AOPA's Air Safety Foundation will present eight seminars on five topics during Sun 'n Fun in Lakeland, Florida, April 6-13. The ASF seminars will be offered Sunday (April 7) through Wednesday (April 10) in the FAA Safety Center.
"Springtime is the ideal time for pilots to refocus on safety," said John Steuernagle, ASF vice president of operations and instructor for all seminars at Sun 'n Fun. "These seminars will be the perfect tune-up for the flying season ahead."
ASF's newest seminar, "Spatial Disorientation," will be Sunday at 2 p.m. and Tuesday at 10 a.m. Using video re-creations of actual disorienting situations, the seminar suggests how to cope with the physiological problem of "knowing which way is up."
"Operation Airspace 2002" will be Sunday at 8:30 a.m. and Monday at 4 p.m. The seminar offers up-to-date information about the U.S. airspace system and practical suggestions for operating within it. It was produced in the wake of airspace restrictions after the September 11 attacks.
"Fuel Awareness," set for Monday at 8:30 a.m., in part describes five steps to reduce the chances of an accident: Know how much fuel you have, know your airplane's fuel system, know what's in your fuel tanks, update fuel status during flight, and always land with adequate fuel reserve. Lest you think fuel management is too basic, more than 100 aircraft crashed in 2000 with no fuel reaching the engine.
"GPS for VFR Operations" on Tuesday at 2 p.m. will help pilots get the most out of satellite navigation with a thorough examination of its good points and bad points.
"Collision Avoidance" on Wednesday at 8:30 a.m. will study how to locate and track traffic, get help from ATC, avoid common collision scenarios, cope with distractions, and manage cockpit resources to improve your safety margins.
"Single Pilot IFR" will be Wednesday at 12:30 p.m., reviewing common IFR-related accidents and discussing planning, equipment, awareness, weather, and more to stay safe when alone at the controls.
Study materials, such as respective Safety Advisor booklets, will be available only at the scheduled seminar times.
ASF's free safety seminars at Sun 'n Fun are made possible by a grant from the Florida Department of Transportation and generous gifts from individual pilots to the Air Safety Foundation.