The 2021 AirVenture NAFI tent will feature sixteen outstanding presentations by distinguished, experienced speakers. From award winning flight instructors, well know authors, business owners, and experts in various areas like,tech, transition training, energy management, and weather, name a few.

The following profiles each of our presenters in the order of their presentations:

Ed Wischmeyer, "Teaching the Expanded Envelope Exercises"

7/26 at 9:30 am

The Expanded Envelope [email protected] (E3) are a fun, rewarding way to help pilots be more cognitively available to fly the plane in unfamiliar circumstances. E3 can be flown in most any normal category airplane, and expand a pilot's personal flight envelope beyond that broad area that is commonly taught into the remaining 90% of the normal category envelope. Ed has flown nearly 200 makes and models of GA airplane, published over a hundred pilot reports plus hundreds of other articles and columns. He has an extensive background in aviation safety research, and has a Ph.D. from MIT.

Charath Ranganathan

"Gram Worthy: Capture student interest and improve flight training outcomes with technology"

7/26 at 11:30 am

Over the last 5 years there have been significant advances in portable audio and video, avionics, electronic flight bags, and software for aviation. This combination enables flight instructors to offer their students a heretofore unavailable level of interactivity in their flight training programs.In this lecture/demonstration, we discuss how a flight instructor can use a combination of inflight video, electronic flight bag software, and flight debriefing software to make their lessons more effective, improve training outcomes for their students, and (perhaps most importantly) provide their students with an unprecedented audio/visual record of their flight training Charath Ranganathan is a CFII based in Southern California. He has been a lifelong fan of aviation, having grown up in an aviation community because of his father, who spent his entire working career at Indian In his "day job", Charath is the head of engineering for a Bay Area software startup that aims to change how the world builds software. Airlines. Charath is the President of the Caltech/JPL Flying Club, based at KEMT just east of Los Angeles. He is also the Secretary of the General Aviation Awards. A lifelong "tech nerd", Charath has been exploring ways by which he can use technology to help improve learning outcomes for his students.

Dr. Scott Dennsteadt

"What Your Instructor Never Taught You About Weather

7/26 at 1:30 pm

Of all of the disciplines you must master to earn a pilot certificate, weather is perhaps the one lacking the most practical knowledge when it comes to minimizing your exposure to adverse weather. Come and learn five important concepts about aviation weather you were never taught during your primary training.  This presentation just may save your life! Dr. Scott Dennstaedt is a CFI & former NWS research meteorologist. He is the co-author of Pilot Weather: From Solo to the Airlines.

Jason Archer

"How to Land in a Tree"

7/27 at 9:30 am

Pilots train for inflight emergencies but when it really happens many pilots are surprised as they struggle to reach for their emergency checklist and try to remember what to do. Hear the stories and the lessons learned from an off-field landing following a catastrophic engine failure, engine overheat at night, aircraft icing and more.  With that as a foundation, we will examine a wide variety of inflight emergencies that can occur.  Bridging the gap between training and real-life, we’ll discuss how to better prepare for the unexpected and improve your odds of a successful outcome.    Jason is a seasoned educator with a deep passion for aviation. Jason serves as the Coordinator of Planetarium Operations at the Glastonbury/East Hartford Magnet School and as a flight instructor at Berkshire Aviation.  Both in the classroom and while airborne, Jason uses practical/experiential learning techniques to help his students not only understand the theoretical concept of the lesson, but also the reason behind its importance.  He is based at Great Barrington Airport (KGBR) in Great Barrington, MA.  He holds CFI, CFII, MEI, G, AGI and IGI certificates.

Bryan Kuklinski

"Energy Management for General Aviation"

7/27 at 11:30 am

Loss of control accidents are often related to improper energy management. Runway excursions and stall/spin accidents are examples of mismanaged energy. We will discuss energy awareness and practical applications of energy management.    Bryan Kuklinski "BK" began his aviation pursuits building and flying model rockets and radio controlled airplanes, soloed a Cessna 150 at age 17, and has since become a skilled professional aviator.  Mr. Kuklinski holds an ATP certificate with Citation Excel CE-560EL and Gulfstream G200 type ratings, is a gold seal flight instructor, twice awarded Master CFI, with over 7000 combined hours of ground and flight instruction given, in single and multi-engine airplanes and has volunteered as a FAASTeam representative. Mr. Kuklinski's commitment to excellence in training has made him an industry leader.

Britney Tough

"High Value Instruction: Flight Debriefs"

7/27 at 1:30 pm

Flight debriefs are an important part of training and for providing high value instruction to students of all levels. CFIs Brittney Tough and Tom Dorl from CloudAhoy will discuss how to perform effective and efficient data driven flight debriefs as a useful tool in your CFI arsenal. As the saying goes, you can’t improve what you can’t measure.
Brittney Tough (#213050) is the Head of Marketing at CloudAhoy. She is a commercial rated pilot and CFI flying out of the San Francisco Bay Area. Her next flying goal is a seaplane rating.

Larry Bothe

"Checklists: Airplanes Change But Checklists Don't"

7/28 at 9:30 am

Airplanes change, but the checklist never does. The checklist needs to reflect what is in the airplane today; not when it left the factory. Factory checklists assume the pilot already knows how to fly. Students are lost. Master FCI Larry Bothe will tell you how to create a custom checklist that will make you job as a CFI a whole lot easier, and make your students feel good about themselves. Larry Bothe is a retired DPE, Master Instructor, FAASTeam Representative and Gold Seal Flight Instructor, with 8,000 hours from Spencer Indiana. A US Army veteran, Larry is an independent flight instructor with Cherry Hill Aviation at Freeman Municipal Airport (SER).

John and Martha King

"The Kings on Straight Talk on Aviation Safety"

7/28 at 11:30 am

When we say “safety is our highest priority” do we really mean what we say? Wouldn't grounding the airplane be the safest thing? This startling presentation for all pilots will provide a provocative approach with new concepts, a new vocabulary and fresh insights on the subject of aviation risk management.    
Pilots throughout the world know John and Martha King from their fun video presentations in their courses, and regard them as their personal aviation mentors. The Kings’ use of technology and clear, simple, and fun teaching have made aviation knowledge more accessible to hundreds of thousands of pilots and maintenance technicians.  The Kings’ ongoing love of flying and learning has resulted in their being the first couple to both hold every category and class of FAA rating on their pilot and instructor certificates. Martha is the first and only woman to achieve this complete ratings sweep.   Through the years, the Kings have retained their enthusiasm for flying.  They fly their own Dassault Falcon 10 jet wherever they go, swapping captain and copilot duties on each leg.  John and Martha have had many awards and honors, but they say their greatest honor has been the privilege to play an important role in the lives of so many pilots.

Andrew Dow

"Qualifying Issues for Student Checkrides"

7/28 at 1:30 pm

The basis of this presentation will help flight instructors better prepare their students for their checkrides by learning from common issues on the various pilot practical tests conducted from several different Designated Pilot Examiners from around the nation. Andrew Dow is Assistant Professor of Aviation and Aviation Program Coordinator in Quincy University's aviation degree program at Quincy Regional Airport (UIN).  Additionally, he serves as chief 141 flight instructor and chief 135 charter pilot with Great River Aviation and is a FAASTeam representative in the FAA's Springfield FSDO area. Andrew serves on the Board of Directors for the Illinois Pilots Association and Illinois Aviation Trades Association and is a five-time NAFI Master CFI.

Captain Brian Schiff

"Being and Teaching Pilot in Command"

7/29 at 11:30 am

In the airlines the pilot in command is clear because they have the title Captain. But what about in a general aviation aircraft? Many pilots take for granted what this means and instructors may not cover the unintentional consequences. Capt. Brian Schiff is a captain for a major airline and is type-rated on the Airbus 320, Boeing 727, 757, 767, DC-9 (MD-80), CL-65, LR-JET, and G-V. Schiff’s roots are deeply planted in general aviation where he owns his own Citabria and has flown a wide variety of aircraft.     He has been actively instructing since earning his flight and ground instructor certificates in 1985. Schiff also has been an FAA-designated examiner.    He attended San Jose State University, and earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Aeronautical Science from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and his Masters of Science Degree in Aviation Safety from the University of Central Missouri. He regularly conducts seminars about aviation safety and techniques to student and professional pilots alike.

Ned Parks

"Teaching the Transition Student: Taking a Student from One Category to Another - Rotercraft - Fixed Wing - Glider"

7/29 at 1:30

Taking a student from one category to another - Rotorcraft to Fixed Wing to Glider - and navigating the different regulations and the negative habit transfers.    
Ned Parks, ATP, CFI-H/A, AGI attended the University of Akron and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. He served as a helicopter pilot in the US Army and while there, was on an international training team teaching leadership and flight topics to military students worldwide.

After time as a division manager in a manufacturing firm, Ned spent many years in GA business, owning and operating FBOs, charter operations, flight schools, and corporate flight departments. He has 4,300+ hours, 1,800+ dual given.

Ned now owns Aegis 360™ Consulting, a global business consulting and staff development service that helps organizations improve leadership competencies, discover and align business strategies, and improve culture though employee engagement. He's given over 2,000 presentations to 30,000+ people worldwide and counting.

NAFI Board of Directors Roundtable

7/30 at 9:30 am

Join NAFI board members as they discuss their flight training endeavors and share tips on important lessons they've learned over the years.  They will encourage audience members to join in the discussion giving everyone the chance to learn something new from fellow flight instructors.    


Lauretta Webb Godbey

"What's Your Brand? How to Create and Leverage Your Personal Brand"

7/30 at 11:30

When we think of brands the first thing that often come to mind are brands you love like Ford, Wheaties, Kleenex and others. But what about you, have you ever thought about branding yourself? Join Lauretta in this session and find out how and what it means to a successful flight instruction business. Lauretta is Director of Marketing Communications for NAFI. She runs all aspects of the association’s membership communications programs including direct response marketing campaigns, website development and oversight, content management and strategic planning.  Lauretta previously served as Vice President, Marketing & Public Relations Director at Avemco Insurance Company and spent several years with AOPA, most recently as Program Manager marketing the association’s affinity products and services.  In her spare time, Lauretta volunteers as Director of Marketing Communications for the WINGS Industry Network. In this capacity, she works to build awareness and increased participation in the FAASTeam WINGS Pilot Proficiency Program. She also assists the General Aviation Awards Committee with fundraising and co-producing of the GAALive broadcast.

 Dr. Victor Vogel

"Pilots and Medication"

7/30 at 1:30 pm

There are many misconceptions about medications and flying. What medications are off limits? What about mixing medications?    

 Dr. Victor Vogel is a board-certified and fellowship-trained medical oncologist specializing in breast cancer prevention and treatment. He obtained his medical degree from Temple University School of Medicine, completed his residency at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, and his fellowship in medical oncology at the Johns Hopkins Oncology Center. Dr. Vogel has also served as the National Vice President for Research at the American Cancer Society.

He became a private pilot in 1980, progressing to CFI in 2019 and CFII in 2020. Dr. Vogel is also an AGI and IGI. He has owned a Beech Sierra in the past and most recently a Cirrus SR22 for the past 15 years. He has flown to 40 of the 50 states and serves as a FAASTeam Representative for the Harrisburg FSDO. He is a member of the IFR Magazine Editorial Board. Nearing retirement, Dr. Vogel plans to become a full-time flight instructor and is the founder of Susquehanna STEM to the Skies, an educational foundation that will utilize a full-motion advanced aviation training device as a means to introduce high school youth to aviation as a career opportunity.

Captain Brian Schiff

"The Possible Turn: Engine Failure After Takeoff"

7/31 at 11:30 am

Until recently, conventional training and wisdom dictated that pilots should always land straight ahead when confronted by an engine failure that occurs shortly after takeoff in a Single Engine Airplane.

This controversial topic has been hotly debated since the early days of aviation to the point where turning around to land on the departure runway has been called “the impossible turn.” It can be argued convincingly, however, that there are instances when it would be safer to return to the airport than to land straight ahead following such an engine failure.

The FAA now states matter-of-factly in Advisory Circular 61-83J that “flight instructors should demonstrate and teach trainees when and how to make a safe 180-degree turnback to the field after an engine failure.”

Brian Schiff will discuss the principles involved in returning to the airport safely. It will be based to a large extent on his father, Barry Schiff’s, decades of study and research involving this subject.
 Capt. Brian Schiff is a captain for a major airline and is type-rated on the Airbus 320, Boeing 727, 757, 767, DC-9 (MD-80), CL-65, LR-JET, and G-V. Schiff’s roots are deeply planted in general aviation where he owns his own Citabria and has flown a wide variety of aircraft.     He has been actively instructing since earning his flight and ground instructor certificates in 1985. Schiff also has been an FAA-designated examiner.    He attended San Jose State University, and earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Aeronautical Science from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and his Masters of Science Degree in Aviation Safety from the University of Central Missouri. He regularly conducts seminars about aviation safety and techniques to student and professional pilots alike.

Peg Ballou

"Teaching to the Five Hazardous Attitudes"

7/31 at 1:30 pm

 Peg presents a seminar on how to teach to the five hazardous attitudes - those pesky predisposition's in our character that show up at the most inopportune moments and hamper our ability to learn. We all have them. What's yours, and how do you help a student overcome and deal with theirs? A CFII, Peg Ballou is a Distinguished Flight Instructor from Bucyrus, Ohio, bringing a background of home education and curriculum writing to the aviation realm.