The 2023 AirVenture NAFI tent will feature THIRTY-THREE 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:

Brian Schiff

"Teaching the Airport Traffic Pattern"

7/24 at 9:00 AM

This dynamic session will benefit students to CFIs as Brian Schiff delves into the core principles and techniques for teaching pilots to fly the traffic pattern with utmost precision and safety. Explore the intricacies of pattern entry, optimal speed and altitude management, effective radio communication, and successful sequencing. Benefit from expert insights, practical demonstrations, and interactive discussions, equipping you with the skills to confidently guide pilots through this critical phase of flight. Join us as we unravel the secrets to seamless pattern flying, empowering pilots to maximize safety and efficiency in airport traffic pattern operations. 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 (98 types). His total flying time exceeds 20,000 hours. He is on the NAFI Board of Directors and is a 36-year Gold Seal flight instructor and FAA Safety Team Representative.

Ed Wischmeyer

"AOA Problems Nobody Talks About"

7/24 at 10:00 AM

Why did NASA have reservations about AOA guidance (TN D-6210)? Why are AOA videos shot only in smooth air, with gentle maneuvering? It’s because visual AOA displays can be unusable in turbulence and AOA guidance is non-linear. Airplanes stall at lower AOA in ground effect, and there’s more. After 600 hours, I like my RV-9A’s aural stall warning, but don’t use visual AOA. The other four homebuilts I’ve owned didn’t have any AOA and it wasn’t missed. Ed Wischmeyer has 3800 hours with ATP/AMELS, Comm ASELS/glider, an MIT Ph.D. and has performed R&D and advanced development for airframers and avionics houses.

Andrew Dow

"Pro Tips for the CFI Checkride"

7/24 at 11:00 AM

This presentation will focus on tips and techniques to help an applicant prepare for their upcoming CFI Initial Checkride. We will discuss some common pitfalls and errors and discover some helpful tips, tricks and instructional aids to use during the checkride. Andrew Dow is a 6-Time NAFI Master CFI, 5-Time Master Ground Instructor, Designated Pilot Examiner, CFII/MEI. Andrew is an independent Flight Instructor specializing in aircraft insurance checkouts based out of Quincy, IL.

Dr. Scott Dennstaedt

"How you can influence the forecast!"

7/24 at 12:00 PM

Pilot weather reports (PIREPs) that you file during a flight are unquestionably useful to other pilots and air traffic controllers. But are you aware of the impact they can have on the forecast guidance used by pilots every day? Come join Scott as he describes how your PIREP can actually influence the forecast.  Dr. Scott Dennstaedt CFI & former NWS meteorologist & founder of EZWxBrief. FLYING magazine contributing editor. Author of The Skew-T log (p) and Me: A Primer for Pilots & co-author of Pilot Weather: From Solo to the Airlines. EAA's subject matter expert on weather.

Jeff Simon

"Taxi to Tie-down: A Mechanic’s Perspective"

7/24 at 1:00 PM

In this seminar, experienced and renowned A&P/IA mechanic Jeff Simon shares his knowledge and insights to help pilots develop a deeper understanding of their aircraft. The presentation will follow every phase of a typical flight; exploring what to pay attention to, and how to interpret and react to the feedback the aircraft gives you. Jeff Simon is an A&P mechanic, IA, pilot, and aircraft owner. Promoting owner-assisted aircraft maintenance, he created the first inspection tool for geared alternator couplings. He also created SocialFlight, the free mobile app and website that maps over 20,000 aviation events and offers educational videos. Visit

Paul New

"Pilot Training From Your Mechanic"

7/25 at 8:00 AM
A list of common items not often taught by flight instructors but ones that your mechanic wishes you knew.
Paul New is a lifelong general aviation aircraft mechanic and avionics technician and owns Tennessee Aircraft Services, Inc. in Jackson TN since 1986. Paul provides technical support and aircraft ownership presentations for several GA Aircraft Type Clubs.

Ned Parks

"Caution Helicopter Wake Turbulence"

7/25 at 9:00 AM

This is something you either have never heard or very seldom. 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. Ned flew UH-1 helicopters in the Army and has run several full service FBO’s. He holds ATP/CFII/AGI/IGI/CSIP and is rated in both fixed and rotor wing. Ned is a FAASTeam member with 5,000+ flight hours. He owns Aegis 360 Consulting, a global provider of staff development services, business consulting, and strategy.

Tim Poole

"So You Want to Start a Flight School?"

7/25 at 10:00 AM

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.

Josh Harnagel

"Building a PIC based on First Principles"

7/25 at 11:00 AM

Flying (and owning) an aircraft can be a thrilling and rewarding experience, but it's important to remember that it comes with significant responsibilities. As the pilot in command, your clients are directly responsible for the operation of the aircraft and must make conscious, considered, and proactive decisions. In this presentation, we'll discuss how "First Principles" thinking can be used to develop safer, more capable pilots. Defining a personal set of first principles is an exercise every serious pilot should undertake to help understand and manage the risks inherent in general aviation.
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 15 years he has been with the company and has been instrumental in the explosive growth that Redbird has experienced since its inception. Josh is a third-generation pilot and flight instructor. He attended Texas A&M, after college he served as a full-time flight instructor in the Washington DC area. He is the owner of a B36TC Beechcraft Bonanza and part owner of a T-6 Texan. He has over 2,000 hours and almost 20 years of General Aviation experience.

Jason Archer

"Improving the Culture of Flight Instruction: Eliminating a Mindset of Apathy"

7/25 at 12:00 PM

Now more than ever, the aviation industry needs us as flight instructors conduct ourselves as aviation educators.  As the training pipeline accelerates and quality of instruction suffers in measurable ways, a cultural shift is required in how we view the profession, how we mentor new instructors, and how we conduct ourselves with and around students.  "Good enough" isn't really good enough, and leaves little to no margin for safety or performance. Jason Archer took his first flight at age 8. He is a seasoned educator who is Chief Flight Instructor for Berkshire Aviation in Great Barrington, MA and Planetarium Director of the Glastonbury Planetarium.

Bryan Kuklinski

"Energy Management for GA"

7/25 at 1:00 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.

Gary Reeves

"Flight & Ground Instructor Pro Tips"

7/26 at 8:00 AM

Free for any instructor or future ground and flight instructor that wants to learn, AND HELP SHARE YOUR TIPS, along with the top tips from others, to help your learners become much safer pilots. Gary "GPS" Guy in the Pink Shirt Reeves, is a lead rep for the FAA Safety Team and the 2019 FAA National CFI of the Year with two decades and >8,300 hours of real-world experience.

Dr. Victor Vogel

"Conducting Flight Reviews For The Older Pilot"

7/26 at 9:00 AM

Flight reviews in older pilots need to assess competence and identify deficiencies. The CFI should evaluate possible age-related physiologic changes that may affect the safety of flight, then help the pilot to develop a plan to maintain both safety and proficiency. We will show you how to do that. Victor Vogel is a physician and instrument flight instructor who personally knows the effects on the aging pilot after a 40-year flying career. Victor is a member of the NAFI board of directors.

Danny Sims and Dan Vietor

"Pre-Flight Weather Briefings using the “New”"

7/26 at 10:00 AM

Representatives from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and National Weather Service (NWS) will cover steps for conducting weather self-briefings starting several days in advance along with features and usage of the website that is scheduled to become operational in Fall 2023. The intent is to present information that Flight Instructors can use in the training of student pilots.

Danny Sims is a meteorologist and project lead with the FAA Aviation Weather Research Program overseeing the development of new aviation weather products.

Dan Vietor is a meteorologist and web developer with the NWS Aviation Weather Center and part of the development team.

John & Martha King

"The Kings on Risk Management Lessons from Tragic Air Ambulance Crash at Gillespie Field”

7/26 at 11:00 AM

The medical Learjet fatal crash at Gillespie Field near San Diego can only be described as a tragedy. Sadly, it provides a rich source of instructional material for John and Martha King to help flight instructors expand their risk management teaching skills. John and Martha King are regarded by pilots worldwide as their personal aviation mentors. For decades they have taught nearly half of the pilots learning to fly in the United States. They have pioneered improvements in the risk management practices of pilots and spoken to thousands on the subject.

Jolie Lucas

"Into the Alligator's Mouth"

7/26 at 12:00 PM

Come and learn about the mindset needed for the functional implementation of personal minimums. Before you yell, "Clear Prop" check out Into the Alligator's Mouth: Psychology of Personal Flight Minimums.  Join me and a dozen of my pilot mates for a candid discussion of our relationships with personal minimums. Hidden gems and Pucker Factors await! Learn about the psychology of developing personal guidelines for your flying.  Multi-media presentation, with cool door prizes. Come join the discussion and add a level of safety to your flying. 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.

Doug Rozendaal

"Twin Training"

7/26 at 1:00 PM

Answering the "Why Questions" of Multi-engine Instruction. Doug Rozendaal's aviation career started as DC-3 freight dog. He became a Warbird Airshow performer, Instructor, and Examiner. He appears on Martin Pauly's Youtube channel including the popular M/E episodes “The Drill,” “VMC,” and “Ground School.”

Steve Bateman

"Beyond the ACS—A Meaningful Flight Review"

7/27 at 10:00 am

Steve will introduce several unintended consequences of using the ACS as a training manual, and will discuss how we can use gift #1 from the FAA, the Flight Review, to take pilots beyond the ACS and to help them learn better stick-and-rudder skills for real life flight situations.  Full disclosure—such a flight review will take more than “one hour of ground and one hour of flight”! Stephen (Steve) Bateman leads AOPA's Flying Clubs Initiative, is an active CFI and check pilot, and is proud to be a FAASTeam Lead Representative for the Portland FSDO.

Tom Dorl

"GA Tips from a military CFI "

7/27 at 11:00 AM

General Aviation Tips from a Military CFI presentation, Tom shares over 25 years of military flight instruction and operational experience in fixed and rotary wing aircraft. Listen and learn from Tom as he shares lessons learned and tips from his helicopter combat rescue operations, Top Gun and Air Force Academy Instructor Pilot experience that will make all pilots better at the basics, safer while flying and expand their tool kit of aviation resources. Tom Dorl, a NAFI Board Member is a retired USAF Colonel with 25+ yrs of service and 4500+ hours of total time in fixed & rotary wing aircraft. He is a Gold Seal CFI/I, ATP rated pilot and Director of Safety & Training for an east coast aviation company.

Dr. Ian Johnson

"Adverse Weather: Perception vs Reality"

7/27 at 12:00 PM

Weather-related accidents continue to result in the highest number of General Aviation fatalities each year. In many of these accidents, poor or improper pilot decision-making has been identified as a causal factor. Pilot perception of weather displays vs reality of the weather plays a vital role in their decision-making processes. Incorrect perception of weather displays could lead to pilots ignoring or misinterpreting external visual cues that require their attention and action to avoid hazardous weather. The purpose of this session is to discuss how perception vs reality could influence a pilot's inflight weather-related decision-making. We will discuss factors that affect pilot perception, influences of pilot weather perception, review accidents/incidents where the pilot relied on perception versus reality, and review tools available to identify, assess and mitigate risk. Dr. Ian Johnson is an Engineering Psychologist with the FAA Weather Research Branch of the Aviation Weather Division. He currently serves as the Human Factors Lead and General Aviation subject matter expert on the Weather Technology in the Cockpit program

Jason Miller

"The TRUE VALUE of the Lazy 8"

7/27 at 1:00 pm

Join renowned flight instructor Jason Miller from The Finer Points for an exclusive talk. If you're a certified flight instructor (CFI), chances are you've seen Jason's famous Lazy Eight video on YouTube. But have you ever wondered about the true value of this maneuver? In this talk, Jason will take a deep dive into the Lazy Eight and explore its many benefits as a training tool for CFIs and their students. You'll learn how to use this maneuver to improve your skills as an instructor and help your students become more confident and proficient pilots. Don't miss this unique opportunity to learn from one of the most respected names in aviation instruction! Jason Miller is one busy flight instructor. The creator of The Finer Points, Miller instructs locally, runs mountain flying clinics, and produces instructional material for students all around the world on his website and through his podcast, videos, and courses.

Mike Jesch

"Modern Aerodynamics"

7/28 at 8:00 AM

A casual stroll around the airport reveals some interesting tricks that engineers and aerodynamicsts have discovered to make our modern airplanes easier to fly. Mike Jesch is a CFI based in Southern California. When he's not flying the Pacific Ocean in a Boeing 787 at work, he's often meandering around SoCal airports with his students and a camera

Karen Kalishek, Andrew Dow, and Chris Anderson

"DPE Roundtable with the Masters"

7/28 at 9:00 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.

Tom Turner

"How to Teach Emergency Procedures"

7/28 at 10:00 AM

The POH includes a long list of emergency procedures checklists, each with multiple steps and additional warnings, cautions and notes. The sheer volume of information even in a simple aircraft makes studying and remembering what to do in an emergency a difficult and daunting task. There are, however, commonalities among the emergency checklists that make it easier to remember them, and quick exercises you can include on every training flight to reinforce the important memory steps. 

This presentation will cover:

  • The difference between emergency and abnormal conditions
  • What steps of emergency checklists must be memorized
  • How to incorporate checklists in the emergency response
  • How to present emergencies not as a single skill but as an evolving scenario
  • Inflight exercises to teach and reinforce emergency response
  • How this approach prepares the learner for flying more complex aircraft"
Thomas P. Turner is an ATP, CFI, CFII and MEI and has been actively instructing for 34 years. He is Executive Director of the American Bonanza Society Air Safety Foundation and is now in his 20th year as a full-time employee with ABS. After hours he runs Mastery Flight Training, Inc. as a flight instructor and best know for his FLYING LESSONS Weekly blog.

Robert Meder

"Morality of being a CFI"

7/29 at 11:00 AM

Teaching people to fly is not just a mechanical or technical skill. Flight instructors have a tremendous responsibility to not only maintain safety during training but also to ensure that pilots fly safely outside of instructional activities. We will discuss this topic and suggest strategies during this presentation. Robert Meder has been a CFI for 22 years with over 7,000 hours of experience. He is Chairman Emeritus of NAFI.

Philip Mandel

"The "Other" Go-Around: Takeoff Rejects"

7/28 at 12:00 AM

Go-arounds are part of nearly every ACS, but takeoff rejects are not. Let's discuss takeoff planning and briefing before EVERY takeoff and commit to teaching our learners when and how to reject. Philip Mandel earned his Private in 1981 followed by his Instrument rating, Commercial cert, CFI, CFI-I, MEI, AGI, and IGI certs and rating. He has owned airplanes ranging from a C-150 to a Piper Apache and is currently the proud owner of his 10th aeroplane, a Thorp T-18 (no, he didn't build it). Phil is an active flight instructor based at Starks Twin Oaks Airpark, 7S3, Hillsboro OR. He was the FAASTeam Rep of the Year for the Portland, OR FSDO in 2020 and 2021.

Ron Timmermans

"Life-long Learning - An Exciting Adventure"

7/28 at 1:00 PM

Often we describe aviation as a life-long leaning endeavor.  But, how do we make this an exciting adventure for pilots - promoting initial or recurrent training so that is satisfying and repetitive?  As Flight Instructors, we can become the CEO of the Cockpit - the Chief Excitement Officer, one who encourages pilots to continue their initial training and seek additional recurrent training on a regular schedule.  Please join this discussion to learn how we can instill this excitement and make learning a desirable outcome through ground and flight training activities.  You will hear some new ideas and be able to share some of your tips & techniques as well.  The E-Z WINGS smart phone application for validating a phase of WINGS will also be introduced. 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. Inductee to the 2022 Flight Instructors Hall of Fame.

Gary Reeves

"Top 5 Mistakes GOOD Instructors Make Teaching GPS"

7/29 at 8:00 AM

Learn the top 5 Mistakes and how to avoid them when teaching pilots how to use Avidyne and Garmin GPS systems, including the best ways to simulate failures and free resources to help your learners.

Gary "GPS" Guy in the Pink Shirt, Reeves, a lead rep for the FAA Safety Team and the 2019 FAA National CFI of the Year with two decades and >8,300 hours of real-world experience.

Mark King

"Slips and Skids:  Understanding the differences"

7/29 at 9:00 AM

Demystifying the slip, Proper use of the slip, and exploring other uses for the slip.  Mark King has been teaching UPRT/EMT, Tailwheel and Aerobatics full time for over a decade.  3500 of his over 10,000 hours of dual given have been devoted to UPRT/EMT and Aerobatic Instruction

Ryan Bohlander

"ForeFlight: Flight Training With Electronic Flight Bags"

7/29 at 10:00 AM

The Electronic Flight Bag (EFB) has become an essential tool found in nearly all civil, military, and business aircraft cockpits. While learning the efficient use of an EFB is critical for a student's business aviation career, the EFB itself can serve both students and CFIs as a valuable training aid. Ryan Bohlander is an Account Executive focusing on ForeFlight’s Education programs providing support to universities, colleges, and flight schools around the world. Growing up with aviators in the family, Ryan dreamed of becoming a test pilot like his childhood idol Chuck Yeager from ‘The Right Stuff’. While the Bell X-1 wasn't in the cards, Ryan achieved his dream of becoming a CFI and has a deep passion for sharing his love of aviation with his students. In his free time, Ryan loves to provide flight instruction as a CFI over the warm desert south of Chandler, AZ.

Scott Manley

"Glider Concepts for Powered Flight Training"

7/29 at 11:00 AM

In the absence of thrust, soaring pilots by necessity tend to develop a deeper, more extensive, and sometimes unique understanding of some important flight-related knowledge and a specific set of skills.  Many soaring pilots who started out flying powered aircraft readily admit the knowledge and experience gained flying gliders made them better power pilots. Scott Manley has an undergraduate degree in secondary education and more than 50 years of teaching experience.  He provides year-round simulation-based online flight instruction to glider rating candidates nation-wide, and consultation services to flight training organizations and individuals interested in adopting this paradigm.  He holds Certificated Flight Instructor privileges for the glider category.  The back of his pilot certificate reads: Commercial pilot: airplane single-engine land & sea; instrument airplane; glider.

Spencer Suderman

"Under Taught Topics"

7/29 at 12:00 PM

Suderman will discuss some under taught topics including slipping stalls, spin phases, slipping to touchdown in crosswinds, turning slips, and the possibility of the “impossible turn” — that flight instructors should cover with their students to increase their skills, safety, and confidence. Spencer Suderman is a CFII, air show pilot, and two-time Guinness World Record breaker for performing the most inverted flat spins. Suderman teaches upset prevention and recovery training and aerobatics in St. Augustine, Florida. His latest project is producing a video series for Sporty’s instructing Cessna pilots how to improve their basic airmanship skills. Suderman’s YouTube channel is filled with educational and entertaining videos:

Jeff Arnold

"Using Flight Service"

7/29 at 1:00 PM

Weather continues to plague GA pilots, contributing to nearly 25% of all accidents. Worse, this statistic has barely improved over the last 20 years. How do we break the cycle, end pilot discomfort with aviation weather, and increase pilot comfort with the go/no-go decision process? We’ll discuss these questions and more, as we talk about how to navigate Flight Service in 2023 and beyond. Jeff Arnold is an Oklahoma State University graduate, has held flight instructor certificates for over 15 years, previously served as an adjunct instructor at Tarrant County College’s flight program, Program Manager for two large Flight Academies, and is a former Flight Service Weather Briefer & Air Operations Manager. Jeff currently serves as the Director of Innovation & Outreach for Leidos Flight Service.