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CFIT and LOC-Inflight followed by Communications at a Towered Airport
Discussion of Several Flight Risk Areas by Diego Alfonso, Founder of Flying Colors Training Solutions
Date and Time:
Thursday, October 20, 2022, starting at 19:00 Eastern Daylight Time Download Calendar File
Diego Alfonso
Brief Description:

Controlled Flight into Terrain (CFIT) refers to accidents in which there was an in-flight collision with terrain, water, or obstacle, without indication of loss of control. The critical distinction in these types of accidents is the fact that the aircraft was under the control of the pilot at the time of the collision.  Although CFIT is not the most frequent of accident categories, such accidents account for a substantial number of fatalities. 

Loss of Control In-flight (LOC-I) remains one of the most significant contributors to fatal accidents worldwide. LOC-I refers to accidents in which the pilot was unable to maintain control of the aircraft in flight, resulting in an unrecoverable deviation from the intended flight path.

LOC-I can result from a range of interferences including engine failures, icing, or stalls. It is one of the most complex accident categories, involving numerous contributing factors that act individually or, more often, in combination. Reducing this accident category, through understanding of causes and possible intervention strategies, is an industry priority.

Mastering two-way radio communications with ATC, especially at a towered airport getting ready for departure, or during cruise, arrival at the terminal area and conducting an approach to landing is a most for all pilots, it’s just as important as flying itself.

There are certain tips that are extremely helpful depending on the type of environment you’re in. This presentation addresses ways to ease the load when at a Towered Airport, as well as no radio, NORDO, procedures in that type of environment whether on the ground or airborne.

Please join us in this FREE two-hour presentation, and bring some questions with you

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Location of Seminar:
Skyborne Airline Academy
3530 Cherokee Drive
Classroom M
Vero Beach, FL 32960
Directions to Venue:

Each meeting is held in a classroom inside the Skyborne Airline Academy maintenance hangar, which is located just west of the Vero Beach Regional Airport Main Terminal Bldg. Enter through the west side of the hangar, meeting is in Classroom M. Plenty of parking for cars and aircraft. For those of you flying in, park by the C.J. Cannon's restaurant at main terminal and walk west 100 yards.

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Fly-in Seminar?:
50 seats at the facility, 47 remaining for online registration.
Registration Information:
Sponsoring Division:
Orlando FSDO FAA Safety Team
Contact Information:
Phone: (772) 812-1861
Additional Event Information & Acknowledgement of Industry Sponsor(s):

The Treasure Coast FAASTeam gratefully acknowledges the generous support of Skyborne Airline Academy for providing the use of a classroom and media equipment for our monthly Thursday evening FAASTeam seminars.

Diego Alfonso is a dynamic and experienced speaker! He is a former Airline Pilot, Part 135 Chief Pilot, Corporate Pilot, Part 141 Chief Flight Instructor and more recently a retired FAA Aviation Safety Inspector and is currently a Designated Pilot Examiner out of the Orlando FSDO. Mr. Alfonso is a flight instructor and a former Pilot Examiner with over 6,000 check rides conducted, the founder of Flying Colors Training Solutions and has in excess of 26,000 hours of flight time, with over 13,000 hours of instruction given and 16,000 hours in ground instruction. He holds an ATP, Gold Seal CFI-A, CFI-I, CFI-ME, Aviation Mechanic.  In 1998 Mr. Alfonso was Flight Instructor of the year within the FAA Orlando FSDO region, in 1999 he was awarded Flight Instructor of the year within the FAA’s US Southern Region. Additionally in 2004, he was named the FAA’s Florida Aviation Safety Counselor of the Year. Diego also has a great web site covering many topics of his presentations: www.flyingcolorstrainingsolutions.com

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Equal Access Information:
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Credit Applicability:
1 Credit for Basic Knowledge Topic 1
Advanced WINGS
1 Credit for Advanced Knowledge Topic 2
FAASTeam Project Information:
NPP13, NPP15 et al
National Project:
Any Safety Event held based upon data/risk
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