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The Richard McSpadden GA Safety Course 2024


It is that time of year again, and this year is no exception!  This year, our annual Crash Course event will be known as the Richard McSpadden GA Safety Course to memorialize and honor the memory of Richard McSpadden.  This year’s event will once again take place in the spacious ballroom of the Marriott Burlington, in Burlington, MA on Thursday, March 28th, 2024.
The event begins at 6:00 P.M. with a social hour and various vendor exhibits (cash bar available). The program itself will begin with welcoming remarks from Committee Co-Chairs Paul Diette and David O’Leary.  

FAA New England Regional Administrator Colleen D'Alessandro will provide a regional update.
Next is Mark Baker, AOPA President and CEO, honoring Richard McSpadden,  A Flying Life Well Lived.
Paul S. Diette, ACONE Safety Programs Co-Chair will present his annual Review of Regional Accidents.
Bruce Landsberg, former Chairman of the Air Safety Institute and former Vice Chairman of the NTSB, will teach us the GA lessons that we should hopefully learn from these accidents.


Thursday, March 28, 2024
6:00 PM until 9:00 PM


Boston Marriott Burlington
One Burlington Mall Road
Burlington, MA  01803
(781) 229-6565


Registration is required:  Click to Register  


6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Social Hour with Cash Bar and Sponsor Exhibits

7:00 p.m. – 7:15 p.m. Welcome, Introductions by David O'Leary,  Paul S. Diette, and Regional update with FAA New England Regional Administrator Colleen D'Alessandro
7:15 p.m. – 7:25 p.m.  Honoring Richard McSpadden – A Flying Life Well Lived – Mark Baker, President & CEO, AOPA
7:25 p.m. – 8:05 p.m. Review of Regional Accidents - Paul S. Diette, FAA Safety Team Representative
8:05 p.m. – 8:50 p.m. GA Lessons from the NTSB - Presentation by Bruce Landsberg, former Vice Chairman, NTSB
8:50 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Door & Raffle Prize Drawings. Must Be Present To Win!

Attendees staying throughout the full safety program will be eligible for WINGS credit.

Many thanks to our sponsors:




Since 1902, the Aero Club of New England has been promoting aviation safety. ACONE launched Crash Course in 1990, and is now the largest stand-alone GA safety event in the world. It was created by Dr. Gary Kearney who adapted the medical team "Post Mortem" debriefing process used within modern medicine when medical outcomes do not meet expectations. Since its launch, Crash Course has analyzed hundreds of accidents and shared an interactive exploration of their progression, outcomes, and lessons learned with thousands of participants.


Thursday, March 28, 2024, 6:00 PM until 9:00 PM
Boston Marriott Burlington
Boston Marriott Burlington Website
One Burlington Mall Road
Burlington, MA  01803

(781) 229-6565
Additional Info:
Event Contact(s):
Keith Leonhardt
David O'Leary
Safety Seminars
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