Regular Events

Proposed Schedule of Events

WAC Board Meetings

The Wichita Aero Club Board of Directors meets quarterly. Upcoming meeting dates, times and locations are as follows. (These events are subject to change. For verification please call the Wichita Aero Club Office at 316.641.5962)

Proposed 2017 Luncheon Calendar (Subject to Change)

January 28, 2017 (Sat.)
Wichita Aero Club Gala at Doubletree Hilton with WAC Trophy presented to Paul Bowen
(US Sport Aviation Expo)

February 14 (Tues.)
Robert Sumwalt, NTSB
(Avionics Europe)

March 28 (Tues.)
Ben Marcus of and State of Kansas Director of Unmanned Air Systems Bob Brock
(AEA Convention & Tradeshow, March 13-16, New Orleans)
(Annual Sun & Fun Fly-In & Convention, April 4-9, Lakeland)
(Aero Friedrichshafen, April 5-8)
(ABACE, April 11-14, Shanghai)

Week of April 17
Wheels Up! President and CEO Kenny Dichter

May 4 (Thurs.)
Alaska Airlines (per Valerie Wise and Nicholas Hahn)
(EBACE, May 22-24, Geneva)

June 11 (Sun.)
Eighth Annual Wichita Aero Club Golf Classic
(Paris Air Show, June 19-25, Le Bourget)

No Luncheon
(EAA AirVenture, July 24-30, Oshkosh)

Flying the Rich and Famous: John Dunkin, Bob Milner
Former Corporate Pilots for Donald Trump and Phil Ruffin

Invitation to Fly Program, Tom Bliss of AvWeb—at Benton Airport (Fly-In)

No Luncheon
(NBAA Meeting & Convention, Oct. 10-12, Las Vegas, NV)


Wichita Aero Club Annual ON-AIR SUMMIT
(Trade Media Panel: Aviation Week Group, AIN, FLYING, Plane & Pilot, Pro Pilot)

Other Possible Invitees for 2017:

- Jim Cooling, NBAA Board Member and Legal Advisor on Next Gen Implementation – Bill Voss, CEO, Flight Safety Foundation – Jeff Skiles, Former EAA and Miracle on the Hudson – Rod Machado, Pilot & Author of Aviation flight training materials

Featuring high-profile speakers who are shaping our industry’s future. We invite political, industry and media leaders as well as prominent commercial and military aviators to address key issues.

On-Air Summit

Our premier business event, which annually brings together a panel of top management from the aviation industry to discuss critical current issues. Details TBD, but possible speakers include: John Nance – ABC Analyst, Author & Consultant, Dick (Burt) Rutan – Voyager pilot, Aviation Hall of Fame, retired USAF and Carl Wolf – Garmin.

Networking Mingles

These periodic events provide exclusive opportunities for members to develop and strengthen professional relationships.

WAC Trophy Gala Award Dinner

Our black tie optional event, where the members come together to honor someone with a strong relationship to the greater Wichita area who has earned distinction through exemplary achievement in aviation or aerospace by awarding them the Wichita Aero Club Trophy.

WAC Golf Classic

Our exclusive golf tournament, held in conjunction with the Preferred Health Systems Wichita Open on the PGA Nationwide Tour, raises funds to support Aero Club networking events and aviation education outreach.

Guest Speakers

Since our first luncheon in December of 2008, speakers at the Wichita Aero Club Events have included:

Richard Aboulafia, The Teal Group Analyst
Craig Fuller, President of AOPA
Pete Bunce, GAMA President
Jim Coyne, National Air Transportation Association President
Ed Bolen, NBAA President
Rod Hightower, EAA President
Marian Blakey, AIA President
Henry Ogridzinski, NASAO President
Tom Poberezny, EAA Chairman and CEO
Jonathan Gaffney, President of the National Aeronautic Association
AOPA Foundation President Bruce Landsberg
Mac McClellan, former FLYING Magazine and current EAA Communications VP
Matt Thurber, Senior Editor of Aviation International News
Fred George, Senior Editor, Business and Commercial Aviation Magazine
Former Kansas Governor Mark Parkinson
Kansas Governor and former Senator Sam Brownback
Former Kansas Congressman Todd Tiahrt
Kansas Fourth District Congressman Mike Pompeo
Kansas Senator Pat Roberts
Kansas Senator Jerry Moran
National Transportation Safety Board Chairman Mark Rosenker
Former Cessna Chairman Russ Meyer
Former Learjet VP of Sales Alex Kvassay
Former Sullivan, Higdon & Sink CEO Al Higdon
Lindbergh Foundation Members Larry Williams (BRS Parachutes)
John Peterson (Arlington Institute)
Kermit Weeks (Fantasy of Flight)
David Treinis (Black Sheep Consultants)
John and Martha King, King Flight Schools
Clay Lacy, Clay Lacy Aviation
Dr. John B. Johnson, President of Embry Riddle University
Dr. Peggy Chabrian, President and Founder of Women In Aviation
Barry Eccleston, President of Airbus Americas
Michael Scheeringa, CEO of Signature Flight Support
Chris Orwoll, former President of The Kansas Cosmosphere
Jack Pelton, Former CEO of Cessna Aircraft Company
Mark Paolucci, former Cessna VP of Customer Support
Bill Boisture, Chairman of Hawker Beechcraft
Jeff Turner, CEO of Spirit AeroSystems
John O’Leary, VP and General Manager of Airbus North America Engineering
Chet Fuller, VP of Marketing, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft
Bob Fornaro, President of AirTran
Michael Scheeringa, Flight Safety International
Hal Shevers, Sporty’s Pilot Shop
Rob Mark, CommAVIA, Northwestern University School of Journalism
Roger Cohen, Regional Airline Association President
Mark Baker, AOPA President
Brian Barents, Aerion Co-Chairman
Michael Huerta, FAA Administrator
Jack DeBoer, CEO Consolidated Holdings

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