Agenda & Protocols

Securing the Future of General Aviation through Pilot Training Reform

A Symposium of General Aviation Stakeholders
Chaired by the Society of Aviation and Flight Educators, Inc.


Tuesday, May 3, 2011

1500-1800 Registration – Crowne Plaza Hotel

1600-1700 Meeting – Panel moderator and panelists

1800-2000 Reception

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

0715-0800 Registration and Continental breakfast

0800-0815 Opening remarks – Doug Stewart, Chair, Society of Aviation and Flight Educators (SAFE)

0815-0830 Symposium Objectives – Improving General Aviation Safety and Fostering Industry Growth – Robert Wright, Chair, SAFE Symposium Committee

0835-0940 Safety PanelMeeting Safety Challenges through Pilot Training Reform

  • Moderator: J.J. Greenway, Chief Flight Instructor & Safety Director, AOPA Aviation Safety Institute
  • The Impact of Safety Trends on General Aviation Pilot Training, Corey Stephens, Office of Accident Investigation and Prevention, Federal Aviation Administration
  • Risk Mismanagement as the Root Cause of Most Fatal Accidents, Jim Lauerman, President, AVEMCO Insurance Co.
  • Pilot Behavior Patterns and their Impact on Risk Management, Dr. Bill Rhodes, Managing Member, Aerworthy Consulting LLC
  • Changing Aviation Culture through Risk Management Training, John King, Co-Owner, King Schools, Inc.
  • Using Higher Order Pilot Skills to Reduce Fatal Accident Risks, Carol Jensen, Cirrus Owners and Pilots Association

0940-1000 Break

1000-1055 Growth PanelGrowing General Aviation through Pilot Training Reform

  • Moderator: Julie Filucci, Manager, Cessna Pilot Centers
  • Examining the Flight Training Experience, Jennifer Storm, Director of Flight Training Initiatives, Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association
  • New Opportunities for Growth through Modular Flight Training, Eric Radtke, President, Sporty’s Academy, Inc.
  • Reducing Aircraft Training Time through Effective Simulation, Jerry Gregoire, Founder, Redbird Flight Simulations
  • Light Sport Aircraft: Growth and Training Reform Opportunities, Gretchen Jahn, COO, Remos Aircraft

1100-1145 Doctrine PanelFlight Training Doctrine: The Foundation of Pilot Training Reform

  • Moderator: Robert Wright, President, Wright Aviation Solutions LLC
  • Research Supporting Modernized Training Doctrine, Michele Summers-Halleran, Associate Professor, Embry Riddle Aeronautical University
  • Using Strategic Partnerships to Revise Flight Training Doctrine, Jens Hennig, Vice President, Operations, General Aviation Manufacturers Association
  • Creating Industry Training Doctrine to Improve Flight Safety, Travis Klumb, Flight Training Manager, Cirrus Aircraft

1200-1315 Working Lunch, Crowne Plaza Hotel

  • Luncheon Speaker: FAA Pilot Training Initiatives, Mel Cintron, Manager, General Aviation and Commercial Division, FAA Headquarters

1315-1355 Standards PanelFlight Training Standards: Raising the Bar with Modernized Pilot Training

  • Moderator: Pat Knight, Designated Pilot Examiner for Du Page, IL FAA FSDO; MCFI
  • The FAA Knowledge Test: Opportunities for Improvement, Eric Crump, Gleim Publications, Inc.
  • Emphasizing the “Practical” in FAA Practical Test Standards, Tom Norton, Norton Aviation, Designated Pilot Examiner (Eclipse 500) for Orlando FAA FSDO
  • Modifying Standards to Meet Professional Pilot Training Needs, Dr. Kurt Barnhart, President, University Aviation Association, and Aviation Department Head, Kansas State University at Salina

1400-1450 Curricula PanelFlight Training Curricula: Opportunities to Re-shape the Delivery System

  • Moderator: Rich Stowell, Rich Stowell’s Aviation Learning Center
  • Integrated Training Curricula: New Opportunities for Re-design, Dr. John Bertrand, Owner, Windsong Aviation Training, Inc., Professor of Aerospace (Ret.), Middle Tennessee State University
  • FAA Training Standards: The Industry Perspective, Dave McVinnie, Designated Pilot Examiner & FAASTeam Representative for Albuquerque FSDO
  • Developing Effective Transition and Recurrent Training Curricula, Thomas Turner, President, Mastery Flight Training, Inc.
  • Creating and Delivering Innovative, Effective Training Curricula, Mike Shiflett, MS Aviation

1450-1515 Break

1515-1615 Aviation Educators PanelPerspectives from Master Instructors and Flight Instructors of the Year

  • Moderator:  Mike Gaffney, Deputy Director of Logistics, AAR Airlift Group, MCFI, MGI, 2007 National Flight Instructor of the Year
  • Preparing Flight Instructors for the Real World of Flight Training, Arlynn McMahon, Training Center Manager, Aero-Tech, Inc., MCFI, 2009 National Flight Instructor of the Year
  • Changes Needed in Initial and Recurrent Instructor Certification, Jeff Edwards, President, AVSAFE, MCFI, 2003 National Flight Instructor of the Year
  • New Airmanship Standards: Teaching Higher Order Pilot Skills, Max Trescott, President, Glass Cockpit Publishing, MCFI, 2008 National Flight Instructor of the Year
  • Single Pilot Turbine Training: Challenges Arising from New Technology, Jeffrey Moss, President, Flying Like the Pros, MCFI, 2010 National Flight Instructor of the Year

1620-1640 Summary of Panel Sessions and Description of Wednesday Breakout Meetings – Robert Wright, Wright Aviation Solutions LLC

1640-1645 Concluding Remarks – Doug Stewart, Chair, SAFE

1715-1815 Breakout group facilitators and volunteers meeting

Thursday, May 5, 2011

0700-0745 Continental Breakfast, Crowne Plaza Hotel

0745-0800 Instructions for Breakout Groups – Robert Wright, Wright Aviation Solutions LLC

0800-1115 Six Breakout Groups convene individually in designated conference rooms

1115-1230 Lunch, Crowne Plaza Hotel

1200-1230 Luncheon Address: The Importance of Training to Safety, Product Success, and Industry Growth, Jack Pelton, President, Cessna Aircraft

1230-1415 Report-out from Breakout Group Leaders

  • Group 1 – Safety Challenges, J.J. Greenway
  • Group 2 – Growing General Aviation, Julie Filucci
  • Group 3 – Flight Training Doctrine, Robert Wright
  • Group 4 – Flight Training Standards, Pat Knight
  • Group 5 – Flight Training Curricula, Rich Stowell
  • Group 6 – Aviation and Flight Educators, Mike Gaffney

1415-1430 Break

1430-1500 Keynote address – Meeting the Training Challenges of the Second Century of FlightThe Honorable J. Randolph Babbitt, Administrator, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)

1500-1615 Industry Leadership PanelCreating a Flight Training System for the 21st Century

  • Moderator: Martha King, Co-Owner, King Schools, Inc.
  • Panelists:
  • Pete Bunce, President, General Aviation Manufacturers Association
  • Jennifer Storm, Director of Flight Training Initiatives, Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association
  • Jack Pelton, Chairman, President, & CEO Cessna Aircraft
  • Eric Radtke, President, Sporty’s Academy, Inc.
  • Brent Wouters, CEO, Cirrus Aircraft
  • David Moser, Director of Fleet Sales, Diamond Aircraft
  • John McGraw, Deputy Director, Flight Standards Service, FAA

1615-1630 Concluding remarks, Doug Stewart, Chair, SAFE

Friday, May 6, 2011

0800-1100 Breakout group leads and volunteers complete compilation of symposium recommendations and other data

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