Our own Tony Vallillo has developed an FAA Safety Seminar and presented it several times in the CT area.
"As the PRO's Fly" takes us through the ATP's
view of a commercial flight from JFK to Rome with parallels useful for GA flights.
In the Seminar, Tony addresses every phase of the flight from pre-preflight planning all
the way to the layover. Topics include weather, flight plan, fuel, documents,
inspections, performance, crew, takeoff, radio, clearances, over-water, en-route options,
approach, landing, taxi plus a few more suprises tossed in. This seminar is a unique and very
interesting glimpse into the thought process of a highly experienced professional airline pilot.
If you were unable to attend Tony's recent presentations you should look for another opportunity.
This seminar should not be missed. Here are some comments by those who attended:
"Tony's presentation was simply excellent, far exceeding my highest expectations.
He ran through the entire planning and execution of the flight, distinguishing the items that really matter from the ones that are important but less so."
"There were many especially memorable parts for me - the considerations for deciding on an alternate, the go / no-go decision upon some failure after take-off, exercising PIC emergency authority to take a nap if required, fuel planning considerations, the walk-around, and many others.
While the specifics of our aircraft and missions are far different, the focus on safety and making the best decisions possible at every step were ever evident."
"Last Thursday whenever I looked around I saw everyone in the room completely spellbound."
About Tony Vallillo:
Lt. Colonel Tony Vallillo began flying with the United States Air Force in 1971 as a student
flying T41, T-37 and T-38 trainers. He spent much of his miltary career as Pilot
and Commander of the C-141A Starlifter and C-5 Galaxy with Worldwide Airlift Operations
for Military Airlift Command. Tony has extensive military flying experience in Europe,
the Pacific, South America, Africa and the Middle East including active duty in
Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm.
Captain Tony Vallillo spent his entire 41 year commercial career with American Airlines,
starting out as Flight Engineer on the B-707 and B-727 and quickly advancing to First Officer and Captain.
Tony then became Chief Pilot for the JFK Base where he was in charge of over 600 flight crewmembers,
and also Flight Manager of the American Terminal and Ramp. While at JFK he planned and participated in the
design and construction of the new flight operations complex.
Tony moved on to become Line Captain on the A300 and B-767/757 primarily flying international routes
ranging through Europe, the Caribbean, South America, and the Pacific.
Captain Vallillo retired from American in 2008.
Today Tony Vallillo is Lt. Colonel with the Connecticut Wing of the Civil Air Patrol
where he acts as Command Pilot, Flight Instructor, Check Pilot, Chief of Standardization and Chief of Staff.
We are extremely proud to have our friend Tony as a member and instructor with the Oxford Flying Club.