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NBAA GO: ICAO Doc 4444 – ATC & Oceanic Changes

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  • Mitch Launius - 30 West IP

    Mitch Launius owns and operates 30 West IP and provides pilot training on International Procedures. Launius spent 34 years in the cockpit and acquired over 13,000 hours of flight time flying worldwide. Over 9000 hours of his experience is in Challenger and Gulfstream aircraft. He is an experienced safety officer and was also an IS-BAO project manager for a fortune 500 flight department.

    Launius has a passion for instructing and he taught with Dave Stohr at Air Training International team from 2012 to 2018. He has presented on Safety and Operations topics at the NBAA International Operators Conference, the Canadian Business Aviation Association Convention and the International Society of Safety Professionals Conference.

    Launius is currently on the NBAA International Operators Committee and serves as the North Atlantic Regional Lead. He is also a member of an FAA working group on General Aviation International Authorizations and Tabletop Exercises (GIATE).

  • Steve Thorpe - Merck

    Steve Thorpe has been a professional aviator for over 40 years. He is currently Director, Training and Standards at Merck, where he has worked for 20 years. His experience includes over 16,300 hours of flight time.

    Thorpe is a 1981 graduate of the University of North Dakota with a B.S. in Business Administration, majoring in Aviation Administration. He has Airline Transport Pilot (ATP), Certified Flight Instructor (CFI, CFII and MEI) and Advanced Ground Instructor certificates.

    Prior to his tenure at Merck, Thorpe spent 15 years at MidAmerican Energy in Davenport and Des Moines, IA as a Captain and Chief Pilot. He has been a certified volleyball referee for 35 years, officiating at the NCAA Division I, USA Club and International levels, and is currently the NCAA Women’s Volleyball National Coordinator of Officials.

    While at Merck, Thorpe has provided leadership in the implementation of Standards and Flight Operations Quality Assurance programs. He has been a member of the NBAA International Operations Committee for over 11 years and is a Past Chairman of the committee.

    Steve is a 2019 recipient of the NBAA Dr. Tony Kern Professionalism in Aviation Award.

  • Joe Sears - 30 West IP

    Joe Sears joined the 30 West IP team in October 2019 bringing with him a varied background in aviation with a focus on pilot training and evaluation. Joe started his aviation career path in 1991. During the 1990s, he earned his Associate of Applied Arts degree in aviation from Mountain View College, followed by his initial CFI, as well as his Bachelor of Applied Arts and Science degree in occupational training and development from the University of North Texas. He also served in the US Army earning his FAA Air Traffic Control Specialist certificate. In the late 90s through the mid 2000s, Joe furthered his piloting experience in the part 91 corporate and part 121 air carrier arenas while earning his FAA ATP certificate. From the mid 2000s until joining 30 West IP, he performed the duties of FAA Training Center Instructor/Evaluator and EASA Synthetic Flight Instructor/Examiner while continuing to occasionally fly part 91 corporate trips.

October 29, 2020
Thu 2:30 PM EDT

Duration 1H 0M

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