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Airline Techniques for GA w/Mike Jesch/John Ringel/Gary Schank/Brian and Barry Schiff/Chris Skytte
Applying Airline Techniques, Risk Management, Discipline, Training Habits and Decision-Making to General Aviation Flying.
Date and Time:
Wednesday, April 22, 2020, starting at 19:00 Pacific Daylight Time Download Calendar File
Mike Jesch, John Ringel, Brian Schiff, Barry Schiff,Gary Schank
Brief Description:

A panel of experienced airline captains with strong roots in general aviation will discuss how to apply airline techniques, risk management, discipline, training habits and decision-making to your general aviation flying. 

There is a fee for this class.  Preregister at least 24 hours in advance at http://www.vc99sclasses.com where you can find detailed information about the classes, instructors and fees.

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Location of Seminar:
Department of Airports at KCMA
555 Airport Way

Camarillo, CA 93010
Directions to Venue:

Driving:  Exit 101 Freeway at Los Posas, head south on Los Posas. Turn right at traffic light at Pleasant Valley.  Turn right at traffic light at Airport Way. Dept of Airport Building is last building on the left where Airport Way dead ends at Durley.  Flying: A three minute walk from the walk-through gate adjacent to Channel Island Aviation.  Walk out to Durley, turn left on Durley.  The Dept of Airports Building is on your right at the intersection of Durley & Airport Way.

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Fly-in Seminar?:
Seminar has been cancelled.
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Contact Information:
Carolyn Brown or Susan Liebeler
Phone: 805-312-9299
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“Airline Techniques for GA Pilots”

with Mike Jesch, John Ringel, Gary Schank, Brian Schiff, Barry Schiff, & Chris Skyette

A VC99's Pilot Proficiency Class

Wednesday, Apr 22      7:00 to 9:00 pm

Our favorite panel of airline captains who started in general aviation, then went to the airlines and remained active in GA, will discuss some key techniques they bring from the airline environment back to their small planes, and vice versa.  Learn how to apply airline techniques, risk management, discipline, training habits and decision-making to your general aviation flying. 


Captain Mike Jesch, ATP, CFI, CFII, MEI, AGI, AGII, has been flying the line for 32 years (30 at a major airline).  He is a Master CFI for airplanes and instruments, a FAASTeam Lead Representative, and flies a Cessna 182 based at FUL.   Mike is a member of the Society of Aviation Flight Educators (SAFE).  He currently flies a Boeing 737 for a major airline.

Captain John Ringel, ATP, CFI, MEI, is a captain at a major airline with over 33,000 hours of flying experience. He is type rated on the Boeing 777, Boeing 767 and 757 and currently flies a 767 and 757 aircraft based in Los Angeles.

Prior to flying for the airlines he flew a Navajo Chieftain ferrying passengers from KLGB to Catalina Island, San Diego, and Santa Barbara; flying air freight from LAX to Montgomery Field in San Diego; and flying Navy personnel from Montgomery Field to San Clemente Island.  He also flew for a charter service at KBUR, flying canceled checks and bank mail to cities all over California.

John serves as a member of the Southern California Airspace Users Working Group, volunteers charged with overseeing the airspace over the greater Los Angeles area. The Group deals directly with the FAA, commercial operators, FBOs and flight schools with the goal of creating the safest airspace possible and provides feedback to the FAA on proposed changes to procedures and airspace allocation.

John is also an active flight instructor and parks his Cessna 182 on the ESCAP flight line at KLGB.  He is a member of the Society of Aviation Flight Educators (SAFE).

Captain Brian Schiff, ATP, CFI, CFII,, MEI, AGI, IGI, flies an Airbus A320 for a major US airline and is type-rated on the Boeing 727, 757, 767, DC-9 (MD-80), Airbus A320, CL-65, LR-JET, and G-V. Brian’s roots are deeply planted in general aviation where he has flown a wide variety of aircraft. He holds several flight instructor ratings and is recognized for his enthusiasm and ability to teach in way that simplifies complex procedures and concepts. He is a member of the Society of Aviation and Flight Educators (SAFE) and has been actively instructing since earning his flight and ground instructor certificates in 1985.   Brian has been an FAA-designated examiner. He attended San Jose State University, and earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Aeronautical Science from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and his Master of Science Degree in Aviation Safety from the University of Central Missouri. He regularly presents seminars about aviation safety and techniques to student and professional pilots alike.

Captain Barry Schiff, ATP, CFI airplane/glider/rotorcraft/helicopter/gyroplane, CFII airplane/helicopter, MEI, AGI, IGI. Barry holds fourteen type ratings and every flight instructor rating. He is a retired Lockheed L-1011 and Boeing 747 captain for TWA and his 28,000-plus hours of flying have been accumulated in 361 different types of aircraft.

He has been an FAA-designated check airman on the Boeing 767, a general aviation designated examiner and is a charter member of the Society of Aviation and Flight Educators (SAFE).

Barry holds five world speed records and is the recipient of a Congressional Commendation, the French Louis Blériot Air Medal, Switzerland’s Gold Proficiency Medal, an honorary doctorate in aeronautical science from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, and AOPA’s L.P. Sharples Perpetual Award. He has also been inducted into the National Flight Instructor’s Hall of Fame, Living Legends of Aviation, California Aviation Hall of Fame, Aviation Hall of Fame of New Jersey, and was designated by the NAA as an Elder Statesman of Aviation. He has written over 1,600 magazine articles and a dozen books about flight safety and operational procedures. His writings have earned eleven prestigious journalism awards. His popular “Proficient Pilot” monthly column in AOPA Pilot Magazine has made the skies a safer place.

Captain Gary Schank, ATP, CFI, CFII, MEI, is a recently retired Boeing 737 Captain with Delta Airlines.  For over 29 years, he has flown Boeing, McDonnell-Douglas and Airbus airliners all over the world.  He holds type ratings in the Boeing 737, Airbus A-330, DC-9, CE-500, SA-227. He instructed on the DC-9 for the airlines. He is an FAA FAASTeam Representative, and an owner of a Bonanza A-36. Gary is a practicing attorney and professional musician and a member of Flying Musicians Association.

Captain Chris Skytte, ATP, CFI, CFII, MEII.  Chris Skytte started flying in 1981, right out of high school. Chris has always had a love and passion for aviation. He holds an ATP, CFI, CFI-IA, MEI certificates. He also rated in the CE-500, CE-525(s),G-IV, DC9/MD80, B767,B757,B737 and Airbus A320 aircraft. He has also been a Flight Engineer on the B727 and B747. Chris is currently a B737 Captain for a major airline. He is an adjunct instructor at Orange Coast College(OCC),where he has taught Private Pilot Ground, Navigation, Aviation History, Meteorology, ATP Ground School, Intro to Flight Operations and Basic Air Transportation. He also provides simulator instruction at OCC to students working towards their instrument ratings.

This program is one of a series in the Ventura County 99s 20th Annual Pilot Proficiency Classes, an annual series of approximately 20-25  seminars and programs from February to May. There is a fee for all classes except the February 19th  "Reflections of a Test Pilot" with Tom Morgenfeld. Please go to our registration web site at http://www.vc99sclasses.com  and click on the class schedule tab for fee information which appears at the end of the class title.   The FAA does not permit us to include fee information here.  The web site also provides additional information about each class and the instructors.

Some classes fill to capacity quickly. Please register for the seminar at least 24 hours in advance to ensure we have seats for everyone at  http://www.vc99sclasses.com.  We cannot guarantee a seat  to people who do not register in advance.  If seats are available, we will gladly accept payments and registration from walk-ins at the door. 

Unless otherwise indicated on the registration web site http://www.vc99sclasses.com, all classes meet in the upstairs meeting room of the Department of Airports, 555 Airport Way, Camarillo, CA 93010, on the field at KCMA.  There is no wireless network available to attendees in the classroom.  If you want Internet access during a class, you will need to use your own data plan or bring or activate a hotspot.



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:
½ Credit for Basic Knowledge Topic 1
1 Credit for Basic Knowledge Topic 1
Advanced WINGS
½ Credit for Advanced Knowledge Topic 2
FAASTeam Project Information:
National Project:
Any other task not covered in the NPP that is not A/W or Ops
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