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7 p.m. CDT

Decathlon Airplanes: Evolution in Fifty Years of Production
Qualifies for FAA WINGS and AMT credit.

Jody Bradt


American Champion engineer and flight test pilot Jody Bradt talks about his experience supporting changes and updates to the Decathlon. Learn about how the Decathlon is built, tested, and maintained. Learn about modifications that will improve the utility of your American Champion airplane.


7 p.m. CDT

Improving Your Flight Proficiency
Qualifies for FAA WINGS credit.

Steve Krog


There is a great deal of difference between being “current” and being “proficient’. Which are you? In this webinar, flight instructor Steve Krog will discuss easy ways to improve proficiency and make you a better safer pilot.


7 p.m. CDT

Engine Leaning Made Simple
Qualifies for FAA WINGS and AMT credit.

Bill Ross


Bill Ross from Superior Air Parts will discuss lean of peak and rich of peak operations. These principals are useful whether you fly a Superior Air Parts, Continental or Lycoming powered aircraft. You have probably asked or wondered, “Will I hurt my engine running lean of peak?”. Bill's discussion based on sound engineering and tested data, will help you increase safety, reliability and reduce overall operational costs.


7 p.m. CDT

Flying Clubs - Growing Participation in Aviation

David Leiting Jr., Chapter Field Representative II


EAA’s initiative to support the formation of flying clubs by the members of EAA’s chapter network continues to grow, and David Leiting Jr. from the EAA chapter office will help you learn the ins and outs of forming a separate nonprofit flying club at your local airport!


7 p.m. CDT

Loss of Control – Root Causes and Innovation Opportunities - Part 2
Qualifies for FAA WINGS credit.

Loss of Control Committee Members


This webinar continues the discussion initiated at AirVenture and in the August 28th Webinar to deeply define the root causes of Loss of Control accidents. A wide-ranging root cause model developed by the webinar panelists reveals that reducing fatalities is a very multi-dimensional problem – there is no one “silver bullet” solution, but instead a range of diverse technical, regulatory, training, culture and behavioral challenges that must be met.

This second webinar, presented by the team of aviation and industry experts that created the root cause model, will first ground the participants in the different dimensions of it. Then, members of the team will discuss the many open areas for innovation in the second of two parts of the model that still exist beyond those already known or proposed. Topics that will be covered in this webinar are Aircraft Systems and Aerodynamics, Failure to Regain Aircraft Control, and the Physics of Impacts.

This webinar intends to stimulate the innovative spirit of the EAA and broader aviation community to create novel, effective and implementable solutions to this persistent challenge of LOC accidents and fatalities. The presenters in this second webinar will be Dave Morss – Test pilot and Air Racer, Andy Mogensen, Astronaut and member of the European Space Agency, Bryan Lynch, Pilot and CTO of Reliant Heart and Robert Orlean, Pilot and President of Orlean Technical Solutions.

Attendees to the webinar are encouraged to download a copy of the complete root cause model at https://eaa.org/eaa/aircraft-building/loss-of-control-root-cause-model


7 p.m. CST

What is Preventive Maintenance?
Qualifies for FAA WINGS and AMT credit.

Mike Busch


The FAA permits a pilot to perform preventive maintenance (PM) on an aircraft owned or operated by that pilot, provided the aircraft is used strictly for non-commercial operations. Pilots may do PM without any A&P involvement, which is pretty cool. But what exactly constitutes PM? In FAR Part 43 Appendix A, the FAA has listed 31 specific tasks that they consider to be PM. But in 2009, the FAA's Rulemaking Division issued a little-known legal interpretation that expands the definition of PM far beyond those 31 items. In this webinar, maintenance expert Mike Busch takes you through these regs. and legal interpretations to shed light on the question of what maintenance tasks it is really permissible for a pilot to do on his own recognizance.


7 p.m. CST

EAA Ray Aviation Scholarship – 2020 and Beyond

David Leiting Jr.


EAA’s Ray Aviation Scholarship is approaching the second year of the program, and with the first year in the rear-view, there will be a few changes to the program. Join David Leiting from EAA’s Chapter Office as he discusses the program changes for 2020 and beyond.


7 p.m. CST

The First 400 Feet
Qualifies for FAA WINGS credit.

Tom Turner


Taking off is easy, we do it on our very first flying lesson. But taking off safely takes preparation and precision. Certified flight instructor Tom Turner from the Bonanza Air Safety Foundation explains how to master the VFR or IFR takeoff; from preflight through the first 400 feet AGL, using these specific techniques.


7 p.m. CST

Crew Resource Management: How To Do It Right
Qualifies for FAA WINGS credit.

Prof. H. Paul Shuch


Two heads may be better than one, but the same does not necessarily apply to two pilots. In this FAA Safety Team WINGS webinar, Prof. H. Paul Shuch will review two case studies. In the first, two pilots worked perfectly together to prevent a disaster. In the second example, two pilots worked against each other, toward a less favorable outcome. Lessons learned have implications for crewed operations, flight instruction, and even drone missions.


7 p.m. CST

Emergency Notification Systems
Qualifies for FAA WINGS credit.

Phil Lightstone


The key to surviving an aviation accident, is the quick communication to the search and rescue network. Many pilots believe that Emergency Locating Transmitters can not be counted on when minutes and hours count. There are many other electronic devices which can add notification options and supplement an ELT signal. Learn about a variety of affordable technologies that could one day help save your life. You’ll hear from aviation journalist Phil Lightstone, who will provide the facts about the technologies, cutting through the jargon and three letter acronyms to help you make an informed decision. Phil will also discuss the future of ELTs, including Space Based ADS-B ELTs.


7 p.m. CST

Vans RV Maintenance Gotchas
Qualifies for FAA WINGS and AMT credit.

Vic Syracuse


Vic Syracuse will help educate builders and non-builders on the various common problems across RV aircraft that he sees as a DAR, prebuy inspector, and maintenance shop owner. The presentation will educate and motivate attendees to go take a close look at their airplanes. Vic is a designated airworthiness representative, and has built 11 airplanes, and is chairman of the EAA Homebuilt Aircraft Council.


7 p.m. CST

What You Need to Know About Airframe Icing
Qualifies for FAA WINGS credit.

Scott Dennstaedt


Whether you’re flying during the warm or cold season, it’s critical for pilots to understand the factors associated with airframe icing, especially when flying under instrument flight rules (IFR). Icing is a complex topic and demands a challenging dialogue. Rules of thumb that you may have been taught during your primary training can be dangerous and often replace real weather analysis that is paramount to minimizing your exposure to airframe icing. In this webinar, we will shed some light on how clouds form and how they can become a serious icing hazard to pilots. This includes a discussion on the factors associated with airframe icing and presents the latest analysis tools and techniques that pilots can incorporate to gain the most utility from their aircraft throughout the year without compromising safety.

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