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Events and Seminars Listed in Alphabetical Order by Title


A Change of Heart: New FAA Policy on Cardiac Conditions

Recent changes in certification policy for some cardiac conditions now allow special issuance consideration sooner after treatment than ever before. We will make the complex simple as you learn the ins and outs of how to prepare for a special issuance and what you will need to qualify under the new procedures.
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Gary Crump
AOPA
Director of Medical Certification Services

Saturday, 10:30 AM - 11:45 AM, Convention Center, Room 203A


ABS Board of Directors Questions/Answers Forum

Meet your ABS Board members and get answers to your questions about ABS governance and strategic vision.

ABS Board of Directors

Thursday, 1:30 PM - 2:45 PM, Convention Center, Room 2


ABS Break

Social Event
Registered ABS members: Plan to enjoy a refreshing break after the seminars are finished and before the AOPA Concert Thursday evening. Check your ABS Supplemental Program for details on the location. For ABS registrants only.

Thursday, 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM, Sheraton Hotel


ABS Event: Beechcraft Welcome Reception and Dinner

Social Event
The American Bonanza Society and Beechcraft welcome its registered members with a reception and dinner at the Ashton Depot, located 1 1/2 blocks from the Sheraton. For ABS registrants only.

Wednesday, 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM, Ashton Depot


ABS Event: Falcon Daybreaker!

Social Event
Registered ABS attendees start the day with breakfast at the Sheraton, sponsored by Falcon Insurance Agency. For ABS registrants only.

Thursday, 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM, Sheraton Hotel, Pney Woods Ballroom
Friday, 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM, Sheraton Hotel, Piney Woods Ballroom


ABS Seminar: Ask the ABS Technical Advisors

Your Beech maintenance questions answered by the ABS Technical Advisors.

ABS Technical Advisors

Thursday, 3:15 PM - 4:30 PM, Convention Center, Room 2
Saturday, 3:15 PM - 4:30 PM, Convention Center, Room 1


ABS Seminar: Beechcraft Preflight Inspections

What you should be looking for before you fly your Beechcraft—from ABS' lead technical advisor and maintenance expert.

Bob Ripley
Lead ABS Technical Advisor

Saturday, 1:30 PM - 2:45 PM, Convention Center, Room 2


ABS Seminar: Managing the Multiengine Takeoff in Beech Barons

From preflight to cruise climb: decisions and techniques to make safe, efficient takeoffs in Beechcraft Barons.

Gerry Parker
BPPP Instructor

Friday, 3:15 PM - 4:30 PM, Convention Center, Room 2
Saturday, 10:30 AM - 11:45 AM, Convention Center, Room 2


ABS Seminar: Single-Pilot Management in Beech Airplanes

Flying the airplane is the easy part. Learn how to manage the entire flight environment for safe single-pilot flying in your Bonanza or Baron.

W. Tim Miller
BPPP Instructor, AOPA Flight Instructor Excellence Award, 2012

Thursday, 1:30 PM - 2:45 PM, Convention Center, Room 1
Saturday, 1:30 PM - 2:45 PM, Convention Center, Room 1


ABS Seminar: Understanding and Managing Your Fuel System: 470, 520, 550, and TSIO Bonanzas/Debonairs

Fuel system design, management, and normal, abnormal, and emergency operation for pilots of 1957 and later Bonanzas and Debonairs.

Thomas P. Turner
ABS Air Safety Foundation

Friday, 10:30 AM - 11:45 AM, Convention Center, Room 1


ABS Seminar: Understanding and Managing Your Fuel System: E-Series Bonanza

Fuel system design, management, and normal, abnormal, and emergency operation for pilots of 1947-1956 Bonanzas.

Thomas P. Turner
ABS Air Safety Foundation

Thursday, 10:30 AM - 11:45 AM, Convention Center, Room 1


ABS Seminar: Understanding and Managing Your Fuel System: Travel Airs and Barons

Fuel system design, management, and normal, abnormal, and emergency operation for pilots of the Beechcraft twins.

Thomas P. Turner
ABS Air Safety Foundation

Saturday, 10:30 AM - 11:45 AM, Convention Center, Room 1


ABS Seminar: Understanding the Pilot/Controller Partnership

Flying in the ATC environment is a team effort. Learn what the person at the other side of the microphone is thinking to optimize the services and assistance available to reduce your workload and improve the safety and efficiency of your flights.

John Foster
BPPP Instructor, retired air traffic controller

Thursday, 3:15 PM - 4:30 PM, Convention Center, Room 1
Friday, 3:15 PM - 4:30 PM, Convention Center, Room 1


ABS Seminar: Unique Bonanza Modifications and Beechcraft Maintenance

Learn about some of the lesser-known products that enhance the operation of your Beechcraft, and tips for maintaining these classic airplanes.

Adrian Eichhorn
JetBlue Airways
Pilot and A&P/IA

Friday, 10:30 AM - 11:45 AM, Convention Center, Room 2


ADS-B on Your iPad

ADS-B may be the future of the air traffic control system, but it can be very confusing. This seminar cuts through the jargon to explain what ADS-B is, why it's important, and how to use it to get free in-flight weather and traffic on your iPad.
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John Zimmerman
Sporty's
Vice President of Marketing

Friday, 3:15 PM - 4:30 PM, Convention Center, Room 202D


Advanced iPad Flying

Take your iPad skills to the next level with this fast-paced seminar. Learn hidden tricks to get more out of your iPad and how to use high-tech iPad accessories.
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John Zimmerman
Sporty's
Vice President of Marketing

Thursday, 3:15 PM - 4:30 PM, Convention Center, Ballroom B


Aging Eyes: Preserving Vision and Flying Longer

As with the rest of our bodies, our eyes become subject to the effects of environment, stress, and age, and don't perform as they used to. Fortunately, advancements in treatment of eye diseases helps us get closer to 20/20 on the eye chart, and that is one less thing to worry about for our next flight physical. Dr. Zimmer-Galler, an aircraft owner and active pilot, will cover common vision disorders of aging including glaucoma, cataracts, macular degeneration, and retinal detachment, the treatments for the conditions, and how the FAA applies certification policy to keep us flying.
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Dr Ingrid Zimmer-Galler
Wilmer Eye Institute/Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions
Associate Professor of Ophthalmology

Friday, 10:30 AM - 11:45 AM, Convention Center, Room 203A


Aircraft Buying Workshop: Find It, Buy It, Insure It

Join AOPA Editor in Chief Tom Haines and a team of experts as they guide audience members through the process of identifying the most suitable airplane and then buying, financing, and insuring it. You will participate in this interactive session as we take the mystery out of your aircraft purchase.

Tom Haines
AOPA
Senior Vice President and Editor in Chief of Publications

Friday, 10:30 AM - 11:45 AM, Convention Center, Room 201A


Airports Day

Participate in a very special series of informative sessions designed for anyone interested in how to run an airport to benefit aviators and the whole community.
Friday, 10:30 AM - 5:00 PM, Room 121 A


Aviation Humor

Rod Machado will present an hour of laughs and giggles with some of his craziest aviation stories, both new and old. Come prepared to laugh and learn with Rod.
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Rod Machado
AOPA's National CFI spokesman

Saturday, 1:30 PM - 2:45 PM, Convention Center, Ballroom B


Avionics Upgrades for the Long-Haul

Short of buying the airplane itself, an avionics upgrade is one of the most expensive aviation purchases you will make. Join AOPA Editor in Chief Tom Haines for tips on planning an avionics upgrade, including a discussion on panel-mount versus portable devices.

Tom Haines
AOPA
Senior Vice President and Editor in Chief of Publications

Thursday, 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM, Convention Center, Ballroom B


Avoid Useless Maintenance

Many aircraft owners waste up to half of their maintenance budget on doing work that doesn't need to be done and replacing parts that don't need to be replaced. The essence of cost-effective maintenance is learning when to say "no" to such unnecessary maintenance items, thereby focusing your maintenance dollars on the things that are really essential to safety and reliability. Maintenance expert Mike Busch (A&P/IA) explains how to tell the difference.

Mike Busch
Savvy Aircraft Maintenance Management, Inc.
CEO and A&P/IA

Thursday, 10:30 AM - 11:45 AM, Convention Center, Room 202D


Avoiding Pilot Errors: What I've Learned from Flying CEOs, Astronauts, and Grandma

It's more than controlling the aircraft, learn how to avoid the hidden dangers of flying. When we're new, it's a lack of knowledge that bites us. Later, it's complacency and the loss of situational awareness. Come learn why Adrian Eichhorn, a GA pilot and someone who has flown for an NFL football team, two high-profile corporations, the FAA, NASA, and now a major airline believes the biggest factors that pilots become victim to are distractions, fatigue, and being rushed.

Adrian Eichhorn
JetBlue Airways
Pilot and A&P/IA

Thursday, 1:30 PM - 2:45 PM, Convention Center, Room 202D


Bad News from Your A&P: Now What Do You Do?

You may have heard things like: "You have two cylinders with low compression, and you need to replace them; in fact, we recommend a top overhaul" or "You have a burned exhaust valve. Probably because you've been leaning to aggressively. The cylinder needs to come off." But just because your A&P recommends these costly actions, it doesn't always mean that they are necessary or even appropriate. In each case, award-winning maintenance experts Adrian Eichhorn and Mike Busch walk through the details of how to analyze these kinds of situations, validate the mechanic's diagnosis, determine your options, and decide on the best course of action.

Mike Busch
Savvy Aircraft Maintenance Management, Inc.
CEO and A&P/IA

Adrian Eichhorn
JetBlue Airways
Pilot and A&P/IA

Friday, 3:15 PM - 4:30 PM, Convention Center, Room 203B


Chow Down in Cowtown

Social Event
For the drovers herding longhorn cattle up the Chisholm Trail to the railheads, Fort Worth was the last major stop for rest and supplies. Between 1866 and 1890 more than four million head of cattle were trailed through Fort Worth, formerly known as "Cowtown" and is better known today as Fort Worth's historic Stockyards.

5:30 p.m.-7:45 p.m.
AOPA invites you to join them in the Stockyards for a Friday evening event full of good food, great entertainment and fun atmosphere. Chow down on some famous Riscky's BBQ (a local favorite since 1927), grab a drink, enjoy a comedy gun fight, and relax to the sounds of Live Country music. Don't forget your camera! You'll want to capture a photo of yourself and a few pilot friends in front of an authentic Texas Longhorn who will be on display just for our attendees.

8 p.m.-conclusion of the Rodeo
After you've eaten and drank till the cows came home (or the longhorn goes to sleep), mosey over to Cowtown Coliseum, the Stockyards' Championship Rodeo. Here you will view the best in Rodeo and Western action in a reserved seating area just for Summit attendees. Be sure to check out the pictorial timeline on the entry wall and the Texas Rodeo Cowboy Hall of Fame that occupies the corridors with its entire memorabilia for a brief glimpse into rodeo life. The Rodeo and Texas Rodeo Cowboy Hall of Fame is included in the purchase of the event ticket.

Ticket required; $75 per person.
Friday, 5:30 PM - 9:30 PM, Stockyard Station


Commemorative Air Force Red, White, and Loud Tour starring Aaron Tippin

Social Event
Kick off the first night of Summit with AOPA, the Commemorative Air Force, and country music star Aaron Tippin! AOPA will be taking over the patio of the famous Flying Saucer in downtown Fort Worth to bring AOPA Summit attendees a FREE concert. This event is a rare opportunity to see recording artist Aaron Tippin perform LIVE in front of a limited audience. The event is open to all AOPA Summit attendees, but be sure to register early—only the first 425 registered attendees will get to be a part of this exclusive event. Get ready to get loud with AOPA as we celebrate aviation, country music, and Fort Worth!

Thursday, 5:30 PM - 9:00 PM, The Flying Saucer, Downtown Fort Worth


Don’t Sweat Under Pressure: Turbocharger & Combustion Heating Systems

Turbocharger and Combustion Heating Systems are critical components to the aircraft, and failing to maintain them can delay your flights and decrease engine performance. Learn more about these systems and how proper maintenance and inspections can keep you safe, comfortable, and ahead of the pack.

John Popel
Hartzell Engine Technologies
Sales Manager

Friday, 1:30 PM - 2:45 PM, Convention Center, Room 201C


FAR Refresher

Attend this intensive one-hour refresher for pilots on the most important and easily forgotten general operating and flight rules of FAR Part 91. This seminar satisfies the one-hour ground-training requirement of the flight review. Bring your logbook to be endorsed.
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John Yodice
Law Offices of Yodice Associates, Frederick, MD

Thursday, 3:15 PM - 4:30 PM, Convention Center, Room 203A


Fighter Pilot: True Tales from the Cockpit

Retired U.S. Air Force fighter pilot Larry Brown shares his intriguing stories from a career flying F-15s, T-38s, and T-52s and relates the lessons learned to the general aviation flying he does now.
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Larry Brown
Author, "Fly Like a Fighter" column, AOPA Online

Thursday, 1:30 PM - 2:45 PM, Convention Center, Room 201C


Five Easy Ways to Keep Your Brain in Shape to Fly

New research on how pilots make decisions in the 6" between their ears shows reliable predictors of unsafe behavior. Come learn what to watch for and listen to that could save your life or a fellow pilot's. Test yourself to see if your brain is likely to keep you safe or get you into trouble.
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Dr. Janet Lapp
Psychologist, Author, and Consultant

Thursday, 1:30 PM - 2:45 PM, Convention Center, Room 203B


Flying for Business: Tax Strategies that Work

When you fly your GA aircraft for business purposes, you gain a competitive advantage through enhanced flexibility and efficiency. You also may be able to take advantage of tax benefits and your aircraft expenses may be paid by your business, not out of personal funds. However, this can attract FAA and IRS scrutiny if not done properly. Our panel will discuss current hot topics, potential issues that may arise during an audit or ramp inspection and strategies to ensure compliance and maximize benefits to your business.
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Moderator: Mike Nichols
National Business Aviation Association

Friday, 1:30 PM - 2:45 PM, Convention Center, Room 203A


Fun Fly-In Destinations in the South Central U.S.

Fly along on an audiovisual tour of the South Central U.S. with John Kounis, editor of Pilot Getaways, who has spent the last 15 years crisscrossing the country to research the best fly-in destinations for the magazine. Stunning aerial and ground photography illustrates weekend getaways, airport restaurants, and even complete flying vacations.

John Kounis
Pilot Getaways
Editor

Saturday, 1:30 PM - 2:45 PM, Convention Center, Room 201A


Handling In-Flight Emergencies

With a little caution, good judgment, and reasonable equipment, you can expect to fly safely for most of your piloting days. Once in a great while, however, you might experience a rare in-flight emergency. Rod Machado will provide you with ideas for successfully avoiding and coping with some of the most serious airborne problems.

Rod Machado
AOPA's National CFI spokesman

Thursday, 10:30 AM - 11:45 AM, Convention Center, Room 201A


Hangar Dance at the Vintage Flying Museum

Social Event
Step back in time and live it up at Fort Worth's Vintage Flying Museum. Take the opportunity to dress vintage in your military or 1940s-style apparel, and hear the sounds of Glenn Miller, Harry James, and other greats from back in the day. When you're not enjoying dinner, dancing, or the live swing dance performances, take some time to check out over 20 aircraft on display. Unique exhibits include an A-26, B-26 and the T-33 just to name a few. Be ready to enjoy a wonderful, relaxed, and fun evening, listening to the best big band around, in the atmosphere of the World War II era.

Ticket required; $70 per person.
Saturday, 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM, Vintage Flying Museum


I Like to Fly, I Don't Want to Die

We love to fly, it’s in our blood. The most obvious thing to end our flying days is our health, or lack of it. Still, many pilots take their health for granted and focus on simply passing an FAA medical exam. In this seminar, Dr. Jonathan Sackier will give you valuable insight on how maintaining your wellbeing can keep you treading on the daisies instead of pushing them up.
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Dr. Jonathan Sackier

Thursday, 10:30 AM - 11:45 AM, Convention Center, Room 203A


In-Flight Video from A-Z

Our expert panel shows you the latest gear and demonstrates how to use mounted cameras to get the best video images of your flights. We'll take you from getting started to editing and sharing your videos.
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Dave Hirschman
AOPA
Senior Editor

Friday, 10:30 AM - 11:45 AM, Convention Center, Room 203B
Saturday, 1:30 PM - 2:45 PM, Convention Center, Room 203B


iPad 101

Thinking about buying an iPad or just getting started? This seminar will explain all the basics, from choosing the right model and downloading apps to mounting options and legal considerations.
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John Zimmerman
Sporty's
Vice President of Marketing

Thursday, 10:30 AM - 11:45 AM, Convention Center, Ballroom B


Is Your Engine Healthy?

Maintenance expert Mike Busch (A&P/IA) discusses modern methods for monitoring the condition of your piston aircraft engine, including borescope inspection, digital engine monitors, spectrographic oil analysis, and scanning electron microscopy. He also discusses the strengths and weaknesses of two old standbys: compression testing and oil filter inspection. Used together, these tools let us make better decisions and often continue well past TBO with confidence.

Mike Busch
Savvy Aircraft Maintenance Management, Inc.
CEO and A&P/IA

Thursday, 3:15 PM - 4:30 PM, Convention Center, Room 202D
Saturday, 10:30 AM - 11:45 AM, Convention Center, Room 203B


Keynote


Friday, 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM


Know Before You Go: Be Ready for Your Next Flight Physical

Being informed is being prepared, and if you are fretting about your next FAA flight physical, this seminar will help turn on the lights about what the FAA and your aviation medical examiner expect when you show up for your next medical exam. We will review policies, regulations, and procedures that can help you get a regular or special issuance sooner (maybe even before you leave the office!).
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Gary Crump
AOPA
Director of Medical Certification Services

Friday, 3:15 PM - 4:30 PM, Convention Center, Room 203A


Landing on the White House Lawn: A Day in the Life of a Marine One Pilot

Former Marine One pilot, Lindy Kirkland, gives a glimpse into what it's like to fly the most photographed aircraft in the world. Lindy gives some perspective on the unique challenges and rewards of flying with the President of the United States as your passenger.
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Lindy Kirkland
The Air Care Alliance
President

Thursday, 10:30 AM - 11:45 AM, Convention Center, Room 203B


Mountain Flying: Reaching Your

Mountain flying skills aren't only for the backcountry. John Kounis, editor of Pilot Getaways magazine, uses real-world examples such as crossing the Rocky Mountains and landing at Aspen to illustrate mountain flying topics including route planning, mountain meteorology, aircraft performance, and emergencies.

John Kounis
Pilot Getaways
Editor

Friday, 1:30 PM - 2:45 PM, Convention Center, Room 202D


No Greater Burden

Living with the consequences of an aircraft accident is hard. Living with the loss of a son is excruciating. In this special video presentation we take a sobering look at one pilot’s personal tragedy, the devastation it wrought, and the lessons all of us can take from it.

Bruce Landsberg
AOPA Foundation
President

Russ Jeter

Thursday, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM, Convention Center, Room 201C
Friday, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM, Convention Center, Room 201C


Opening Keynote


Thursday, 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM


Pass Me the Wrench: A Guide to Owner-Performed Maintenance

Aircraft owners don't need to be certificated mechanics to perform many regular maintenance tasks. Spare time, the right manuals, and a few basic tools are more than enough. Be sure to check out this interactive session for the inside scoop on owner-performed preventive maintenance, the regs, and how you can save money.

Adrian Eichhorn
JetBlue Airways
Pilot and A&P/IA

Saturday, 1:30 PM - 2:45 PM, Convention Center, Room 202D


Pilots, Planes, and Pancakes Breakfast

Join AOPA for a Pancake breakfast and their Saturday keynote in the aircraft display at Meacham Airport. Hear updates on the latest in general aviation news, mingle with your fellow pilots and enjoy the ambiance of the dozens of aircraft on display.

Ticket required; $15 per person.
Saturday, 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM, Meacham International Airport (FTW)


Real World IFR

Sure, you breezed through the checkride or aced that last proficiency check. But you're still hesitant to venture aloft on that "three hundred and one" day. Find out how pilots who fly every day in all kinds of weather do it. ASI's "Real World IFR" safety seminar goes beyond basic IFR training into the world of professional piloting.

Bruce Landsberg
AOPA Foundation
President

Friday, 1:30 PM - 2:45 PM, Convention Center, Room 201A


Refine Your Decision Making and Re-define Your Personal Limits

Airshow pilot and flight school owner Michael Goulian will provide firsthand examples of how simple decisions have put himself or some of his students at greater risk through flawed decision making.
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Mike Goulian
Aerobatic Champion and Airshow Performer

Friday, 1:30 PM - 2:45 PM, Convention Center, Ballroom B


Saving Your Life in an Aircraft Accident

It is best to avoid an aircraft accident, but not always possible. Dr. Fries will discuss how to save life and limb when untoward events occur. He will discuss the proper use of safety belts, gliding techniques, managing in-flight fires, limiting injuries in forced landings, and safely exiting your aircraft.

Dr. Ian Blair Fries
CFII, ATP, and FAA Senior (HIMS) Aviation Medical Examiner

Saturday, 10:30 AM - 11:45 AM, Convention Center, Ballroom B


TFRs, NORAD, and You: Avoid the Evening News

Discover the #1 reason general aviation aircraft are intercepted and how to avoid it. In this action packed briefing you'll learn practical steps to avoid Temporary Flight Restrictions (TFRs) and what to do if you are intercepted. Join NORAD fighter pilots in an informative and lively session that will keep you out of trouble, and off the evening news.

Ltcol Kevin Roethe
NORAD Operations

Friday, 3:15 PM - 4:30 PM, Convention Center, Room 201A


The Kings on Flying Together: Can We All Get Along?

John and Martha King had some difficult times sharing the cockpit together, until a friend gave them the magic word that changed things forever. In this humorous talk, John and Martha will reveal the magic word, and pass along some practical tips that will make sharing flight more fun for two pilots, or pilot and passenger alike.
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John and Martha King
King Schools
Founders

Saturday, 10:30 AM - 11:45 AM, Convention Center, Room 201A


The Kings on Unwanted Adventure

These two world-renowned aviation educators will share their enthusiasm for flying with a delightfully entertaining and educational program. The Kings use humor and real-world cross-country experience gleaned from years of traveling by light plane to weekly seminars to vividly illustrate principles of safe cross-country flying.
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John and Martha King
King Schools
Founders

Thursday, 3:15 PM - 4:30 PM, Convention Center, Room 201A


The Rainbow’s Edge: Tales from the Cockpit of an SR-71

As an Air Force fighter pilot, Brian was shot down in the Vietnam War and severely burned in the ensuing crash. Initially given up for dead, he was finally rescued and spent one year in hospitals, endured 15 surgeries and was told his flying days were over. Amazingly, Brian returned to active duty flying, and went on to fly the SR-71. Brian masterfully uses his aviation slides and stories as a vehicle to tell a broader inspired story of hope, overcoming obstacles, and daring to dream.
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Brian Shul
Sled Driver

Friday, 10:30 AM - 11:45 AM, Convention Center, Ballroom B


To TBO and Beyond...

Maintenance expert Mike Busch (A&P/IA) discusses how to maximize your piston aircraft engine's chances of going the distance. He talks about the four leading engine killers, and the six tools you can use to tell whether your engine is safe to fly. Subjects discussed include cold starts, engine oil, leaning, preventing corrosion, and when it's perfectly okay (and perfectly legal) to continue to fly an engine beyond published TBO (and why it's silly not to).

Mike Busch
Savvy Aircraft Maintenance Management, Inc.
CEO and A&P/IA

Friday, 10:30 AM - 11:45 AM, Convention Center, Room 202D


Top 20 Aviation Apps

Over the past few years, several hundred new aviation apps have been created, but which ones should you choose?  AOPA's Adam Smith will highlight a selection of 20 great apps that are making flying easier, safer, and more enjoyable.
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Adam Smith
AOPA
Senior Vice President of the Center to Advance the Pilot Community

Saturday, 10:30 AM - 11:45 AM, Convention Center, Room 202D


Ultimate Weather Charts

The Internet is bulging with all sorts of weather-related websites, but only a few give pilots valuable insights for flight planning. If you're curious about the ins and outs of satellite imagery, ensemble forecasts, skew-T/log-P diagrams, model output, and convective potential charts, stop by and get a taste of the forecasting techniques that meteorologists learn in college. And don't worry: No math required!

Tom Horne
AOPA Pilot
Editor at Large

Thursday, 1:30 PM - 2:45 PM, Convention Center, Room 201A


Using Computer-Based Flight Simulations Effectively

Learn how to make the best use of flight simulations at home or at a flight school. This presentation explains the advantages of computer-based flight simulations and will help everyday pilots, students, and flight instructors use them wisely and effectively.
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Bruce Williams
Flight instructor, writer, and aviation consultant

Thursday, 1:30 PM - 2:45 PM, Convention Center, Room 203A
Friday, 1:30 PM - 2:45 PM, Convention Center, Room 203B


What Every Pilot Should Know About FAA Enforcement

Learn the essentials every pilot must know to make sure that a bad situation is not made worse. This seminar will cover if you should and how to respond to the FAA, the "get out of jail free" program, when a pilot might need legal help, and how to get it quickly and inexpensively.
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John Yodice
Law Offices of Yodice Associates, Frederick, MD

Kathy Yodice
Law Offices of Yodice Associates, Frederick, MD

Saturday, 1:30 PM - 2:45 PM, Convention Center, Room 203A


What Went Wrong?

In this all-new version of ASI’s popular safety seminar, we’ll investigate aircraft accidents the same way the NTSB does—starting at the crash scene and working backwards to figure out exactly what happened, and why.    

Kristine Hartzell
AOPA
Chief Flight Instructor

Thursday, 3:15 PM - 4:30 PM, Convention Center, Room 203B


Whiskey and Rye Lift Lounge

Social Event
Looking for more Summit fun after hours? Join attendees at Whiskey & Rye located in the Omni hotel for some late-night excitement. This great neighborhood bar features regional draft beers from Rahr & Sons Brewery, HD TVs, and live entertainment that will keep the fun going long after the exhibit hall closes. The oversized leather chairs and complimentary pool tables will have you mingling and networking all night long. Join us for reserved seating and drink specials offered just to our attendees. The Whiskey & Rye "Lift" Lounge is a great place for meeting old friends or making new ones.

Cash bar; drink specials.
Thursday, 9:00 PM - 11:59 PM, Omni Hotel
Friday, 9:00 PM - 11:59 PM, Omni Hotel
Saturday, 9:00 PM - 11:59 PM, Omni Hotel


Yoke and Pedal: Secrets to Better Piloting Proficiency

Is it OK to use two hands to flare an airplane? Should you crab or sideslip during a crosswind landing? Are you approaching too fast or too slow? When should you raise your gear after takeoff? Should you always land on the numbers? Do you need to fly by the seat of your pants to fly coordinated? What's the most important thing you need to do to avoid stalling an airplane on final approach? These are just a few of the questions that Rod Machado will answer in this program.
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Rod Machado
AOPA's National CFI spokesman

Friday, 3:15 PM - 4:30 PM, Convention Center, Ballroom B