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Seminars bring pilots together in name of safety

FDK Tower seminar

More than 650 pilots attend an Air Safety Institute Safety Seminar to learn about air traffic control tower operations.

Tips for communicating with air traffic control and preventing accidents have proven popular with pilots. A recent Air Safety Institute Safety Seminar discussing the transition from Class E to part-time Class D airspace around Frederick Municipal Airport in Frederick, Md., gathered more than 600 pilots, while the national “Wanted: Alive!” seminar has been drawing 300 to 400 participants at each location.

“Pilots who regularly participate in safety education are extremely safety conscious, and they want to make sure they have the best techniques and procedures to fly safely and comply with the federal regulations and ATC clearances,” said Paul Deres, Air Safety Institute director of education, who moderated the seminar about Frederick’s Class D airspace.

The seminars are led by flight instructors and experienced pilots and provide an opportunity for pilots to engage in the presentation and exercise aeronautical decision-making skills. Pilots walk away with concrete tips they can use in their everyday flying to become safer.

In addition to helping pilots increase their safety, the seminars also provide a means for pilots to network. Bringing together 300 to 600 aviators creates an opportunity to make new friends and acquaintances and foster community in the local area.

“You never know who you might sit beside,” Deres said. “You might learn some new tips and make a new flying friend.”

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Alyssa J. Miller
Alyssa J. Miller
AOPA Director of eMedia and Online Managing Editor
AOPA Director of eMedia and Online Managing Editor Alyssa J. Miller has worked at AOPA since 2004 and is an active flight instructor.
Topics: ATC, FAA Information and Services, Airspace

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