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)
Remaining 2019 Board Meetings:
Tuesday, February 19 at 4 PM at Yingling Aviation
Tuesday, June 18 at 4 PM at Airbus Americas Engineering, WSU
Tuesday, September 17 at 4 PM FlightSafety International on Greenwich Road
Tuesday, December 3 at 4 PM Hotel at Old Town (followed by Holiday Reception)

Proposed 2019 Luncheon Calendar (Subject to Change)

January 26
WAC Trophy Gala honoring Jack Pelton, EAA Chairman & CEO
(US Sport Aviation Expo)

February 28
Missionary Aviation Fellowship President Dave Holsten
(Avionics Europe)

March 9
DOC Hangar & Education Center Dedication Gala
AEA Convention & Tradeshow, March 25-28 in Palm Springs, CA

(Annual Sun & Fun Fly-In Lakeland, FL April 2-7)
(ABACE-Shanghai, CHINA April 16-180

May 20
Tenth Annual Wichita Aero Club Golf Classic at Crestview Country Club
(Aero Friedrichshafen)
(EBACE, May 21-23, Geneva, SWITZERLAND)

Gary Dempsey, NATA President: Illegal Charter, Internet Flight Sharing, etc.

July 22-28
EAA AirVenture
(Oshkosh, WI)

Kansas Senator Jerry Moran
(Latin American Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition)

Matt Zaccaro, Helicopter Association International

(NBAA Meeting & Convention, in Las Vegas, NV)


Wichita Aero Club Annual ON-AIR SUMMIT
(Historic video—WAC—X Highlights)

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