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Fly-In 2016: Schedule

Friday, Oct. 14

Take Off: State of the Organization

Location: Poco Diablo Resort

1752 State Route 179, Sedona, AZ 86336


LightHawk: An Insider's Perspective

Time: 4:30 - 6 p.m.

Featuring: CEO Terri Watson and Board President Josh Marvil

Location: Flagstaff-Prescott-Tucson Room


Welcome Reception

Time: 6 p.m.

Location: Canopy Patio


Saturday, Oct. 15



Time: 7 - 8 a.m.

Location: Poco Diablo Resort, Canopy Patio

1752 State Route 179, Sedona, AZ 86336


Main Feature: Presentations & Discussions

Location: Sedona Creative Life Center, Great Room

333 Schnebly Hill Rd, Sedona, AZ 86336


LightHawk 2016: Looking Back, Moving Forward

Time: 8:30 – 9:15 a.m.

Featuring: Board President Josh Marvil, CEO Terri Watson

Description: Our year in review video and LightHawk looking ahead.


Sonoran Institute & LightHawk: Partners Shaping the Future of the West

Time: 9:15 – 9:35 a.m.

Featuring: Stephanie Sklar, Executive Director, Sonoran Institute

Description: How a partnership between Sonoran Institute and LightHawk has made for dramatic successes.


A New Dawn for the Sun Corridor

Time: 9:35 – 10:20 a.m.

Featuring: Ian Dowdy, Director of Sun Corridor Legacy Program, Sonoran Institute

Description: An in-depth look at the Sonoran Institute’s Sun Corridor project and the critical role the aerial perspective plays.



10:20am - 10:30am


Crossing Over: Advocates Above for Migration Below

Time: 10:30 – 11 a.m.

Featuring: Carolyn Campbell, Executive Director, Coalition for Sonoran Desert Protection

Description: The power of aerial perspectives and the role of seeing more in the fight to save habitat and develop wildlife crossings.


Full Throttle: Growing LightHawk from the Inside Out

Time: 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Featuring: Bob Francella, LightHawk

Description: How we can organically grow our community as champions, connectors and investors.



Time: 12 – 1 p.m.

Location: Sedona Creative Life Center Courtyard


Pilot Awards: Lite

Time: 1:10 – 1:30 p.m.

Featuring: LightHawk Program Managers

Description: A few light-hearted awards to our outstanding pilots.


Piloting to the Pearl of the Antilles

Time: 1:30 – 2:15 p.m.

Featuring: Pilots Bill Rush and Michael Baum

Description: Cuba — A launching pad to new horizons and new adventures.



Time: 2:15 – 2:45 p.m.

Featuring: Pilot Jamie Gamble

Description: Traversing the Siberian Taiga in Russian bi-planes, searching for evidence of endangered Siberian Crane nesting sites.



Time: 2:45 – 3 p.m.


The Gift of Discomfort

Time: 3 – 4 p.m.

Featuring: Michael Maya Charles

Description: Artful flying — bringing consciousness and thoughtfulness to our flying.



Evening Rendezvous

Location: Mesa Grill, Sedona Airport

1185 Airport Rd Sedona, AZ 86336

** This presentation will be outside: dress for cooler weather.


Social Hour

Time: 5 p.m. – 6 p.m.


Banquet Dinner & Awards

Time: 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Featuring: LightHawk Program Managers, FAA officials

Description: Traditional volunteer pilot awards and a special presentation of Bud Sittig's Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award.


Keynote Speech: The Answer to How is Why

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Featuring: Michael Maya Charles

Description: Living a conscious life using flight as a metaphor.




Sunday, Oct. 16



Time: 8 - 9 a.m.

Location: Sedona Airport

235 Air Terminal Drive, Sedona, AZ 86336


Planeside Chats

Location: Sedona Airport

235 Air Terminal Drive, Sedona, AZ 86336


9 – 9:20 a.m. — Telemetry

with pilots Cory West and Ralph Britton


9:30 – 9:50 a.m. — Wildlife Transport

with pilot Michael Baum


10 – 10:20 a.m. Aerial Photography

with pilots Jamie Gamble and Greg Bedinger



Volunteer Pilot Reference

Time: 11 – 11:30 a.m.

Featuring: Pilot Outreach Manager Greg Bedinger and CEO Terri Watson

Description: An introduction to LightHawk's project to consolidate guidance and information pertinent to our VPs in a written compendium.

Location: Red Rocks Aviation


Baja Bush Pilots & Over-borders Flying

Time: 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Featuring: Jack McCormick, Baja Bush Pilots

Description: Jack will share a few of his favorite places south of the border, how to plan, what to see and where to go.

Location: Red Rocks Aviation