By Anna Serbinenko, In Flight USA, January 2015
Lessons learnt from the ICAS 2014 conference.
3.30am on Monday. We boarded our school’s Seneca V and have completed the run-up check already. Ahead is almost 900nm of IFR, and we should be in Vegas by noon. The schedule is tight, there’s not a minute to lose. My Multi-IFR student Tony is briefing the departure plate. Pierre, another student, is getting cozy with Delphine in the back. Weather justifies the IFR departure with 800’ ceilings. Almost two days of flight planning prior to that, already for half an hour on the ground warming up engines, doing the run-up, entering the flight plan – everything to make sure there would be no surprises when “the game is on” at take-off. We are now on our way to the International Council of Airshows (ICAS) conference in Las Vegas, NV – the place and time that will define the 2015 Air Shows season.
ICAS conferences are filled with training sessions, special events, exhibit hall time for business deals and lots and lots of networking. Many inspiring events will touch your heart and bring out the better you, fired up to make the next airshow season the best one ever.
It was the second day of the conference, first day of the exhibit hall time. Tim LoDolce and Margaret Skillicorn from the Truckee Tahoe Airshow (California) stopped by my booth, and right after “Hi, how are you”, Tim said “We want to hire you. Do you have a contract to sign?”. Music to each performer’s ears! And how come that a relatively new performer like me would so “easily” get hired by a reputable – and very-hard-to-fly – show, as Truckee, CA?
Well, the answer is that it was anything but easy. I started talking to Tim about that show a while ago, when my inexperience was compensated only by enthusiasm and motivation. We had a friendly, and very educational for me, chat at that ICAS, explaining to me that when I take off at 8000-10000 density altitude (DA), my Decathlon would probably feel more like a glider. And how airshows are concerned about safety of the events, and that I need more experience with high DA airshows, and, and, and… I could have been discouraged. Or I could have learned from it, and take it as a guidance for my next steps. I chose the latter and here I am: scheduled to fly Truckee Tahoe Airshow on July 11, 2015!
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Later that day, Tim came by again and asked if I would join their group for dinner. We ate in a nice Italian restaurant in Rio Hotel. Tim and Dave shared exciting stories of their military flying careers, and Margaret reminded me to send her high resolution pictures for the promotion. It was a very warm welcome into the Truckee airshow family, and I cannot wait to go there in July!
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