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Quarterly Gulf Pilot Meet-Up 12/08/2018

December 3, 2018

SouthWings Quarterly Gulf Pilot Meet-Up
featuring the FAA Louisiana FAASTeam
December 8, 2018
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
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.

Louisiana FAA Safety Team (FAASTeam) and logoFAA@1xSouthWings present:


Mastering Aerial Survey Flight Ops

Best Practices in the Safe Operation of Aircraft at Lower Altitudes and Airspeeds
From the beginning of flight training, pilots are taught that altitude is their friend. There are many operations, however, that dictate aircraft be flown at lower altitudes and lower airspeeds. This type of flying is not limited to crop dusters, mosquito control or pipeline inspection pilots but to any who have a need to utilize aircraft for photography / filmography, aerial survey or mere sightseeing.

Operating aircraft “low and slow” during aerial survey flights pose numerous threats not otherwise encountered. Concerns of terrain, obstacle clearance, passenger distractions, maintaining situation awareness, airspace restrictions, remaining clear of clouds, helicopter traffic and birds are just a few of the specialized risks associated with this type of operation.

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.

Aviation and Conservation: How You and Your Aircraft are the Key to the Solution.

Some of the biggest environmental challenges and opportunities are here in our back yard. One of the most important keys to the solution is opening the eyes of community leaders and policy makers to view the task from a vantage point only general aviation can provide. This presentation will show you new missions for you and your aircraft that will contribute to solving some of our toughest challenges. At the end of the presentation we will briefly discuss some points of interest and important waypoints for flight safety.

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

Click to learn more about Emmet

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.

Richie Blink
Plaquemines Parish Community Outreach Coordinator, National Wildlife Federation

Click to learn more about Richie

Richie Blink has spent a lifetime in the wetlands of the Mississippi River Delta studying its wetlands, people, and economy. He works to ensure widespread support of its restoration. He has organized grassroots wetland restoration efforts that resulted in the planting of more than 15,000 cypress trees to reverse land loss and reduce storm surge near his home south of New Orleans. He is a former board member of the Woodlands Conservancy, a nonprofit land trust organization focused on preservation of Louisiana’s coastal forest ecosystems and a board member of the Plaquemines Association of Business and Industry where he served as the coastal chair and sits on the workforce development committee. Richie is a founding member of New Harmony High, a high school that merges student-centered learning with the fundamental environmental and economic challenges facing south Louisiana. In his free time he guides motorboat tours into Louisiana’s coastal wetlands. Always exploring, Richie holds a private pilot license and is a US Coast Guard licensed 100 ton Master.

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