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The Fastest Growing Pilot Demographic Is Age 70+. Is There Such A Thing As An "Average" Older Pilot?
Wednesday, September 20, 2023, 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM EDT
Category: MentorLIVE

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MentorLIVE is a monthly, live-streaming broadcast that airs on the third Wednesday each month at 8:00 PM Eastern. These programs feature subject matter experts from many aspects of the flight instruction industry to help CFIs succeed in their training endeavors. All presentations are WINGS-approved!

Upcoming broadcast:

September 20, 2023, at 8 p.m. ET: The Fastest Growing Pilot Demographic Is Age 70+.  Is There Such A Thing As An "Average" Older Pilot? Presentation by NAFI Board Member Dr. Victor Vogel

The fastest growing population among pilots has been in the age group 70 years and older. We will ask, “to what extent does age impact the performance of the average pilot, and is there such a thing as an average older pilot?” We will review how CFIs can focus our efforts on improving the safety of flying by assisting the more than 200,000 pilots aged 60 years and older to maintain proficiency, to recognize cognitive and physiological deficiencies as they arise, to regularly reevaluate their personal minimums, and to adjust their flying to accommodate the inevitable changes that occur with aging. If CFIs and older pilots do this together, we can continue to fly safely in our golden years.


Presenter Biography: 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.

A pilot since 1980, Dr. Vogel holds a CFII, AGI, and IGI.  He has owned a Beech Sierra and for the past 15 years a Cirrus SR22. He has flown to 40 of the 50 states and serves as a FAASTeam Representative. 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 to introduce high school youth to aviation as a career opportunity.


Aaron Dabney NAFI BODHost Biography: Aaron Dabney is a five-time Master Flight Instructor.  A pilot since 2000, he has been an active flight instructor since 2009 and owns & operates Waco Flight Training in Waco, Texas.  He earned his Bachelor of Arts and Master of Science in Education degrees from Baylor University.

Aaron is an active NAFI volunteer, serving on the Board of Directors and coordinating the MentorLIVE program.  He has served since 2010 as an adjunct lecturer in Baylor University's Aviation Science program, where he teaches the introductory survey course as well as the flight instructor course.



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