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PCAT to Offer New Owner-Pilot Training

Feb. 12, 2014

In addition to its popular Safety Smackdown event for flight departments, the Texas-based Partnership for Corporate Aviation Training (PCAT) is introducing a new training program this year: a day-long Owner-Flown Symposium.

To be held in San Antonio, TX on June 3 in conjunction with the three-day Safety Smackdown, the new workshop will focus specifically on the training needs of the owner-pilot.

"The new symposium has been designed specifically for the single-pilot aircraft owner, and will feature at least six sessions devoted to training and safety topics of particular relevance to this group of business pilots," said Shelly deZevallos, president of PCAT. "Overall, our Safety Smackdown provides efficient and effective training for flight departments, and we wanted to include the owner-pilot as well."

Symposium sessions will include a presentation on phraseology, a single-pilot roundtable discussion, a tour of the air traffic control tower and ground control simulator at San Antonio International Airport (SAT), and a presentation by air traffic control personnel from the Houston Air Route Traffic Control Center. Additional sessions are being planned.

The cost of the symposium is $150, which includes lunch and the opportunity to attend the rest of the Safety Smackdown, which runs from June 2 to 4.

PCAT is also introducing a new scholarship for young people in grades seven through 12. The new scholarship will enable four students to attend the Ambition program at the National Flight Academy in Pensacola, FL, where they receive nearly a week of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) immersion. PCAT already provides academic scholarships for college students in aviation programs.

"We want to take our education and training one step farther and get kids involved," deZevallos said. "It’s all about the kids.

For more information on the Owner-Flown Symposium, the Safety Smackdown or PCAT scholarships, visit the PCAT website, or contact deZevallos at shellydezevallos@gmail.com.