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wednesday, July 26

7:30 – 8:30 AM




Processing information and making clear decisions while flying in IMC conditions can be challenging. Join AOPA in analyzing accident scenarios where pilots made questionable decisions, under the stress and confusion that IMC flying can sometimes bring.  What led to the suboptimal decisions?  How can we avoid task-saturation and ensure solid decision making when flying in IMC? 

9:00 – 10:00 AM

Radek Wyrzykowski 

Discover VMC Club:  master the art of aviation

The VMC Club offers monthly meetings in which pilots can network and share knowledge and practical experience. The meetings use real-world scenarios to engage members and allow a free exchange of information that improves awareness and skills. The intent is to create a community of pilots willing to share information, provide recognition, foster communications, promote safety, and build proficiency. Discover yourself what VMC Club is all about. EA6176723

10:15 – 11:15 AM

Nathan (Nate) Kurth

Navigating different airspace types

Nathan Kurth’s love for aviation started as a kid watching A-10s near his home and continued over the years by attending air shows and building model airplanes. He has been flying for 15+ years and has logged more than 1,600 hours of flight time. Nathan has a degree in Aerospace Science and holds commercial, multi-engine, instrument and single-engine land ratings. Over the course of his 10-year Jeppesen career, Nathan’s roles have included FAR/AIM, ARINC, 424 coding and Department of Defense terminal procedures. This session will help you understand some of the nuisances of different air space and how to safely navigate through or around them. EA6176724

11:30 – 12:30 PM

Ken Wittekiend

Backcountry Operations

Operations in the backcountry require a unique set of skills.  The backcountry often has shorter strips in confined areas. It requires a departure from what many of us learned in primary training. An in-depth look at how a different style of arrival is used to generate a precision approach to exact spot and a short rollout.  These lessons can be used whether you are looking to dip your toe in the backcountry and start exploring recreational airstrips or if you just want to become a safer more precise pilot. EA6176725

12:45 – 1:45 PM

Jason Archer

How to act when no one is in the tower

Did that pilot just cut me off?  We've all had it happen, whether we were cut off or we inadvertently cut someone else off.  Join FAA Safety Team (FAASTeam) Representative and CFI, Jason T. Archer for an exciting and informative seminar on best practices for operating at non-towered airports.  What are the recommended and required procedures for entry and exit?  How do we communicate effectively into and out of the pattern?  Using personal stories, case studies and an interactive discussion (yes we want to hear your stories as well) we’ll talk about the does and don’ts.  In addition, we’ll talk about what to do when an incident does occur.  Join us to a for this informative and lively presentation.

Jason T. Archer is an educator with over 15-year experience working in planetariums, science centers and aviation museums.  He is a CFI/AGI with Berkshire Aviation, Inc specializing in tailwheel training.  While not flying, Jason serves as a FAASTeam Representative and runs a flight simulator program at his planetarium.  He has written articles for SAFE Magazine and contributed to AOPA On-line. He has created a variety of aviation exhibits, activities and multimedia programs.  EA6176726

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