SEMINARS

We are proud to offer a series professional-quality seminars that are free of charge to spectators.  Each seminar is about one hour in length.  Speakers often provide artifacts or audio-visuals, and questions from the audience are encouraged.   Seminars are held in two of the metal hangars at the airport: They are identified as Venue A and Venue B, and are marked with signs.   Please take advantage of these excellent presentations.  They will be of interest to the general public as well as to pilots.

Venue A

10:00 AM     An Air Traffic Controller Seminar - Communications and Safety

We are pleased to offer this presentation by FAA controllers from nearby Bradley Airport.  If you fly in this area, or if you are simply interested in learning what controllers do, you'll want to attend.  The session will focus on in-flight  communications and offer safety tips.  Opportunity for Q and A.

11:30 AM       The ADS-B Requirement - Stellar Avionics and Garmin

Our friends from Stellar Avionics will offer their knowledge about the new ADS-B technology that will be required for most aircraft by 2020.  What is ADS-B, how does it work, and what are the choices and costs for installation on an aircraft?  This  will interest anyone who wants an update on the FAA's new air traffic system, or who owns an aircraft.     

1:00 PM         Mark Sullivan -  Pratt and Whitney's History

P&W is one of the world's most iconic aviation companies, headquartered in East Hartford.  Mark Sullivan, formerly its manager of communications, will offer a fascinating description of  how the  company was founded, risked everything to grow, and was decisive in winning World War 2.   It affected the lives and fortunes of many Connecticut residents.  A great local - and national - story presented by someone who knew many  of  the key P&W players.

Venue B

10:00 AM     Cam Jammers Presentation - 1956 Continental MK II

Members of the Cam Jammers Car Club will present a beautifully restored 1956 Continental MK II for your viewing pleasure.  You'll learn the history of this great car and how it  was restored to  its exceptional condition.  Lots of time for Q and A.  This seminar will be held in front of the seminar venue.

11:15 AM       Doug Stewart -  Weather Beyond the Briefing

Doug Stewart was National Flight Instructor of the  year, and is Executive Director Emeritus of SAFE, with 12,500+ hours of dual given. He has made many presentations at Oshkosh.  While most pilots know how to get a Standard Briefing, there are many less frequently utilized tools and places to find information that the pilot can use to help make a viable "go/no go” decision, including the Graphical Forecast for Aviation (GFA),  Where to find this information and knowing how to use it adds to the toolbox of the safety-minded pilot.

12:30 PM       Learning to Fly -  What's Involved? Is It For Me? 

This is for everyone who has thought about taking flying lessons.  Steve Smith will describe what's involved in earning a Private Pilot's license.  Steve represents our own flight school,  Future Flyers of Connecticut.  The session will cover what happens during in-flight training, the ground school portion of training, the cost, and other aspects of the learning experience.  Lots of opportunity for questions.

 1:45 PM        Cam Jammers Presentation - Two Fords

Here's your chance to see and  hear the story of a 1936 Ford Coupe and a 1932 Ford Street Rod, presented by members of the Cam Jammers Car Club.  The cars will be displayed in front of  the seminar venue where you can see them up close.  If you love old cars and hot rods, this  is the  seminar for you.  Lots  of time  for Q and A.