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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 be more successful in their training endeavors. All presentations are WINGS-approved!

Previous broadcasts:

August 17th, 2022 at 8:00 PM Eastern: "Why Do Good Pilots Do Bad Things?" presented by Richard McSpadden, Senior Vice President, AOPA Air Safety Institute

No pilot sets out on a flight seeking calamity. Unfortunately (and particularly in General Aviation), all too often what starts out as a routine flight somehow turns into something that at best, scares the dickens out of us, or at worst, damages people or property. ASI Executive Director Richard McSpadden will review recent accidents, and the elements surrounding them, and discuss why good pilots made bad decisions.

About the presenters:

mcspaddenRichard McSpadden was appointed executive director of the AOPA Air Safety Institute in February 2017 and promoted to senior vice president in July 2020. McSpadden has logged over 5,000 hours flying a variety of civilian and military aircraft. He is a commercial pilot, CFII/MEI with SES and MES ratings and a 525S type rating. He currently owns a 1993 Piper Super Cub.

Prior to joining AOPA, McSpadden had a successful career in the information technology industry, leading large, geographically dispersed operations providing business-critical IT services. McSpadden also served in the Air Force for 20 years, including the prestigious role of commander and flight leader of the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds flight demonstration team where he led over 100 flight demonstrations flying the lead aircraft.

Additionally, McSpadden currently serves as the industry chair for the General Aviation Joint Steering Committee.

 Karen Kalishek

 Karen Kalishek, the NAFI Board Chair, is a Designated Pilot Examiner and independent flight instructor for powered and glider candidates, in a range of aircraft including J-3 Cubs and Cirrus. An ATP-rated pilot and Master Flight Instructor, she is a Major in the Civil Air Patrol (CAP), serving as a volunteer CFI, G1000 instructor, check pilot and examiner, mission pilot, cadet orientation pilot, and as an officer for safety, aerospace education, and public affairs.

She serves as a member of the General Aviation Joint Safety Committee, FAA Surface Safety Group, WINGS Industry Network, and is active in several other aviation organizations. Karen was honored as the 2019 National FAASTeam Representative of the year.


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Mentorlive May 2022May, 2022: "Tragic Air Ambulance Crash at Gillispie Field: What Went Wrong?" presented by John and Martha King

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April, 2022: "Beyond the Basics: Aviation Weather from a Meteorologist’s Perspective" presented by Dr. Trey Cade, Meteorologist, Director, Baylor Institute for Air Science, Director of Aviation Sciences degree program, and, USAF Lt. Colonel, ret.

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