As in past years, a pilot safety seminar will be taught on Tuesday, April 21, 2015, 7-9 pm, at the Sheraton West Des Moines hotel as part of the Iowa Aviation Conference. This year, a free Pinch Hitter course to introduce your flying companion to flying an airplane will also be taught concurrently so consider bringing your spouse/flying companion with you. The Iowa DOT-Office of Aviation will provide the room and Yasmina Platt with the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) will teach the course.
Discussion will include the possibility of the pilot becoming incapacitated while in flight and the need for the non-pilot to take control of the airplane. In addition, when the non-pilot is well-versed in the operation of the airplane, it enhances safety and increases the enjoyment of flight. Some of the topics to be covered include: aircraft parts and instruments, basic navigation using GPS, radio usage, traffic patterns and landing, and emergency procedures.
If you are interested in learning more about this as more details come in and/or want to RSVP your flying companion for the Pinch Hitter (space is limited), please send me the following information to [email protected]
2) Contact info (best e-mail and phone number)
3) Passenger experience in small (GA) aircraft
4) Aircraft most often riding in
5) Personal reasons for taking the course
6) Expectations of the course (what they want to learn)