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Class Descriptions

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 FAA Safety Team Lead Representative, Rick Kloeppel, retired airline pilot, CFI, and FAA Safety Team Representative and John Merriman, CFI and aircraft owner.

Basic Medical Rule

The new FAA Basic Medical Rule has been published, but many pilots have questions such as will it apply to their type of flying, and if so, how to use it. In this class we will explore the rule and its associated guidance as well as look at scenarios under which a pilot can fly while using this rule. Speaker is Tom Gross, Senior Aviation Medical Examiner, Commercial Pilot, A&P Technician with Inspection Authorization, and a FAA Safety Team Representative.

Buying, Building, and Flying an Amateur Built Aircraft

Do you have what it takes to build an experimental aircraft? If you are buying one, have you done your due diligence? Keep in mind that it is not uncommon to hear of an accident occurring during the first few flights of an amateur-built aircraft. Often these accidents involve a lack of preparation and planning. Building an aircraft takes dedication, discipline, and attention to detail. Preparation for the first flight requires the same. Join Mike Butts as he discusses all aspects of amateur-built aircraft ownership. Mike was president of EAA Chapter 62UL (Ultralight) in Massachusetts for 10 years. He has been an experimental/ultralight pilot and mechanic for many more.

Can You Maintain Your Own Airplane?

Do you, as a pilot, perform maintenance on your aircraft? If so, are you aware of just what you can and can't do? This class is a review of the requirements in FAR Part 91. We will cover exactly what maintenance you can perform, whether you need oversight, and how to document it correctly. Our speaker, David Emerson, is the owner of a FBO, flight school, and FAR 135 charter company. He is an Aviation Maintenance Technician with Inspection Authorization, a CFII, and a FAA Safety Team Representative. Come learn from a pro.

FAA Compliance Philosophy

What is the FAA Compliance Philosophy? Has the way the FAA looks at regulatory compliance really changed? You may have viewed the FAA as a police force whose only job was to write enforcements and catch airman violating the Federal Aviation Regulations. After this presentation your view of how the FAA looks at safety may change dramatically. Speaker is Chris Poreda, retired FAA Chief Regional Counsel for New England.

Flying in the Wind

Wind is a factor in over fifty-percent of takeoff and landing accidents. FAA Safety Team Lead Representative, Designated Pilot Examiner, and the 2012 National 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.

Operations in Class B Airspace, Pilot/Controller Communications, & 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 TFR's. 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.

Proficiency Matters

Preparation is the key to success in any endeavor! At this seminar we will discuss a long cross country trip. We will examine how preparation, along with recurrent training and proficiency made the difference to the pilot who made it to the ground safely after the engine quit! Attend this seminar and discuss what decisions you would have made if it had been you! This seminar examines aspects of primary training, recurrent training, air work, and regular practice of emergency drills to help you stay proficient in your flying. Find out why it is imperative that you always fly as if your next flight were your flight review, and why complacency can lead to an unfortunate occurrence! Graeme J W Smith is a native of Glasgow, Scotland, and a naturalized U.S. citizen. His varied career includes being a whisky blender, youth worker, Tall Ship Captain and project manager of luxury yachts. He was an Instructor and Designated Examiner in the UK system for ships under sail. He has flown 1600hrs with PIC time in 19 types, including some eye-wateringly expensive Warbirds!

The Risk-Based Flight Review

This class is an opportunity for CFIs and pilots to come together and discuss the Flight Review. As a CFI, you are well aware that the flight review is the only time many pilots get an opportunity to have their flying evaluated. So how do you structure the Flight Review to take into consideration the areas of greatest risk to that pilot? What type scenarios do you use to make it realistic? The Flight Review is also an opportunity for a pilot to play an important and interactive role in his/her own evolution as an airman. How do you, the pilot, go about doing that? Speaker Doug Stewart is the 2004 National CFI of the Year, a Master CFI, a Designated Pilot Examiner, and a FAA Safety Team Representative.

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. Our speaker, Ken MacDonald, was an international corporate pilot and a specialist for the FAA Office of Runway Safety in New England.

Some Accidents Happen, Most Are Caused

The NTSB publishes a 'Top 10' list of changes needed to improve safety. However, information mined from Avemco Insurance Company's claim files reveals there are many things that can ruin your day of flying that don't get the attention of the NTSB. In addition to tips to help avoid an accident, we will discuss traits in pilots that have had accidents vs. those that have not. Mike Adams is Vice President of Underwriting at Avemco Insurance Company and an instrument rated pilot. He has 30 years of combined experience with general aviation and the aviation insurance industry. Mike learned to fly in Hillsboro, Oregon. In 1984 he joined the local office of National Insurance Underwriters as an underwriting and sales agent, which eventually led him to join Avemco. While Mike's job is to decide what Avemco will insure, his goal is to help customers understand why these decisions are designed to help keep them safe. "I want customers to understand that buying their aircraft is a transaction. But buying their aircraft insurance is a partnership. And when they partner with Avemco, we're in this together to make sure they're protected if something bad should ever happen."

Stall, Spin, Recovery

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? We will discuss the aerodynamics of stalls and spins, and the scenarios that lead to their encounter. Learn how to avoid becoming a statistic. Our speaker, Bob Berlyn, is a retired FAA Aviation Safety Inspector who worked in the Boston FSDO. Join him for a very informative session.

Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS)

Drones (Unmanned Aerial Systems) are in the news. The most popular UAS device these days is 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, 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.

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