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HOST A RUSTY PILOTS SEMINAR How to Host a Seminar

SEMINAR HOSTS Wanted for SPRING 2018!

Rusty Pilots is still looking for hosts in these areas!

January – March (Q1)

  • Jackson, MI

April - June (Q2)

  • Des Moines, IA
  • Kansas City, MO
  • Omaha, NE
  • St. Louis, MO
  • Wichita, KS

July-December seminar locations to be released in April!

Rusty Pilots is still looking for hosts in these areas!

April - June (Q2)

  • Albany, NY
  • Buffalo/ Rochester/ Syracuse, NY
  • New York City, NY
  • Philadelphia, PA
  • Providence, RI
  • Worchester/ Boston, MA

July-December seminar locations to be released in April!

Rusty Pilots is still looking for hosts in these areas!

January – March (Q1)

  • Atlanta, GA
  • Birmingham, AL
  • Charleston, SC
  • Columbia, SC
  • Greensboro/ Winston Salem, NC
  • Huntsville, AL
  • Knoxville, TN
  • Little Rock, AR
  • Memphis, TN
  • Miami, FL
  • Pensacola/ Fort Walton, FL
  • Raleigh, NC
  • Savannah, GA
  • Springdale, AR

April - June (Q2)

  • Arlington/ Alexandria, VA
  • Charleston, SC
  • Charlotte/ Fayetteville, NC
  • Huntington/ Charleston, WV
  • Louisville, KY
  • Miami, FL
  • New Orleans, LA
  • Virginia Beach, VA

July-December seminar locations to be released in April!

Rusty Pilots is still looking for hosts in these areas!

January – March (Q1)

  • Lubbock, TX
  • Oklahoma City, OK
  • Phoenix, AZ
  • Tucson, AZ

April - June (Q2)

  • Midland/ Odessa, TX
  • Prescott, AZ
  • Tulsa, OK

July-December seminar locations to be released in April!

Rusty Pilots is still looking for hosts in these areas!

January – March (Q1)

  • Las Vegas, NV

April - June (Q2)

  • Bend, OR
  • Denver, CO
  • Fresno, CA
  • Los Angeles, CA
  • Reno, NV
  • Salt Lake City, UT
  • San Francisco, CA

July-December seminar locations to be released in April!

Get lapsed pilots back into the left seat.

Many pilots stop flying at some point. Family and work obligations, financial constraints, health issues—these are just a few of the reasons pilots may take a break from aviation. But many of these lapsed pilots are eager to fly again. You can help them get back in the air by hosting a Rusty Pilots seminar—at virtually no cost to you.

Rusty Pilots Need You!

AOPA research shows there are hundreds of thousands of inactive pilots—and most of them want to get back into the cockpit. By reaching out and inviting them to rejoin the aviation community, you can help these lapsed pilots get back into flying.

Growth at No Cost to You

At no cost to you, AOPA will provide an instructor who will deliver an engaging multi-media presentation. We’ll also provide take-home materials for each participant. PLUS, we’ll help market the Rusty Pilots seminar by putting our database to work, reaching out to inactive pilots within 75 miles of your location. The instructor will also support your promotion efforts before and after the presentation.

How does it work?

The Rusty Pilots seminar program has grown tremendously in the past few years. For 2018, AOPA has pinpointed some of the most densely concentrated areas of lapsed pilots in the country. We're looking to serve those areas!
Here’s what to expect as you prepare to hold a Rusty Pilots seminar:

  • Find out if your school or club is in one of our upcoming Rusty Pilots locations for 2018 and review the requirements of being a host in our MOU. If your school or club is within 100 miles from any of the cities listed, submit your application to host a seminar.
  • If your school or club is selected as the seminar host for your city, AOPA will contact you to confirm your information and set a date for your presentation.
  • Complete the MOU (Memorandum of Understanding) form and send it to AOPA to lock in your presentation date.
  • Once your date is locked in, you will receive the following from AOPA:
      • A custom registration link for your participants;
      • Immediate online access to the Rusty Pilots handouts for you to preview;
      • Marketing support from AOPA. We will email seminar invitations to inactive pilots within 75 miles of your facility and list the event on FAASafety.gov;
      • An AOPA instructor with an interactive multi-media presentation, including handouts and valuable information your audience will need to get back in the cockpit;
      • Follow up support. The AOPA instructor will guide you on how to most effectively follow up with attendees using templates and other resources available to you online.

Frequently Asked Questions

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO HOST A RUSTY PILOTS SEMINAR?

Next to nothing! All you have to provide is a facility to host a seminar, tables and chairs for participants, a screen and speakers for the presentation, and refreshments.

Can I hold Rusty Pilots at a location other than the local airport?

Generally speaking, attendees at Rusty Pilots seminars have been out of aviation for more than 2 years – some even up to 30 years! We want attendees to have the opportunity to see the planes and “smell the avgas” again. For this reason, AOPA requires Rusty Pilots presentations to be held at a publicly accessible on-airport location. Such locations might include a large conference room, classroom or even a hangar.

What material is required to teach the class?

We’ll provide all the materials for the class, including high quality Resource Guides and Scenario Handouts for each attendee. You have the option of providing brochures or other information about your school or club.

WHO WILL PRESENT MY RUSTY PILOTS SEMINAR? 

Our AOPA instructors are CFIs and AGIs who have been hand-selected to present the material to your participants in a fun, engaging way that will encourage them to complete their flight review and get back in the air with your flight instructors. Meet our seminar instructors.

HOW LONG IS THE SEMINAR? 

The presentation was designed to be completed in three hours, but we encourage you to spend some time before and after the seminar to get to know your attendees.

WHAT TYPE OF MATERIAL WILL BE PRESENTED? 

Rusty Pilots was designed to address the major areas covered in the Flight Review. It's designed to follow a scenario-based approach of a typical VFR cross-country flight from pre-flight to landing. Major topic areas include:

  • Airport Operations
  • Radio Communications
  • Airspace
  • Weather reports and forecasts
  • Regulations

Can I charge for the presentation?

The Rusty Pilots seminar is a free benefit of AOPA membership. Non-members can take the seminar and become members for $69. No other fees can be charged for the seminar, but you can charge for any additional training at your standard rates.

WILL THE AOPA INSTRUCTOR LOG THE GROUND TRAINING FOR EACH RUSTY PILOT? 

Yes. Each participant will receive a ground log sticker for the approximate 3 hours of instruction provided by the AOPA Instructor. The ground training is an incentive for rusty pilots to overcome the flight review hurdle, as well as an encouragement to complete the flight portion with your facility. While the Rusty Pilots presentation meets the minimum requirement of FAR 61.56 for one hour of ground instruction, it is the final authority of the flight instructor completing the review in the airplane to identify the rusty pilot as safe.

CAN ANY FLIGHT SCHOOL OR FLYING CLUB HOST A RUSTY PILOTS SEMINAR? 

Usually. The purpose of Rusty Pilots is to encourage the completion of a flight review for pilots whose experience has lapsed. Your facility should be at an airport, must have aircraft available for rental and flight instructors on staff. In addition, flying clubs must be accepting new members You must also have adequate space to present to a group of at least 35 pilots.

I’D LIKE TO SEE THE PRESENTATION BEFORE I COMMIT, CAN I HAVE A COPY? 

We have a collection of sample slides to give you an idea of what to expect from the seminar. Feel free to review them as you make a decision about hosting a seminar.

WHAT CAN I DO TO GET THE MOST FROM MY PRESENTATION? 

A room full of lapsed pilots is a great opportunity to promote your school or club! Make sure your brochures are up-to-date and available. Have information about your rates and instructors available. Add a little incentive by offering a special promotion just for attending the Rusty Pilots seminar.

CAN I ONLY HOLD ONE SEMINAR?

No, but you must complete a new application form if you wish to host again. This gives your local pilot community multiple opportunities to attend and helps spread the word about your school or club!

HOW ARE HOSTS CHOSEN?

Our staff will consider all applications for hosts located within 100 miles of the published locations. The facility with the most potential for a successful seminar will be chosen.

HOW ARE SEMINAR LOCATIONS SELECTED?

Our team reviewed and selected areas in the country with the most need for an in-person Rusty Pilots seminar. The cities that were selected each had a high concentration of lapsed pilots in the surrounding areas. Of course, we can't always predict Mother Nature, but we did take into consideration the local climate – we avoided mid-summer seminars in the deep south and winter seminars in the north.

HOW DO I GET AOPA TO CONSIDER HAVING A RUSTY PILOTS SEMINAR IN MY CITY?

Let us know! We'll do the research and consider new locations in our planning for 2019.