2015 Northwest Aviation Conference & Trade Show

The Conference featured over 75 hours of informative, interesting and entertaining presentations, including:


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ARCHIVED 2014 Schedule
Saturday, February 22

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9:00 am
Event opens to general public. Admission $5.00/day - Under 17 years of age FREE. FREE parking in the BLUE Lot, enter through BLUE GATE.

9:15 am
Helicopter Workshop, Part I - Hillsboro Aviation
Room A, South Foyer
Helicopter Aerodynamic Hazards: Identifying and avoiding bad situations, overview of the hazards, and a review of accidents and incidents involving these hazards.

Advanced Preflight - Minard Thompson, FAA Safety Team
Room B, Pioneer
Do you follow the shadow of the airplane on the ground as you walk around the aircraft talking on your cell phone? When was the last time you looked at the maintenance logs for the aircraft? Do you know what you are looking for? What inspections are required and who is going to get the wrath of the FAA when things aren't right and the airplane flies?

Seaplanes 101
Steven McCaughey, Executive Director, Seaplane Pilots Association
Room D, Heritage Room
An introduction into the wonderful world of water flying. This extremely informative workshop will provide attendees with a condensed ground school that will prepare them to begin their seaplane rating. The class covers the basics of flying boats, float planes and the knowledge and techniques one must learn to fly them.

ADS-B Explained, How the Mandate Will Affect You - Wayne McGhee, Garmin
Keynote Area
Seminar covering portable and installed solutions, and benefits of the system

Ipads in the Cockpit - Steve Podradchik, Seattle Avionics
Room E, North
This seminar discusses various issues in using an iPad in the cockpit. It covers choosing an iPad, the pros and cons of various iPad apps, and selecting an ADS-B receiver and GPS.


10:30 am
Helicopter Workshop, Part II - Hillsboro Aviation
Room A, South Foyer
Special Emphasis Areas for Helicopter Pilots: In depth look at helicopter specific flying and how the special emphasis areas apply to every flight.

Weather Patterns of the Pacific Northwest -West side - National Weather Service
Clinton Rockey, Meteorologist, National Weather Service Portland, Oregon
Room D, Heritage Room

We will review basic weather patterns of the Pacific Northwest maritime area (west of Cascades) that affect aviation interests. Weather phenomena include unstable shower patterns, marine stratus, fog, high winds, thunderstorms and the Puget Sound Convergence Zone. Emphasis will be on the effect of these phenomena on the aviation community. In addition, we will provide some satellite interpretation tools that pilots can use to better anticipate such events.

Chock talk with a fighter pilot - Maj Tom Gustin, NORAD
Room B, Pioneer Room
Discover the #1 reason general aviation aircraft are intercepted and how to avoid it. In this action packed briefing you'll learn practical steps to avoid TFRs and what to do if you are intercepted. Join NORAD fighter pilots in an informative and lively session that will keep you out of trouble, and off the evening news.

Cima Coffee Presentation - Cima Coffee
Room E, North Foyer

Accident Case Study: LIVE - Andy Miller, AOPA Aviation Safety Institute
Keynote Area (change in speaker)
Working with several compelling real-life cases, presenter and audience
will play the role of accident investigator, starting at the crash scene and
working backwards through physical evidence, eyewitness testimony, and
other leads to figure out exactly what went wrong, and why.


11:45 am
Helicopter Workshop, Part III - Hillsboro Aviation
Room A, South Foyer
Off Airport Operations: Landing zone selection and reconnaissance, aircraft performance, and legal concerns with helicopter operations away from the airport.

Protecting your Medical - Dr. Harmon, Multicare Occupational Medicine
Room B, Pioneer Room

Wounded - author, Captain Ed "Riv" Hrivnak
Room D, Heritage Room
Discusses the challenges of caring for our injured soldiers in-flight, and the heroic sacrifices by our servicemen using photos and video from actual combat missions. Hrivnak describes the differences of the C-141 and C-17 transports, pressurized and unpressurized flight operations, and details the 7 stressors of flight that affect all aircrew.

Washington Pilots Association Annual General Meeting & Luncheon
Room E, North

Surviving an Unscheduled Water Landings, Bryan Webster, Dunk-You
Keynote Area
The presentation will cover the effect of sudden immersion in the water and factors that affect disorientation. We will discuss underwater egress procedures. The presentation will also cover the value of training with respect to egress procedures, best practices, and where the helicopter aviation industry stands as a whole regarding ditching and egress training.


1:00 pm
What is ADS-B? The "Ins" and "Outs"s - Peter Ring, FreeFlight
Room A, South Foyer

Weather of the Inland Northwest (East of the Cascades) - National Weather Service
Andy Haner, Meteorologist, National Weather Service, Seattle
Room D, Heritage Room

We will review some weather phenomena of the Inland Northwest (east of the Cascades) that affect aviation interests. Weather phenomena include thunderstorms, mountain waves, fog, high winds, dust storms, wildfire smoke, and winter weather. In addition, we will provide some interpretation tools that pilots can use to better anticipate such events.

AOPA NW Membership Address- Mark Baker, AOPA president
Keynote Area
Join AOPA President Mark Baker for a discussion on the issues that most directly affect your freedom to fly. He will talk about how AOPA is working to reduce the cost and complexity of flying and he'll share his thoughts on the importance of AOPA having a strong voice in Washington, DC and in all 50 state capitals around the country.

Don't leave home without it - Steve McCaughy, Seaplane Pilots Association
Room C, Pioneer
This presentation will explore some gadgets and gear that no pilot should leave the ground without.


2:15 pm
Safely Flying the North Atlantic - Ed Carlson, Export Air
Room A, South Foyer
After 291 safe flights across the North Atlantic , Mr Carlson could be called somewhat of an authority. Take this exciting journey with him and explore the adventures, misadventures and exhilaration of piloting your own plane across the Atlantic.

Remember, You are Not Getting Older, Just Wiser: Maintaining a Healthy Mind and Body as a Maturing Aviator - Dr. Philip Tartalone, Eastern Michigan University
Room D, Heritage
This program will assess the relationship between age and performance.  I will discuss vision, hearing, endurance, and other physiological factors that may affect performance deterioration in older pilots.  Additional factors such as cognition, decision making, communication, and reaction time will be examined in terms of safety. 

Putting it Down in Words - Catherine (Cate) Mighell, aviation author
Room E | North Foyer
Come learn how to transform your aviation adventure into book format. If you have an aviation story to tell, you will learn the nuts and bolts of converting your adventures into publishable literature.

Information Overload! Is advanced technology making General Aviation safer?
Jonathan "JJ" Greenway, Director CAPACG
Keynote Area
It’ll be a while before “driving and texting” stories move off the front page but does GA have a similar affliction that is detrimental to safety?  “Glass” comes standard in most new GA airplanes, even in two-seat, tandem taildraggers designed for bush operation.  But is it an improvement?  Even a smart phone provides today's pilot with more cockpit information than an airliner had in the ‘70s.  But, is it good or bad information?  Or simply mismanaged information?  Now that we don’t need to be fiddling with the E6-B computer during the flight, are we using that time wisely?  JJ Greenway takes a look at habits, trends, pitfalls and plusses that have come with the waterfall of technology GA has experienced.

Portable ADS-B Trafic Understanding what you don't see - Eric Rush (AOPA) Steve Podravchik (Seattle Avionics)
Room C | Pioneer
Portable ADS-B receivers have exploded onto the market lately, giving pilots in-flight weather and traffic updates displayed on an iPad. Unfortunately, it provides an incomplete picture that could lead to disaster if you don't know what you're missing. Join AOPA staff to learn the pros and cons of ADS-B traffic on your iPad.


3:30 pm
Idaho's Beautiful Backcountry Lodge Destinations - Crista Worthy, Managing Editor at Pilot Getaways, sponsored by the Idaho Aviation Foundation
Room A, South Foyer
Many Northwest pilots already know about Idaho’s legendary backcountry airstrips and the airplane camping that abounds there. But, there are also numerous beautiful backcountry lodge experiences for those who wish to fly and enjoy the great outdoors without worrying about the logistics and hassle of camping and cooking. In this session, we'll provide lodge and airstrip information at eight locations that welcome pilots and their guests—including several you probably never heard of before! Crista Worthy, is a Southern California native who has been traveling around the U.S. via small plane since 1995.

The Engine Failure: Think About it Before the Engine Quits
Johnny Summers
Keynote Area
Once the engine quits, it’s too late to prepare. We’ll take a systematic look at being prepared for an engine failure in a single engine airplane. After reviewing preflight planning techniques, we’ll discuss how to prepare for when your engine fails and you do not have another one handy. This presentation will bring together military techniques and civilian artistry to increase the likelihood of a successful landing following an engine failure. These practices can reduce emergency procedure training time and costs while increasing retention, confidence, and probability of success.

Of Course They Fly - John Sessions, Historic Flight Foundation
Room B, Pioneer Room
This is the story of HFF's fleet of 13 flying antiques from the period 1927 (Lindbergh crossing) to 1957 (same flight by a Boeing 707); how they were acquired and restored, and some of the characters met along the way.

VFR Flight Following Question & Answer - Dave Taylor, SEA Air TRaffic Control Center, FAA
Room E, North Foyer
Presentation and Q&A

What Kind of Pilot Runs Out of Gas? Mike Adams, Avemco
Room D, Heritage Room
Join Mike Adams, Vice President of Underwriting at Avemco Insurance Company and a past president of the Oregon Pilots Association. He will share his own story and depict how easily the scenario of an empty fuel tank can ruin a beautiful flight. Even the best pilots can fall victim to fuel mismanagement


4:30 pm
Clyde Pangborn: First Nonstop Flight Across the Pacific
authors, Ted and Bob Heikell, One Chance for Glory
Room A, South Foyer
The Pacific was first crossed in 1931 by Clyde Pangborn—born in Washington during the end of the 1800’s.  Because of Clyde’s practical and technical smarts, his physical coordination, his ability to act under extreme pressure, luck and just plain guts, he made the 4500 mile trip eighty five years ago in a single-engine land-plane.  His spine-tingling trip was amazing!

Stall Spin Awareness - Bruce Williams, BruceAir
Room B, Pioneer Room
We all practice and perform stalls during training and for flight reviews. But stall/spin accidents annually account for 10 percent of GA accidents, and about one-third of those accidents result in fatalities. This presentation discusses the aerodynamics of stalls and spins and uses in-cockpit video to demonstrate stall/spin scenarios and avoidance/recovery techniques.

Don't Get Caught In The Dark! Managing The Risks of Flying at Night
Dale R. Wilson, Central Washington University
Room D, Heritage
The old saying may be true: flying at night is no different than flying in the day , except that you can't see anything! Whether you're a fledgling student pilot or an experienced commercial aviator, there is something to learn from Dale Wilson, safety researcher, author and aviation professor, as he illuminates the threats that lurk in the dark and outlines strategies that you can use to avoid or mitigate them.

How to Fly Affordably - Featuring the SkyCraft SD-1 Minisport
Paul Glavin, Skycraft Aviation
Room E, North Foyer
What makes flying so expensive and how Sport Pilot aviation solutions can solve some of the multifaceted issue of the cost of flight.

Youth Aviation Programs Soar at Pearson Field Education Center
Laureano Mier, Pearson Field Education Center
Keynote Area
Come learn how you can implement aviation education programs on your site that are fun and interactive for future pilots. The Pearson Field Education Center will present a colorful array of ideas, designs, and programs that you can duplicate on your airfield. There will also be in depth look at the array of programs that took place in 2013 and the exciting programs that are lined up for this year. Pearson Field was awarded a historic site designation on September 8th 2012 by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) as the first airport in the Pacific Northwest and one of the oldest continuously operating airfields in the country. Come learn about the incredible aviation history and how the aviation education programs inspire and educate students of all ages. Laureano Mier, is a graduate of Embry Riddle Aeronautical University Daytona campus. He served as Director of Education for the Evergreen Aviation Museum, Director of the Pearson Air Museum, and currently serves as Director of the Pearson Field Education Center for the Fort Vancouver National Trust.

5:30 pm
NW Spirit of Aviation Awards Banquet & Auction
West end of the Showplex exhibit hall

Wake up your senses with a oyster bar featuring fresh Hama Hama Sea Cows!
Follow this with the delicious Triple Carve signature menu catered by the Ram Restaurant. This year's gala features awards honoring an outstanding aviation: business, airport and pilot/volunteer. We will also be presenting the award for the best booth at the 2014 NW Aviation Conference & Trade Show! We will be featuring an entertaining aviation personality as well as a silent and live auction.

Saturday Evening Banquet Keynote
What’s Eating General Aviation?And what you can do to help keep it alive!
Like interest rates, unemployment figures and personal net worth, we are weary of the rosy future promised to be lurking “just around the corner” for the general aviation industry.  Are we doomed?  Who or what is going to save us?  Or can we save ourselves?  JJ Greenway shares stories from other pilots around the country who are determined to not take it lying down.  The future is not as bad as some say it is!

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2015 NW Aviation
Conference and Trade Show

Feb 21 & 22, 2015, Washington State Fair Events Center Puyallup, WA

SAT 9-5:30 | SUN 10 - 4 PM
ADMISSION: $5.00/day
Tickets available at the door
FREE parking FREE kids 17 and under
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You can fly into Pierce County/ Thun Field with your own plane! In 2014 the shuttle ran from Pierce County Airport Saturday and Sunday . SPONSORED BY SPENCER AIRCRAFT & SIM FLIGHT CENTER! Thank you!

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