Steve Bateman, Director, Flying Clubs Initiative, AOPA

Dr. Stephen Bateman, (Steve), is Director, Flying Clubs Initiative at the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, based at Frederick, Maryland.  Steve and his team are responsible for helping create, grow and sustain flying clubs throughout the USA.  This effort is just one part of the You Can Fly program designed to reverse the trend of the diminishing pilot population.  Steve is an active staff CFI at AOPA and enjoys tailwheel instruction, as well as focused ground school training.  Steve owns a 1981 Cessna A152 Aerobat, that is often seen looping and rolling above Maryland, and he is also an active FAASTeam Safety Representative, and Air Safety Institute presenter.

Prior to AOPA, Steve owned and operated a flight school in Nebraska – and before that, had a successful career in high tech electronics in Silicon Valley, California.  Steve flew gliders and microlights in England, holds pilot and instructor certificates from the USA and Canada, and earned a Ph.D. in Electronic Engineering from Loughborough University, England.

Presentation: Flying Club Activities at Your Airport, Opportunities and Caveats

Arnie Itzkowitz— Proprietor, Aerial Exposures Inc. “]

I started life as a chemist working in a lab.  I was invited to go for a plane ride in 1973.  I was hooked.  The very next day I was at the airport looking for someone to give me flying lessons. That little 100 horsepower Cessna 150 trainer was more exciting than any of the sports cars I had ever driven. Having an addictive personality, I gave up doing anything except going to work and studying flying. I soloed at MMU (Morristown, NJ) after about 6 hours of lessons. It took me exactly 3 months to get my pilot’s license.

Fast forward: I got my commercial, instrument  & multi-engine ratings. I then changed careers and worked as an Air Traffic Controller at Teterboro Flight Service Station, New York Center,  Teterboro  & LaGuardia Towers.

In 1981 I inherited my dads  Bi-Plane.  In 1989 I purchased my second plane which was a Beech Sierra.  From the time I was 8 years old my hobby was photography.  I did some photography from the plane and people started hiring me to do aerial work.  I started to do some video work and developed two camera gyro-stabilization systems that I patented.  More and more I was doing videos and flying in helicopters.  First little piston choppers then the larger turbine helicopters.  Today I do most of my video work from a Bell Jet Ranger helicopter.  I shoot for Cunard Cruise Ships, Disney, Discovery, The Travel Channel, X-Files etc.  My gyro-stabilization systems are now in use around the world. Today I do air to air video from my current plane, which is a Beechcraft  A36 Bonanza.  I  have done air to air for Beechcraft, Pilatus & Sikorsky.

I tell people my office has the best view of NYC – It’s a helicopter over the city.

Presentation: Innovations in Aerial Cinematography

Paige Kroner, NBAA

Paige Kroner, Mid-Atlantic Regional Representative, NBAA

Paige currently serves as the National Business Aviation Association’s Mid-Atlantic Regional Representative. She provides oversight and implementation of initiatives focused on business aviation advocacy, influencing aviation policy, interacting with the aviation industry and working with members at local, state and regional levels.

Paige joined NBAA in 2014 with a wide breadth of aviation experience.  Prior to NBAA, Paige worked for Signature Flight Support serving as the manager of industry and government affairs, and then finally as FBO duty manager at Washington Dulles International Airport.  During Paige’s tenure with Signature Flight Support she was responsible for maintaining relationships with industry groups and government agencies. She was also a recognized industry leader and expert on the TSA’s DCA Access Standard Security Program (DASSP) speaking on industry panels and leading educational sessions.

Paige has been recognized for her industry commitment and leadership with awards including the Women in Corporate Aviation’s Leadership Scholarship and the NBAA’s Silk Scarf Award.  She enjoys giving back to the aviation community in her participation in a wide range of industry boards and committees including the Committee for Dulles, Women in Corporate Aviation, and the Greater Washington Business Aviation Association (GWBAA).

Paige holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Randolph-Macon Woman’s College and currently resides in the suburbs of Washington, DC.

Presentation: NBAA Issue Update