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Pilot Proficiency Center Presentations at AirVenture OSHKOSH 2019
EAA Proficiency365 (tm) skill-building and proficiency building area!
Date and Time:
Monday, July 22, 2019, starting at 09:00 Central Daylight Time Download Calendar File
Various TechTalk Speakers
Brief Description:

Located on the Four Corners: This EAA Proficiency Center is a focal point for pilots of all skill levels, even beginners. It features a full schedule of Tech Talks with topics including crosswind landings, situational awareness, tailwheel tips and tricks, and charts and much, much more. See below for links to preregister for tech talks on your favorite subjects!

The attendance and completion of a Wings credit during this week at PPC will automatically enroll you in the Paul and Fran Burger WINGS Sweepstakes which offer a CASH INCENTIVE to pilots who participate in the  WINGS program.  You get a chance to win one of ten cash prizes - four $1,500, four $750 and two $500 prizes! 

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Location of Seminar:
Pilot Proficiency Center
Knapp Street & Celebration Way
across from the EAA Member Services Pavilion 
Oshkosh, WI 54902
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EAA Pilot Proficiency Center at Airventure 2019
AirVenture 2019

Venue Location:    Four Corners (Knapp Street & Celebration Way), across from the EAA Member Services Pavilion 

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FAA Safety Team
Contact Information:
Phone: 920-426-6899
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Please visit (click) individual presentations below to register for your WINGS credit and see more details.

Monday, July 22nd:

What to know when you do not know by Tom Lets In this session, you will learn tips and preparation techniques to handle when unexpected issues happen during the flight.  We will look at pre-, during and post- flight what worked and didn’t.  By the end of the session, you will be better equipped to expect the unexpected.  

Technology can make a big difference - CloudAhoy for post-flight debrief Chuck Shavit  - Being a good and safe pilot is a life pursuit of any pilot.  In this presentation, we will talk about the latest capabilities of CloudAhoy, and showing how it makes a difference in every stage of pilots life pursuit to be better and safer: beginner student pilot,  advanced flight training,  VFR / IFR,  and proficiency for experienced pilots.  We will also see how to use CloudAhoy for aerobatics, formation. This is a hands-on presentation with live demonstrations. 

ASOS/AWOS - What Pilots Need to Know About Automated Weather Observations by Rich Mamrosh Today’s automated weather observing systems have the advantage of being able to monitor the weather constantly but have some disadvantages compared to human weather observers. Knowing how these systems work can help you use them effectively for a safe flight! This presentation will show how computer algorithms use the data from weather sensors to produce the METARs that pilots rely on for a safe flight.     

Mastering Crosswind Landings by Aleks Udirs Crosswind landings can be one of the most challenging things pilots face, especially if you haven't practiced them in a while.  We explain the methods you'll use to make a perfect crosswind landing, every time.

ATC and You - Do Not Let that Airport Mislead You by ATC - The FAA identifies errors involving runways as one of the “Top 5” safety issues in the aviation system. This is due to the potential for catastrophe, and the frequency with which it happens. These incidents involve everyone from Student Pilots to Airline Transport Pilots. Participants in this class will learn then specifics behind the statistics and methods to avoid becoming one of them.


Tuesday, July 23rd:

Finding your way around a large GA airport - let the signs be your guide by Tom Letts - It is essential for an instrument pilot to stay ahead of the airplane at all times. It requires awareness of a large variety of elements that go beyond just knowing where one is and what is next. 

Aviation Weather Sources by Mike Cetinich - With the wide-ranging availability of weather information, general aviation (GA) pilots continue to find themselves surprised and trapped by adverse weather environments? Ironically, the very wealth of weather information might be part of the answer: with many weather providers and weather sources, it can be challenging for pilots to screen out non-essential data, focus on key facts, and then correctly evaluate the risk resulting from a given set of circumstances. Learn what is available and how to use it efficiently. 

5 Things You Were Never Taught About Aviation Weather by Scott Dennstaedt - Of all of the disciplines, you must master to earn a private pilot certificate, the weather is perhaps the one lacking the most practical knowledge when it comes to minimizing your exposure to adverse flight conditions. Come and learn five important concepts about aviation weather you were never taught during your initial training that may save your life.

Flying Obstacle Departure Procedures (ODPs) by Aleks Udirs - When do you need to fly an ODP? How do you fly it? We explain the ins-and-outs of Obstacle Departure Procedures, and how to use them on your next flight.

ATC and You - Communicating with Confidence and Clarity by ATC - Communicating with controllers can be intimidating if you don’t know the language. Instead of avoiding it, pilots can learn what they need to know to fly safely and efficiently in controlled airspace. This class will give participants the knowledge and insight they need to do just that.


Wednesday, July 24th:

Improved Situational Awareness Using ADS-B by Tom Letts - We will explore the multitude of capabilities ADS-B offers beyond what is commonly known and discussed, providing additional situational awareness around you when flying.    

Creating a Personal Proficiency Plan by Josh Harnagel - Proficiency isn’t built in a single Flight Review; it takes careful goal setting and a considered approach to reach and maintain real proficiency. That's why the FAA recommends every pilot develop and follow a Personal Proficiency Plan, but how many do it? In this TechTalk, we’ll cover the FAA guidance and industry best practices. Then, we’ll build an example Proficiency Plan and discuss tips to keep it interesting.

Thunderstorms by Mike Cetinich - For most, summer flying is here. So are thunderstorms. With them comes lightning, hail, strong winds (including updrafts/downdrafts), torrential rains, low visibility, and even tornadoes. Let us get reacquaint you with thunderstorms. We'll help you better understand the environmental conditions required for thunderstorms; the various cloud types and development stages; and show you how to get more from all the thunderstorm forecasting, reporting and detection tools at your disposal.

How to Feel Comfortable with Stalls by Aleks Udris - Afraid of stalls? You're not alone. We explain what's really happening during a stall, and how you can get comfortable with them, mastering low-speed flight in your plane.

ATC and You - VFR and the Services We Provide by ATC - There are many options available to VFR pilots. Participants will learn the reasons it is a good idea to request VFR flight following, how to request it and what they can expect. Special VFR can make all the difference to VFR pilots in weather difficulty, but would you know how and when to use it? VFR On-top procedures can help pilots on an IFR flight plan but how do you request it? Attendees to this class will understand how to use these tools, including the proper phraseology, to help make the most of operating in the National Airspace System.


Thursday, July 25th:

Preparing For The Unexpected - Do The Right Thing by Doug Stewart - All too often pilots will act impulsively when faced with an unexpected event, and sometimes their “startle response” will weld the final link in the chain leading to an accident that sadly is fatal. Doug will present a variety of scenarios to help you prepare for that unexpected event, and offer vital suggestions to aid you in Doing The Right Thing when the unexpected does happen to you.

Creating Your Own Proficiency Program via FAA WINGS by Karen Kalishek and Heather Metzler - How and Why to Incorporate WINGS into Your Flight Training Curriculum. Gain a clear understanding of how the FAA WINGS Pilot Proficiency Program fits into your flight training plans. This session will help you understand the process and how to use WINGS resources to customize your personal proficiency program. Learn more about WINGS and what is new this year, including new benefits.

Icing Insights by Mike Cetinich - Whether your airplane is certified for Flight Into Known Icing (FIKI) or not, icing is a hazard that should have every pilot on alert. Understanding the impact icing can have on a flight means knowing where favorable icing conditions are forecast, at what altitudes and over which regions. We'll show you how to get the most out of the latest icing detection and forecasting tools, as well as provide a few insights that will help make you more confident when it comes to planning and operating in and around icing conditions.

Loss of Control - Keeping the Sunny Side Up by Judy Phelps - Why is Emergency Maneuver Training (EMT) so important? Learn about Stalls, Spins, and Unusual Attitudes. Judy will talk about what causes spins, how to avoid them, and how to recover if you accidentally enter one. Learn about what happens if you make the wrong control inputs while spinning.  She will also talk about unusual attitudes and the proper recovery procedure.  Judy’s presentation has some video taken from the cockpit, so the pilot’s perspective is seen.

ATC and You - Do Not Let that Cloud Fool You by ATC - Who has a more accurate weather picture, ATC or Pilots? Both have pieces to the weather puzzle, but both have their limitations. This class will discuss what pilots can expect from ATC. Controllers can help pilots avoid inclement weather. Come learn how.   


Friday, July 26th:

Using Simulation at Home to Improve Proficiency by Stasi Poulos - It has never been more important to be comfortable with the equipment onboard modern GA aircraft, and with the procedures required for every flight - often happening in complex airspace.  The power of today's personal computers makes it possible to assemble elaborate home-based simulation environments that can help prepare you for your flights.  But where do you begin?

Get the most from Foreflight by Josh Berman - This presentation is a must for all ForeFlight users. The ForeFlight app continually evolves, so don’t miss out on valuable features that can make your flying more relaxed and safer. As a new or existing customer, you can expect to walk away with ForeFlight knowledge you can use on your next flight.

Weather Technology in the Cockpit by Mel Futrell -  Despite significant increases in the capability and availability of weather technology to the GA community, weather-related incidents continue to occur at the same historical rates. The Weather Technology in the Cockpit (WTIC) program is just one of more than thirty GA projects directed by the FAA Center of Excellence' Partnership for the Enhancement of GA Safety, Accessibility, and Sustainability (PEGASAS). WTIC aimed to identify weather-related contributing factors of accidents and incidents, to help determine, and perhaps enhance, the capability and use of cockpit weather information products and services.

The Art of Flying IFR - Situational Awareness by Doug Stewart - It is critically important for an instrument pilot to stay ahead of the airplane at all times. It requires awareness of a large variety of elements that go beyond just knowing where one is and what is next. In this seminar, Master CFI and DPE Doug Stewart will discuss how he employs many different elements of situational awareness (SA) to drive his IFR best practices. Although this presentation is focused on instrument flying, there is much that the VFR pilot can learn from it.

ATC and You - Do Not Let that Airport Mislead You by ATC - The FAA identifies errors involving runways as one of the “Top 5” safety issues in the aviation system. This is due to the potential for catastrophe, and the frequency with which it happens. These incidents involve everyone from Student Pilots to Airline Transport Pilots. Participants in this class will learn then specifics behind the statistics and methods to avoid becoming one of them.

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Conduct or support an EAA Chapter safety meeting
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