September 25, 2003
Pilot education has been a mainstay of AOPA throughout its history since being founded in Philadelphia in the late 1930s. AOPA Expo 2003 in Philadelphia emphasizes that tradition by offering a timely selection of exciting brand-new seminars to complement popular sessions from recent years. A jam-packed schedule of 84 seminar sessions runs essentially wire-to-wire from Thursday morning Oct. 30 through Saturday afternoon Nov. 1 to keep pilots at the forefront of safe, fun, and efficient flying.
New topics range from the sands of Kitty Hawk to computers of the twenty-first century to the realm of jets. Darrell Collins, National Park Service historian, will not only address the opening luncheon, he'll also bring the "Miracle of Kitty Hawk" to life in scheduled seminars. Greg Bowlin from Jeppesen will review the recent computerized evolution of navigational references in "Charts: Paper to Electronic Transition." And former NBAA President Jack Olcott examines the new owner-flown jets in "Process for Transition to Microjets."
Seminars are categorized under six focus areas—general interest, proficient pilot, all pilot, medical issues, safety, and owner—that include at least 10 distinct topics. Registrants can mix and match seminars according to their interests, preferences, and schedules. A few seminars are conveniently offered more than once, so you can still attend if a conflict occurs. A complete list of seminars is available online.
Registration for the seminars also includes entrance to the exhibit hall, static-aircraft display, product demonstrations, and general sessions. Discounts apply to preregistrations received by Oct. 13; details are available by visiting the Web site. Expo registration is available via toll-free telephone at 888/GO2-EXPO (888/462-3976).
New general-interest seminars include "Self-Flying the African Bush" with Barbara Feader, "Miracle at Kitty Hawk" with Darrell Collins, and "Cuba by Private Aircraft" with Jack McCormick.
New proficient-pilot offerings include "WAAS: What Does It Mean for You?" with AOPA's Director of Advanced Technology Randy Kenagy and "Winter's Worst: A Northeast Nightmare" with AOPA Pilot magazine weather guru Tom Horne.
The all-pilot category features new seminars titled "The Kings on Risk Management" with Martha and John King, and "Update on 100LL Avgas" with AOPA Pilot magazine's maintenance expert Steve Ells.
The AOPA Air Safety Foundation will debut a new safety seminar, "Watch This! Maneuvering Could Be Hazardous."
Brand-new seminars in the owner category include "Is Ownership on Your Horizon?" with Scott Sky Smith, "Vacuum-System Basics" with Steve Ells, "When, What, and Why Do a Pre-Buy" with Scott Sky Smith, and "Aircraft-Engine Technology: Power of the Future" with panelists from the major engine manufacturers, moderated by Pilot magazine Editor in Chief Tom Haines.
A new FAA policy on obstructive sleep apnea that addresses many of the concerns raised by AOPA is scheduled to take effect March 2.
AOPA and the National Business Aviation Association have jointly filed an amicus, or friend of the court, brief in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals as part of the ongoing legal battle over the future of Santa Monica Municipal Airport.
Fourteen aviation organizations have banded together to urge the FAA to take immediate steps to lower barriers to ADS-B equipage.
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