|By Carmelo Turdo|
Awardees Esther Grupenhagen and Robert McDaniel with FAA Program Manager
Phil Dixon (center)
The venue, Tegeler Hall's T.A. Carlo Auditorium, is located on the campus of St. Louis University, home of Parks College of Engineering, Aviation and Technology. Many attendees were current or former students of Parks College, the first federally certified school of aviation. The Parks College flight training program is conducted at their facility at St. Louis Downtown Airport.
The Super Safety Seminar featured an exhibit area in the hall outside of the auditorium. Attendees networked with St. Louis area aviation organizations, including Parks College and Trans States Airlines shown below. There was also room in the lobby to enjoy complimentary breakfast and lunch provided by event sponsors.
|Students network around the Parks College table|
|Trans States Airlines Pilot/Recruiter Captain Lee Moseley and Recruiter Kasia Segieda|
|Trans States Airlines First Officer/Recruiter Patrick Russell meets with a young pilot|
FAA Safety Program Manager Phil Dixon (left), a principle coordinator of the event, introduced the presenters and also conducted several sessions himself each day. Other speakers represented aviation safety investigation, operations and maintenance, regional and major airlines, flight instruction, ADS-B avionics and air traffic control among other critical aviation industry segments. Most of the sessions were scenario-based, group discussions guided by a subject expert to the recommended solution or outcome. The exercise of thinking through a challenging situation helps to implant the lesson learned as if the participant was part of the solution, not the problem.
Some of the presenters included:
|Fred Harms, Former FAA Safety Program Manager|
|Jeff Edwards, President of AvSafe|
|Kase McDonald, St. Louis TRACON Air Traffic Control Manager|
|Captain Craig O'Mara, United Airlines and NASA SOFIA pilot|
|William Hopper, Director of Training for Helicopters Inc.|
|Keith Mueller, Former Central Region Division Manager for American Airlines|
|John Ladley, Certified Flight Instructor and Stearman Owner|
The FAA Wright Brothers Master Pilot Awards were presented to Esther Grupenhagen and Robert McDaniel following the Saturday sessions. Both awardees were recognized for their 50 years of safe flying experience.
Federal Aviation Administration FAAST Safety Team
Greater St. Louis Flight Instructors Association
Greater St. Louis Business Aviation Association
Missouri Pilots Association
Southwestern Illinois College
Trans States Airlines
St. Charles Flying Service
Women In Aviation
The Aero Experience will have more reporting on the 2018 St. Louis Super Safety Seminar in future posts.