Ventura County 99s Pilot Proficiency Classes
2020 is our 20th year of providing Pilot Proficiency Classes for the aviation community. These classes are geared towards increasing pilot proficiency and open to all pilots, student pilots and instructors. We bring in highly experienced instructors from all over the country and the income generated from the classes supports chapter outreach activities and aviation scholarships.
Since we began these seminars in 2001, over 3,000 pilots, student pilots and flight instructors have attended one or more classes. The classes meet on Wednesday evenings and many Saturdays from early February through May in the upstairs meeting room of the Department of Airports at Camarillo Airport.
Our 2020 Pilot Proficiency Classes began on Wednesday, February 5th. On March 12th Governor Newsom issued an executive order declaring a State of Emergency in California due to the threat of Covid-19. Along with the executive order the Governor released public gathering guidance from the California Department of Public Health: large gatherings of 250 or more people and smaller gatherings in venues that do not allow social distancing of 6 feet per person should be postponed or canceled. Our classroom meeting room and enrollment size do not allow us to provide the requisite social distancing. In view of the State of Emergency Executive Order and concern for the safety and health of our volunteers and attendees, on March 12th we cancelled the remaining 2020 classes.
We are doing our best to cope with this public health crisis and will monitor the Coronavirus situation carefully. We incur thousands of dollars in expenses to sponsor these classes and will do our best to reschedule them in the fall. We are also exploring options for webinars and online presentations. “Debunking Aviation Myths” was one of the classes we had to cancel. You can now sign up for Brian’s April 15, 2020 5 PM PDT webinar “Debunking Aviation Myths, Fads & Fallacies” at www.schiffseminars.com.