July 11, 2014

Wichita Aero Club Presents Redbird Simulators CEO Jerry Gregoire at Thursday, July 17 Luncheon

Wichita, KS — July 10, 2014 – The Wichita Aero Club’s July luncheon will feature Jerry Gregoire, CEO of Austin, TX based Redbird Flight Simulation, the fastest growing and most innovative simulator providers in the industry. The luncheon will be held July 17 at 11:45 a.m. in the Emerald Ballroom of the Doubletree Hilton Wichita Airport Hotel.
A former executive at Pepsico and Dell, Gregoire founded Redbird in 2006 to provide flight schools with affordable, feature-rich simulators for use in pilot education. He is a single-pilot CJ driver and was the King Air owner as well as a King Air pilot. Redbird’s simulators can be used to log hours toward the private certificate and more extensively on the commercial ticket.
“Jerry will discuss the role of simulation in flight training and provide an update on the Challenge Cup event that Redbird and Flying Magazine launched at Sun ‘N Fun in April,” said Dave Franson, President of the Wichita Aero Club. “The Aero Club is pleased to provide an opportunity for the local general aviation community to hear more about the Challenge Cup. The top performers in the competition have been invited to EAA AirVenture to determine an overall champion. The leaders in each category—Precision Landings, Steep Turns, Lazy Eights, and Landings—will face off during the annual EAA gathering, with a winner to be crowned on August 3.”
“Our simulators ‘watch’ the pilot,” Mr. Gregoire explained, “measuring, coaching, adapting, scoring, and recording his or her progress. This Challenge Cup is designed in partnership with Bonnier and its network of publications, to intentionally reach beyond the pilot community. We created specific categories for Student Pilots and Non-Pilots to ensure they would be represented in this challenge, too.” Top performers in all categories have been invited to EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, which begins July 28 and continues through August 3 at the Wittman Regional Airport.
WAC luncheon tickets for members are $30 and $40 for nonmembers. Tickets can be purchased online at our website, www.wichitaaeroclub.org, on the selected luncheon page under Events Schedule. Ticket purchases may also be made by calling 316.681.4471.

The Wichita Aero Club was established in 2008 to foster and promote interest in aviation, provide a forum focused on the industry’s issues and achievements and bring together those with a passion for flight in an environment that expands and enhances professional relationships and furthers cooperation and understanding.