ADS-B: the 2020 Mandate

Aircraft must have Automatic Dependent Surveillance Broadcast (ADS-B) capability in certain U.S. airspace after December 2019. This seminar will discuss how ADS-B works, who needs to equip, and what equipment options are available based on the current state-of-the-art. Russ Kelsea is a Certified Flight Instructor and a FAA Safety Team Lead Representative. Rick Kloeppel is a retired airline pilot, CFI, and FAA Safety Team Representative. John Merriman is a CFI and aircraft owner.

Aircraft Systems

Have you ever wanted a more in-depth knowledge of the systems in your aircraft (fuel, carburetion, ignition, vacuum, etc.) and the effects that winter and summer flight operations have upon those systems? Learn how to operate your aircraft systems like a pro. This seminar promises to be instructional and entertaining. David Emerson, the speaker, is the owner of a Fixed Based Operator (FBO), flight school, and Federal Aviation Regulation (FAR) 135 charter company. He is an Aviation Maintenance Technician with Inspection Authorization, a Certified Flight Instructor Instrument (CFII), and a FAA Safety Team Representative.

All About Fuel

Fuel related accidents are on the rise, whether due to fuel starvation, fuel exhaustion, or fuel mismanagement. In this class we will explore proper fuel planning, fuel contamination, fuel grades and availability, the use of autogas, proper leaning, and aircraft fuel systems. We will even chat about the coming loss of 100LL fuel and possible replacement fuels. FAA Safety Team Representative Bob DiMeo will lead this interactive safety event. Learn how to avoid becoming the next accident statistic.

ATC Procedures for the Professional Pilot

A team of Air Traffic Control Specialists from the Boston Consolidated TRACON will lead discussions on ATC Procedures for the professional pilot. Topics will include RNAV procedures, Descend/Climb via phraseology, LAHSO operations, Opposite Direction Operations, Operating at a Core 30 (KBOS) airport, and general ATC procedures. We will discuss these issues as well as recent changes to the Air Traffic Controller's Handbook.

Can Your Airplane Really Perform?

You have a pretty good sense of takeoff and landing distances required, but if the field is short do you know your airplane well enough to guarantee you can land and depart safely? Attend this workshop and calculate takeoff and landing distances required for your airplane. The results may be surprising! Russ Kelsea, is a Certified Flight Instructor (CFI) and a FAA Safety Team Lead Representative. Rick Kloeppel is a retired airline pilot, CFI, and FAA Safety Team Representative. John Merriman is a CFI and aircraft owner.

Demystifying Airspace

What are the dimensions and operating requirements for the various classes of airspace? What are the weather minimums? How does a pilot find airspace boundaries on a sectional chart? And what about the odd stuff - Military Operations Area (MOA), Military Training Route (MTR), Temporary Flight Restriction (TFRs) and Special Flight Rules Area (SFRA)? How can a pilot prepare for the cockpit workload change as he/she transitions from one airspace type to another? FAA Safety Team Representative and former Burlington Air Traffic Control Specialist Dick Ferno will take you step-by-step through the details. Have your questions answered by an expert.

Downsizing Is Not Just For Homes

Pilots are quite aware of the need for training when transitioning to larger or more complex aircraft, but accident statistics show they do not always exercise the same prudence when transitioning to smaller and simpler machines. FAA Principal Maintenance Inspector Dave Pepple will discuss the need to obtain proper ground and flight instruction when transitioning to smaller and lighter aircraft. He will use examples of actual accidents, and discuss the flight and handling characteristics that can make operating these aircraft a challenge. All pilots and maintenance technicians are welcome to attend.

Flying in the Wind

Wind is a factor in over 50% of takeoff and landing accidents. FAA Safety Team Lead Representative, Designated Pilot Examiner, and the 2012 National Certified Flight Instructor (CFI) of the Year Hobie Tomlinson designed this course for pilots and flight instructors who wish to increase their understanding of flight operations on windy days. He will discuss techniques for dealing with various kinds of wind events in tricycle gear aircraft, conventional gear aircraft, and seaplanes.

Gliders - Taking Off Without Power

Gliders, an excellent way to experience the pure the joy of flight, have some operations that are unique. One is the takeoff/launch, which requires flight in formation with a powered aircraft while tethered on a string. Recent events involving glider launches in New England and around the country exemplify how skill, knowledge, and planning are required for these launches. Come review these events and the associated pilot decisions. An excellent pre-season review for glider pilots, tow pilots, or for those who want to learn more about gliders. Our speaker, Devan Wiebe (who first learned to fly in gliders as a teenager), is a Glider, Airplane and Instrument Flight Instructor, tow pilot, and Chief Instructor at Aptis Aviation, LLC.

Helicopter 101 for the Airplane Pilot

Have you ever wanted to fly a helicopter? Does the thought of it seem intimidating and complex? This class will provide basic insight into the workings of a helicopter and what goes into flying it. We will provide an overview of helicopter aerodynamics, major components, controls, flight maneuvers, hazards, and flight rules. The speaker, Fred Bedard is both an airplane and helicopter pilot he is also a Director and VP of the New England Helicopter Council.

Loss of Control

Loss of Control In-Flight was the dominant cause of fatal general aviation accidents over the last decade. Loss of Control refers to accidents resulting from situations in which the pilot should have either maintained or regained control of the aircraft, but did not. Join the thousands of other pilots across the country in attending this exciting briefing! Hobie Tomlinson is a Designated Pilot Examiner, FAA Safety Team Lead Representative, and National Certified Flight Instructor (CFI) of the Year with over 25,000 hours in everything from Cubs to Boeings. Join us for an informative discussion for pilots of all experience levels and ages.

NextGen for the Professional Pilot

As a professional pilot, how will NexGen affect you? We will discuss the purpose and benefits of NexGen technology, including ADS-B, Enhanced Vision Systems, RNP approaches, data communication, and procedures designed to utilize them. Our speaker, Bill Gianetta, is an All-Weather Operations Specialist in the NexGen Branch for the FAA Eastern Region Flight Standards Division. He is a former airline pilot/check airman, aviation safety inspector, and Operations Unit Supervisor for the Portland FSDO. Bring your questions and hear a NexGen expert discuss the future of aviation.

Aeronautical charts are now available in digital format and the techniques to use them are numerous. Join others in a Scenario Based Training (SBT) exercise that presents situations and circumstances that pilots face every day as learning experiences. These exercises will help develop your skills to avoid pilot-induced accidents, along with improving your skills with your Electronic Flight Bag (EFB). An excellent way to learn tips and techniques or even get introduced to what an EFB can do. The instructor Greg Sheets is a FAASTeam Representative and owner of Magenta Flight Training, a simulator based aviation training entity.
Note: Bring your EFB (i.e. iPad w/Foreflight or similar) to aid in finding a solution to the presented scenario. Those without an EFB may be able to partner with other attendees that do have an EFB.

Military Mid-Air Collision Avoidance (MACA)

Curious about what kind of activity happens within the confines of the Yankee MOA? Are you unsure how to navigate military special-use airspace? New England hosts a dozen military flying units and an active General Aviation community, so this open discussion will help both groups learn more about where the other operates. Military pilots will elaborate on where, when, and how they employ their respective aircraft. We will review techniques and procedures that pilots can use to mitigate the risk of a mid-air collision. And we would like to hear from GA pilots about airspace that may create potential conflicts with military operations, so we welcome your participation and look forward to answering your questions. Help make the skies safer for us all. Our speaker, Maj. Ryan Nugent, is the Squadron Flying Safety Officer for the 143rd Airlift Squadron, Rhode Island Air National Guard.

No Room for Conflict in the Cockpit

Conflict is a part of life, which means it finds its way into our cockpits as well. However, making time-critical decisions with life-and-death consequences doesn't afford much space for kumbaya tuning-in to other people's feelings. Come see how conflict resolution techniques from the business world can apply to the cockpit, and make your flying safer and less stressful. Our speaker, Jeff Van West, is an aviation author, editor, CFI, and FAA Safety Team Representative.

Operations in Class B Airspace, Pilot/Controller Communications & Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) Avoidance

Retired Boston TRACON Controller and FAA Safety Team Lead Representative Bob Adelizzi will provide an overview of flight procedures in Class B airspace as well as ways to avoid Temporary Flight Restrictions (TFR), especially with increased VIP movement during the upcoming election. Learn about effective pilot/controller communications and operating techniques to help make your flight safe and efficient. If you are thinking about flying to Cape Cod and the islands from northern New England, this seminar is for you.

Pegasus Didn't Need Flight Lessons…Did He?

The argument still simmers as to whether there is any such thing as a natural-born pilot. Pilots, students and instructors alike still believe some folks just cannot "get it" when it comes to flying or learning how to fly. How come, and are they right or wrong? This session offers a fun, serious and honest look at some facts and fictions of flying ability, and provides students, pilots and instructors of all types with suggestions on how to improve their own abilities throughout their flying days. Loren Herren is the Chief Instructor in the Bridgewater State University Aviation Science Program, a FAASTeam Representative, and a Deputy Commander in the Civil Air Patrol.

Positive Safety Culture Forum

Safety culture is a critical component in a professional flight department. How do we build a positive safety culture? How do we get pilots and to accept, abide by, and promote it. This will be a forum to discuss and brainstorm ideas. Our facilitator, Chris Loprinze, is a Designated Pilot Examiner, a CFI, a FAA Safety Team Representative, and the Chief Pilot for a large aircraft fractional ownership company.

Seaplane Safety

Seaplane flying presents a number of challenges not encountered by the land plane pilot.  Glassy water operations, step turns and taxiing, docking, sailing, rough water operations, and other challenges require proficiency and vigilance.  Preflight planning, fuel management, and water survival are constant considerations.  Learn how to stay safe while enjoying the pleasures of flying on floats.  The speaker, Steve Williams, is the Seaplane Pilots Association Field Director for the state of Maine, a FAA Safety Team Representative, and a CFI in both land and seaplanes.  Have your questions answered by an expert.

Single Pilot IFR: Tips from a CFII

In this seminar, CFII and DPE Doug Stewart will speak about his observations of the mistakes and pitfalls made by instrument pilots and offer suggestions on ways to make flying in the IFR system simple and efficient. With a focus on situational awareness, he will discuss: Effective communication; How to pick up a clearance at a non-towered airport without having to rush to meet the void time; Setting up avionics for most efficiency and effectiveness; What data fields provide the most important information; Holds made simple; The most important waypoint in the flight plan; and more. Doug Stewart is the 2004 National CFI of the Year, a Master CFI, a Designated Pilot Examiner, and a FAA Safety Team Representative.

So You Think Your Aircraft Is Airworthy?

Do you know if your aircraft is airworthy? It is a little more complicated than just performing a quick walk-around and assuring the airworthiness certificate is on board. This class is a brief overview of the regulations of which aircraft owners and operators need to be aware in order to conclude that their aircraft is in an ‘airworthy’ condition. It will include an interactive look at some common conditions found on the preflight inspection that might affect the airworthiness of the aircraft. Chris Poreda is the FAA's Chief Regional Counsel for New England. Tony Janco is a Senior Advisor in the FAA's Aircraft Maintenance Division.

Tailwheel Flying

In New England, roughly fifty percent of the loss-of-control accidents involve loss of control on the ground? Tailwheel aircraft factor prominently in those numbers. With the proper knowledge, pilots can develop techniques and strategies for operating tailwheel aircraft safely, especially in the challenging takeoff and landing phases of flight. Our speaker, Bob Berlyn, is a FAA Aviation Safety Inspector in the Boston FSDO. Join him for a very informative session.

Takeoffs and Landings

The simple act of takeoff or landing accounts for 50% of general aviation accidents. It affects students, Certified Flight Instructors (CFIs), and veterans alike. Loss of control is the most common reason pilots are involved in takeoff and landing accidents. Other factors include obstructions, night operations, short fields and soft fields. FAA Safety Team Representative Rob Montgomery will lead an informative discussion about staying safe during the takeoff and landing phase of flight.

Training for the Pilot Companion

This ground school course is designed to help the non-pilot feel more comfortable with flying and teach him/her to safely handle the airplane in the case of pilot incapacitation. Companions who frequently fly can learn how to function effectively as cockpit crewmembers and assist the pilot. Pilots who fly regularly with a non-pilot should use this course to build their companions' understanding of aviation, appreciation for flying, and confidence in the airplane. This course includes five easy to comprehend units on basic aircraft control, interpreting the instruments, radio communications, navigation, and making a safe landing. The speakers, Joel Nyberg and John Light, are CFIIs and FAA Safety Team Representatives.

Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS)

Drones, or Unmanned Aerial Systems, are in the news. The most popular UAS device these days seems to be a quadcopter with a video camera attached. But UAS is a term encompassing more than just quadcopters. We will talk about the issues surrounding UAS, discuss the rules and recommended operating procedures, explore the new UAS Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM), and define the differences between flying a UAS as a hobby or as a commercial operation The answers may surprise you. This seminar promises to be instructional and enlightening. Our speaker, Bill Gianetta, is an All-Weather Operations Specialist in the NexGen Branch for the FAA Eastern Region Flight Standards Division. He is a former airline pilot/check airman, aviation safety inspector, and Operations Unit Supervisor for the Portland FSDO. Bring your questions and hear a UAS expert discuss the future of aviation.

Weather: Beyond the Standard Briefing

While most pilots know how to get a Standard Briefing, there are many less frequently utilized tools and places to find information that a pilot can use to help make his/her "go or no go" decision. Where to find this information and how to use it are important, and need to be added to the toolbox of every safety- minded pilot. Decision making using this information should be considered as critical not only for long cross country flights, but for flying short hops to your favorite airport diner as well. Doug will help us to learn how to use information and resources we may not have considered, which will result in making us safer pilots. Doug Stewart is the 2004 National CFI of the Year, a Master CFI, a Designated Pilot Examiner, and a FAA Safety Team Representative.

Weather Theory

Weather continues to play a role in a disproportionate share of aircraft accidents. In this class we will discuss weather theory, cloud formation, fronts, precipitation and fog, and how to use weather info to make a good go/no-go decision. The speaker is FAA Safety Team Lead Representative, flight instructor, and WingsRealityEDU business owner Mike Lessard. Mike was selected as the FAA Eastern Region 2013 FAASTeam Representative of the Year.

What Kind of Pilot Runs out of Gas?

Mike Adams, Vice President of Underwriting at Avemco Insurance Company and an instrument rated pilot, will share his own story and depict how easily the scenario of an empty fuel tank can ruin a beautiful flight. Even the best pilots can fall victim to fuel mismanagement. His 30 years of combined experience with general aviation and the aviation insurance industry helps pilots understand how Avemco's coverages and underwriting decisions are designed to keep them safe.