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MentorLIVE is NAFI’s monthly, live-streaming broadcast airing the third Wednesday of every month at 8:00 PM Eastern. These programs feature subject matter experts from many aspects of the flight instruction industry to help CFIs be more successful in their training endeavors. All presentations are WINGS-approved!


Upcoming broadcasts:

October 21st, 2020 at 8:00 PM Eastern: “Enhancing Winter Weather Training” presented by FAA Aviation Weather Division staff Dr. Ian Johnson and Danny Sims, hosted by Jennifer Colavito

This presentation seeks to enhance teaching strategies to facilitate reducing the number of accidents and incidents related to adverse winter weather. Using winter weather scenarios, participants will learn the gaps in pilot weather knowledge and their interpretation and use of weather information. In addition, the scenarios will highlight the availability of winter-weather training materials funded by the FAA. Ultimately participants will be more knowledgeable on specific winter weather topics to stress when teaching their students, will learn about new materials to enhance the teaching of winter weather phenomena, winter weather products/information, and hazardous weather avoidance decision-making.

Dr. Ian Johnson, Engineering Psychologist: Dr. 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. Dr. Johnson has over 20 years' experience in Human Factors Engineering/System Safety of various cockpit display systems and user interfaces. Experience ranges from lead Human Factors Engineer, Staff Human Factors Engineer of Presidential Helicopter program, and technical contributor to RTCA & SAE special committees.

Ian holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Human Factors Psychology, a Masters of Aeronautical Science in Human Factors in Aviation Systems, a Masters of Aeronautical Science in Aviation/Aerospace Safety Systems from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, and a Ph.D. in Psychology with an emphasis in Cognition and Instruction from Grand Canyon University. Ian is a Single and Multi-Engine Airplane pilot.

Danny Sims, Physical Scientist: Mr. Sims is a Physical Scientist with the FAA overseeing the Inflight Icing, and the Model Development and Enhancement weather research projects as part of the FAA’s Aviation Weather Research Program. Prior to his current position, he was responsible for sustainment of the FAA Traffic Flow Management System (TFMS) at the Air Traffic Control System Command Center. TFMS is the automation system used by FAA traffic flow managers to balance demand and capacity of the National Airspace System. Mr. Sims also led TFMS Weather Integration efforts, and supported test and evaluation of aviation weather products at the FAA William J. Hughes Technical Center. Prior to joining the FAA, Mr. Sims served as a weather officer in the US Air Force. He holds a BA in Environmental Science from the University of Virginia and a BS and MS in Meteorology from the Pennsylvania State University. 

Jennifer Colavito, FAA Ceiling and Visibility Project Lead: Ms. Colavito is technical lead for ceiling and visibility (C&V) research in the FAA, Aviation Weather Division.  She holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Aerospace Engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.  She has worked as an engineer and project manager for the FAA since January 2009.  From 2009 – 2012 she led convective weather research and product development; from 2012 – 2015 she supported the Weather Integration into Air Traffic Management program; and from 2015 to present she led C&V research and product development.  Prior to joining the FAA, Jennifer worked for the U.S. Army in the process of airworthiness certifications for military helicopters.

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