The Insider Aviation Gouge for Writers

Murder One
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Class Dates: 
August 1 - 31
Airline Pilot Nancy Parnell and Aviation litigator Piper Rome

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This top requested course offers the Insider Aviation Gouge for Writers, a ‘crash’ course on pilots, aircraft, aviation careers, the art of flying, and the aviation system.  Learn how the aviation world really operates, from routine to hair-raising to the bizarre.

Aviation scenes offer writers unique opportunities for suspense, plot turning points, and terrific characterization.  Learn about pilots, aircraft, and other aviation issues and avoid those factual mistakes, improbable scenarios, physics-defying events, and laughable dialog. 

Topics include:  pilot training and qualifications; airline careers; preflight planning and inspection; conducting a flight; authority and responsibility of captains, first officers, and support personnel; flight basics; navigation; aircraft controls; avionics; flight certifications; aviation terminology; aviation gallows humor; air traffic controllers and pilots; large versus small aircraft; civilian vs. commercial vs. corporate vs. military flying; basic airport ground operations; international flight restrictions; airport security; in-flight security issues; emergency issues ranging from in-flight heart attacks and things that go boom to crash landings and evacuation post impact; weather issues affecting aircraft; and bizarre situations from dead people on planes to people trying to get into the Mile High club.

Instructor Bio: 

Nancy Parnell joined the US Navy in 1978 and was designated a Naval Aviator in 1982. After almost nine years on active duty flying the T28C, the T44A, and a variety of C-130s, she transferred to the Navy Reserve and retired in 2004.  She has flown aircraft ranging from Cessna 150s to the Boeing 777 and, since 1987, has flown for two major legacy carriers.  Currently a First Officer on the 777, her favorite routes are the long-haul trips to China, Japan, the Middle East, and Europe.  She literally has a front row seat on every flight.Wendy “Piper” Rome earned her pilot’s license while in law school and sought to combine her vocation and avocation.  In 1985, she received an appointment to the United States Department of Justice through the Attorney General’s Honors Program.  For over seventeen years, she represented the United States government in air crash litigation throughout the United States, handling her cases as lead counsel from inception through appeal.  Now retired, she writes suspense, romantic suspense, and has dabbled in other genres.  She has been a contest judge, an editor, and a beta reader and finalist in the only contest she entered.  

Tread Lightly

Tread lightly...But know that while we are all working together here, the conversation can turn quickly to death, destruction and mayhem. And we are fine with that. We'll even abet you as you work to do the same, to become the best spinner of romantic mysteries and thrillers that you can be. So come on in, the water's blood.