Pi­lot to dis­cuss safety of small planes Oct. 12

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STEVENSVILLE — On Wed­nes­day, Oct. 12, at 7 p.m. at the Bay Bridge Air­port, re­tired air­line pi­lot, re­tired Navy pi­lot, and CSP flight in­struc­tor Mike Bangert will give a spe­cial pre­sen­ta­tion to the pub­lic dis­cussing the facts about the safety of lit­tle air­planes.

“We know the pub­lic has a lot of ques­tion about avi­a­tion safety,” said Ch­e­sa­peake Sport Pi­lot owner He­len Woods. “And un­for­tu­nately, much of the in­for­ma­tion pro­vided by non-fly­ing mem­bers of the me­dia af­ter air­craft ac­ci­dents is non-fac­tual and in­ac­cu­rate. This pre­sen­ta­tion is de­signed to ad­dress the ques­tions peo­ple have about fly­ing lit­tle air­planes and pro­vide fac­tual in­for­ma­tion about the safety of this in­cred­i­bly fun sport.”

Bangert is a grad­u­ate of the U. S. Naval Academy, Class of 1970, be­gan his avi­a­tion ca­reer with Navy flight train­ing at Pen­sacola, FL. He went on to fly the P-3 Orion, both on ac­tive duty and in the Naval Re­serve.

His first in­tro­duc­tion to gen­eral avi­a­tion took place in 1977 at BWI fly­ing the Grum­man Amer­i­can Tiger, AA-5B, in the Naval Academy Fly­ing Club. Later, he would serve as pres­i­dent of that club.

In 1980, while liv­ing in Ohio, he be­gan train­ing for his Flight In­struc­tor — Air­plane, In­stru­ment, Mul­tiEngine, and Glider Rat­ings. He en­joyed a suc­cess­ful ca­reer as a pi­lot for United Airlines, fly­ing the Boe­ing 727, 757, 767, and 777 air­craft, re­tir­ing in 2007.

With 18,000+ to­tal hours and 1,500+ hours of in­struc­tion given, he is an in­te­gral part of the Ch­e­sa­peake Sport Pi­lot in­struc­tional staff.

This sem­i­nar will be held in the pi­lot lounge at Bay Bridge Air­port in Stevensville. While geared to­ward adults, all sem­i­nars are “PG” and ma­ture young peo­ple are en­cour­aged to also at­tend. RSVP is re­quested at info@chesa­peake­sport­pi­lot.com or 410-604-1717. Avi­a­tion en­thu­si­asts can learn more and join the sem­i­nar mail­ing list at: www.air­port­pro­grams.com.

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