RALEIGH – Small aircraft
pilots, as well as the general public, have the opportunity to visit the Wayne Executive
Jetport in Pikeville on Saturday, Oct. 13, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for the annual
pilot safety fly-in co-sponsored by the N.C. Department of Transportation’s
Division of Aviation.
Pilots will have the
opportunity to receive flight training, attend education seminars, visit
vendors, fly flight simulator aircraft and view vendor aircraft.
This event is a
cooperative effort between the Division of Aviation’s Safety Section, Wayne
Executive Jetport, Wayne Community College’s Aviation Systems Technology
Department, the Federal Aviation Administration Safety Team, Marine Corps Air
Station Cherry Point, Seymour Johnson Air Force Base’s Fighter Safety Wing, the
Civil Air Patrol, and the Wayne Executive Jetport Pilots Association.
Some of the events at the fly-in include:
- Seminar by noted aviation speaker and
author Mark Grady titled, “Back2Basics,” which will educate pilots on
common accident factors;
- Other seminars including Flying with the
Right Attitude: The Totally Responsible Pilot, Portable Electronic Device
Interference, Aircraft Performance Factors, Aircraft Maintenance
Publications, Take Offs & Landings, and Mid Air Collision Avoidance;
such as “Learn to Fly” and “How to Save Money on Flight Training” will
provide information for novices and would-be pilots;
- Pilots will be able to fly with a flight
instructor to meet FAA required bi-annual training. By attending specified
seminars and flying with a flight instructor, pilots can earn an FAA Wings
Award, which substitutes for bi-annual training; and
- A flight
competition to see who is Eastern North Carolina’s “Top Gun” pilot.
Aviators will test their skills in takeoffs, landings and other practical
flying maneuvers for the 2012 Eastern NC Top Gun trophy.
During lunch, a Master Pilot
Award will be presented to local pilot James M. Cooper, recognizing his 50
years as a FAA certified pilot. There also will be a demonstration showing how
wildlife such as a hawk is used to deter other birds from flying near or on airport
can register for seminars at www.faasafety.gov. For more information
on this event, as well as aviation in North Carolina, contact Tom Freeman, NCDOT Aviation Safety
Specialist, at (919) 840-0112 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.