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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:

December 20, 2023, at 8 p.m. ET: Adverse Weather-Perception Versus Reality, Presentation by Danny Sims & Ian Johnson (FAA)


Presenter Biographies: 

Dr. Ian Johnson is an Engineering Psychologist with the FAA Weather Research Branch of the Aviation Weather Division. He currently serves as the Human Factors Lead and General Aviation subject matter expert on the Weather Technology in the Cockpit program. Dr. Johnson has over 20 years’ experience in Human Factors Engineering/System Safety of various cockpit display systems and user interfaces. Experience ranges from lead Human Factors Engineer, Staff Human Factors Engineer of Presidential Helicopter program, and technical contributor to RTCA  SAE special committees. Dr Johnson holds a Ph.D. in Psychology with an emphasis in Cognition and Instruction from Grand Canyon University, a Master of Aeronautical Science in Aviation/Aerospace Safety Systems, a Master of Aeronautical Science in Human Factors in Aviation Systems, a Bachelor of Science Degree in Human Factors Psychology, from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University. Additionally, Dr. Johnson holds a General Aeronautical Engineering certificate and is a Single and Multi-Engine Airplane pilot.

Mr. Danny Sims is a Physical Scientist with the FAA Weather Research Branch of the Aviation Weather Division. He currently leads the Inflight Icing, and the Model Development and Enhancement weather research projects under the FAA’s Aviation Weather Research Program. He has over 30 years’ experience in aviation weather including weather product integration into the Traffic Flow Management System and test and evaluation of aviation weather products at the FAA William J. Hughes Technical Center working with air traffic controllers, flight services, dispatchers, pilots and aviation meteorologists. He also served outside of weather activities for 6 years responsible for sustainment of the Traffic Flow Management System at the Air Traffic Control System Command Center gaining a unique perspective into the daily balancing of air traffic demand and capacity across the National Airspace System. Prior to joining the FAA, Mr. Sims served as a weather officer in the US Air Force providing operational weather forecasting services and leading research and development efforts. He holds a BA in Environmental Science from the University of Virginia and a BS and MS in Meteorology from the Pennsylvania State University.




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