Adriana Barragan

Where'd those Transferable Skills Go?


To say all aircraft fly the same can be viewed as an overstatement, but it is fundamentally true.  First principles of light aircraft flying apply to gliders, float planes, and high performance aircraft alike.  Many of the skills required to master these aircraft are not only readily transferable but invaluable to your everyday flying.  We'll explore how to best use these transferrable skills to make us better pilots and instructors.


Wednesday, July 24th & Friday July 26th 08:00 CT

Pilot Proficiency at EAA AirVenture 2024


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The Workshop


Interactive Discussion

I'll start with a story.  And then I'll ask you to share one of your own.  What types of aircraft have you flown?  How has flying a glider helped you with spot landings for example?  What's skills are transferrable from one aircraft to another?


Activity Lab

Using whiteboards, markers and notes.  We'll map the first principles of light aircraft flying to see how we can best transfer skills from one aircraft to another.  And how we can use this practice to improve our flight training.

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Flight Simulation

Using the maps we've created in our Activity Labs we'll apply our newfound knowledge and skills using the Redbirds in the PPC.  Let's see how the skills requirements of one aircraft can help us perform in another.  This is, Fly the Airplane.

Known as the “Luscombe Lady”, Adriana is a tailwheel and glider pilot, soaring competition pilot, flight instructor, aerospace engineer, and former flight test, aerodynamic loads, and research engineer. With over 5 years of tailwheel experience and 13 years of flying, Adriana specializes in tailwheel training. Fun facts:  Adriana tows gliders, makes cross-country flights with no engine, and is the founder of

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