Education Sessions

 

787-10: Connecting the World, Inspiring a Generation

The 787-10 is a new, innovative commercial airliner that connects the world in ways other airliners cannot.  Learn facts and discuss the challenges faced by Boeing teammates while building the 787-10.

Presented by: Brandi Cobbs, Katharine Langland and Donna Waln

 

Aircraft Dispatcher – The Best Aviation Job You Have Never Heard Of!

This presentation will discuss what an Aircraft Dispatcher is and is not.  It covers job responsibilities, the process to become a FAA Certified Aircraft Dispatcher, and future job possibilities.

Presented by: Sharon McGee

 

Air Combat Operations Panel

Real-world female military pilots from varying combat aircraft sharing their experiences flying combat missions, training, aircraft capabilities and missions they have flown. Mission planning/preparation, command/control/communication, contingency operations, family and social issues.

 

Alaska – Flying the Last Frontier

Katie Writer has piloted float planes in Alaska over 13 years.  Her passion for wilderness is expressed through her writing and aerial photography. Katie will share her photos and discuss the uniqueness of float flying in Alaska.

Presented by: Katie Writer

 

An Aviation Marriage

Learn the effects and acquire tools to strengthen your aviation marriage.  Gain insight to the uniqueness of a flight career. The session is for pilots, future aviators, and spouses; providing insight into pilot personality, aviation stressors, and the influence they have on a marriage.  

Presented by: Dr. Janette McMurtrie

 

Aviation Weather Center Product Update and Q&A

The Aviation Weather Center (AWC) issues warnings, advisories, and forecasts to ensure aviation safety across the globe. As technology advances, the AWC evolves its products and services to fill the needs of pilots, and dispatchers.

Presented by: Amanda Martin

 

Being a Leader You’d Want to Follow: 10 Leadership Lessons in FBO Management

Fixed Based Operation management offers a challenging and exciting career field for those interested in aviation. It is a fast paced, dynamic and ever-changing environment for individuals looking for a rewarding career within the General Aviation sector.

Presented by: Jessi Rowden

 

Best Tools for the Job, “Tools in the Toolbox”

Whether a new mechanic or a seasoned professional, what are some of the “tools” you may want to add to your toolbox or resume to take your career to the next level.  Talk with a panel of AWAM members from various aspects of the maintenance field to hear what some of the tools they have used.

Moderator: Lynette Ashland

 

Checkride-Itis; How to Overcome Fear & Anxiety

Acquire the tools to strengthen your confidence, lower anxiety, and manage the negative effects leading to “Checkride-It is. The session is for pilots and future aviators providing insight into preparation for a successful checkride.

Presented by: Dr. Janette McMurtrie

 

Corporate Aviation Career Panel

Learn about different career opportunities in business/corporate aviation. This interactive discussion will feature each panelist’s path to their career, quality of life, work/family balance, job satisfaction, reasons for a career in corporate aviation, and example of a typical work day.

Moderator: Ava Shubat

Panel: Robin Bray and Angela Jennings

 

Defrag Your Brain – A Holistic & Healthy Approach to Life and Work

Trying to do too much increases our stress levels and decreases quality and productivity in our lives and our careers. Learn to Defrag your Brain by applying proven antidotes designed to improve your ability to be more balanced & effective using relaxation, time management, and brain enhancing techniques.

Presented by: Sherry Kytonen

 

Dialects of Aviation – Aren’t we all speaking the same language?

By exploring some common miscommunications, not only within a flight department, but also with ATC and airport operations, participants can leave with tools to handle this communication breakdowns gracefully.

Presented by: Michelle Crismore

 

Digital transformation in Aviation. What will you invent? Who will you inspire?

Digital transformation in aviation aftermarket services is creating career opportunities related to software, gaming, design, and augmented/virtual reality; allowing room for innovation and invention. What role will you play?

Presented by: Danielle Heyniger, Jessica Kolta and Kelly McCauley

 

Emergency! Getting It Right When Things Go Wrong

We spend time training for them, but real-world emergencies are rare enough that it’s easy to get complacent. They don’t always happen to “other pilots,” though, and preparation can make a big difference when things don’t go as planned.

Presented by: Richard McSpadden

 

Fight Stress and Find Serenity: Yoga in the Cockpit

Even the most experienced pilot will experience stress in the cockpit.  Learn to use yoga techniques such as breath control, meditation, and asanas, both on the ground-and in the air- to manage stress and be a more in-control and comfortable pilot.

Presented by: Lindsey Ott, Ph. D.

 

Flying from Military to Commercial Aviation

For military pilots who want to fly for the airlines, we will cover getting hired, training, airline life, and continuing military service in the Guard and Reserve.

Panel: Captain Mary Ana Gilbert, Captain Bebe O’Neil, Col. Julie Tizard, Captain Margie Varuska and Captain Lucy Young

 

Flying While Pregnant: Making an Informed Decision

Each woman and each pregnancy is unique. Some stop flying immediately, while other choose to continue. Medical and policy issues will be discussed, which will help women make an informed decision.

Panel: Jacque Boyd, PhD, Mikhael Madello, Kathy McCullough and Aileen Watkins

 

From Plane to Publication

Everyone has a story. Learn how make yours fly! Two airline pilots provide insight to plotting, writing, editing and publication. A brainstorming, networking session to go from PLANE to PUBLICATION!

Presented by: Andrea Coppick and Karlene Petitt

 

Just a Private Pilot

It's a license to fly, but so much more!  How did it change you?  What opportunities would never exist without it? Stories, experience, advice, adventures, and inspiration from 331 different airports and 6 continents.

Presented by: Diane Ballweg

 

Landing Your Dream Job Panel

Want to land your dream piloting job? You’ve got stiff competition. But don’t worry. Our panel of experts have been there and will help you stand out from the crowd.

Presented by: Angie Marshall, Captain Paul Ryder and Sara Wilson

 

Issues Everyone in Aviation Should Know

Legal topics presently impacting daily aviation activities, including communicating with the FAA, the FAA’s Compliance Philosophy, FAA enforcement policies, BasicMed, TSA requirements, voluntary safety programs, insurance, lease agreements, and employment contract terms.

Presented by: Kathleen Yodice

 

Look! No hands! Understanding Unmanned

The rapid expansion of unmanned systems in aviation can be bewildering, but once you know a bit about the industry, you can see that it’s not just unmanned, it’s unlimited.  This education session is designed to provide an industry overview for the novice, helping people from all parts of the aviation business find a place in the world of unmanned.  Topics covered include an overview of mission types, introduction to common platforms, description of possible careers, explanation of certifications, and discussion of educational opportunities in the unmanned world. 

Presented by: Bettina Mrusek, Ph. D. and Kristy Kiernan, Ph.D.

 

Look Up! Clouds Tell a Story

Cloud varieties and supplemental formations can tell us a great deal about what we can expect when we climb into the sky. Discover the secrets clouds hide in plain sight.

Presented by: Veronica Cote

 

Military to civilian transition in Maintenance

A panel discussion with members of AWAM on how to make the transition from a military maintenance career to a civilian career.  Ideas on how to set yourself up for a smoother transition before you leave the military.

Moderator: Gail Rouscher

 

Night Witches and Soviet Women Fighter Pilots of WWII

Description of the Soviet all-female aviation corps in World War II Russia, its origins in dire necessity, its accomplishments against overwhelming odds, and the stories of some of its heroines. 

Presented by: Justine Saracen and Julie Tizard

 

Perspective vs Perception: You didn’t hear what I said I meant

A discussion of how social, political, cultural, and emotional drivers distort the communication in a global environment; including interactive learning and tools on how we can prevent miscommunication.

Presented by: Timothy M. Lewis

 

Preparing for the ADS-B mandate

The FAA will require ADS-B Out beginning January 2, 2020, to fly in airspace where a transponder is required today. What does this mean to you as an aircraft owner? As a private pilot? As a professional pilot? Learn what you need to know—and might have to do—before the end of 2019.

Presented by: Mike Collins

 

Prepping your Aircraft for the Air Race Classic

Getting ready for the 2018 Air Race Classic? We will detail a timeline, maintenance requirements, and airplane preparation to have your airplane race ready for the Sweetwater, TX start.

Presented by: Lynette Ashland and Lara Gaerte

 

Preventative Personal Safety Measures

Learn how to dissolve thinking errors, create personal safety habits and share what you learned with other women in your life. Develop confidence in your personal safety.

Presented by: Brooke Hartwig

 

Professionalism in Flight Training: A CFI’s Vision of Flight Training Management

What does professionalism in flight training mean for you as a student, CFI or school? For me, an educator, CFII and entrepreneur, it involves effective flight training management.

Presented by: Amy Labus-Olson

 

Six WAFS Up Close and Personal - a new WASP Film Documentary

Author Sarah Byrn Rickman tells the story of The Original WAFS in film, using 1942 archival newsreel footage plus her own film, shot during interviews with six Originals in 1999.

Presented by: Sarah Byrn Rickman

 

Spaceports: Gateway to the Stars, and the Future

Delusional paeans to a phantom galactic tourism industry or the drivers of a new space economy?  This presentation will evaluate the development and prospects of the commercial spaceport phenomenon.

Presented by: Michelle Hanlon

 

Strategies for Work-Life Balance as an Airline Pilot

Finding a healthy balance between work, home and family is especially challenging in the airline profession. Our panel of pilots and spouses will share their strategies for “making it all work” in a hectic career.

Moderator: Kassandra Bernskoetter

 

Success Takes Flight – Leveraging Experiences in Aviation and Operations to Inspire Winning Teams

Whether landing F/A-18’s on aircraft carriers or delivering promises to customers, applying leadership lessons from both passions yields a culture of excellence and drive to reach a team’s highest potential.

Presented by: Sarah Rhoads

 

Surviving the Air Force Application Process

As Air Force Pilots, they will share their experiences and provide guidance on the application process to become an AF Pilot in each component, Active Duty, Reserves, and Air Guard.

Presented by: Monica Riggs and John Kerrigan

 

The Impostor Phenomenon: Are you affected?

Do you give credit to luck, timing or others for your accomplishments?  Do you use self-limiting language? You may be affected by the Impostor Phenomenon. Come learn how to embrace your strengths.

Presented by: Alisoun McCloughen, Dawn Newman and Robin Nolen

 

The Other Side of the Counter- FBO Operations

What do you need to start and run an FBO? From responding to an RFP to the daily customer expectations, what it takes to be a successful Fixed Base Operation.

Presented by: Lara Gaerte

 

The Secret Sauce to Recruiting and Retaining Top UAV/ UAS Talent

Cultural Acuity:  80% of employee turnover is due to a bad hiring decision; costing 150% of the employee’s salary and benefits in replacement fees.  In this presentation, you will learn the key attribute companies overlook, the Secret Sauce, to ensuring the perfect hire.

Presented by: Dr. Cynthia Cauthern

 

Thriving with the Millennial Generation Today and Tomorrow

Join us for a dynamic and interactive forum that explores the opportunities and challenges that come with companies engaging the millennial generation in today’s workplace.

Presented by: Roda Barket and Caroline Prado

 

Thunderstorm Hazards

Thunderstorm Hazards will examine the theory and practice to understand where thunderstorms develop and how to predict where they will be in the future. We will look at the various tools pilots can use to detect and predict thunderstorm activity.

Presented by: Mike Cetinich

 

Timing the Reno Air Races

Learn how aircraft are timed at the National Championship Air Races in Reno, NV.  There are two timing methods, and aircraft are timed to fractions of a second as they pass Home Pylon.

Presented by: Lara Gaerte

 

What Do You Really Want to Ask ATC?

A panel of air traffic controllers for Question & Answer session on ARTCC, TRACON, and Tower operations.  No topics are off the table and we look forward to showing you who Is behind the mic.

Air Traffic Control Panelists

 

What Every Employee Should Know About the FAA’s Drug & Alcohol Testing Program

Review of FAA’s requirements that companies test safety-sensitive employees, highlighting legal responsibilities in selecting individuals for testing, submitting to a test and its consequences, the proper testing process, reporting and recordkeeping, and lessons learned.

Presented by: Kathleen Yodice

 

What’s it like to be a Mechanic

Whether working for the airlines, in corporate aviation, in the manufacturing world or an MRO, general aviation, or helicopters, come speak with a panel of AWAM members about any of these aspects and have a chance to ask your questions.

Moderator: Angel Green

Presented by: AWAM Panel Members

 

Women and Money

Women and men often face different financial situations and challenges. Whether we admit it or not, women are subjected to different societal expectations and experiences. Often, women put others first, neglecting themselves and what is important to achieve their own goals. This session will provide you the tools and knowledge to be financially independent, covering some general financial information and specific life stages.

Presented by: Trysh Olson

 

Working Remotely: What You Need to Know About Drones

Drones are a big business with a global market value of $127 billion. But “working remotely” means ratings, regulations, & safe NAS integration. AirMap’s Jillian Switzer guides you through the basics.

Presented by: Jillian Switzer

 

Your Personal Wingman Panel

Pilots’ lives can be stressful. To help keep aviators in the air, our expert panelists—pilots, like you—will discuss the process for navigating accidents/incidents, FAA medical certification issues, DUI/DWI, and other life-changing events.

Presented by: Captain Isabelle Caron, Dr. Paula Corrigan and Captain Louise Cullinan

 

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Corporate Members

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