Opportunities Abound To Further Your Aero-Knowledge
by ANN Correspondent Dave Ziegler
I have to admit that, as an instructor and FAA Safety Team
representative, there's a hidden agenda behind most everything I do
concerning aviation, and that is to promote pilot proficiency and
safety awareness. Thankfully, AirVenture is making that task easy
for me, as no other single event offers pilots so many
opportunities to learn something new while having a lot of fun in
In this article, we'll explore just a few of the seminars,
presentations, and exhibits that not only educate and enlighten,
but also entertain.
Get Yourself Disoriented
Those who desire a
better understanding of spatial disorientation are invited to try
the US Air Force's equilibrium simulator, accessible all week long
from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm at the EAA AirVenture Museum (although you
might not want to try it immediately after lunch). This simulator
allows visitors to experience the effects of vertigo first hand in
a safe, controlled environment without having to leave the
In addition, there will be a seminar on spatial disorientation
given by Rogers Shaw, an Airman Educations Programs Team Leader at
the FAA Civil Aerospace Medical Institute. Shaw's presentation is
scheduled for Friday, July 27th from 1:00 pm to 2:15 pm at the FAA
Aviation Safety Center.
Try A Simulator
UND Aerospace will allow free public access to their Frasca
simulator, a Garmin G1000-equipped Mentor AATD, at booth #217. In
addition, Frasca International, Inc. will be displaying two other
simulators at booths 3037 and 3038: A Diamond DA-42 FTD and a
Cirrus SR22 FTD with TruVision 180 (Frasca's visual system
featuring a 180 degree display system).
After a hands-on Frasca experience, pilots can learn about
Xwind, LLC's exciting new simulator at the presentation "Crosswind
Landing Practice Without An Airplane," scheduled for Tuesday, July
24th from 4:00 pm to 5:15 pm at the AirBP Pavilion. Brad Whitsitt
will describe his company's special motion-based simulator, which
is specifically designed to boost crosswind landing skills, and
will provide valuable information to help with crosswind
Users of PC-based flight simulators should also consider
attending Bruce William's presentation "Microsoft Flight Simulator
As A Training Aid," where Bruce will offer specific suggestions to
help students, pilots, and instructors use Flight Simulator
effectively as a ground school training aid and home study tool.
The presentation will be held at the Drake Corporation Pavilion on
Friday the 27th from 1:00 pm to 2:15 pm.
Discover The New WINGS Pilot Proficiency Program
If you haven't yet participated in the WINGS Pilot Proficiency
Program, or you have not yet heard of its recent metamorphosis,
FAASTeam Program Manager Jim Pyles will explain all on Monday, July
23 starting at 8:30 am and again on Tuesday, July 24 starting at
11:30 am at the FAA Aviation Safety Center. The WINGS program is an
excellent way to maintain proficiency, and pilots who complete at
least the Basic Phase need not accomplish the flight review
requirements of 14 CFR Part 61.
Learn From The Professionals
Commercial pilot, writer, and radio host Mark Grady (below) will
both educate and entertain with his presentations at the FAA
Aviation Safety Center, including "Regulations: What Every Pilot
Should Know" on Wednesday the 25th from 2:30 pm to 3:45 pm,
"Airspace" on Thursday the 26th from 8:30 am to 9:45 am, "Say It
Right" on Friday the 27th from 11:30 am to 12:45 pm, and "Single
Pilot IFR" on Saturday the 28th from 1:00 pm to 2:15 pm.
Learn about risk management from flight training all-stars John
and Martha King of King Schools. Their presentation, "Kings On Risk
Management," is scheduled for Thursday, July 26th from to 1:00 pm
to 2:15 pm at the FAA Aviation Safety Center.
Learn about managing the risks of night flying with Max
Trescott, a Gold Seal CFI and FAA Accident Prevention Counselor.
His presentation, "Night Flying Safety: What Your CFI Didn't Tell
You," will be on Friday, July 27th from 8:30 am to 9:45 pm at the
FAA Aviation Safety Center, and again from 1:00 pm to 2:15 pm at
the Sporty's Pavilion. Max's other presentation, "Flying Instrument
Approaches With WAAS And GPS," will be on Saturday the 28th from
11:30 am to 12:45 pm at the Honda Generators Pavilion.
Darren Gaines, an Air Traffic Controller and Aviation Safety
Counselor, will discuss runway safety at the Sporty's Pavillion on
Tuesday the 24th from 4:00 pm to 5:15 pm, and will present a case
study on a Controlled Flight Into Terrain accident on Friday the
27th from 4:00 pm to 5:15 pm at the REMOS Aircraft Pavilion.
Also at the REMOS Aircraft Pavilion will be "Being the Best
Pilot You Can Be: A Code Of Conduct For General Aviation,"
presented by Michael Baum, a private pilot, author, and attorney.
Baum will explore ways to become safer, better, and more
accomplished pilot while discussing the Aviators Model Code of
Conduct, which offers recommendations for advancing flight safety
Finally, Greg Feith, formerly of the National Transportation
Safety Board (NTSB), offers three presentations at the FAA Aviation
Safety Center: "Is Your Defensive Flying Defensive" on Wednesday
the 25th from 11:30 am to 12:45 pm, "Excellence In Aviation Safety
From Accident Investigation" on Friday the 27th from 2:30 pm to
3:45 pm, and "Lessons Learned" (shown above) on Saturday the 28th
from 11:30 am to 12:45 pm.
These are just a handful of suggestions; there are several
hundred forums to choose from at AirVenture this year, all with the
potential of making us better, safer pilots. For a complete
listing, visit the EAA AirVenture Oshkosh website at the FMI link