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Beyond the Briefing: What You Should Teach your Flying Companions
A flight plan for pilots to teach non-pilot flying companions skills to help alleviate common fears
Date and Time:
Saturday, August 29, 2015, starting at 10:00 Mountain Daylight Time Download Calendar File
William Dubois, Author and Pilot; Susan Larson and other members of the Rio Grande Norte 99s
Brief Description:
Using a checklist-themed approach, this seminar provides a short pilot-perspective version of the well-regarded daylong Flying Companion Seminars taught by the Ninety-Nines throughout the country. These teach non-pilot flying companions basic airmanship and communications skills needed to deal with an incapacitated-pilot emergency. Topics include: How non-pilot flying companions are defined, some commonly held fears, and how simple training by pilots can alleviate these fears and increase safety. We’ll focus on developing strategies that will allow pilots at any certificate level to teach their flying companions how to control the aircraft in an emergency, and how to interpret and operate key cockpit systems such as communication radios and transponders. Pilots will gain tools necessary to create customized plane-specific checklists both for themselves and their flying companions to use as a part of routine flight operations.
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Location of Seminar:
Land of Enchantment Fly In, Double Eagle II Airport
7401 Atrisco Vista Blvd NW
Bernalillo County Sheriff Hangar
Albuquerque, NM 87121
Directions to Venue:
Bernalillo County Sheriff's Department Hangar on field near self-serve fuel island and just north of Exhibit Hall. For fly-in parking at the Land of Enchantment Fly In, see
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Fly-in Seminar?:
60 seats at the facility, 18 remaining for online registration.
Registration Information:
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Contact Information:
Phone: (505) 974-5305
Additional Event Information & Acknowledgement of Industry Sponsor(s):
William E. Dubois is an aviation writer, commercial pilot, ground instructor, with an aviation degree. Dubois holds an aviation World Speed Record and blogs at Susan Larson is a helicopter and fixed wing pilot, recent chair of the Rio Grande Norte chapter and past international president of The Ninety Nines, a non-profit organization of women pilots founded in 1929. This seminar is sponsored by the Rio Grande Norte chapter of the Ninety-Nines, EAA Chapter 179, ABQ FAASTeam, and the Bernalillo County Sheriff's Department. It is one of 3 seminars during EAA 179's "Land of Enchantment Fly In", open 0700 - 1500 with static displays, Exhibit Hall, aircraft judging, pancakes, and burgers. Poster link below. See for schedule and fly-in info.
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
Advanced WINGS
1 Credit for Advanced Knowledge Topic 2
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