406 MHz ELTs: How Will You Be Found

Did you know that your Emergency Locator Transponder (ELT) is based on 1950s technology, or that since February 2009 your 121.5 MHz ELT has no longer been monitored by satellite systems? What does that mean? Come learn about the 406 MHz Emergency Locater Transmitter system and what it can do for you in an emergency. We will talk about the capabilities and limitations of the old and new systems, the cost of upgrading, and whether or not you will need to upgrade. 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. Mike's class will be an investment in your longevity.

Amateur-Built and Light Sport Aircraft Overview

FAA Principal Maintenance Inspector Dave Pepple will discuss current trends and problem areas in the world of amateur-built and light sport aircraft. He'll review recent accidents and offer practical mitigation strategies for operating and maintaining these aircraft. He will discuss the maintenance functions that an owner can perform, and the challenges posed by initial flight testing of amateur-built aircraft. All pilots and maintenance technicians are welcome to attend.

Aeronautical Charts: Moving Into the Digital Age

Aeronautical charts are now available in digital format from a number of different vendors. Is it legal to use digital charts in lieu of paper charts? What are the pros and cons of making a digital transition? What equipment is needed to display a digital chart and what are the practical and safety considerations? Is it possible to track your aircraft on a digital chart on a portable device like a tablet, and what are the additional equipment considerations? What are the plans for new products? This presentation offers these topics, as well as others, and gives you an opportunity to ask questions. Our presenter is FAA Aviation Safety Inspector Steve Brown. Come ask your questions to an expert.

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.

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.

Dying to Get There

After years of reviewing and briefing aircraft accidents, retired FAA Aviation Safety Program Manager Bob Martens has learned a great deal about human factors and aeronautical decision making. In this class he will profile 3 accidents caused by pilots who had to get to their destinations so badly that they died getting there. Come learn from a pro how to avoid letting external pressures drive your decision-making process.

Faster - Cheaper - Better

Tablet computers have revolutionized pre-flight planning and in-flight capabilities. This exclusive seminar will demonstrate how applications such as Wing-X, Garmin Pilot, and ForeFlight help pilots perform aviation tasks more quickly, more completely, and at lower cost than traditional methods. Don't miss this opportunity to become a better and safer pilot! Russ Kelsea, is a Certified Flight Instructor and a FAA Safety Team Lead Representative. Rick Kloeppel is a retired airline pilot, Certified Flight Instructor (CFI), and FAA Safety Team Representative. John Merriman is a CFI and aircraft owner.

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.

GPS Primer: Beyond the Basics

In this seminar, Doug Stewart dives in to doing more than "Going Perfectly Straight" with your GPS. For the Visual Flight Rules (VFR) pilot using a handheld GPS, Doug will offer a variety of ways to get greater utility beyond "going direct", as well as discussing some of the dangerous traps. For the Instrument Flight Rule (IFR) pilot, he will discuss ways of dealing in a quick and efficient manner with the many curves that Air Traffic Control (ATC) can throw at a pilot operating in the Northeast. He'll discuss using an IFR certified GPS to enter and fly holds effortlessly, as well as some of the traps waiting to catch the unprepared pilot while flying approaches. Whether you are a VFR or IFR pilot, there is something for everyone to learn about using GPS navigation. The speaker, Doug Stewart, is the 2004 National Certified Flight Instructor (CFI) of the Year, a Master CFI, a Designated Pilot Examiner, and a FAA Safety Team Representative.

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. Additionally, throughout the day there will be helicopters on the ramp at Nashua Airport and pilots available to answer your questions. Come learn about rotary wing flight.

Helicopter 102 for the Airplane Pilot

This class is intended to reinforce what you've learned in Part 1, and involves an actual hands-on preflight inspection of the helicopter. Everyone will have the opportunity to participate and ask questions about the preflight procedure while inspecting the cockpit, engine, drive systems and rotor systems. Please Note: This class will take place on the ramp in front of the KASH terminal building. This is a great opportunity to get up close to the helicopter and put all the pieces together.

Helicopter Pilot Safety & Industry Status Update

Matt Zuccaro, President of Helicopter Association International, will give an overview on Helicopter Pilot Safety and Industry Status Update.

How Technology and Teamwork Helped Capture the Boston Marathon Bomber

Come meet and hear how the Massachusetts State Police Air Wing was catapulted into the international spotlight on April 19, 2013 when it captured the now iconic infrared images of Boston bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev hiding in a boat in Watertown, Mass., helping to bring an end to one of the largest and most extensive manhunts in U.S. history. Meet with the crew of that fateful mission — pilot Mark Spencer, and tactical flight officers (TFOs) Ed Mathurin and Eric Fairchild — to find out how the operation unfolded, and hear what lessons they learned from their part in finding the country's most wanted man. There will also be an opportunity to see their helicopter which will be located on the terminal ramp at Nashua Boire Airport (KASH).

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.


You have heard the term "NextGen", and you know the technology behind it will be mandatory within the next decade. But what is NextGen? Do you know what TIS-B and FIS-B are and how they can help you? When will you need ADS-B? How could an iPad help you? Our speaker, Nancy Risso, is the Owner, Risso NextGen Aviation Solutions. Bring your questions and hear a NextGen expert discuss the future of aviation.

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.

Preparing for the Unexpected: Do the Right Thing

All too often pilots will act impulsively when faced with an unexpected event, and sometimes their "startle response" will weld the final link in the chain leading to an accident. Sadly, such accidents are often fatal. Doug will present a variety of scenarios to help you prepare for that unexpected event, and offer vital suggestions to aid you in 'Doing-the-Right-Thing' when the unexpected happens to you. The speaker, Doug Stewart, is the 2004 National Certified Flight Instructor (CFI) of the Year, a Master CFI, a Designated Pilot Examiner, and a FAA Safety Team Representative.

Preventive Maintenance

So what is preventive maintenance? What preventive maintenance can an owner or operator perform to their aircraft? What are my regulatory requirements if I decide to perform preventive maintenance on my aircraft? What type of maintenance is considered preventive? These and many other important questions will be covered in the seminar.

Runway safety

Runway safety continues to be at the top of the FAA's safety agenda, and for good reason: the single largest loss of life in an aircraft accident occurred because of a runway incursion. In this class we will examine several recent runway incursions and surface incidents, and discuss how each one could have been prevented. In addition, we will take a look at the best practices for operating on the airport surfaces at towered and non-towered airports. The speaker is FAA Runway Safety Program Manager Harry West.

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.

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, Chris Loprinze, is the Assistant Chief Pilot for a large FAR 91 fractional ownership company. He is a Certified Flight Instructor - Instruments (CFII), Designated Pilot Examiner, and FAASTeam Representative. Join him for a very informative session.

The Pilot's Bill of Rights

In August of 2012 the President signed into law the first major change in over 2 decades in how the FAA conducts investigations of pilots. But do you know what it means for you, the pilot? When can you expect the FAA to give you notice? How can you get information about any investigation about you? And, can you go it alone without an attorney under the new law if the case goes to hearing? Learn the answers to these and many other questions about the Pilot's Bill of Rights from the FAA's Chief Regional Counsel for New England.

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.

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.

Unthinkable Responsibility

An aviation accident presents an overwhelming multitude of critical issues: public attention, Federal investigations, the human impact, and much more. Large aviation companies and corporate flight departments can bring substantial resources to bear in response to an accident. Unfortunately for private aviators, the best practices, options, and available resources are often unknown. The audience will explore six emergency response competency areas, and discover how to proactively prepare to care for themselves, their passengers and their families. Participants will receive a complimentary copy of the "Personal Preparedness Checklist for Private Airmen" as a take-away planning tool. This class will be presented by Donald J. Chupp, President, Fireside Partners

Weather Theory

Weather continues to play a role in a disproportionate share of aircraft accidents. In this class we will discuss weather theory, weather reports, weather briefings, and how to use weather info to make a good go/no-go decision. The speaker, Byron Danforth, is a Certified Flight Instructor and a FAA Safety Team Representative. He was the 2001 Aviation Safety Counselor of the Year for the Portland FSDO. Have your questions answered by an expert.

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.