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PCA Safety Seminar 2018

Each year the Pacific Coast Aeronauts organizes a Balloon Federation of America approved Safety Seminar for balloon enthusiasts of all levels of interest: pilots, crew and observers. The seminar is open to members and non members alike.

This year the seminar is scheduled for Saturday March 17th at Emanuel Lutheran Church in Lodi, CA from 8:00 am - 4:30 pm. Same day registration will begin at 8:00 am and topic presentations will begin at 8:30 am. Downloadable presentation materials will be posted here for you to print out prior to the seminar.

The link below will open the announcement and registration form in a new window. You can then "right-click" ("control-click" on a Mac) the form and choose "Print" or “Save As...” to save the .pdf document to your computer.
LINK: Safety Seminar Announcement and Registration Form

Need a hotel room for the seminar? Google Maps "active" listing for nearby hotels is at: Hotels Here!

2018 Seminar Topics/Presenters


  • 08:00-08:30 Doors open - Registration
  • 08:25-08:30 Introduction
  • 08:30-09:00 Accident Evaluation - Overview - Larry Seiler
  • 09:00-10:00 Weather - Dirk Verdoorn - KCRA TV Ch3 Meteorologist
  • 10:00-10:15 AM Break
  • 10:15-11:15 Powerline Safety - Pam Purdue - Gov't Representative/Liaison to PG&E
  • 11:15-12:15 Flight Operations and Ground Crew Safety - Pat Moore
  • 12:15-12:45 Lunch
  • 12:45-1:45 Fire Extinguisher Usage - Lodi Fire
  • 1:45-2:15 Long Jump - Dana Thornton
  • 2:15-3:15 Accident Evalution - Larry Seiler
  • 3:15-3:30 PM Break
  • 3:30-4:30 Aeronautical Decision Making
  • 4:30 Closing and Cleanup

PCA Safety Seminar - Presenter Bio


Dirk Verdoorn has been forecasting weather for KCRA 3 since 1998, but has been experiencing California weather most of his life. He was born in the Central Valley and is familiar with the flooding, droughts, winds and everything else associated with Northern California weather.
Dirk received a Bachelor of Science degree in Meteorology from the University of Utah, where he gained an appreciation for the impact that mountains can have on the weather.
Along with forecasting, Dirk's passion for weather takes him to numerous local schools where he inspires kids to learn about their environment and the role that the weather plays.
"Why should you be interested in the weather? I can think of few things that impacts the lives of more people, every day, than the weather."
This passion for the weather can be seen on KCRA 3 Reports Weekends at 5 p.m., 6 p.m., 10 p.m. and 11 p. m. Where the weather comes first!

Pam Purdue is a Senior Public Safety Specialist for Pacific Gas and Electric. When not responding to wildfires or other disasters where she coordinates electrical restoration, she is working on Electric Emergency Preparedness and Public Partnerships. She has an extensive background in PG & E’s electrical system and safety in and around that infrastructure.


PCA Safety Seminar Presentations Material


There will be no handouts available at the seminar. Printable/Downloadable presentation materials will be made available once we have them by individual links and once they are all available, by single .zip file download.

Right-click (control-click on a Mac) the link and choose “Save Link As...” to save the document(s) to your computer.

Crew Safety - Presentation material from Leigh Bradbury:
Crew Management - .pdf file 612 kb

FAR - Presentation material from Jim Abell:
FAR Review - .pdf file 140 kb

Pilot Decision Making:

Weather: The following files are from our 2014 Safety Seminar and are kept available here for reference. Both of these files contain the same information and both of these are large downloads. The two per page version is smaller but also a little harder to see because the images are reduced in size. Whichever works best for you.
Helpful Weather Links - 1 per page 18.6 mb
Helpful Weather Links - 2 per page (smaller download) 12.3 mb