Despite intermittent cold, raw rainshowers, more than 100 Albany, New York-area pilots turned out last night for the premier of the AOPA Air Safety Foundation's newest safety seminar, "Say Intentions."
"This information on how pilots and controllers can work together is very important," said attendee Moussa R. Pessar, an instrument-rated private pilot from Albany. "These seminars are one of the best services ASF provides."
The new two-hour ASF seminar includes inside information about ATC services and procedures that can help prevent a tragic outcome for pilots in distress. It includes chilling audio of a recent ATC flight assist that ended tragically and features both recreations of actual emergency situations and advice from working controllers.
"Say Intentions" is being presented live this week in the New York cities of North Syracuse, Henrietta, Cheek Towaga, New York City, Brookhaven, and Poughkeepsie, in addition to last night's seminar in Albany. The New York swing, featuring ASF presenter John Steuernagle, is made possible in part by a grant from the New York State Department of Transportation. The seminars will start a nationwide tour in August.
Like all ASF safety seminars, "Say Intentions" is open to all pilots without charge. ASF's premier live safety seminars are developed largely with donations by individual pilots and companies interested in promoting GA safety.
The full schedule of ASF free safety seminars is available online.