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TBM Regional Safety Seminar, KGON, Oct. 28-30, 2021

(GROTON, CT – Oct. 11, 2021).  We at Columbia are so looking forward to hosting the 2021 Regional TBM Safety Seminar here in Groton, CT (KGON) from Thursday, October 28 – Saturday, October 30.  This is always a great opportunity for TBM owners to gather as a community in a smaller setting that provides much opportunity not only to learn and hone pilot skills, but to re-connect, network and socialize with other proud TBM owners.  As Misty Stanistreet, TBMOPA Executive Director, says, “The TBMOPA Foundation is vested in the safety of all TBM pilots and owners. Safety Seminars are our way of bringing pilots, instructors, owners and mentors together to focus on best practices and highlight topics that are prevalent to our community.”

We have a great 2021 lineup of speakers, topics, and entertainment. The event kicks off Thursday with optional morning and afternoon Garmin Training Sessions and TBM Flight Sessions, including a 2-hour Companion Course (flight sessions are allocated on a first-come, first served basis!).  Thursday evening you will enjoy a relaxing and fun welcome reception in the heated tent at the Dog Watch restaurant in Mystic, CT.  A local favorite, Dog Watch features authentic, house-smoked BBQ, along with a varied menu, outdoor lawn games, and firepit.

Seminar day on Friday morning features Avionics Updates and Best Maintenance Practices by our own Avionics Director, Chris Bergman and Director of Maintenance, Adam Stino.  Chris, a 28-year veteran with Columbia, has established an Avionics Department that enjoys a reputation as experienced innovators, specializing in state-of-the-art installations and upgrades for all makes and models of general aviation aircraft.  Adam, a 20-year Columbia veteran, oversees a Maintenance Department with an impeccable record of safety, quality, and supreme customer service.  Daher’s Wayman Luy, will present “TBM Tech Talk” and Ruben Castellanos, a Daher Field Service Representative, returns to present “TBM Care”.  Dr. Ian Fries will review aspects of “Pilot Error.”

Afternoon sessions also include a great lineup.  SimCom’s Igor Lucas will discuss “Airman, Judgment and Decision Making – A View Behind the Curtains.”  Andrew Cragg, a TBM owner, will cover “TBM Accidents – An Analysis of Instructive Fatal Accidents: Causes and Recommendations.”  Steve Davis of Elliot Aviation will discuss “Auto Throttle.” Ron Cox, a TBM Instructor, will review his “Observations of Common Piot Mistakes Flying the TBM.”  Finally William Goldberg, also a TBM instructor, will remind us how “Your Companion is Your Safety Pilot.”

Friday night you will attend a world class Italian Mafia style “wedding dinner,” which may become the scene of a mysterious gangster murder!  Will one of your table mates be the victim?  Or the culprit?  Come celebrate Halloween in Mystic’s famed Haley Mansion and enjoy a devilishly fun evening of great food, fun and sleuthing with Murder Company, Inc.  Roaring 20s attire encouraged!

The event is capped on Saturday with optional morning and afternoon Flight Sessions, again being offered on a first-come, first-served basis.

Columbia always strives for excellence and the Regional Safety Seminar is no exception.  Michel Adam de Villiers, Daher VP of Sales, notes, “I have been attending the Safety Seminar at Columbia for many years, and I always learn a lot. It’s also for me a great opportunity to meet our customers and share some times with them in a relaxed atmosphere.  I encourage anyone willing to learn or to share their experience to attend.  The team at Columbia does a great job to make everyone feel like being part of the Daher family.”

We hope you will take advantage of this valuable opportunity, and make plans to attend.  Visit our website tbmgroton.com for more information and to register.