The 2022 AirVenture NAFI tent will feature THIRTY-TWO outstanding presentations by distinguished, experienced speakers. From award-winning flight instructors, well know authors, business owners, and experts in various areas like, tech, transition training, energy management, and weather, to name a few.

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The following profiles each of our presenters in the order of their presentations:

"Ask A CFI"


7/25 at 8:00 am

Andrew Dow and Brian Schiff

"Ten Things Every CFI Should Know"

7/25 at 9:00 am

Flight Instructors are the foundation to the flight training community. The quality, proficiency, knowledge, skill and professionalism of our industry for decades to come depend on the quality of our Flight Instructors NOW!

Ten Things Every CFI Should Know will present you with some wisdom gained from the experiences of others to make you a better flight instructor.  You don't have to be an CFI to appreciate the lessons learned.

Andrew Dow is a 6-Time NAFI Master CFI, 5-Time Master Ground Instructor, Designated Pilot Examiner, CFII/MEI. Andrew currently works as an Assistant Professor of Aviation at Quincy University and is an independent Flight Instructor specializing in aircraft insurance checkouts.

Brian Schiff is a major airline captain. Schiff’s roots are deeply planted in general aviation where he has flown a wide variety of aircraft (97 types). His total flying time exceeds 20,000 hours. He is on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Flight Instructors (NAFI) and is a 35-year Gold Seal flight instructor and FAA Safety Team Representative.

Dr Ian Johnson & Danny Simms

"Using Scenarios to Teach Aviation Weather"

7/25 at 10:30 am

This session will highlight Visual Flight Rule and Instrument Flight Rule adverse weather scenarios that can be used by flight instructors to enhance students’ knowledge and use of weather products for preflight and in-flight. Additionally, it will highlight pilot errors that resulted in weather-related incidents/accidents. Flight instructors can incorporate these scenarios and recommendations into their weather training.

Dr. Ian Johnson 

Danny Sims is a physical scientist and meteorologist in the Weather Research Branch of the FAA’s NextGen Aviation Weather Division. In this role, Danny oversees several areas of the FAA’s Aviation Weather Research Program including Model Development and Quality Assessments.

Jolie Lucas

"Into The Alligator's Mouth"

7/25 at 12:00 pm

INTO THE ALLIGATOR'S MOUTH: PSYCHOLOGY OF PERSONAL FLIGHT MINIMUMS  This workshop centers on the psychology of personal minimums. Like any healthy examination of relationships, we will focus on: Why we create them,  Why we commit them to paper (or not),  When we fudge on them, What we learn from them, and  What we hope never to again experience.  Drawing on interviews with a wide range of folks from newly minted Private Pilots, through pilots of all experience levels, Flight instructors, and Designated Pilot Examiners. Pilots of all genders, and flight experience from low hundreds to tens of thousands of hours. As one DPE pondered, "How far do I put my head in an alligator's mouth before I can get it out?" Let's start an honest discussion on ways that we can keep ourselves safe in the airplane or on the ground. Because in the end, cheating on your minimums is cheating on yourself. Jolie Lucas makes her home on the Central Coast of California with her mini-Golden, Mooney. She is a Mooney owner, licensed psychotherapist, and instrument-rated Commercial Pilot working on her multi-engine rating. Ms. Lucas is a nationally-known aviation presenter and aviation writer. Jolie is the Vice President of Region 4 for the California Pilots Association.

Gary Reeves

"Top 5 IFR Mistakes Pilots & Instructors Make"

7/25 at 1:30 pm

Really good instrument instructors and pilots keep making the same big 5 mistakes.  A must-attend class on how to fly and teach IFR safer. Gary "GPS" Reeves, has >8,300hours as an ATP and Master Instructor.  He is the 2019 FAA National CFI of the Year and trains clients all over the US.

Robert "Bob" Thomas

"Teaching Risk Management During Flight Instruction"

7/25 at 2:45 PM

The presentation will cover a review of key terms of risk management such as identifying, assessing, and mitigating risk. In addition, how to present this information to students and incorporate it into flight training. Dr. Robert “Bob” Thomas is an Assistant Professor, Chief Ground Instructor, and CFI at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Daytona Beach Campus.

Ned Parks

"Caution Helicopter Wake Turbulence"

7/26 at 8:00 am

This is something you either have never or very seldom heard. Several accidents have occurred as a result of helicopter wake turbulence to fixed wing aircraft. This session will the impact of helicopter wake turbulence on fixed wing aircraft both in the VFR environment and the IFR environment.      Ned Parks' aviation roots date back to his cousin, Oliver Parks who started the 1st certified aviation school in the US in 1927. He flew UH-1 helicopters in the Army, and has run several full service FBO’s. He holds ATP/CFII and is rated in both fixed and rotor wing. Ned is  FAASTeam member with 4,700+ flight hours. He owns Aegis 360 Consulting, a global provider of staff development services, business consulting, and strategy. He also runs a web site and blog dedicated to learning something new in aviation over a cup of coffee.

Philip Mandel

"Higher & Faster: High Performance & Complex Aircraft"

7/26 at 9:00 am

High performance and complex aircraft present challenges both unique and rewarding to transitioning pilots. Teaching pilots to fly these aircraft must be done carefully to provide maximum utility while focusing on safety. This presentation covers the components of a thorough transition training program which prepares pilots to fly high performance and complex aircraft safely and effectively. Philip Mandel earned his Private certificate in 1981 followed by an Instrument rating, Commercial pilot, CFI, CFI-I, MEI, and more recently, AGI and IGI certs and ratings. Through the years he has owned airplanes ranging from a C-150 to a Piper Apache. He is currently the proud owner of his 10th flying machine, a Thorp T-18 (no, he did not build it). Phil is a flight instructor based at Starks Twin Oaks Airpark (7S3) near Hillsboro OR. He is the 2020 Portland, OR FSDO FAASTeam Representative of the Year.

Paul Preidecker & Susan Parson

"Conducting Effective Debriefs"

7/26 at 10:30 am
Susan Parson and Paul Preidecker are back with an in-depth discussion of the collaborative critique approach to post-flight debriefing. Learn more about the transition from the “Sage on the Stage” teaching model to the “Guide on the Side” method. They will discuss and demonstrate the five steps of effective collaborative critique: Replay, Reconstruct, Reflect, Redirect, and Review. See how to put more value in evaluations.

Susan Parson is a GA pilot and instructor. She serves as Special Assistant, FAA Flight Standards Service, and editor of FAA Safety Briefing magazine. She holds an ATP certificate, ground and flight instructor certificates with instrument, single engine, and multi-engine land ratings. Susan has authored several online training courses and over 250 GA safety articles.

Paul Preidecker, President of the National Association of Flight Instructors (NAFI), retired from Air Wisconsin Airlines where he held the position of chief flight instructor and captain. He has logged over 8,000 hours, holds an ATP and type ratings in the CL-65, Do-328 and LR-JET. Paul has been an invited speaker at the NTSB, Regional Airline Association, and the World Aviation Training Summit. He has also served on a FAA Aviation Rulemaking Committee. Paul is president of his own company, FlightDeck Insights, where he provides aviation education and consulting services to his clients.

Catherine Cavagnaro

"If Performance Charts Could Speak"

7/26 at 12:00 pm

This program is a discussion of Performance Charts; How they interpret aircraft performance; How this information can be misunderstood; Real-life examples and case studies; Adding actual aircraft performance data to EFBs. We'll also discuss common gotchas that turn up on FAA practical exams (check-rides) Catherine Cavagnaro serves as lead rep and DPE for the Nashville FSDO. She is an ATP-SEL, COM-MEL, COM-SES and glider. She holds CFI,SEL/MEL and Instrument ratings. Dr. Cavagnaro is Professor of Mathematics and was Chair of the Mathematics Department at the University of the South. She developed courses in aerodynamics, differential equations, and mathematical modeling using aviation examples. Catherine owns the Ace Aerobatic School in Sewanee, TN, where she is a widely known expert on spin training, recovery, and avoidance. During 2004-2008, Professor Cavagnaro served as a test pilot, spin demonstration pilot, researcher, and visiting professor of aviation systems at the University of Tennessee Space Institute. Catherine is the first woman to achieve both the 2018 National FAASTeam Rep of the year and the 2020 National CFI of the year.

Josh Harnagel

"Best Practices for Teaching in a Simulator"

7/26 at 1:30 pm

Improve your customers’ training outcomes with these proven best practices and guidelines. This session focuses on practical, real-world techniques that make your simulator more valuable to both your customers and your business. Josh Harnagel currently serves as Vice President, Marketing for Redbird Flight Simulations, an Austin Texas-based flight training technology company. He oversees a team that is responsible for marketing, communications, and product development. He has held a number of key positions at Redbird in the 10 years he has been with the company and has been instrumental in the explosive growth that Redbird has experienced since its inception.

Ron Timmermans

"WINGS Industry Network - major accomplishments"

7/26 at 2:45 PM

The WINGS Industry Network's vision: reduce the general aviation accident rate by encouraging participation in the FAA Safety Team WINGS Pilot Proficiency Program. Its mission is to network with aviation industry members and the FAA Safety Team to enhance aviation safety for the pilot and aviation maintenance technician.  This presentation will highlight some recent accomplishments that make WINGS significantly easier to use, add useful content, and ally industry partners in a common safety goal.   
Ron Timmermans earned his Private Pilot Certificate in 1972 and went on to add Commercial, Instrument, CFI/MEI, ATP, and Remote Pilot. Shortly after earning a CFIIA/MEI-IA, Ron became a Beechcraft Pilot Proficiency Program Ground and Flight instructor    Ron is the 2021 FAA National Certificated Flight Instructor of the Year, and has been selected by AOPA as a professional ground instructor for the ‘Rusty Pilots’ program, Ron now makes presentations to reach long inactive pilots to encourage their return to flight.    Ron is a FAASTeam Lead Representative giving monthly presentations on GA safety topics. He has given many Young Eagle rides, authored training curriculum, and developed flight instructor standardization guides, published articles, and served in leadership positions on the American Bonanza Society Board of Directors.

Karen Kalishek, Andrew Dow & Chris Anderson

"DPE Roundtable with the Masters"

7/27 at 8:00 am

Join FAA Designated Pilot Examiners, and NAFI Master Instructors Karen Kalishek, Andrew Dow, and Chris Anderson, for this entertaining and insightful program. Your questions will be answered and information shared on topics ranging from the DPE selection process to examination tips for check ride success. These experienced DPEs have tales to tell and advice to impart. Be prepared to laugh, learn, and benefit with increased knowledge of successful examination strategies.

Karen Kalishek,  the NAFI Board Chair, is a Designated Pilot Examiner, three-time NAFI Master Instructor, CFI, CFII, MEI, CFI-G, AGI, IGI, FAA Gold Seal Instructor and FAASTeam Lead Representative. She teaches in a range of aircraft and enjoys flying her own RV6. Kalishek is a Major in the Civil Air Patrol (CAP), serves as a member of the WINGS Industry Network, on the FAA Surface Safety Group, and is active in several other aviation organizations. Karen is the 2019 National FAASTeam Representative of the year. She became active in aviation after success as a senior VP in the banking sector, graduate school instructor, and President of her own international consulting business. 

Andrew Dow is a 6-Time NAFI Master CFI, 5-Time Master Ground Instructor, Designated Pilot Examiner, CFII/MEI. Andrew currently works as an Assistant Professor of Aviation at Quincy University and is an independent Flight Instructor specializing in aircraft insurance checkouts.

Chris Anderson  is a corporate pilot, eleven-time NAFI Master CFI and Designated Pilot Examiner in both airplanes and helicopters.  Over the last 18 years he has conducted over 2300 checkrides. 

Ed Wischmeyer

"Teaching the Expanded Envelope Exercises©"

7/27 at 9:00 am

The Expanded Envelope [email protected] (E3) are a fun, rewarding way to help pilots be more cognitively available to fly the plane in unfamiliar circumstances. E3 can be flown in most any normal category airplane, and expand a pilot's personal flight envelope beyond that broad area that is commonly taught into the remaining 90% of the normal category envelope. Ed Wischmeyer got his license in 1973 and has flown everything he could get his hands on. He has done safety research at NASA ASRS, Honeywell, Boeing, and Gulfstream. His Ph.D. is from MIT.

John and Martha King

"Tragic Air Ambulance Crash at Gillespie Field: What Went Wrong"

7/27 at 10:30 am

The tragic crash of an air ambulance Lear 35 with the death of two pilots and two nurses provides a sad opportunity to use the PAVE risk management tool to analyze this catastrophic scenario for beneficial insight.  John and Martha will demonstrate how instructors can teach their students to apply risk management to their own flying. Pilots throughout the world know John and Martha King from their fun video presentations in their courses and regard them as their personal aviation mentors. The Kings’ use of technology and clear, simple, and fun teaching have made aviation knowledge more accessible to hundreds of thousands of pilots and maintenance technicians.  After an aircraft accident and discovering their own sense of vulnerability, John and Martha say they have become “born again pilots”. The Kings use humor and stories from real-world cross-country experiences to vividly illustrate principles of risk management and pass along practical and insightful tools you will use and teach forever.

Larry Bothe

"Check Ride Prep: Get Your Students Ready"

7/27 at 12:00 pm

You and your student have more control over the checkride than you think you do. A look at checkride prep from a DPE perspective. Get the paperwork right. Fortify your learner against failure by knowing the common errors to avoid in both the Oral and Flight portions, and how to fix mistakes if they occur. Pay attention to the airplane to be flown. The examiner wants your student to pass. Don’t contribute to changing his/her mind. Larry Bothe is a past FAA Designated Pilot Examiner, and currently a Lead FAASTeam Representative and Gold Seal Instructor in southern Indiana. He is rated in ASEL, ASES, AMEL, Helicopters & Gliders. Larry is also a Master Certified Flight Instructor Emeritus and has 8500 hours in more than 90 types of aircraft. He is part-owner of a 1961 7EC Champ

Jeff Simon

"Teach Preflight from a Mechanic's Perspective"

7/27 at 1:30 pm

Pilots can learn a lot about how to preflight their airplanes from the perspective of a mechanic and IA. Join Jeff Simon from SocialFlight and Capt. Brian Schiff as they discuss how a pilot can best preflight their craft to avoid mechanical pitfalls. Jeff Simon is an A&P, IA, pilot, and aircraft owner. He has spent the last 22 years promoting owner-assisted aircraft maintenance and recently certified the FlexAlert Multifunction Cockpit Annunciator. Jeff is also the creator of SocialFlight, the free mobile app, and website that maps over 20,000 aviation events, $100 Hamburgers, and educational aviation videos Brian Schiff is a captain for a major US airline. Schiff’s roots are deeply planted in general aviation where he has flown a wide variety of aircraft (97 types). His total flying time exceeds 20,000 hours. He is on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Flight Instructors (NAFI) and is a 35-year Gold Seal flight instructor and FAA Safety Team Representative.

Steve Bateman, PhD

"Beyond the ACS – Providing a Value-For-Money Flight Review”

7/27 at 2:45 pm

The ACS is a wonderful tool to help prepare learner pilots for their practical test, and of course, is the benchmark against which DPEs evaluate the trifecta of skills – knowledge, risk management and practical, but is it useful for the basis of proficiency training and flight reviews?​ ​In this presentation, we’ll keep half-an-eye on the ACS as we widen our view to consider what we can do to provide meaningful flight reviews, beyond “one hour of ground and one hour of flight." Dr. Stephen Bateman is Director, Flying Clubs Initiative at the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association.  Steve and his team are responsible for helping create, grow and sustain flying clubs throughout the USA.  Steve is an active staff CFI and check pilot at AOPA and enjoys giving tailwheel instruction, as well as highly focused ground school training.  Steve owns a 1981 Cessna A152 Aerobat, is an active FAASTeam Lead  Representative and WINGSPro, an Air Safety Institute presenter, and is safety/maintenance officer of the Westminster Aerobatics Flying Club, based at Frederick Municipal Airport (KFDK).​ ​Prior to AOPA, Steve owned and operated a small flight school—and before that, had a successful career in Silicon Valley, California.  Steve holds pilot and instructor certificates from the USA and Canada, and earned a Ph.D. in Electronic Engineering from Loughborough University, England, where he was also a tenured professor.

Scott Dennstaedt, PhD

"Personal weather minimums to avoid VFR into IMC"

7/28 at 10:30 am

Flying VFR into instrument meteorological conditions (IMC) kills more pilots than all of the other weather-related accidents combined. Dr. Scott Dennstaedt will dive into the reasons why even experienced pilots make these fatal mistakes and explain how to use personal minimums to quantify the risk prior to making a flight especially as it relates to adverse weather. Dr. Scott Dennstaedt is a CFI and former NWS research meteorologist and founder of EZWxBrief. Co-author: Pilot Weather: From Solo to the Airlines

Jason Archer

"How to Land in a Tree - In Flight Emergencies"

7/28 at 12:00 pm

Pilots train for inflight emergencies but when it really happens many pilots are surprised as they struggle to reach for their emergency checklist and try to remember what to do. Hear the stories and the lessons learned from an off-field landing following a catastrophic engine failure, engine overheat at night, aircraft icing and more.  With that as a foundation, we will examine a wide variety of inflight emergencies that can occur.  Bridging the gap between training and real-life, we’ll discuss how to better prepare for the unexpected and improve your odds of a successful outcome. Jason Archer serves as the Planetarium Director at the Glastonbury Planetarium and as the Chief Flight Instructor at Berkshire Aviation.  Both in the classroom and while airborne, Jason uses practical/experiential learning techniques to help his students not only understand the theoretical concept of the lesson, but also the reason behind its importance.  He is based at Great Barrington Airport (KGBR) in Great Barrington, MA.  He holds CFI, CFII, MEI, G, AGI and IGI certificates.  Jason is a seasoned educator with a deep passion for aviation.

Tom Dorl

"GA Tips from a Military CFI"

7/28 at 1:30 pm

Many skills learned and used as a military flight instructor can help GA pilots improve their abilities/skills and stay sharp in the air.  Former USAF fixed and rotary wing flight instructor, Tom Dorl, will share his tips, techniques and lessons learned from instructing for 20+ years, and how every pilot can improve their pre-flight planning actions, in inflight activities, and post flight actions to become better and safer pilots. Tom Dorl served over 25 years in the USAF flying mainly combat search and rescue missions in many overseas locations saving the lives of others; additionally, he taught powered flight to USAF Academy Cadets in the Cirrus 20 (T-53). Tom completed fixed-wing and rotary wing pilot training flying the T-37, T-38, UH-1 and HH-60G and was one of the first operational USAF pilots to fly the HH-60G Pave Hawk. He has been an active flight instructor for over 22 years, is an active FAASTeam Representative and presenter, CAP member and published author. He holds a CMEL, CFI, CFII in both single engine airplanes and helicopters as well as a Pt 107 UAS Commercial certificate. Tom is a member of the National Association of Flight Instructors board of directors.

Dr. Victor Vogel

"Teaching and evaluating the older pilot"

7/28 at 2:45 pm

Age-related changes in cognitive functions essential for flight include perceptual processing, some aspects of memory, and psychomotor control. Cognitive functions not clearly affected by age involve information processing, problem-solving, decision making, and time-sharing. Flight instructors must be able to assess the possible negative effects of aging and assist the older pilot in maintaining both proficiency and safety. We discuss how this can be done. Dr. Victor Vogel is a board-certified and fellowship-trained medical oncologist specializing in breast cancer prevention and treatment. He obtained his medical degree from Temple University School of Medicine, completed his residency at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, and his fellowship in medical oncology at the Johns Hopkins Oncology Center. Dr. Vogel has also served as the National Vice President for Research at the American Cancer Society. He became a private pilot in 1980, progressing to CFI in 2019 and CFII in 2020. Dr. Vogel is also an AGI and IGI. He has owned a Beech Sierra in the past and most recently a Cirrus SR22 for the past 15 years. He has flown to 40 of the 50 states and serves as a FAASTeam Representative for the Harrisburg FSDO. He is a member of the IFR Magazine Editorial Board. Nearing retirement, Dr. Vogel plans to become a full-time flight instructor and is the founder of Susquehanna STEM to the Skies, an educational foundation that will utilize a full-motion advanced aviation training device as a means to introduce high school youth to aviation as a career opportunity.

Jason Miller

"Top 10 Things Every Pilot Should Know"

7/29 at 8:00 am

In this talk, expert CFI Jason Miller distills his knowledge of aviation into 10 things all pilots must know. This presentation is good for new pilots or experienced pilots and everybody walk away a little bit sharper. Jason Miller is a CFII with more than 20 years of aviation experience and nearly 10,000 hours of instruction given. Jason is a member of the FAA safety team, an instructor for AOPA’s Air Safety Institute and has been named by the FAA as the western pacific CFI of the year. “I am passionate about developing systems that help pilots become safer and more efficient.” Says Miller. Using his background as a performer and experience on the flight line, Jason created The Finer Points – Aviation Podcast, one of the most recognized and well respected aviation podcasts in the world.

Philip Mandel

"Aviation Safety Tips: Fueling-Preflight-Checklists"

7/29 at 9:00 am

Details matter! Subtleties can make or break the outcome of a flight. Small changes can make a big difference when it comes to safety. What is the best way to ground an aircraft for fueling? What are you missing during your preflight? Is it better to do the mag check via one-click then both, then two-clicks, then both, or two-both-one-both? Learn the answers to these and many other questions in this lively, fast-paced seminar. Philip Mandel earned his Private certificate in 1981 followed by an Instrument rating, Commercial pilot, CFI, CFI-I, MEI, and more recently, AGI and IGI certs and ratings. Through the years he has owned airplanes ranging from a C-150 to a Piper Apache. He is currently the proud owner of his 10th flying machine, a Thorp T-18 (no, he did not build it). Phil is a flight instructor based at Starks Twin Oaks Airpark (7S3) near Hillsboro OR. He is the 2020 Portland, OR FSDO FAASTeam Representative of the Year.

Dr. Terry Langford & Gary Pokodner

"Modernizing the Teaching of Aviation Weather"

7/29 at 10:30 am

This session will discuss new aviation weather products, information, and services, and suggest techniques to teach students to properly interpret and safely apply them in an operational environment. It will also discuss critical weather knowledge areas, causal factors of weather-related accidents, and available augmented and virtual reality teaching materials. Ongoing FAA research to enhance safety in adverse weather will also be discussed.

Dr. Terry Lankford is a pilot, flight instructor, and weather educator.

Gary Pokodner is Program Manager for the FAA’s NextGen Weather Technology in the Cockpit (WTIC) Program. In this role, Gary has been working to identify new research efforts related to bringing weather information into the cockpit.

Bryan Kuklinski

"Energy Management for General Aviation"

7/29 at 12:00 pm

Loss of control accidents are often related to improper energy management. Runway excursions and stall/spin accidents are examples of mismanaged energy. We will discuss energy awareness and practical applications of energy management. Bryan Kuklinski "BK" began his aviation pursuits building and flying model rockets and radio-controlled airplanes, soloed a Cessna 150 at age 17, and has since become a skilled professional aviator. Mr. Kuklinski holds an ATP certificate with Citation Excel CE-560EL and Gulfstream G200 type ratings, is a gold seal flight instructor, twice awarded Master CFI, with over 7000 combined hours of ground and flight instruction given, in single and multi-engine airplanes and has volunteered as a FAASTeam representative. Mr. Kuklinski's commitment to excellence in training has made him an industry leader.

Brian Schiff

"Study of Aircraft Accidents"

7/29 at 1:30 pm

Don’t rely on the “YouTube Rapid Response Teams” who dramatize to increase their “views.” If you’re curious about what happened, Brian Schiff will show you how to dig into the forensics of aircraft accidents, learn from them, and then pass the lessons learned on to your students. Knowing what happened helps avoid similar mishaps and makes us safer pilots. Brian Schiff is a captain for a major US airline. Schiff’s roots are deeply planted in general aviation where he has flown a wide variety of aircraft (97 types). His total flying time exceeds 20,000 hours. He is on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Flight Instructors (NAFI) and is a 35-year Gold Seal flight instructor and FAA Safety Team Representative.

Tim Poole

"So You Want to Start a Flight School?"

7/29 at 2:45 pm

Starting and running a flight school without losing your shirt can be a challenge. Learn directly from a flight school owner, the secret of his success. Everything from the wild potential of the freedom of part 61 training to the formal and highly regulated career track world of part 141 including accepting VA benefits for primary training, will be covered in this talk. Tim Poole is Co-Owner and Chief Everything Officer of GT Aviation, LLC.  He holds Commercial ASEL and AMEL pilot certificates with Instrument rating, and is an FAA Airframe and Powerplant Mechanic with Inspection Authorization privileges.  He's the guy some call "crazy" for operating a flight school inside the most restrictive airspace in the US -- the Flight Restricted Zone around Washington, DC.  Aside from flight school ownership, Tim has spent the last 20+ years as a federal contractor supporting various DoD and federal Intelligence Community customers.  When not flying or turning wrenches, he currently serves as President of Cyber Technology Services, Inc.

Gary Reeves

"Top 5 Mistakes Good Instructors Make when Teaching IFR"

7/30 at 8:00 am

 Come learn the top 5 mistakes that GOOD CFIIs make when teaching IFR.  A must-attend class for any current or future instrument instructor that wants their students to learn more, finish faster, and be safer pilots. A special presentation hosted by NAFI with the 2019 FAA National CFI of the Year, Gary “GPS”, Guy in the Pink Shirt, Reeves

Gary "GPS" Reeves, has >8,300hours as an ATP and Master Instructor.  He is the 2019 FAA National CFI of the Year and trains clients all over the US.

Mark King & Brian Schiff

"Stalls, Spins, Slips & Skids"

7/30 at 9:00 am

Mark King and Brian Schiff will explain how these must-know concepts are often misunderstood and taught incorrectly. Tame stalls, understand recovery. Learn tips and tricks for teaching proper spin avoidance and entry and recovery procedures. Learn the basics of and how to teach the difference between a slip and a skid—discover which one can be more dangerous.

Mark King instructs at CP aviation in Santa Paula, CA. Over 3000 of his 8000 hours of dual given have been devoted to emergency maneuver training (UPRT), tailwheel, and aerobatics. Mark is a CFI, MEI, Gold Seal, and NAFI Master Aerobatic Instructor. He has provided URPT training for Federal, State and County agencies and in Europe. Mark is a Cirrus Standardized Instructor Pilot and an active member of the International Aerobatic Club participating in competitive aerobatics in a Pitts S2B.  Mark flies a Beech Bonanza and a Cessna 140 for pleasure.

Brian Schiff is a major airline captain. Schiff’s roots are deeply planted in general aviation where he has flown a wide variety of aircraft (97 types). His total flying time exceeds 20,000 hours. He is on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Flight Instructors (NAFI) and is a 35-year Gold Seal flight instructor and FAA Safety Team Representative.

Peg Ballou

"Speak Your Mind"

7/30 at 10:30 am

Building a great presentation with today’s technology can be overwhelming, but presenting it can be down right frightening. CFII and Flight School Owner Peg Ballou will provide techniques to effectively present your PowerPoint in a professional and entertaining way avoiding common mistakes that occur when presenting to the public. Using her tips and techniques, you will learn how to relax and speak like an experienced professional. Peg will also coach you through best practices and techniques for using PowerPoint to design an engaging and interesting presentation with simple tips that CFIs of any technology level can use. Peg Ballou learned to fly back when pterodactyls roamed the earth. Marriage, poverty and babies took her out of the cockpit for many years while she and her husband Sam ran Elkhorn Farms & Hatchery as well as Elkhorn Lake Hunt Club, raising pheasants and homeschooling six children.  She reentered the aviation world after a missions trip during which one of her daughters decided that she wanted to learn to fly. That daughter and Peg’s husband passed their PPC checkride on the same day, and the family bought a plane. Shortly after, Peg recertified, completed her instrument rating with her husband, and continued on to the commercial and instructor ratings. She runs Ballou Skies Aviation in Bucyrus, Ohio where she brings her home education background into the flight arena. Peg is a six-time AOPA Flight Training Experience Awards Distinguished Flight Instructor.

Robert Meder

"More to Drones Than the Knowledge Test"

7/30 at 12:00 pm

The use of unmanned aerial systems is a fact of life in the National Airspace System.  Using technology, remotely piloted vehicles are easier to operate than ever before.  From recreational flying to aerial surveying to delivery systems, the presence of these aircraft will only increase.  This talk will educate CFI’s in how they can help their clients, from newcomers to aviation to experienced pilots, safely and legally operate UAS’s. Bob Meder is Chairman Emeritus of NAFI, Multi-thousand hour CFII, ASEL, AMEL.  Established early and large industrial UAS program at major rail carrier. Bob is a FAASTeam rep in the St. Louis FSDO.

Mike Jesch

"Hello! My Name is AirSpeed!"

7/30 at 1:30 pm

The Air Speed Indicator is one of the required instruments in almost every type of aircraft, but, How does it work? What are those colored markings on some of them, and why do some airplanes have some markings but not others? How can it fail, and what do I do when it does fail? We’ll explore these topics and much more and say Hello once again to this important flight instrument. Capt. Mike Jesch is a Flight Instructor and airline pilot who has been flying for over forty years. By night, he flies a Boeing 787 Dreamliner over the Pacific Ocean, but by day he owns and flies a Cessna 182 based in Southern California. Both his airplanes have Air Speed Indicators in them.
"Ask A CFI"

7/30 at 2:45 PM