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Welcome to the Progressive Aviation Services, LLC Seminars Page. P.A.S. will be conducting seminars periodically and all the details will be posted here.


We invite you to attend this upcoming seminar/clinic.  This will be the only presentation of this material in 2013, and no subsequent Clinics are being planned for 2014 at this time.  So, don’t miss your chance to come join us for some great learning and camaraderie among like-minded pilots.  


This Clinic is open to anyone interested in the current and ever-changing evolution of IFR technologies, IFR Best Practices, a deeper understanding of the “Fine Print” that underlies all IFR operations, WAAS operations & principles, and/or anyone just looking for an in-depth IFR refresher.  For some portions, I’ll specifically discuss the Garmin 400W/500W & GTN-650/750 series, G500-G1000W & Perspective, Avidyne Entegra & R9, and Aspen avionics (as required).  While you may notice from my website that I primarily specialize in Cirrus aircraft, this seminar is not necessarily Cirrus-specific and is open to anyone. Past seminars/clinics I’ve taught have had in attendance pilots flying a wide variety of aircraft, including: Cirrus, Piper Mirage/Meridian/Matrix, Bonanza/Baron, Citation, Mooney, various Single & Twin Cessna, Experimental & even helicopters (etc).  So, invite your flying buddies to join you, regardless of what they are flying.

Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013
Feel free to arrive early. Seminar begins at 9:30am. End time will be flexible to accommodate questions, etc., but should wrap up by 4:00-4:30pm.

Williamsport, PA Airport (KIPT).  Pennsylvania College of Technology building – 500 Airport Ave. Montoursville, PA 17754.
Conveniently located in the Central Pennsylvania, Williamsport is under an hour of flying time from several major metropolitan areas in the eastern US (including New York City, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Washington D.C., Baltimore, and all of upstate NY, etc.).

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The Williamsport Regional Assoc. of Pilots (WRAP) will be our host for this Clinic.  Learn more about WRAP at: http://williamsportpilots.org/

We are proud to have NexAir Avionics of Mansfield, MA as this Clinic’s sponsor.  NexAir does all manned of avionics work, but specializes in major avionics makeovers to both old and young aircraft alike.  I’ve dealt personally with NexAir and owner, Dave Fetherston, on avionics upgrade projects for my clients.  His work is outstanding, as is his customer service. Check out NexAir’s website for more info: www.nexairavionics.com

An overnight stay is not required to attend this seminar.  However, if you prefer to arrive the night before, leave the following morning, or make a vacation out of your trip to Williamsport, there are a wide variety of lodging choices available.  We suggest:

Marriott Residence Inn – 150 West Church Street · Williamsport, PA 17701

This hotel offers a free shuttle to/from the Williamsport Regional Airport. A block of rooms has been arranged for those attending this seminar and/or the COPA CDM (on Sun. 10-20).  The following web page can be used to make your reservation: http://cwp.marriott.com/iptri/ifrcdm

Williamsport is right outside your door when you stay at the Residence Inn by Marriott Williamsport in the city's central business district. Our all-suite hotel is located within walking distance of downtown Williamsport attractions such as Lycoming College.  This hotel offers a choice of studio, one and two bedroom suites, all equipped with kitchens with full-size appliances and modern interior decor. Included are free high-speed internet access, daily hot breakfast buffet, evening socials, barbeque area and heated indoor pool.

Coffee, tea, and other beverages will be available at no charge. Show up early, socialize and have a cup of java!  Lunch arrangements are also included at no charge.  A cold buffett lunch will be catered directly to the class room facility. Other breaks will be taken, as necessary, throughout the training for rest room visits, snacks, etc.

Williamsport Regional (KIPT):  The airport is a controlled field within Class D airspace. Radar services are provided throughout the area.  IPT has a small amount of regional airline traffic, but is not a busy airport, per se.  IPT has multiple long runways and is equipped with many approaches, including an ILS approaches and multiple GPS approaches (including WAAS approaches).  Energy Aviation is the only FBO, is located on the west apron, and provides typical FBO services and fuel sales.  Clinic parking is adjacent to the Penn College of Technology off of Taxiway Alpha (see diagram below).

The AirNav.com page for this airport is: http://www.airnav.com/airport/KIPT.

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The Penn College of Technology Aviation Center has a paved parking lot. It’s an easy drive in from all directions and specific driving directions can be found at maps.google.com or other internet mapping services.  Enter your departure point address and 500 Airport Ave., Montoursville, PA 17754 for the destination address.

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$195.00 for those who pre-register. Those who invite a “friend” to attend will received a $25.00 discount (a “friend” is defined as any non-WRAP-member arriving with you, in the same vehicle – including, but not limited to, plane, car, boat, helicopter, motorcycle, airship, or tandem bicycle!).  $250.00 at the door (if any slots remain available).  Space is limited and slots will be reserved on a first come, first serve basis.

Simply email me at matt@progaviation.com or call 414-339-4990. In my personal reply to you, I will be asking you to pre-pay via check or money-order in order to reserve your slot and to allow me to have the most accurate head-count possible. However, checks will be held until pre-registration closes (two weeks prior to Clinic) or all slots are full. I will provide all the necessary information. I welcome any and all feedback. If you know other pilots who you think might like to attend, please don’t hesitate to pass this information on to them.

Cancellations prior to two weeks before the seminar are eligible for a 100% refund.  Cancellations after the close of pre-registration will receive a credit which can be applied to attendance at any future seminar, ground training events, or flight training events with PAS.  No-shows will not be eligible for refunds or credits.  Should we need to cancel the Clinic for any unforeseen circumstances, full refunds will be provided.

"I felt that Matt’s seminar was more than just WAAS tutorial but rather a great IFR knowledge tutorial with emphasis on the benefit and usage of WAAS technology. The fact that he covered all Instrument approaches and procedures with special emphasis on GPS and GPS--WAAS differences in light of practical use and FAA procedure and terminology was an excellent way for everyone to see the benefit of this new technology. The group seemed to have a large range of knowledge, experience and abilities. I felt that his instructive approach served to build everyone’s knowledge to the same level before he launched into the nuts and bolts of the WAAS information. I went to a WAAS GPS seminar given by Garmin and felt that the instructor blazed through the information so quickly that we only came away with an outline of knowledge and nowhere to turn for advanced understanding. At Matt’s seminar, we had great discussion about that critical difference between WAAS and Non-WAAS units to really drive home the points. I’d recommend his course to anyone looking for general information on WAAS or anyone looking to better understand how to use that wonderful piece of avionics! Thanks for an informative day—you’re an excellent teacher. It was fun hanging out with the boys club. I’d do it again in a heartbeat!" -Shawn Johnson, (Owner/Pilot of Cirrus SR-20 6-pack w/ WAAS)

"Discover what you "Don't Know”.  Matt’s seminars and clinics are a must attend if you even fly a small amount of IFR, especially if you have or if you are even thinking of upgrading to the newer technology equipment. Count me a satisfied ‘Best Bang for the Buck’ participant!” - Dr. David Schwietert (owner/pilot of Cirrus SR-22 w/PFD and WAAS)

“Attending your seminar not only brought everything into focus but was a nice integrated review of many aspects of IFR ground school training. In a class room setting the interaction with other pilot’s knowledge and experience, plus your expertise presents an educational setting not found on CD’s and tapes. Thanks for your continued help in my development as an instrument pilot.” - Gary A. Larson, President, Western Dakota Insurers Inc.

“Great class.  Very helpful to review of approach plates.  With so many variants and codes, it's easy to forget about some important data points.  I walked away with some key knowledge that completely answered my questions.”  - Brian Dunsirn (owner/pilot of Piper Meridian w/ WAAS)

“I enjoyed the day, meeting [Matt] and all the other attendees.  I used to teach and its obvious when the instructor is well prepared and you were surely that.  Don't make any changes to your style or delivery.”  - Frank Bomher (owner/pilot of Cirrus Perspective, TN-22)

More testimonials for seminars and various Progressive Aviation services can be found on the Testimonials page.

Testimonials for seminars and various Progressive Aviation services can be found on the Testimonials page.

  Matthew McDaniel
(414) 339-4990