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Quarterly Gulf Pilot Meet-Up August 2019

August 31, 2019
Galliano, LA
You'll have the opportunity to meet SouthWings’ staff, learn about our programs and partnerships in the Gulf, the work we’re doing to protect and restore our coast, and what you can do to help.
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Louisiana FAA Safety Team (FAASTeam) and SouthWings present:

Mastering Low Level Flying

Operating aircraft “low and slow” during aerial survey flights pose numerous threats such as concerns of terrain, obstacle clearance, passenger distractions, maintaining situational awareness, airspace restrictions, remaining clear of clouds, helicopter traffic, and birds to name just a few of the risks.

Acquiring the aviation knowledge, skill and experience to manage these unique operational risks are specialized. This presentation will provide an overview of the challenges pilots face when conducting flight operations in this type of hazardous environment and will address best practices and techniques to significantly lower these specific types of risks.

Flying for a Vibrant Gulf

Learn how SouthWings works with partners like Restore or Retreat to educate and advocate for a healthy Gulf region where we can all work, play, and live.

Attendees will receive Wings Program credit. Pre-registration is encouraged.
Refreshments and light lunch provided

Venue Information

Flying In

South Lafourche Airport (KGAO)
149 King Air Dr, Galliano, LA 70354 (985) 475-6701
A shuttle will take you to the venue from here.

GAO FBO offering a $0.40 per gallon discount off fuel for all participants

Driving In

Greater Lafourche Port Commission
16829 E Main St, Cut Off, LA 70345 (985) 632-6701


Space is limited and registration with the FAA is encouraged to attend.

Please click here to register.

Learn more about our presenters

Emmet Bartholomew

FAA Safety Team Representative and SouthWings Gulf Region Volunteer Pilot Recruiter

Emmet is a lifelong resident of Southeastern Louisiana. He joined the SouthWings team in 2014, desiring to match his aviation skills and passion to protect the environment. In addition to flying with SouthWings, he is also a corporate pilot with Ochsner Health System / AirMed International, Assistant Chief Pilot with a flight school and Captain, mission pilot, safety officer and instructor pilot with the U.S. Air Force Civil Air Patrol. Emmet is also a volunteer diver with the Audubon Institute Aquarium of the Americas in New Orleans where he helps raise awareness of the fragile wetlands and ecosystem throughout Louisiana. When not in the air or underwater, Emmet enjoys running, hiking, tennis, motorcycling, boating and performing music and stand-up comedy.

Virginia First Flight

Virginia Richard

Gulf Program Manager, SouthWings

Virginia/Pvce-howe joined the SouthWings team in 2019. Virginia/Pvce-howe was born and raised in rural South Louisiana, she has always had a passion for nature. Virginia/Pvce-howe earned a BA in International Studies with a primary concentration in Environment and Development, a secondary concentration in Africa, and a minor in French.

After almost spending the rest of her life in Africa, Virginia/Pvce-howe decided that there truly is no place like home (especially if home is the Southeast). She loves being active in her culture and learning traditional SE Native lifeways as well as Chahta Anumpa (the Choctaw language). The land, water, air, plants, animals, and cultures of the SE hold immeasurable value for Virginia/Pvce-howe. She is excited to work with the pilots, partners, and staff of SouthWings to give our people and environment the respect they deserve!

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