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Real World Aeronautical Decision Making - Learn from a REAL-LIFE experience. Also, see how to use a simple, life saving tool.
Date and Time:
Tuesday, February 27, 2018, starting at 18:00 Eastern Standard Time Download Calendar File
Christian Pezalla, ATP, CFII; Mark Ducorsky, ATP, DPE, MCFI
Brief Description:

Our first speaker Christian Pezalla will present this humorous and informative presentation which features the story of a real life flying trip, and the situations two pilots faced. The speaker will talk about what went right, and what didn’t. Included will be an in-depth discussion of Aeronautical Decision Making in the real world and ways to avoid obvious pitfalls. Finally, our speaker will bring together key themes to address the biggest challenge to ADM in and out of the cockpit. Whether you are just starting your flying career, or have years of experience – this seminar will provide insights for the skies ahead.

Next, Mark Ducorsky will present a simple, quick and effective tool which will help make risk assessment before each flight quick, easy and painless. In addition, Mark will discuss a simple method used to potentially reduce the risk of each and every flight with an uncomplicated and down-to-earth technique.

This event is designed to be an interactive audience experience. PLEASE bring your questions and participate in the discussion!

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Location of Seminar:
FAA Safety Center/Orlando Field Office
4425 Sun 'n Fun Road

Lakeland, FL 33811
Directions to Venue:

DRIVING DIRECTIONS:The FAA SAFETY CENTER/Orlando Field Office is located on Lakeland Linder airport. From Interstate 4, take County Line Road (Exit 25) south approximately 3.6 miles to Medulla RD / Old Medulla Rd. Turn left on Medulla Rd/Old Medulla Road, and proceed approximately 1.6 miles to the Central Florida Aerospace Academy Campus entrance. Proceed straight ahead on James C. Ray Drive and turn left onto Sun ‘n Fun Road just before the closed airport gate. Continue on SUN ‘n FUN road and make a left on Laird Road, the (back of) FAA Aviation Safety Center is immediately on your right, park on the west side of the building – not on the grass. From Highway 60, take County Line Road north approximately 3.8 miles to Medulla RD / Old Medulla Rd. Turn right on Medulla Rd/Old Medulla Road, and proceed approximately 1.6 miles to the Central Florida Aerospace Academy Campus entrance. Then follow the directions above beginning with James C. Ray Drive. From Lakeland take Pipkin Road west to Medulla Road, turn right and proceed about ½ mile to the Central Florida Aerospace Academy Campus entrance on the right.. Then follow the directions above beginning with James C. Ray Drive.

FLYING IN: The Safety Center/Orlando Field Office is located at Lakeland Linder International Airport (KLAL). After landing request taxi to the FAA SAFETY CENTER. Park in front of FAA Safety Center Building on the grass. After the event staff will be available to open the gate for exiting onto the taxiway.

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140 seats at the facility, 98 remaining for online registration.
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Sponsoring Division:
Orlando FSDO FAASTeam
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Christian Pezalla, began flying in high school, obtaining a commercial pilot certificate at the age of 18. He studied Aeronautical Science at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, while working as a flight instructor. After college, he worked for a large Regional Airline, before pursuing an MBA and JD. His flying experience includes 5500 hours in airplanes and over 300 glider flights.

Mark Ducorsky, the 2017 NATIONAL FAA SAFETY TEAM REPRESENTATIVE OF THE YEAR and 2016 DISTRICT and REGION Flight Instructor of the Year is a Designated Pilot Examiner for glider and airplane (single and multi-engine) categories. An ATP, Gold Seal, Master Instructor, CFI-A, CFI-I, CFI-ME, CFI-Glider and Check Instructor. Mark began flight at age 14 and has given over 7,000 hours of flight and ground instruction and spent thousands of hours traveling extensively in a variety of single and multi-engine aircraft throughout North America enjoying single pilot operations throughout all seasons and geographies.

WINGS credit is available for this program. If you wish to receive WINGS credit for attending this seminar please pre-register at this site. When you pre-register for seminars, you insure that credit is correctly applied to you. When you attend the program a WINGS credit sheet will be available at the registration desk. The WINGS credit sheet is what actually gets you WINGS credit for attending the event. Make sure you initial it next to your name. You may also obtain WINGS credit by adding your name and email address to the WINGS credit sheet at the seminar, but if you do this, please make sure that the email address you use is registered on You must have an email address to receive WINGS credit. For more information on the new WINGS program, click on WINGS Pilot Proficiency Program on the site, or ask a FAASTeam Representative for assistance with the program.


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Credit Applicability:
1 Credit for Basic Knowledge Topic 3
Advanced WINGS
1 Credit for Advanced Knowledge Topic 1
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