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Quarterly Pilot Meet-up 01/27/2018

January 16, 2018

Quarterly Pilot Meet-Up
January 27, 2018
10 am – 12:30 pm
New Orleans Lakefront Airport

You’ll have the opportunity to 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.


logoFAA@1xFAA Safety Team (FAASTeam) presents:

  • Introduction to the FAASTeam

  • Loss of aircraft control and human factors

Presented by Jeff Rafferty, FAASTeam Program Manager and Mary Donahue, FAASTeam Lead Representative

Attendees will receive Wings Program credit

Also joining us Jay Mize, A&P / IA presenting:

  • Aircraft System Entropy Degradation and Associated Human Factors

Emmet Bartholomew, SouthWings Gulf Region Volunteer Pilot Recruiter, will host.

Venue Information

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


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

Learn more about our speakers:

Jeff Rafferty
FAASTeam Program Manager

About Jeff

BS in Organizational Management
3 years with the FAA as a Principal Maintenance Inspector
Over 20 years of aviation industry experience as:
A&P Technician
Aircraft Inspector
Maintenance Supervisor
Project / Program Manager
Flight Test Coordinator
Maintenance Program Engineer
Quality Control Field Representative
Part 147 A&P School Instructor

Jeff Rafferty is the FAASTeam Program Manager for Louisiana and is based at the Baton Rouge FSDO office. Before joining our FAASTeam, he was a Principal Maintenance Inspector with the FAA between 2015 and 2017 assigned to the Long Beach, CA FSDO office. Prior to that, Jeff had 20 years of experience in the aviation industry which included work as an A&P mechanic, Inspector, Maintenance Supervisor, Project Manager, Flight Test Coordinator, Maintenance Program Engineer, Quality Control Field Representative, and 147 A&P Instructor. Jeff has also worked with 3 corporate jet OEM’s, 3 regional airlines, several large OEM and independent repair stations, a major fractional ownership operator and a state college. Jeff has a Bachelor of Science degree in Organizational Management, an Associates in Applied Science in Aircraft Maintenance Technology and is very excited to return the South where he has he can now focus on the FAASTeam’s aviation safety outreach.

Mary E. Donahue
Lead Representative, FAASTeam

About Mary

BA Anthropology, University of New Orleans
FAR Part 135 Charter Operations at KNEW
First Officer L’Express Airlines
FAA Aviation Safety Inspector

Mary Donahue is a native of New Orleans and is married with two children. She received a BA in Anthropology from the University of New Orleans and began her professional aviation career in 1981 as a CFI, CFII, MEI and ATP. Mary worked with various flight schools, Part 135 charter operations and as a First Officer with L’Express Airlines at Lakefront Airport. In 1997 she became a FAA Aviation Safety Inspector working with the Baton Rouge FSDO office where she retired from in 2014. Mary is now is the Lead Representative with the Louisiana FAASTeam.

Jay Mize
A&P / IA

About Jay

United States Navy Veteran
Airframe and Powerplant Certified
Inspector Authorization Privilege
Embry Riddle Aeronautical University / Liberty University, BS – Aviation Maintenance Management

Jay Mize has over 25 years of experience maintaining the safety and well-being of aircraft crews and passengers. Jay joined the U.S. Navy in 1993 where he served as an aircraft powerplant mechanic for a FA-18C squadron based in Japan. Following a honorabe discharge, Jay continued his education at Hinds College in Raymond, MS where he earned his Airframe and Powerplant certificate. Jay continued his career as a mechanic, inspector, and supervisor for national defense contractors and worked with L-3 Communications as an Aviation Maintenance Business Planner. In 2014 Jay relocated to the New Orleans area where he worked with Butler Aviation in Houma, Louisiana as their Director of Maintenance then upon receiving an opportunity with L-3 Communications, Jay returned as an Aircraft Field Engineer where he supported maintenance efforts in Afghanistan. In 2016 Jay accepted a position as a Line Station Mechanic with Corporate Flight Management for the FLY GLO operation at New Orleans International Airport where he supported maintenance efforts for SAAB 340B aircraft. He was promoted to Line Station Maintenance Supervisor and continued with Corporate Flight Management following FLY GLO’s bankruptcy, supporting CFM’s essential Air Service Maintenance Line Station in Macom, GA. Jay continued his education through Liberty University, majoring in Aviation Maintenance Management and has supported Gulf Coast Aviation Flight School at Lakefront Airport as a maintenance contractor.

Emmet Bartholomew
Gulf Region Volunteer Pilot Recruitment

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 an airline pilot, 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.

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