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Gulf Pilot Meet-Up 08-26-2017

August 16, 2017

Gulf Coast Quarterly Pilot Meet-Up
August 26, 2017
10 am – 12 pm
New Orleans Lakefront Airport

Meet SouthWings’ staff and 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.

Event Location

New Orleans Lakefront Airport (NEW)
We’ll meet in the lobby of the old Army National Guard Hangar (southeast side of airport) managed by Signature FBO.

Aircraft and automobile parking available on West side of the hangar facility.

Signature FBO has agreed to waive ramp fees for those who fly in for the event and those pilots should park their aircraft on the West ramp of the old Army National Guard Hangar ramp.

A tremendous Thank You to Signature FBO for graciously hosting our event.


Pilots Interested in joining SouthWings must meet the following criteria:

  • A love of flying and an interest in conservation.
  • Minimum of 750 hours of Pilot in Command time. (Close to or working towards 750 hours welcome to attend)
  • Own or have regular access to a normal category aircraft.
  • Able to add SouthWings as additionally insured on aircraft policy.
  • Would enjoy working with local grassroots organizations whose mission is to protect and restore our Gulf Coast.
Agenda and Speakers

38745 cropped 2Emmet Bartholomew, SouthWings Gulf Region Volunteer Pilot Recruiter, will host along with Meredith Dowling, Associate Executive Director.

SouthWings’ mission is to protect and restore southeast ecosystems through flight. Meredith will provide an overview of our organization’s history and current programs. Emmet will discuss his experiences as a SouthWings volunteer pilot.

ChanceChanse Watson, Assistant Director of New Orleans Lakefront Airport (NEW) will provide an airfield overview and update on the numerous improvement projects.

Chanse graduated from Louisiana Tech University in 2010 with Bachelor’s degree in Aviation Management with a minor in Business Administration. After graduating college, Chanse worked in Airport Operations at MSY for almost 5 years prior to accepting his current position as the Assistant Director of Lakefront Airport. He is primarily responsible for overseeing the airfield, the Capital Improvement Program, and working with the FAA and State with regards to compliance and funding. Chanse has been flying out of NEW since he was 13 years old and is excited to be back and more importantly, to be a part of the continued growth of the New Orleans Lakefront Airport!

BrianBrian LaFleur, Air Traffic Controller for New Orleans International Airport (MSY) will discuss ATC’s continual efforts and commitment in helping GA pilots remain safe and informed.

Brian “Porkchop” LaFleur’s interest in aviation began as a child.  He earned his Private Pilot Certificate in 1997 while working at an FBO as a lineman in Lafayette, LA (LFT).  He attended college in Pittsburgh, PA in pursuit of a career in Air Traffic Control.  Upon graduation, he taught ATC at the college until being hired in 1999 at Monroe Tower and Approach Control (MLU).  In 2002 he chose New Orleans Tower and Approach Control (MSY) as his new home and has been there since, having earned the distinction of MSY Controller of the Year in 2016.  Each year Brian also works as an air traffic controller at EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, WI and was recognized in 2017, being selected by his peers, as Oshkosh Controller of the Year.

Following the presentations there will be a Q&A session, lunch will be provided, and ATC facility tours offered to interested attendees.


RSVP is required to attend this event.

Please contact Adel Alamo at if you plan to attend no later than Aug. 24, 2017 so that we can have an accurate headcount for the event.

We look forward to having you join us!

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