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 TBD. (These events are subject to change. For verification please call the Wichita Aero Club Office at 316.641.5962)

Proposed 2018 Luncheon Calendar (Subject to Change)

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.

January 20
WAC Trophy Gala Honoring Lynn Nichols of Yingling Aviation
(US Sport Aviation Expo)
February
Scott Gurss, Dominic Oko and Mike Kennedy – Shocker Wings!

Launch WAC Tenth Anniversary—Press Event
(Avionics Europe)

March
Aviation Day in Topeka
(AEA Convention & Tradeshow, March 12-15)

April Friday, April 27: Bob Brock, KDOT Director of Aviation
(Annual Sun & Fun Fly-In & Convention, Lakeland, FL April 10-15)

May
Kansas Aviation Meeting on UAS at WSU Tech
(Aero Friedrichshafen)
(EBACE)

June
Wednesday, June 6: B-29 DOC’s FRIENDS Update Luncheon at Crestview Country Club

July
Monday, July 2: Ninth Annual WAC Golf Classic at Crestview
Friday, July 20: Luncheon with Pia Bergqvist, Executive Editor, FLYING Magazine at Crestview
Monday, July 22-Sunday July 28: (EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, WI)

August
Thursday evening, August 23: Women’s Air Racers Tessa Roberts and Emmy Dillon at Stearman Field
Presentation of WAC Stimpson Scholarship to Gracie Hochstetler of WSU
(Latin American Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition)

September
Wednesday, September 12: AM Seminar and Luncheon with Shaesta Waiz of DREAMS SOAR at the Doubletree Hotel
Thursday, September 13: Shaesta Waiz School Event at Jardine Middle School

October
Saturday, October 6: WAC Sponsors VFW Medal of Honor Celebration of Erwin Bleckley at VA Hospital
Tuesday, October 23-Thursday, October 25: (NBAA Meeting & Convention in Orlando, FL)

November
TBD

December
December 6: Wichita Aero Club Annual ON-AIR SUMMIT
Panel:

  • Jack Pelton, CEO of EAA
  • Ed Bolen, President and CEO of NBAA
  • Pete Buntz, President and CEO of GAMA
  • Tom Haines, President of AOPA
  • Paula Derks, President of AEA

(Luncheon and Events Schedule is subject to change)

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
Former 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
Josh Wells, DOC’s FRIENDS
Franklin Berry, DOC’s FRIENDS
Pia Bergqvist, FLYING Magazine
Bob Brock, KDOT Director of Aviation
Merrill Eisenhower Atwater, Kansas Department of Transportation
Tom Gentile, Spirit AeroSystems CEO
Scott Ernest, Textron Aviation CEO
Paul Bowen, Photographer
Molly McMillin, Aviation Week Group
Guy Norris, Aviation Week Group
William Garvey, Aviation Week Group and BCA Magazine
Bruce Landsberg, AOPA Foundation
Thomas Haines, AOPA
Robert Sumwalt, NTSB Chairman
Dominic Okon, Wichita State University
Scott Gurss, Wichita State University