“Anticipating the Unexpected: Inside an Airline Incident”
Born & raised in Providence, Rhode Island, Capt. Barry Steiner is a pilot’s pilot. After nearly a decade flying for the US Navy, Barry transitioned to the airlines where he flew just about everything Boeing. Recently retired with over 22,000 hours, he spent the last ten years as a flight instructor for Boeing, training pilots on the B-777 and B-787.Find out more »
“Glory Days of the Pan Am Clipper Fleet”
Boeing’s 314 Clippers attracted the elite travelers headed for China, Japan, and other exotic lands of the “Orient”. Everything was first class and the talk of the town. This fascinating story is rapidly being lost in the history books. Come hear Blaine talk about what it was like to witness the dawn of the age first hand!Find out more »
“Aerial Law Enforcement in Riverside County”
Stanley Sniff, Jr. has served as the 13th Sheriff of Riverside County since October 2, 2007. The Riverside County Sheriff ’s Department was created in 1893 and is the third largest Sheriff ’s Department in California with 4,600 full-time staff and over 1,600 volunteers. He oversees countywide patrol operations, jail operations, court security and coroner investigations. The department has an operating budget of nearly 700 million dollars for the current fiscal year.
Sheriff Sniff has over 38 years of law enforcement experience and is the eldest grandson of one of the pioneering date and citrus families of the Coachella Valley and grew up in the Indio area. His father, the late Stan Sr., served 25 years as a La Quinta City Councilman. He joined the Coachella Police Department in 1975 after graduation from the San Bernardino Sheriff ’s Academy and then transferred to the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department in 1979, initially assigned to the Indio Station, serving across the Coachella Valley.
A retired colonel in the Army Reserve, Stanley Sniff was commissioned as an Armor officer out of the OCS program in 1973 at the U.S. Army Infantry School, Fort Benning, GA. He served 30 years in a variety of military staff and command assignments in infantry, armor and cavalry units.Find out more »
“The Medicine of Mental Imagery — Undoing the Link Between Stress and Illness”
Old Bold Pilots member Loretta M. Siani holds a Master of Arts degree in Communications from Pepperdine University. She is also the published author of four books and many guided imagery sessions on Amazon and Audible.com. Through her company Visionary Communications, Loretta has a private practice in which she uses deep focused relaxation to help people undo the inner obstacles that prevent them from maximizing their talent and from living a more empowered, purposeful life.
In this talk participants learn:
- That the mind doesn’t know the difference between imagination or reality.
- The role of the hypothalamus and the fight or flight syndrome.
- The function of the mind in creating, solving and transcending problems
- The use of imagery as medicine to undo stress and promote emotional and physical well being.
“Flying Jets in Vietnam”
Lt. Suckow served in the US Navy from 1964 to 1971 where he flew, T-34 Mentors, T-2 Buckeyes, F-9 Cougars, F-11 Tigers in the training command. Operationally, he flew A-4 Skyhawks, A-6 Intruders, T-1Traders, T-2 Greyhounds and TC4C Academe aircraft for the Navy. He completed close to 200 cat launches and carrier landings on the USS Lexington CVA 16, USS Bon Homme Richard CVA 31, USS Ranger CVA CVA 61, USS Constellation CVA 64 and had combat flying experience in the Vietnam era, 1967 and 1969. For his service, he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medals, Navy Commendation Medals, Presidential Unit Citation, Navy Unit Citation and the usual Vietnam Vet awards.
Currently, Lt. Suckow keeps himself out of trouble by doing Docent duties on the USS Hornet CVM 12 and the Moffett Field Historical Society. We are delighted to have him as our speaker for June!Find out more »
“Behind the Mic: Our partnership for safety with SoCal Tracon”
Certified Professional Controller Rob Reddeg has been working with pilots for over 15 years. After serving in the US Navy as a controller both on the USS John C Stennis (CVN-74) and at NAS North Island, Reddeg joined the FAA.
As the SOCAL TRACON National Air Traffic Controllers Association Safety and Procedures team lead, Rob’s mission is to educate pilots on the rapidly evolving technology, staffing, and procedures that can contribute to a major gap between the pilot and controller expectations.
Come hear how we as users of the SOCAL TRACON airspace can leverage best practices to continue to keep this one of the safest regions in the National Airspace System, even with SOCAL TRACON working over 2.2 million aircraft in 2015!Find out more »
Professional aerial stuntman, skydiver and inventor
“Life Outside of Operating Limitations”
The name Troy Hartman is practically synonymous with the term “aerial stuntman”. Troy is credited with undisputedly the largest variety of grand scale aerial stunts performed by any stuntman. While most people would call him a daredevil, Troy denounces the moniker, making it clear that he takes “carefully calculated risks” instead. Troy began his professional career five days after graduating high school when he entered the Air Force Academy. From there, his flirtation with the skies literally took off. After the Air Force, Troy received his degree in Aeronautical Engineering while moonlighting on the weekends as an aerobatics flight instructor and skysurfer. Troy became the premier skysurfer in the world, winning the inaugural ESPN X-Games Gold Medal in the sport. Troy’s skysurfing skills opened the door to Hollywood where he starred in numerous television and film projects. You might remember Troy from Pepsi’s famed “Goose” commercial for the 1998 Super Bowl or MTV’s hit series Senseless Acts of Video. Troy is no stranger to the television camera, hosting many shows on networks such as ABC, Discovery, FOX, NBC, USA, TLC, WB, MTV and ESPN. We are very excited to host him at this year’s April meeting!Find out more »
Co-Founders Kim Sandmann, Alexander Dobrecevic, and Peni Nelson will take us on a journey of discovery as we learn about the great Jackie Cochran and how her passion for aviation is inspiring a bright future for the youth of the Coachella Valley and beyond.Find out more »
“Loss of Contact…Analysis of the Columbia Accident”Find out more »
“Inside the SAS”
Little was known about the secretive work of the SAS in warfare and in the relentless, global fight against terrorism until Dr Horsfield’s new documentary series on the history of the regiment. As one of America’s closest allies, this special Australian Regiment has also fought in successful cooperation with US special forces in Vietnam and in Afghanistan. Dr. Horsfield will preview his new series and discuss some of the remarkable and audacious actions taken by these Australian military operatives.Find out more »
“Today’s US airline industry and the future of KPSP”
Come meet the man responsible for the operation, safety, and security of our local airport. Tom Nolan has managed Palm Springs International Airport (KPSP) since 2007. Having managed seven airports over his 30 year career, Tom has a wide and diverse experience. This career began in 1985 at Milwaukee’s Mitchell field.
Mr. Nolan is a private pilot and resides in Palm Desert with his wife and five children.Find out more »