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Reflections of a Test Pilot with Tom Morgenfeld
Tom will discuss how many elements of flight test training can make us all better GA pilots.
Date and Time:
Wednesday, February 19, 2020, starting at 19:00 Pacific Standard Time Download Calendar File
Tom Morgenfeld
Brief Description:

Throughout his presentation, Tom will discuss how many elements of flight test training can make us all better GA pilots.

There is a fee for this class.  Preregister at least 24 hours in advance at http://www.vc99sclasses.com.   .

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

Camarillo, CA 93010
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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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Carolyn Brown or Susan Liebeler
Phone: 805-312-9299
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Reflections of a Test Pilot with Tom Morgenfeld

A VC99's Pilot Proficiency Class

Wednesday, Feb 19     7:00 - 9:00 pm

Famed Lockheed Martin Skunk Works Chief Test Pilot Tom Morgenfeld will recap his lifelong fascination for Lockheed airplanes culminating with his experiences on the Joint Strike Fighter program as Chief Test Pilot on Lockheed Martin’s X-35. He will discuss all aspects of his long flying career, including his time as a carrier based fighter pilot, from his first Lockheed airplane up through the final flight of the X-35 and what made that airplane tick. Throughout his presentation, Tom will discuss how many elements of flight test training can make us all better GA pilots.

Instructor: Tomas A. Morgenfeld, is a 1965 graduate of the United States Naval Academy, was a designated a Naval Aviator in 1967. He had two fleet tours flying the F-8 Crusader where he flew 90 combat missions and amassed over 500 carrier landings. Between those tours he attended the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School where he earned an M.S. degree in aeronautical engineering. In 1975 he attended the Empire Test Pilots’ School in England, winning the McKenna Trophy as top student in his class. In 1976 Tom was ordered to Air Test and Evaluation Squadron FOUR where he participated in several classified test programs in addition to serving as the F-18 Project Pilot. In 1979 Tom went onto USAF exchange duty with the 4477th Test and Evaluation Flight where he was responsible for all USN involvement with the then top secret flying of MiG airplanes for exploitation purposes. At the end of that tour, he left active duty but went on to complete a 26-year naval career. His final billet was as commander of the Naval Weapons Center, China Lake reserve unit. Tom joined Lockheed’s Skunk Works in December 1979. He was first assigned to the F-117 program and went on to fly almost 1,300 hours in developing that aircraft. In 1989 he went to the Advanced Tactical Fighter program where he was primarily responsible for flying the second YF-22A prototype. After Lockheed won that competition, Tom was named Chief Test Pilot for the YF-22A follow-on test program. In 1991 he was named Chief Test Pilot for the Skunk Works and in 1999 was promoted to Director of Flight Operations as well. Tom was the Chief Test Pilot on the Joint Strike Fighter program where he performed the first flight on the X-35 and tested all three versions of the airplane. He served as an Engineering Technical Fellow of the Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co. until his retirement in 2004. Tom then worked over three years as a Test Pilot Instructor at the National Test Pilot School and is now Chairman of the Board of Trustees at that school. Over the years he has accumulated over 7,000 hours in more than 80 different aircraft. A retired Navy Captain, Mr. Morgenfeld is a Fellow and past President of the Society of Experimental Test Pilots (SETP) as well as a Senior Member of American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA). He has received SETP’s Iven C. Kincheloe Award for excellence in flight testing, is a member of two Collier Trophy winning teams, and has been inducted into the Golden Eagles and the Aerospace Walk of Honor.?

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 Feb 19 "Reflections of a Test PIlot" class 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. 



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