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. Speakers are Russ Kelsea, Certified Flight Instructor and a FAA Safety Team Lead Representative, Rick Kloeppel, retired airline pilot, CFI, and FAA Safety Team Representative and John Merriman, CFI and aircraft owner.

Aerobatics and Loss of Control

Loss of Control In-Flight was the dominant cause of fatal general aviation accidents over the last decade. So what causes a pilot to lose control of an aircraft? Is there a way to prevent it, or recover if it happens? Can aerobatic flight training provide a valuable prevention tool? Our speaker, Rob Dumovic, is a flight instructor at Executive Flyers in Bedford, MA, specializing in tailwheel and aerobatic flight instruction.

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 Gliders

Gliders are an excellent way to experience the pure the joy of flight and gain a better understanding of the essence of flight. Flying in gliders, you will gain a much deeper understanding and appreciation of aircraft control, and develop a refined knowledge of aircraft performance, weather, and planning. Come learn about these factors and how you can make yourself a pilot, with or without an engine. Our speaker, Daryl Smith, is a Gold Seal CFI in airplanes, gliders, and hot air balloons.

Becoming a Safer Pilot: A Look Back at Past Insurance Claims

Pilots are the biggest cause of most claims. Knowing the most common cause of loss can help to give you the tools to change a habit or pattern so you don’t become a claim statistic. Mike Adams, Vice President of Underwriting at Avemco Insurance Company, will share with you general Avemco claim statistics related to pilot experience and training. In addition to becoming a safer pilot you’ll learn how training can have a positive effect on your insurance premiums.

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? Explore performance factors related to landing, takeoff, obstacle clearance, and aircraft control using real-life scenarios and learn how to apply these principles to your flying. Speakers are Russ Kelsea, Certified Flight Instructor and a FAA Safety Team Lead Representative, Rick Kloeppel, retired airline pilot, CFI, and FAA Safety Team Representative and John Merriman, CFI and aircraft owner.

Flying Clubs: Maximum Fun, Minimum Cost

Flying clubs are one of the very best ways to save money while you fly more, enjoy great access to aircraft, and spend time with friends and family. Whether you’re brand new to flying or you’ve been a pilot for years, flying clubs have something for you. Learn more by attending AOPA’s seminar: Maximum Fun, Minimum Cost, hosted by Eastern Regional Manager and AOPA You Can Fly Ambassador, Sean Collins.

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.

Flying the New York SFRA

Flying the NY SFRA is an effective way to transition the New York Metropolitan area and is also an awe-filled scenic flight. However the risks are numerous, and the flight could become awful rather than awe-filled. This seminar presents the rules, hazards and risks, and then shows how to fly the route safely. Learn all the important--as well as mandated-- reporting points, the difference between ‘transient’ and ‘local’ altitudes, where and how the helicopters operate, and the proper frequencies to use along with suggested proper phraseology. The knowledge gained from this seminar will allow you to fly the corridor safely and with reduced risk to all aircraft in the airspace. 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. The speaker, Fred Bedard is both an airplane and helicopter pilot. He is also a Director and VP of the New England Helicopter Council.

Helicopter 102 for the Airplane Pilot

This class is intended to reinforce what you’ve learned in Helicopter 101, 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. The 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. The speaker, Fred Bedard is both an airplane and helicopter pilot. He is also a Director and VP of the New England Helicopter Council. NOTE: This class will be held outdoors on the airport ramp and will require a short walk from the DWC campus to the airfield.

It’s Not Just a Lot of Hot Air

Have you ever thought of getting a balloon rating? In this class we will explore what ballooning is all about. Learn what goes into a typical flight, the requirements for the different pilot certificate levels, right of way rules, and how Balloon pilots make use of winds at different levels to control direction and speed for landing. Our speaker, Daryl Smith, is a Gold Seal CFI in airplanes, gliders, and hot air balloons. Learn from an expert what it takes to be a balloon pilot.

JFK, Jr. Accident: Aeromedical Factors

This class examines the JFK, Jr. accident and the “human” and environmental elements that contributed to the event. It’s an interactive talk that will help us determine, “What sneaky ‘gotchas' do we need to watch out for in our own flight planning and flying?” Our speaker, Mark Rolfe, is an Aviation Medical Examiner, a physician, an active CFI, and flies business jets in corporate and charter operations.

Mastering the Art of Navigation in the Digital Age

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. Our speaker, Devan Wiebe, is a Glider, Airplane and Instrument Flight Instructor, tow pilot, and Chief Instructor at Aptis Aviation, LLC. Note: Bring your EFB (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.

Mountain/Bush Flying

You don’t have to fly in the Rockies to find mountains. We have them right here in our backyard in New England. Do you know how to operate safely around mountainous terrain? What planning is necessary? We will use interactive discussion to explore the dangers of mountain flying and the procedures to stay safe. Join us for a discussion of information that could save your life. Our speaker, Byron Danforth, is a FAA Safety Team Representative, CFI, A&P mechanic with Inspection Authorization, aircraft owner, and experienced mountain pilot.

Multiengine Refresher

The accident rate following the loss of an engine in light, multiengine airplanes is higher than that of single engine airplanes. When was the last time you thought of Vmc or Vyse or the effects of density altitude and aircraft loading in reference to multiengine flight. 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. Come learn from an expert how to stay safe in your light twin.

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.

Preparing for the Unexpected

All too often pilots will act impulsively when faced with an unexpected event, and sometimes their “startled response” will weld the final link in the chain leading to an accident that sadly is 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. 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.

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 seaplane flying, whether your aircraft is a hull-design or 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. Paul Richards is the Director of Business Development at MVP Aero.

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. Speakers are Chris Poreda, retired FAA New England Region, Chief Regional Counsel and Tony Janco, 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, Rob Dumovic, is a flight instructor at Executive Flyers in Bedford, MA, specializing in tailwheel and aerobatic flight instruction. 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.

Temporary Flight Restrictions (TFRs)

The way to learn formation flying is not with the F-16 that just intercepted you. TFRs and Special Use Airspace have become a fact of life for pilots. It’s best to ‘know before you go’. FAA Aviation Safety Inspector and former Daniel Webster College Chief Flight Instructor Aidan Seltsam-Wilps will give you the knowledge you need to avoid becoming the next TFR incursion. Flight instructors are encouraged to attend with their students.

The Light Side of Aviation: Ultralight/Powered Parachute/Weight Shift Aircraft

Ultralights and various types of Light Sport Aircraft (LSA) represent the light and ‘very light’ side of aviation. They can be an affordable source of enjoyment and adventure. They provide a low cost way to get involved in aviation, reduced regulatory and medical requirements, and arguably have the highest ‘Fun Factor’. Learning the skills necessary to operate these aircraft can be a great safety benefit for any pilot. Join us and see if ‘the light side’ of aviation is right for you, now or in the future. Our speaker, Michael Butts, was president of EAA Chapter 62UL (Ultralight) in Massachusetts for 10 years. He has been an experimental/ultralight pilot and mechanic for many more.

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 NextGen 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 for the Student and New Pilot

Weather planning can challenge any pilot, but it can overwhelm the new pilot. How much preparation do you need? What tools are best for what information? Where do you even start? This class offers a three-step process to simplify weather planning for VFR flights without compromising safety. It will focus on current tools such as, apps and websites, as well as in-flight weather updates and some tips and tricks for handling weather en route. Our speaker, Jeff Van West, is an aviation author, editor, CFI, and FAA Safety Team Representative.

What a UAS Pilot Needs to Know: Dos and Don’ts

Do you fly or plan to fly a small UAS? If so, are you as confused as everyone else is about how to operate it safely and legally? Even beyond the common myths, there are many things to know and consider that are not part of the mainstream dialogues. Whether your flying is for business or pleasure, you should join WINGsReality EDU business owner and flight instructor Michael Lessard to unlock the mysteries of this exciting new part of the aviation community!

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.

You’re Only Human

It has been said that human factors play a role in all aircraft accidents. We will discuss the role that psychological and physiological factors and ergonomic designs play in the role of general aviation accidents. We will analyze the “Dirty Dozen” human factors that are most commonly found in the aftermath of accidents. FAA Safety Team Representative and former Burlington Air Traffic Control Specialist Dick Ferno will lead the discussion. Learn from the insight and experience of an expert how you can avoid human factor mistakes.