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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!

Upcoming broadcast:

October 19, 2022, at 8 p.m. ET: “Glider Concepts for Powered Flight Training” presented by Scott Manley, CFI-G

This broadcast is sponsored by Elixir Aircraft

As aircraft pilots, we are all subject to the same physical laws, we operate in the same natural environment, and to varying degrees, we all depend on the same knowledge, understanding, skills, and attitudes. That said, in the absence of thrust, soaring pilots, by necessity, tend to develop a deeper, more extensive, and sometimes unique understanding of some important flight-related concepts and skills, including airmanship, energy management, situational awareness, aeronautical decision making, etc. As purveyors of these concepts and skills, it seems this additional perspective would benefit us and, by extension, our clients.  This presentation seeks that end.

About the presenters:

Scott Manley has an undergraduate degree in secondary education and more than 50 years of teaching experience.  He provides year-round simulation-based flight instruction at-a-distance (Condor/Skype) to glider rating candidates nationwide and consultation services to flight training organizations and individuals interested in adopting this paradigm.  He holds Certificated Flight Instructor privileges for the glider category.  The back of his pilot certificate reads Commercial pilot: airplane single-engine land & sea; instrument airplane; glider.

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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