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Bahamas Day - Safety Seminars
Over Water Flying Operations, U.S. Customs and Border Patrol, Live Life- Raft Demonstration
Date and Time:
Saturday, February 19, 2011, starting at 10:00 Download Calendar File
Mark Griffin, Amy Laboda, and more
Brief Description:
We are taking the tables out to make room for you! A discussion of risk management for GA pilots followed by a
discussion regarding the paperwork needed to fly to the Bahamas.
Then a actual ditching review.. and why your passenger should be preflighted.
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Location of Seminar:
Showalter Flying Service's / Orlando Executive Airport
400 Herndon Ave

Orlando, FL 32803
Directions to Venue:
Main confrence room Showalter Aviation
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Fly-in Seminar?:
Yes  ORL
70 seats at the facility, -1 remaining for online registration.
Registration Information:
Seminar has passed.
Sponsoring Division:
FAASTeam, National Aviation Safety Foundation
Contact Information:
Phone: 407-719-6335
Additional Event Information & Acknowledgement of Industry Sponsor(s):
 Lets Fly to the Islands of the Bahamas with Mark Griffin

Please join us for this free event geared toward pilots who want to learn more

about flying to the Bahamas. There will be information both on the procedural

aspects of your trip as well as the places to see and things to do once you’re

in the islands. If you have ever dreamed of island flying then this event will help

give you the knowledge and the confidence to make your trip safely. Mark

Griffin, FAA Examiner for the North Florida FSDO has traveled to the Bahamas

during the Christmas Holiday for several years. Learn the easy and enjoyment

to flying to the Island with an expert.


Mark Griffin has been a pilot since 1982 and instructing since 1988.  He holds

ATP ratings in Airplane Single Engine Land and Multi-Engine Land aircraft. 

Mark has been an FAA Designated Pilot Examiner since 1992. Past experience

also includes instruction in the American Bonanza Society and Mooney Aircraft

Safety Foundation, as well as experience in technically advanced aircraft as a

Cirrus Standardized Instructor.  Mark is also a Professional Engineer registered

in Florida with over 35 years of Mechanical Engineering experience; his current

career focus is in the area of aircraft structures and vibration analysis.



"Preflighting Your Passengers for Overwater Flight." with Amy Laboda


Amy Laboda was forced to ditch her Cessna 210 in the Florida Straits shortly

after takeoff from the Key West (Fla.) International Airport (EYW). The episode

was a testimony to training, quick decision-making and the need to keep an

airplane under control. Laboda and her two daughters Rose, 10, and Leah, 9,

plus their babysitter, Kim Luebke, 15, and 31-year-old passenger Lauren

Jackson (a Caravan staffer) all escaped the ditching with physical injuries

amounting to nothing more than cuts and bruises. That cannot be said for the

airplane, however.

Laboda had just departed EYW for Grand Cayman as one of the last planes

out on the Cayman Caravan and was only about four miles offshore at 1,500

feet MSL when the event occurred. At that point and without warning, the 210's

engine suffered an as-yet-unexplained catastrophic failure, losing all power.

Laboda immediately turned the Cessna around, declared an emergency and

was able to glide the aircraft to approximately two miles off Key West before

being forced to ditch in some 30 feet of water. Despite some difficulties exiting

the airplane -- which sank quickly -- all five occupants escaped and were rescued,

within about five minutes, by a passing boat. In short order, they were transferred

to the care of the U.S. Coast Guard and then to a local hospital before being

released later that day.

Equal Access Information:
The FAA Safety Team (FAASTeam) is committed to providing equal access to this meeting/event for all participants. If you need alternative formats or services because of a disability, please communicate your request as soon as possible with the person in the “Contact Information” area of the meeting/event notice. Note that two weeks is usually required to arrange services.
Credit Applicability:
1 Credit for Basic Knowledge Topic 3
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