January 13 (Sat) 12:00pm [POSTPONED] You Have Got 178 Seconds

Event Date: 
Saturday, January 13, 2018 - 12:00pm

Due to unforseen complications, today's seminar has been postponed. We are terribly sorry for the inconvenience. Please check back for a rescheduled date and time. Thank you.


In most years, nearly half of all weather-related accidents happen as a result of continued VFR flight into instrument meteorological conditions (IMC)…and sadly, the vast majority of those accidents are fatal.

The best defense against flying under visual flight rules (VFR) into instrument meteorological conditions (IMC) is to avoid entering them in the first place. Keeping the big weather picture in mind before a trip, and then frequently checking weather observations during a flight, can support a safe outcome. After all, weather is what you find, not necessarily what’s being forecast.

Spatial disorientation is the big danger. And it can happen a lot faster than you might think—just 178 seconds on average, about the length of a commercial on TV.

Gene will discuss how to avoid this scenario and if it should happen, how to aviate, navigate, communicate and maintain composure to help save your life.

Gene is an Assistant Chief Flight Instructor at Tradewinds Aviation with over 16,000 hours of flight time. He is an FAASTeam representative, and has delivered over 1000 public presentations in the FAA Safety Program. He has lectured on aviation safety, human factors and precision/workload reduction flying techniques at national venues, including AOPA and the EAA (Oshkosh). He has experience in over 100 aircraft types, including singles, twins, piston, turbine, round gauge and glass cockpit aircraft. He has published articles in Plane and Pilot magazines, and the USAF magazine Safety. Gene has developed unique processes for teaching flight skills to a higher level of precision while reducing workload.


This event qualifies for FAA Wings credit.

Any questions, contact us at (650) 946-1700 or info@sancarlosflight.com.

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