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Quarterly Gulf Pilot Meet-Up March 2019

March 30, 2019
New Orleans Lakefront Airport
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:

Hot Weather Flying

A significant change occurs when transitioning between operating aircraft in cooler weather months to hot summer months. These changes negatively impact the performance of aircraft as well as human physiology. Weather patterns also change drastically, creating an entirely different set of challenges as opposed to cooler months of the year. Emmet Bartholomew, FAASTeam Representative with give a presentation that will explore these many changes and address risks and means to mitigate such risk.

Flying for a Healthy Gulf

Ensuring that the Gulf of Mexico is protected from pollution and wetland destruction requires constant vigilance and monitoring. Often along the Gulf Coast, the best way to keep an eye out is from the air. Healthy Gulf and Southwings have partnered for years. This collaboration has resulted in cleaning up coal in the Mississippi River, reporting oil and gas leaks to the Coast Guard, and identifying and stopping illegal wetland destruction. In this presentation, Matt Rota of Healthy Gulf (formerly the Gulf Restoration Network) will talk about his organization's work and the importance of Southwings in protecting the Gulf of Mexico.

Attendees will receive Wings Program credit
Refreshments and light lunch provided

Venue Information and Directions

New Orleans Lakefront Airport
6001 Stars and Stripes Boulevard, New Orleans, LA 70126 (504)243-4010
Main Terminal Building, 2nd Floor Main Conference Room

Aircraft fuel available through Signature Flight Support (504-241-2800) and Flightlinefirst (504) 244-4448

Aircraft parking available on the Terminal Building ramp (area noted in green)

Terminal Map for Parking

Driving and flying-in are both available to participants.

If driving, the airport may be accessed from Interstate-10 by either the Morrison Blvd exit or
the Downman Rd exit.  From the Morrison Blvd exit, drive approximately 1 mile to the
intersection of Downman Rd and turn right.  From the Downman Rd exit, remain straight.  At
the very end of Downman Rd, pass beneath the train bridge and turn to the right.  The first left
turn will be the airport terminal building's U shaped parking lot and the main front entrance.

If flying, there are two FBOs on the field.  Both offer full service to aircraft and access to the
terminal building.

The meeting will be held in the main 2nd floor conference room, West side wing of building
that is to the left when entering through the main front entrance way.  There are two sets of
stairs on either side of the main lobby and an elevator on the East side of the lobby that is to
the right when entering through the main front entrance.


Space is limited and registration is required to attend. Please click here to register.

Learn more about our presenters:

Emmet Bartholomew

SouthWings Gulf Region Volunteer Pilot Recruitment / Asst. Chief Instructor Pilot, Gulf Coast Aviation

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.

Matt Rota-LowRes

Matt Rota

Senior Policy Director, Healthy Gulf

Matt is the Senior Policy Director for Healthy Gulf, formerly known as Gulf Restoration Network. Through his work with Healthy Gulf, he advocates for healthy waters throughout the Gulf of Mexico region. He also works with Mississippi River Basin organizations to promote policies that will reduce the Dead Zone-causing pollution flowing to the Gulf of Mexico. Matt currently focuses on water pollution issues in Louisiana, the Mississippi River, and the Gulf of Mexico, working to ensure adequate policies regarding the BP oil drilling disaster, wetlands, water quality, and nitrogen and phosphorus pollution are adopted and implemented in order to protect and restore waters of the Gulf of Mexico region. He has given numerous presentations on water pollution issues including the Dead Zone, sewage pollution, wetlands, and the BP Oil Drilling Disaster, at professional and technical conferences throughout the country. He earned his B.S. in Ecology, Evolutionary, and Organismal Biology from Tulane University and his Masters of Earth and Environmental Resources Management from the University of South Carolina.

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