Pilot Education WINGS Credits Sessions at SEAE 2015

By Leo R. Berube, Board of Directors – SC Aviation Safety Council, FAASTeam Representative, Aviation Safety Counselor, MEI

Palmetto Airmen attended six dynamic aviation safety presentations at the 2015 Southeast Aviation Expo held June 27 – 28, 2015 and hosted by Greenwood County Airport (KGRD) in Greenwood, South Carolina. As a result, over 130 licensed
aviators gained numerous procedural insights and earned their FAA Wings Program Knowledge Credits.

Saturday, June 27th

Presentation #1 – Cecil Tune, ATP USAeroFlight, Chief Instructor: Making Sense of Aviation Weather Hazards
Cecil identified and graphically illustrated numerous ‘not so obvious’ weather hazards that continue to entrap airmen. As a retired Navy F-8 Crusader aircraft carrier pilot and faculty member at Bob Jones University (BJU), Cecil provided a full
hour of invaluable CFI insights to aviators attending our first session. Great audience interaction and a lot of note taking.

Presentation #2 – Isaac White, IA/A&P iDoc Aviation, Owner: ADM from a Maintenance Point of View
We often think of the infamous Accident Chain as something that only occurs during flight. However, looking at the bigger picture, aviators and aircraft owners learned to identify both preflight and equipment maintenance items that could be potential links in the Accident Chain. Isaac walked though numerous real-life examples, shared conclusions and discussed FAR Part 43 considerations.

Presentation #3 – Colonel Charles “Randy” Myers, USMC (ret): What Influences Our Aeronautical Decision Making?
ADM is defined as ‘a systematic approach to the mental process used by pilots to constantly determine the best course of action in response to a given set of circumstances.’ Randy provided a litany of ADM choices and illustrated each with convincing NTSB case file videos. A powerful and succinct presentation.

Sunday, June 28th

Presentation #4 – Wally Moran, Designated Pilot Examiner and FAASTeam Representative: Applying ADM to Real Life Scenarios
Having flown Lockheed Constellations through Boeing 747’s in addition to holding positions of Director of Flying and VP of Safety and Engineering with TWA , Wally has held a CFI certificate for 54 years and was presented the FAA Wright Brothers
Master Pilot Award. Wally is a pilotworkshop.com Instructor and has authored the Airmanship Series which is designed to elevate an aviator’s flying skills to a professional standard. Wally presented two, well attended, high-impact IFR Mastery scenarios. Scenario training is a very effective method of instructing. I have found pilotworkshop.com to offer the very highest level of on-line training. I personally subscribe to PilotWorkshop.com, LLC and recommend it to all aviators.

Presentation #5 – Michelle Rash, CFI-I FAASTeam Lead Representative: www.1800wxbrief.com
Weather briefings are mandatory for all VFR and IFR flights. Michelle walked us through a real-time presentation of Lockheed Martin’s on-line Flight Service. She created an actual flight plan and then clearly demonstrated all available features
including: Flight Plan Aids; In-flight Electronic PIREP Submission; Adverse Condition Alerting Service and Next Generation Briefings (NGB). Very well organized and exceptionally well presented.

Presentation #6 – Fred Kaiser, ATP FAASTeam Program Manager: Weather or Not: Plan to Live or…? What Alaska Bush Flying Taught Me…About Risk!
With numerous responsibilities as a Lakeland Florida Area Aviation Safety Inspector, FAA Aviation Safety Team Program Manager for Florida and South Carolina, Safety Media Development and Production Manager for FAA events, we are delighted that
Fred was able to attend this weekend. Having served in Alaska as a Designated Pilot Examiner and with over 35,000 hours flight time, Fred cited numerous examples of ADM and risk management. Again, lot’s of shared wisdom; lot’s of
audience note taking. Here’s an example and only the tip of the iceberg:

– “NEVER depart into approaching weather”
– “Look at the 300 and 500 Millibar Charts to get the BIG PICTURE in 3-D”
– “There are NO emergencies, ONLY A CHANGE IN PLAN”
– “PLAN, PLAN, PLAN: Never leave the ground without a PLAN”

In summary, I offer a big ‘thank you’ to Cecil, Isaac, Randy, Wally, Michelle and Fred for knocking the ball out of the park once again. Each speaker shared their valuable experiences, timely insights and challenged their audiences with thought provoking questions. To our attendees, I also offer my sincere thanks for actively participating in these Aviation Safety Programs. You are the reason we offer these presentations! If there is anything we can do to help you, please don’t hesitate to reach out to your local FAASTeam Representatives, SCASC members and SCAA members.

Until next time, wishing each of you blue skies and tailwinds!

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