. As a multi-enginem instrument rated pilot and aircraft owner/operator, Justine brings an intimate understanding of aviation issues to her practice as well as experience in aviation transactions, FAA matters and NTSB matt... Read More →


Thursday October 20, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
Signature Hangar

11:00am

Loss of Control
In this presentation we’ll talk a little bit about Loss of Control Accidents and recommendations from a work group that studies loss of control.  We’ll talk about the different types of transition training and offer suggestions that will help you to get the most from your training.  Finally we’ll give you some tips and tricks that will help you to avoid loss of control in any aircraft.

Speakers
avatar for Paul M. Foster

Paul M. Foster

FAASTeam Inspection Authorization (IA) Refresher Course Coordinator (RCC), Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
Dr. Paul M. Foster works for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) as an Aviation Safety Inspector (Airworthiness - Maintenance) currently assigned as the FAASTeam Inspection Authorization (IA) Refresher Course Coordinator (RCC). He is a member of the National Black Coalition... Read More →



Thursday October 20, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
NATCA Safety Learning Center
  • FAA WINGS Credit Qualifies
  • Level of Difficulty Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

12:00pm

Aircraft Renovation A to Z

A comprehensive overview of all facets of renovating an airplane. We will examine the economics, logistics and rewards of making a pre-owned airplane everything you want it to be.

  • Economics: where the money goes; final investment dollars; depreciation; tax advantages; interim vs. final airplane
  • Picking the right airplane: mission vs. emotion; condition; growth potential; how to read ads; pre-purchase process
  • Developing a good renovation plan: thorough wish list; fly it for a year before renovating; sequencing projects; mechanical improvements and safety first; combining the right projects; radios, interior, windows together; windows before paint, and other considerations
  • Selecting the right shop: matching dollars to quality; reputation; compatibility; verify paperwork and approvals; visit the facility; communication; deadlines; post delivery service
  • Project-specific highlights: engines (new/ overhauled/overhauled to new limits); avionics (needs vs. wishes); paint and paint design; interiors (includes assessing corrosion); performance enhancements; safety enhancements (can’t write the check on the way down); patience and a realistic expectation of time needed
  • Renovation conclusion: you get exactly what you want; custom ergonomics; enhanced safety; enhanced performance; quality materials to your taste; your colors and design; custom avionics
  • Investment realities: Comparing the bottom line differences between renovating a pre-owned; airplane and buying a new one – the dollars and sense involved.

Speakers
avatar for Dennis Wolter

Dennis Wolter

Founder, Air Mod
Dennis Wolter has been involved in aviation most of his life. As an Industrial Design student at the University of Cincinnati in the late sixties, he began to seriously study the idea of interior improvements to general aviation aircraft. Dennis founded Air Mod in 1973, a company... Read More →


Thursday October 20, 2016 12:00pm - 1:00pm
West Hangar
  • Level of Difficulty Beginner to Advanced

12:00pm

iPad Use for IFR
Using iPads is better than paper charts in every way…. BUT ONLY IF you know how to use it correctly.  Learn some simple tips for getting a better weather briefing, using your iPad for STARS, DPs and IAPs.  Planning and training for emergencies and new technologies. Session also includes CFI handouts.

Speakers
avatar for Gary Reeves

Gary Reeves

Founder; ATP, Master CFI, CFII, MEI, PilotSafety.org
Gary has over 5,500 hours and is a well known national speaker as an expert in Mountain Flying, IFR, and iPads in the cockpit. Gary is the Chief Safety Officer for the Volunteer group, PilotSafety.org. dedicated to reducing general aviation accidents. He is a Master CFI, a Lead Rep... Read More →


Thursday October 20, 2016 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Oasis Hangar

1:00pm

SkyChicks Back Country Flying Adventures

Ramona Cox (SkyChick) is known for her 3-4 month solo air-camping adventures flying her Cessna TU-206 into some of North America’s most remote and challenging back-country airstrips. Her fast-paced, multi-media presentation is packed with stunning photos and action-packed videos plus flying tips and destination suggestions for various skill levels. Packing her plane with an inflatable boat, motorized bike, mobile office gear and weapons, she dodges bear and mountain lion while fishing or hunting with a bow for her daily meals. Humor combined with spine-chilling, real-life drama and lessons learned will surely keep you on the edge of your seat. Each attendee will receive SkyChick’s Ultimate Air-Camping Checklist, and there will be drawings for her new Book and DVD “Flying Off The Grid.”


Speakers
avatar for Ramona Cox

Ramona Cox

Founder, SkyChick Adventures
Ramona Cox (SkyChick) was featured as AOPA’s Pilot of the Month, highlighted on Time Warner Cable, CNN, AOL and in numerous online and printed publications. She is a formation qualified pilot in a T-34 mentor and provides aviation safety seminars as part of the FAA’s FAASTeam... Read More →



Thursday October 20, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Signature Hangar
  • FAA WINGS Credit Qualifies
  • Level of Difficulty Beginner to Advanced

1:00pm

Pilot/Controller Communications
Air Traffic Controllers will provide insight into Pilot Controller Communications, including information on obtaining clearances, the value of VFR flight following, proper phraseology and more. A question and answer session will also be included.  

Moderators
avatar for Jim Ullmann

Jim Ullmann

Director of Safety and Technology, NATCA
Jim Ullmann is currently the Director of Safety and Technology for the National Air Traffic Controllers Association. Jim retired from the FAA in September, 2015 after 26 years as an Air Traffic Controller and was certified at ZSE and ZDV. He served in many positions for NATCA, including... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Nelli Kerez

Nelli Kerez

Air Traffic Controller, Southern California TRACON
Nelli has spent 8.5 years working as an  Air Traffic Controller at Southern California TRACON. She has worked in both the Coast (John Wayne, Long Beach, Fullerton, Torrence and Los Alamitos Airports) and LA Arrivals (LA International and Hawthorne Airports).  She has flown 250 hours... Read More →
avatar for Ian Lewis

Ian Lewis

Air Traffic Controller, Southern California TRACON
Ian is a commercial multi-engine/instrument rated pilot who has served 5 years with the FAA and is assigned to the Burbank area where he is responsible for airspace, flight following and approach/departure service to Van Nuys, Whiteman, Burbank and Santa Monica airports... Read More →
avatar for Jim Thompson

Jim Thompson

Air Traffic Controller, Southern California TRACON
Jim has been working at Southern California TRACON for 11 years, formerly worked 3 years in New Orleans Approach/Tower and is going on 14 years in the FAA.  He is a third generation Air Force Vet who was stationed five years in Okinawa, Japan. Jim has served as the union representative... Read More →



Thursday October 20, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
NATCA Safety Learning Center

1:30pm

1-800-WX-BRIEF: Flight Planning Made Easy

Pilots need easy to understand weather and flight information specific to their needs with greater use of graphics and filtering. Learn how Flight Service is delivering exactly that through our Pilot Web (www.1800wxbrief.com), popular flight planning apps and an expanding set of satellite position monitoring and communications devices.


Speakers
avatar for Eric Tetreault

Eric Tetreault

Business Process Analyst, Civil, Leidos Flight Service
Eric is a Business Process Analyst directly engaged in operational systems support for Flight Service.  Prior to joining Leidos/Lockheed Martin in 2006 as a Flight Service Specialist, Eric worked as an Air Tanker Base Manager for the U.S. Forest Service.  Since 2012, he’s worked... Read More →


Thursday October 20, 2016 1:30pm - 2:30pm
West Hangar

2:00pm

Tips for Your Panel Makeover
The ultimate instrument panel upgrade has become a challenging proposition with many good options on the market. Learn about anything from simple upgrades, ADS-B solutions and full panel makeover options to enhance your flying experience. 

Speakers
avatar for Pia Bergqvist

Pia Bergqvist

Executive Editor, Flying Magazine
Pia Bergqvist joined Flying in December 2010. A passionate aviator, Pia started flying in 1999 and quickly obtained her single- and multi-engine commercial, instrument and instructor ratings. After a decade of working in general aviation, Pia has accumulated almost 3,000 hours of... Read More →


Thursday October 20, 2016 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Oasis Hangar

2:30pm

Avoiding a Runway Incursion

The FAA is concerned that over 80% of runway incursions at towered airports are the result of general aviation aircraft, and the trend has not go down in recent years.  This presentation focuses what causes of General Aviation Runway Incursions and what GA pilots can do to minimize the possibility of a dangerous incursion. 


Speakers
avatar for Donna Wilt

Donna Wilt

SAFE, Chairman, Board of Directors
Donna, an ATP, Gold Seal Flight Instructor, and three time Master CFI, is passionate about excellence in aviation education and aviation safety. She is a founding member of the Society of Aviation and Flight educators (SAFE).  As a professor of aeronautics at FIT in Melbourne, FL... Read More →


Thursday October 20, 2016 2:30pm - 3:30pm
NATCA Safety Learning Center
  • FAA WINGS Credit Qualifies
  • Level of Difficulty Beginner to Advanced

3:00pm

Tools for Longer Engine Life
Learn operational and maintenance procedures that keep your piston engine running strong. This seminar will teach techniques and discuss topics that range from oil change intervals to additives that have been proven to slow internal engine corrosion and the formation of performance-robbing deposits.

Speakers
avatar for Steve Ells

Steve Ells

A & P, Commercial Pilot, Aviation Editor, Ells Aviation
Steve Ells has been a student of aircraft piston engines since he joined the U.S. Navy in 1965. Ells holds an A & P certificate with Inspection Authorization, is a commercial pilot and has owned three airplanes. He served as a tech rep and magazine editor for the Cessna Pilots Association... Read More →


Thursday October 20, 2016 3:00pm - 4:00pm
West Hangar

3:00pm

ADS-B In and Out from Stratus by Appareo
Join Appareo for this informative product overview, including tips on how to choose the ADS-B option that's right for you. Appareo manufactures Stratus portable ADS-B receivers and a TSO-certified transponder, Stratus ESG. 

Speakers
avatar for Brad Thurow

Brad Thurow

Manager of Solutions Engineering, Appareo
Brad Thurow attended North Dakota State University where he earned a Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering. Brad is an active pilot and holds a private pilot certificate.


Thursday October 20, 2016 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Oasis Hangar

4:00pm

Better Take-Offs and Landings
Learn practical tips and tricks guaranteed to improve your takeoffs and landings.

Speakers
avatar for Stephen Pope

Stephen Pope

Editor-In-Chief, Flying Magazine
Stephen is a longtime aviation journalist and pilot. He grew up in northern New Jersey, where he started taking flying lessons at the age of 15 at a small grass strip in a Piper J-3 Cub. While in high school he worked as a line boy at the East 60th Street Heliport in New York City... Read More →
avatar for Gianni West

Gianni West

Owner, Cactus Aviation
Gianni West served in the United States Army and had a career in law enforcement and private corporate security. His instructor career spans 20 years including, but not limited to martial arts, police defensive tactics, pressure point control instructor, NRA Handgun, NRA tactical... Read More →


Thursday October 20, 2016 4:00pm - 5:00pm
NATCA Safety Learning Center

6:00pm

VillageFest
Enjoy this local street fair with arts, crafts, food and entertainment.  Find out more at villagefest.org.

Thursday October 20, 2016 6:00pm - 10:00pm
Downtown Palm Springs Palm Canyon Drive between Baristo and Amado
 
Friday, October 21
 

8:00am

Registration
Friday October 21, 2016 8:00am - 5:00pm
TBA

9:00am

NTSB Keynote: General Aviation and the NTSB Most Wanted List
In this presentation, Member Weener will discuss the safety issues appearing on the National Transportation Safety Board’s top 10 Most Wanted List of transportation safety improvements that impact general aviation, including loss of control in flight, and pilot impairment, distraction and fatigue. The NTSB believes most pilot errors are preventable. 

Speakers
avatar for Honorable Earl Weener

Honorable Earl Weener

Board Member, NTSB
Earl F. Weener, Ph.D. took the oath of office as the 41st Member of the National Transportation Safety Board on June 30th, 2010. He was nominated by President Obama and confirmed by the Senate for a term that expires December 31, 2015. Member Weener has an accomplished career in aviation... Read More →


Friday October 21, 2016 9:00am - 10:00am
NATCA Safety Learning Center

10:00am

10:15am

Laugh & Learn with Rod Machado

Come prepared to laugh and learn with Rod Machado with this humorous look at some of the most unusual situations into which pilots stumble—intentionally, or otherwise. Attempt a takeoff without the elevator attached? It’s happened. Pull back on the yoke and have the wheel come off in your hands? Yep, that happened, too. Have a flight instructor’s beard catch fire on downwind? You guess it: happened! You’ll not only laugh your wheel pants off, but you’ll learn a great deal about aviation safety and how safe aviation actually can be.


Speakers
avatar for Rod Machado

Rod Machado

Owner, Rod Machado's Aviation Learning Center
A 43-year flight instructor, Rod Machado has taught millions the basics of flying through flight lessons, simulation and training materials. Since 1973, he has been teaching and speaking to pilots in the 50 states and Europe. Rod is a tireless pilot advocate. Besides a degree in Aviation... Read More →


Friday October 21, 2016 10:15am - 11:15am
NATCA Safety Learning Center

10:45am

Lynx NGT-9000 – ADS-B Compliance Is Just the Beginning

Join L-3 pilot Tom Lippincott to learn more about the benefits of ADS-B IN and how to best implement a solution into your avionics panel. Tom will provide an overview of the award-winning Lynx NGT 9000 ADS-B transponder, the only complete all-in-one solution with embedded WAAS GPS and integrated touch screen display. Learn how Traffic, Weather and Stormscope will display on this transponder and get your ADS-B questions answered. Attendees will receive a certificate for a free product enhancement.


Friday October 21, 2016 10:45am - 11:15am
Oasis Hangar
  • Level of Difficulty Beginner to Advanced

11:00am

How to Succeed in Forming and Running a Flying Club
Smoke Eagles, Inc., based at Fullerton, CA (FUL), is a non-profit flying club that has been around for over sixty years. Learn how the club is managed. Its success can give you clues on how to form a club and how to run it, what to do and what not to do. Hear how to increase your chances of creating and running a club that will last for decades.  All of these will be discussed:  Corporation or LLC; insurance; rates and costs; leadership; pilot qualifications; flight instruction; and conflicts of interest.  

Speakers
avatar for Ray Stratton

Ray Stratton

President, Smoke Eagles Flying Club
Ray W. Stratton is a commercial instrument rated pilot with over 1,500 hours of flying four place general aviation. He’s been a member of the Smoke Eagles flying club since 1997, and President for the last four years. Before joining Smoke Eagles he was a member of several military... Read More →


Friday October 21, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
Signature Hangar

11:30am

Risk Management
Risk Management has been used for years by people at all levels and in all occupations and environments to anticipate hazards and to be safe.  In its most simple terms, Hazards Awareness and Risk Management Fundamentals is a way of approaching your aviation tasks with a better awareness of the obstacles, conditions, and events that may harm you or prevent you from achieving your objectives, whether performing routine maintenance, running a flight school, running an air taxi/flight seeing operation or simply going to get that $5.00 hamburger.  The beauty of these tools and processes is that they can be applied to almost all activities, even non-aviation ones. 

This presentation will provide a sound foundation for your participation in the System Safety program and will show you how to integrate risk management into your normal GA activities. It is intended for all involved in any aspect of general aviation and with an interest in how to think and act in a smarter, safer manner. 

Speakers
avatar for Paul M. Foster

Paul M. Foster

FAASTeam Inspection Authorization (IA) Refresher Course Coordinator (RCC), Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
Dr. Paul M. Foster works for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) as an Aviation Safety Inspector (Airworthiness - Maintenance) currently assigned as the FAASTeam Inspection Authorization (IA) Refresher Course Coordinator (RCC). He is a member of the National Black Coalition... Read More →



Friday October 21, 2016 11:30am - 12:30pm
NATCA Safety Learning Center

12:00pm

Sun Flyer: Update on the Solar-Electric Flight Trainer

With a remarkably low operating cost, low aircraft unit cost, extremely low noise and elimination of CO2 exhaust pollutants, the all-electric Sun Flyer aircraft is poised to change the dynamics of general aviation, specifically flight training. George Bye, CEO and Founder, will provide an update on the program’s progress and plans for FAA certification.


Speakers
avatar for George Bye

George Bye

CEO & Founder, Bye Aerospace
George Bye is the Founder of Bye Aerospace, Inc.  He is the creative innovator behind the company with two decades of experience as an aerospace entrepreneur and executive. In early 2007 he founded Bye Aerospace with a business plan to balance engineering services and internal... Read More →


Friday October 21, 2016 12:00pm - 1:00pm
West Hangar

12:00pm

iPad in the Cockpit 101
The iPad is a great tool in the cockpit, but only if you know how to use it properly. Proficiency improves safety. This seminar will cover all the basics and discuss popular apps and iPad accessories. If you are using or thinking of using an iPad, iPad Mini, iPhone or iPod Touch for flying, you won’t want to miss this informative seminar.

Speakers
avatar for Kay Sundaram

Kay Sundaram

AOPA Ambassador, Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association
Kay Sundaram has had a passion for flight since the age of 12 when she received her first flying lesson.  She soloed on her 16th birthday and earned a Private Pilot certificate and instrument rating at age 17. Her passion has taken her ever upward to a fulfilling Aerospace Engineering... Read More →


Friday October 21, 2016 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Oasis Hangar

1:00pm

Making Aircraft Ownership Affordable
You may have heard more than one story from aircraft owners who are disgruntled by the heavy toll on the pocketbook. But don’t get scared off. Here are some simple steps that can make buying and owning an airplane a lot more affordable. 

Speakers
avatar for Pia Bergqvist

Pia Bergqvist

Executive Editor, Flying Magazine
Pia Bergqvist joined Flying in December 2010. A passionate aviator, Pia started flying in 1999 and quickly obtained her single- and multi-engine commercial, instrument and instructor ratings. After a decade of working in general aviation, Pia has accumulated almost 3,000 hours of... Read More →


Friday October 21, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Signature Hangar

1:00pm

You are Never Alone: Declaring an Emergency
Air Traffic Controllers will discuss emergency situations and provide information to assist the pilot community including information on some of the FAA Rules and regulations which are applicable during emergency situations. A question and answer session will also be included.

Moderators
avatar for Jim Ullmann

Jim Ullmann

Director of Safety and Technology, NATCA
Jim Ullmann is currently the Director of Safety and Technology for the National Air Traffic Controllers Association. Jim retired from the FAA in September, 2015 after 26 years as an Air Traffic Controller and was certified at ZSE and ZDV. He served in many positions for NATCA, including... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Nelli Kerez

Nelli Kerez

Air Traffic Controller, Southern California TRACON
Nelli has spent 8.5 years working as an  Air Traffic Controller at Southern California TRACON. She has worked in both the Coast (John Wayne, Long Beach, Fullerton, Torrence and Los Alamitos Airports) and LA Arrivals (LA International and Hawthorne Airports).  She has flown 250 hours... Read More →
avatar for Ian Lewis

Ian Lewis

Air Traffic Controller, Southern California TRACON
Ian is a commercial multi-engine/instrument rated pilot who has served 5 years with the FAA and is assigned to the Burbank area where he is responsible for airspace, flight following and approach/departure service to Van Nuys, Whiteman, Burbank and Santa Monica airports... Read More →
avatar for Jim Thompson

Jim Thompson

Air Traffic Controller, Southern California TRACON
Jim has been working at Southern California TRACON for 11 years, formerly worked 3 years in New Orleans Approach/Tower and is going on 14 years in the FAA.  He is a third generation Air Force Vet who was stationed five years in Okinawa, Japan. Jim has served as the union representative... Read More →



Friday October 21, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
NATCA Safety Learning Center

1:30pm

Mastering Your Flight Proficiency: VFR and IFR

Ed Valdez will be conducting this presentation with Rod Machado joining him during the last 15 to 20 minutes for a Q&A session.

Establish, improve, and maintain your Flight Proficiency by mastering “Attitude Plus Power Equals Performance”, “Maximum Confidence Minimum Workload”, “Flying the Wing”, “Control Feel”, “Attitude Rate of Response,” and “Visual and Instrument Scan Techniques”.  Through the use of these procedures, you will master and maintain your flight proficiency enabling you to move on to the more complex tasks of flight management.  Throughout the presentation, Ed will show how the use of laptop/desktop simulators, advanced training devices, procedures trainers, pen and paper and visualization has helped his students and can help you achieve great success in your aviation endeavors.  Join Ed Valdez and Rod Machado at the end, for a 15 to 20 minute Q&A session.


Speakers
avatar for Ed Valdez

Ed Valdez

President, Skyroamers.com/Aerovision Inc.
Ed Valdez loves flying, teaching and helping others achieve their dreams. He began flying in 1980, has over 15,000 hours with type ratings in 7 aircraft, has been a captain, line check-airman and instructor for both the airlines and in general aviation. He enjoys working with beginning... Read More →


Friday October 21, 2016 1:30pm - 2:30pm
West Hangar
  • FAA WINGS Credit Qualifies
  • Level of Difficulty Beginner to Advanced

2:00pm

Weather for Dummies
“Uneven heating of the earth” – what does it all mean?  As the weather and climate changes it is a great time to focus on how it affects our flying.  Radek will break down complex concepts in simple terms you can understand without a degree in meteorology. What you will learn you will be able to apply for practical purposes in your aviation activities.

Speakers
avatar for Radek Wyrzykowski

Radek Wyrzykowski

Manager of Flight Proficiency, Experimental Aircraft Association
Born in Poland in 1960, Radek Wyrzykowski came to US as a political refugee. Radek obtained his Professional Pilot degree from Mohawk Valley, under the SUNY Albany program and has more than 6000 hours dual given. He was the Chief Flight Instructor for Horizon Aviation, Inc., from... Read More →


Friday October 21, 2016 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Oasis Hangar

2:30pm

Single Pilot IFR
Learn 10 real-life tips to make learning, teaching and flying IFR much safer and easier.  Learn why you need two alternates, not one, and what type of airports you should pick and avoid!  Are you putting the gear down to track a glide slope?  Learn why this is one of the most dangerous bad habits and what you need to do instead.  Session also includes CFI handouts.  

Speakers
avatar for Gary Reeves

Gary Reeves

Founder; ATP, Master CFI, CFII, MEI, PilotSafety.org
Gary has over 5,500 hours and is a well known national speaker as an expert in Mountain Flying, IFR, and iPads in the cockpit. Gary is the Chief Safety Officer for the Volunteer group, PilotSafety.org. dedicated to reducing general aviation accidents. He is a Master CFI, a Lead Rep... Read More →


Friday October 21, 2016 2:30pm - 3:30pm
NATCA Safety Learning Center

3:00pm

Meet the Examiner

This seminar will provide an overview of the FAA Practical Test (checkride) and common problems along with tips for a successful test.  The presentation will also cover the new Airman Certification Standards (ACS) which have replaced the Practical Test Standards (PTS) for the Private Pilot Certificate and the Instrument Rating.  It will provide guidance for applicants and flights instructors as to how training and preparation need to change for an applicant to have a successful practical test with the ACS.


Speakers
avatar for Howard Wolvington

Howard Wolvington

2014 National CFI of the Year, Designated Pilot Examiner
Howard Wolvington, the 2014 National CFI of the Year, is a Designated Pilot Examiner and independent CFI from the Seattle, Washington area.  As an ATP with more than 15,000 total flight hours and 12,000 hours of flight instruction given, his clients range from student pilots... Read More →


Friday October 21, 2016 3:00pm - 4:00pm
West Hangar
  • FAA WINGS Credit Qualifies
  • Level of Difficulty Beginner to Advanced

3:00pm

ADS-B Essentials Q&A Session
We’ll discuss the latest in ADS-B requirements, products and what every pilot should know about ADS-B. Featuring an interactive Q&A session with attendees.

Speakers
avatar for Dewey Conroy

Dewey Conroy

Vice President, Pacific Coast Avionics
Dewey has been in the avionics industry at the retail level for thirty years.  He is Vice President of Pacific Coast Avionics in Aurora, OR--one of the leading avionics installation and service facilities in the western US. He helped start Pacific Coast Avionics in June 1991 and... Read More →


Friday October 21, 2016 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Oasis Hangar

4:00pm

Fun Getaways in the West
Speakers
avatar for George Kounis

George Kounis

Publisher/Editor, Pilot Getaways Magazine
George Kounis co-created and publishes Pilot Getaways, a travel magazine for private pilots and their families and is also the main photographer for both air-to-air and other photography. He is an avid traveler who has traveled to 48 of the United States and more than 30 foreign countries... Read More →


Friday October 21, 2016 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Signature Hangar
  • Level of Difficulty Beginner to Advanced

4:00pm

Chock Talk with a NORAD Fighter Pilot: TFRs and Intercepts
Discover the #1 reason general aviation aircraft are intercepted and how to avoid it.  In this action packed presentation you'll learn practical steps to navigate Temporary Flight Restrictions (TFRs) and what to do if you are intercepted.  Join NORAD F-16 pilots in an informative and lively session that will keep you out of trouble and off the evening news.

Speakers
avatar for Lt. Col. Mike

Lt. Col. Mike "Alvin" McMillin

Airline Transport Pilot, United Airlines
Lt. Col. Mike "Alvin" McMillin is a decorated Squadron Commander with over 3100 hours in the F-16.  He has seven combat deployments and has intercepted two civilian aircraft as a result of their violation of a VIP TFR.  LtCol McMillin is a CFII and an Airline Transport Pilot, flying... Read More →


Friday October 21, 2016 4:00pm - 5:00pm
NATCA Safety Learning Center

6:30pm

Poolside Evening Gathering Featuring Cocktails and Food
Enjoy delicious Southern California fare and drinks poolside with palm trees on a beautiful evening under the stars.  Choose to relax poolside as you dine and drink or mingle with others in the industry for great conversation.  Magician Jeff Parmer (www.greatmagic.com) will mingle during the event and wow people with his tricks!  He regularly performs for Hollywood's famous Magic Castle, Disney and for many celebrities at their private parties.  As a pilot, he enjoys flying his Mooney and performs magic to emphasize key concepts for flight safety pilot meetings.


Friday October 21, 2016 6:30pm - 9:30pm
Hilton Hotel Poolside 400 East Tahquitz Canyon Way Palm Springs, CA 92262
 
Saturday, October 22
 

7:30am

Registration
Saturday October 22, 2016 7:30am - 4:00pm
TBA

8:00am

Pancake Breakfast with Sammy Mason & Other Airshow Pilots

Join Airshow Pilot Sammy Mason, Chuck Aaron, Judy Phelps, Tim Just and other airshow pilots for a pancake breakfast at the airport.  Look out over the runways and taxiways of KPSP as you relax and enjoy breakfast with fellow aviators.  $5 per person – pay on-site.  Read more about Sammy here:  http://www.flyingmag.com/what-it-takes-to-be-top-airshow-pilot


Speakers
avatar for Chuck Aaron

Chuck Aaron

Aerobatic Helicopter Pilot
PHOTO CREDIT:  FLYING MAGAZINE
avatar for Tim Just

Tim Just

Member, US Unlimited Aerobatic Team
avatar for Sammy Mason

Sammy Mason

Pilot, Sammy Mason Aerobatics
Sammy lives at the Santa Puala, CA airport, above the family hangar. He shares the name of his grandfather, an aerobatic pilot famous for his displays in modified Boeing Stearman and for accomplishing the first loop in a helicopter. Sammy was the youngest airshow pilot in the world... Read More →
avatar for Judy Phelps

Judy Phelps

Master CFI-Aerobatic
Judy Phelps, Master Certified Flight Instructor-Aerobatic, CFI - Instrument, specializing in Tailwheel, Spins, Emergency Maneuver Training and Aerobatics is the 2011 National Flight Instructor of the Year, the 2010 Western Pacific Region FAA Flight Instructor of the year, the 2008... Read More →


Saturday October 22, 2016 8:00am - 9:00am
Oasis Hangar

9:00am

The Kings Present: Flying Together: Can We All Get Along?
John and Martha have piloted an aircraft together for tens of thousands of hours in 6 of the 7 continents, but surprisingly enough they haven’t always gotten along all that well together in the cockpit.  In this humorous and deeply personal talk, the Kings will reveal why sharing the cockpit can be so difficult and what they learned to make it a profoundly rewarding and fun experience.

Speakers
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John & Martha King

Owners, King Schools
John and Martha King, Co-Chairmen of King Schools, have revolutionized the way pilots learn through intimate video instruction and interactive online courses, and are regarded by pilots throughout the world as their personal aviation mentors. For decades they have taught nearly half... Read More →


Saturday October 22, 2016 9:00am - 10:00am
NATCA Safety Learning Center

10:00am

California Pilots Association 2016 Members' Meeting

All CalPilots invited to join us for a meeting at Expo!  Visit http://aviation-xpo.com/calpilots/ for more details.


Saturday October 22, 2016 10:00am - 11:00am
Oasis Hangar

10:00am

10:30am

Rusty Pilots
AOPA has put together a free, comprehensive program that gives you all the information you need to get current again. Free seminars sponsored by local flight schools and clubs provide all the ground training you need, and show you, step-by-step, what you need to do to complete the Flight Review. An easy-to-follow Powerpoint presentation will bring you up to speed on hot-button issues like weather briefings, preflight planning, FARs, and airspace. You'll learn about medical requirements, runway incursions, radio procedures and Light Sport aircraft, as well as any changes that have taken place since you last donned a headset. You'll even leave the seminar with a logbook endorsement attesting that you've completed the one-hour of ground training required for the Flight Review. All this at no cost. More details: www.aviation-xpo.com/aviate

Speakers
avatar for Ron Preston

Ron Preston

Instructor, Cactus Aviation
Ron graduated from North Texas State University (now University of North Texas) with a major in Music and a minor in Education.  He taught Middle, Junior and High School Music for five years.  He learned to fly 37 years ago at Mathis Field in San Angelo, TX while teaching high school... Read More →


Saturday October 22, 2016 10:30am - 1:00pm
West Hangar
  • FAA WINGS Credit Qualifies
  • Level of Difficulty Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

11:00am

Flying in a Sharing Economy
What does the transition to a share economy mean for general aviation? Learn about several ways entrepreneurs are taking advantage of cutting-edge technology to drive innovation -- and what the FAA has to say about it.

Speakers
avatar for Stephen Pope

Stephen Pope

Editor-In-Chief, Flying Magazine
Stephen is a longtime aviation journalist and pilot. He grew up in northern New Jersey, where he started taking flying lessons at the age of 15 at a small grass strip in a Piper J-3 Cub. While in high school he worked as a line boy at the East 60th Street Heliport in New York City... Read More →
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Rod Rakic

Co-Founder, OpenAirplane
Rod started flying when he was sixteen. Rod holds a FAA commercial pilot certificate with an instrument rating. In addition to flying for business and pleasure, Rod serves as a Airman with the USAF as a volunteer in the U.S. Civil Air Patrol. Active in flying in support of search... Read More →


Saturday October 22, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
Signature Hangar
  • Level of Difficulty Beginner to Advanced

11:00am

Aviation Safety Team: You & the FAA
The purpose of this presentation is to provide a high level overview of the FAA Compliance Philosophy.  We will cover what the Compliance Philosophy is, why it was adopted and how the program is administered.  We will also cover the Remedial Training Program and how the FAASTeam interacts with airmen or organizations who have accepted Remedial Training as a mitigating ‘fix’ to a regulatory deviation.

Speakers
avatar for Paul M. Foster

Paul M. Foster

FAASTeam Inspection Authorization (IA) Refresher Course Coordinator (RCC), Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
Dr. Paul M. Foster works for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) as an Aviation Safety Inspector (Airworthiness - Maintenance) currently assigned as the FAASTeam Inspection Authorization (IA) Refresher Course Coordinator (RCC). He is a member of the National Black Coalition... Read More →



Saturday October 22, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
NATCA Safety Learning Center

12:00pm

Rod Machado and John King Debate the New ACS

Rod Machado and John King will share the stage for a fun and spirited one-on-one debate on the new Airman Certification Standards. Both Rod and John have very different ideas about the utility and value of the ACS, and each is a passionate advocate for his position. This is sure to be a fun time for all given that both Rod and John have a long history of involvement in the flight training business. While having a good time at this debate, we guarantee you plenty of education in the process.


Moderators
avatar for Stephen Pope

Stephen Pope

Editor-In-Chief, Flying Magazine
Stephen is a longtime aviation journalist and pilot. He grew up in northern New Jersey, where he started taking flying lessons at the age of 15 at a small grass strip in a Piper J-3 Cub. While in high school he worked as a line boy at the East 60th Street Heliport in New York City... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for John & Martha King

John & Martha King

Owners, King Schools
John and Martha King, Co-Chairmen of King Schools, have revolutionized the way pilots learn through intimate video instruction and interactive online courses, and are regarded by pilots throughout the world as their personal aviation mentors. For decades they have taught nearly half... Read More →
avatar for Rod Machado

Rod Machado

Owner, Rod Machado's Aviation Learning Center
A 43-year flight instructor, Rod Machado has taught millions the basics of flying through flight lessons, simulation and training materials. Since 1973, he has been teaching and speaking to pilots in the 50 states and Europe. Rod is a tireless pilot advocate. Besides a degree in Aviation... Read More →


Saturday October 22, 2016 12:00pm - 12:45pm
NATCA Safety Learning Center

12:00pm

Avidyne IFD & Garmin Pro Tips
The Avidyne IFD 440/540 and the Garmin 430/530 and GTN are common VFR and IFR navigation units. Learn some easy and important tips to get more from your units and learn how to react quickly in emergencies.  Session also includes CFI handouts.

Speakers
avatar for Gary Reeves

Gary Reeves

Founder; ATP, Master CFI, CFII, MEI, PilotSafety.org
Gary has over 5,500 hours and is a well known national speaker as an expert in Mountain Flying, IFR, and iPads in the cockpit. Gary is the Chief Safety Officer for the Volunteer group, PilotSafety.org. dedicated to reducing general aviation accidents. He is a Master CFI, a Lead Rep... Read More →


Saturday October 22, 2016 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Oasis Hangar

1:00pm

A Brief History of the Most Successful Flying Club in History: How We Do It, and How You Can, Too
Flying Clubs like Plus One Flyers take an unbelievable amount of effort, both paid and volunteer, to keep them running.  You will learn how the club started with one airplane (Mooney 301) and has now grown to 65+ AC and 1500 members.  We will discuss the entire package including: the initial structure, growing pains you may face and how the club evolves as far as gaining airplanes, electronic scheduling, etc.  Each club has to find the "magic balance" as far as being a nonprofit dedicated to flying with lots of people working for free.  We will also help you navigate constant challenges that could come your way like insurance issues, safety and stupid pilot tricks.  Handouts will be provided.

Speakers
avatar for Dave Eby

Dave Eby

Vice President, Plus One Flyers
Dave Eby is a full time CFI with over 6000 hours dual given. Dave joined Plus One Flyers in the year 2000 as a CFI, and after being with the club for 6 months was appointed Operations for the new Brown Field fleet Plus One Flyers was adding to the club.  From that time to today Dave... Read More →
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Tom Reid

Director/Owner, Plus One Flyers
Tom has been a member of Plus One Flyers, Inc. for more than 25 years.  He has served as an Owner-Director for most of that time and was President from 1999-2003. He also serves on the budget committee, the safety committee and has served on many other committees to help the club... Read More →


Saturday October 22, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Signature Hangar
  • Level of Difficulty Beginner to Advanced

1:00pm

Keeping the Sunny Side Up: Stalls, Spins and Unusual Attitudes
Find out how to get yourself into and out of stalls and spins but more importantly how to avoid them!  Actual video footage during training flights will be incorporated to give attendees the perspective from outside the cockpit and the pilot’s perspective inside the cockpit. This is a class for all pilots and student pilots to learn about stalls, spin dynamics, overbanked recoveries and much more.

Speakers
avatar for Judy Phelps

Judy Phelps

Master CFI-Aerobatic
Judy Phelps, Master Certified Flight Instructor-Aerobatic, CFI - Instrument, specializing in Tailwheel, Spins, Emergency Maneuver Training and Aerobatics is the 2011 National Flight Instructor of the Year, the 2010 Western Pacific Region FAA Flight Instructor of the year, the 2008... Read More →


Saturday October 22, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
NATCA Safety Learning Center
  • FAA WINGS Credit Qualifies
  • Level of Difficulty Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

1:00pm

Learn to Fly
Daunted by the process of learning to fly? Where do I start? What do I expect? This seminar is for you! Come spend an hour getting guidance on how, when and where to start and complete your journey to being a Certificated Pilot. More details: www.aviation-xpo.com/aviate

Speakers
avatar for Gianni West

Gianni West

Owner, Cactus Aviation
Gianni West served in the United States Army and had a career in law enforcement and private corporate security. His instructor career spans 20 years including, but not limited to martial arts, police defensive tactics, pressure point control instructor, NRA Handgun, NRA tactical... Read More →


Saturday October 22, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
West Hangar

2:00pm

ADS-B and New Technology
Air Traffic Controllers (ATC) will provide a briefing on ADSB, including the benefits as seen through the eyes of the controller workforce. Also included will be information on the planned reduction of ground based VORs associated with the VOR Minimum Operational Network and more. A question and answer session will also be included.

Moderators
avatar for Jim Ullmann

Jim Ullmann

Director of Safety and Technology, NATCA
Jim Ullmann is currently the Director of Safety and Technology for the National Air Traffic Controllers Association. Jim retired from the FAA in September, 2015 after 26 years as an Air Traffic Controller and was certified at ZSE and ZDV. He served in many positions for NATCA, including... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Nelli Kerez

Nelli Kerez

Air Traffic Controller, Southern California TRACON
Nelli has spent 8.5 years working as an  Air Traffic Controller at Southern California TRACON. She has worked in both the Coast (John Wayne, Long Beach, Fullerton, Torrence and Los Alamitos Airports) and LA Arrivals (LA International and Hawthorne Airports).  She has flown 250 hours... Read More →
avatar for Ian Lewis

Ian Lewis

Air Traffic Controller, Southern California TRACON
Ian is a commercial multi-engine/instrument rated pilot who has served 5 years with the FAA and is assigned to the Burbank area where he is responsible for airspace, flight following and approach/departure service to Van Nuys, Whiteman, Burbank and Santa Monica airports... Read More →
avatar for Jim Thompson

Jim Thompson

Air Traffic Controller, Southern California TRACON
Jim has been working at Southern California TRACON for 11 years, formerly worked 3 years in New Orleans Approach/Tower and is going on 14 years in the FAA.  He is a third generation Air Force Vet who was stationed five years in Okinawa, Japan. Jim has served as the union representative... Read More →



Saturday October 22, 2016 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Oasis Hangar

2:30pm

Flying & Surviving Oceans, Lakes, & Rivers: Tips for Overwater Flight
This lecture includes:  How to prepare yourself and your aircraft for flight over oceans, rivers and lakes;  Required survival gear; How to ditch an aircraft in the water; Aircraft performance changes over water; How to find your way home if you lose navigation and overcoming the fear that we feel while flying over water. 

Taught by record setting circumnavigator Robert DeLaurentis, Zen Pilot who has flown GA aircraft to over 50 countries, crossing 12 oceans and seas.

Speakers
avatar for Robert DeLaurentis

Robert DeLaurentis

Author
Around the World (Barely) in 95 Days Robert DeLaurentis, the “Zen Pilot” is a noted aviation speaker and author who holds Instrument and Multiengine Ratings and a Commercial Pilot Certificate as well as an advanced graduate degree in Spiritual Psychology. During Robert’s brief... Read More →


Saturday October 22, 2016 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Signature Hangar

2:30pm

Lessons Learned: Prevent the Most Common Accidents
We will discuss the most common types of accidents and what we can learn from them to prevent similar types of accidents from happening in the future.

Speakers
avatar for Howard Plagens

Howard Plagens

Senior Air Safety Investigator, NTSB Western Pacific Region
Howard graduated with a BS in Aerospace Engineering from Texas A&M University.  He served in the US Marine Corps as a F-4 Phantom Fighter Pilot and has ATP airplane multi-engine land and commercial pilot airplane single-engine land.  He has been with NTSB for 18 years and currently... Read More →


Saturday October 22, 2016 2:30pm - 3:30pm
NATCA Safety Learning Center

3:00pm

Garmin Technology Updates: A Q&A with the Experts

Come see what’s new from Garmin, including new products, new features and capabilities, and a Q&A with the Garmin experts.


Speakers
avatar for Mike Young

Mike Young

Southwest Regional Sales Manager, Garmin Ltd.
Michael Young is the Southwest aviation regional sales manager at Garmin International, a highly regarded producer of consumer and professional-grade navigation equipment using global positioning system receivers. He resides on Mazatzal Mountain Airpark in Payson, Arizona and loves... Read More →


Saturday October 22, 2016 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Oasis Hangar

4:00pm

Chock Talk with a NORAD Fighter Pilot: TFRs and Intercepts
Discover the #1 reason general aviation aircraft are intercepted and how to avoid it.  In this action packed presentation you'll learn practical steps to navigate Temporary Flight Restrictions (TFRs) and what to do if you are intercepted.  Join NORAD F-16 pilots in an informative and lively session that will keep you out of trouble and off the evening news.

Speakers
avatar for Lt. Col. Mike

Lt. Col. Mike "Alvin" McMillin

Airline Transport Pilot, United Airlines
Lt. Col. Mike "Alvin" McMillin is a decorated Squadron Commander with over 3100 hours in the F-16.  He has seven combat deployments and has intercepted two civilian aircraft as a result of their violation of a VIP TFR.  LtCol McMillin is a CFII and an Airline Transport Pilot, flying... Read More →


Saturday October 22, 2016 4:00pm - 5:00pm
NATCA Safety Learning Center

7:30pm

Palm Springs Air Museum Party Featuring Sal "The Voice," AGT Finalist
Go 007 with us as we travel back in time with America's Got Talent finalist, Sal the Voice, who is bringing back to America the "consummate, classy, old-school entertainer with a heart of gold" as he sings American standards he learned by his grandmother's side.  About Sal 

Dance to the tunes of the Night Owl Band and enjoy a tantalizing buffet dinner with breathtaking mountain views all around.  Seating is first-come, first-served.  Doors open at 7:15.  Join the fun with a raffle to support Angel Flight West at the museum – win cash!  Feel free to dress for the occasion for our James Bond theme! We will have a costume contest and award a prize for the best 007 costume.

 


Saturday October 22, 2016 7:30pm - 11:00pm
Palm Springs Air Museum 745 N Gene Autry Trail, Palm Springs, CA 92262