A special thanks to all our 2016 Aeronautics Safety Day Speakers.

Ken RamsayKen Ramsay, Keynote Speaker

Topic: "Checklists, Checklists, Checklists." At the 2016 Aeronautics Safety Day, Ken spoke about his experiences flying the F-100 Super Sabre and the importance of following checklists. War stories from Vietnam were interspersed throughout the talk. Attendees learned from this veteran aviator why checklists are so vital to a safe operation!


photo 2016 Aeronautics Safety Day speaker Connie AtlagovichConnie Atlagovich, Frontline Manager, Cleveland Air Traffic Control Center

Topic: "Keeping the skies safe." At the 2016 Aeronautics Safety Day, Connie discussed two vital components of air traffic safety; Air Traffic Safety Action Program (ATSAP), the controller self-reporting program, and "Turn off, Tune in" texting/phone awareness in control room. From her positions as an air traffic controller and as a front line manager, Connie gave you first-hand experiences that gave you a better understanding of these programs and their value in today's industry.


photo 2016 Aeronautics Safety Day speaker Ciro AttardoCiro Attardo, Captain United Parcel Services (UPS)

Topic: "Avoiding the Danger Zone" At the 2016 Aeronautics Safety Day, Ciro exposed you to the hazards of the most dangerous period in a pilot's career. His talk will focused on the four major threats to the inexperienced pilot. Using his experiences, statistics, and his captivating energy as a speaker, this was an exciting session!


photo 2016 Aeronautics Safety Day speaker Nick BelluardoNick Belluardo, Airport Manager, Jefferson County Regional Airport

Topic: "Airport Operations Safety" At the 2016 Aeronautics Safety Day, Nick discussed the preventative and reactive side of airport safety, and taught attendees how to use information gathered from accidents and incidents to help mitigate future problems.


James Bufalino, FedEx Express

James Bufalino, FedEx Express

Topic: "International Operations" At the 2016 Aeronautics Safety Day, Jim discussed international flight operations; North-Atlantic Track, Flying the Pacific, position reporting, communications barriers, and much more! Jim gave you the insight necessary to prepare yourself for a future career in global operations.


photo 2016 Aeronautics Safety Day speaker John Dye holding model airplane

John Dye, Captain United Airlines, Owner Bad Attitude Aviator Training Company

At the 2016 Aeronautics Safety Day, John presented two topics.
Topic: "Stall/Spin Awareness & Recovery" Learn from master flight instructors about the scenarios that lead to stalls and spins. Learn how to avoid these situations and to properly recover if you find yourself in an inadvertent stall or spin. The goal is "to make you the safest and most proficient pilot you can be."
Topic: "Upset Recovery Training" Finding yourself in an unusual attitude due to wake turbulence, adverse weather, or spatial disorientation, learn how to properly exit these conditions safely. This is great information overall and is a must for professional aviators!


Kevin Fetsko, Goodyear Tire & Rubber CompanyKevin Fetsko, Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company (confirmed for 2017 Aeronautics Safety Day)

Topic: "IS-BAO & Safety Management Systems (SMS)" At the 2016 Aeronautics Safety Day, Kevin discussed the International Standard for Business Aviation Organizations (IS-BAO) and Safety Management Systems (SMS) and how they fit into the corporate environment. Kevin shared his first-hand experiences and how these standards and systems fit into their daily operation. Attendees enjoyed his passion for what he does and his dedication to safety.


Major Brian Hodor, USAFMajor Brian Hodor, USAF

Topic: "Mid-Air Collision Avoidance (MACA)" At the 2016 Aeronautics Safety Day, Chris (Lt Col Chris "ZMAN" Zwetzig) and Brian discussed the missions of the 910th Air Lift Wing, what they fly, where they go, and they types of operations they conduct. Since they operate at low level, they are genuinely interested in sharing Mid-Air Collision Avoidance information with the general public. If you've ever heard the callsign "Vader" these are the guys! Attendees were asked to come "jump into the cockpit", hear what it's like to fly their missions, and learned how to safely share the skies!


Duane R. Kinney, Air Traffic ControllerDuane R. Kinney, Air Traffic Controller

Topic: “ATC Maintaining a safe National Airspace System” At the 2016 Aeronautics Safety Day, Duane spoke about how Air Traffic Controllers continually train on maintaining a safe NAS. He discussed the multiple resources available to controllers and the various tools used to stay aware of local and national safety trends. Time permitting, Duane included Class B airspace services available to pilots.


Jim Sebastian, Southwest AirlinesJim Sebastian, Southwest Airlines (confirmed for 2017 Aeronautics Safety Day)

Topic: "Pilot actions and responsibilities during abnormal and emergency events." At the 2016 Aeronautics Safety Day, Jim discussed the proper actions a pilot needs to take to successfully handle any abnormal or emergency situations including sequence of priorities, checklist usage, risk & resource management (RRM), crew communications and task management.


photo 2016 Aeronautics Safety Day speaker Dr. Ray SteinhauserDr. Ray Steinhauser, FAA Senior Aviation Medical Examiner (AME)

Topic: "Protecting your Medical Certificate - The Impact of a DUI" At the 2016 Aeronautics Safety Day, Dr. Steinhauser discussed the common causes for losing a medical certificate and how to avoid those situations. His talk was based on years of experience and issuing over 1,000 FAA Medical Certificates every year. This valuable information helped attendees protect a document that is so vital to their career and passion for flying.


Col Chris Zwetzig, USAFRCol Chris Zwetzig, USAFR

Topic: "Mid-Air Collision Avoidance (MACA)" At the 2016 Aeronautics Safety Day, Chris and Major Brian Hodor discussed the missions of the 910th Air Lift Wing, what they fly, where they go, and they types of operations they conduct. Since they operate at low level, they are genuinely interested in sharing Mid-Air Collision Avoidance information with the general public. If you've ever heard the callsign "Vader" these are the guys! Attendees were asked to come "jump into the cockpit", hear what it's like to fly their missions, and learned how to safely share the skies!