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Companion Program


The PMOPA Convention welcomes registered companions to attend and participate in the Convention education sessions, meal functions, exhibitor interactions, and social activities. In addition, PMOPA is pleased to offer these programs designed specifically for registered companions.

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Companion Classroom Training Seminars Local Tours & Attractions


Training Seminars

Presented by Caitlin McCarthy, Legacy Flight Training

We are thrilled to welcome back Caitlin McCarthy of Legacy Flight Training who will serve as the instructor for two training programs designed especially for PMOPA non-pilot companions. A Certified Flight Instructor at Legacy Flight Training since 2013, Caitlin enjoys sharing her passion for aviation and travel with new and seasoned aviators. She aims to make flying accessible to people of all backgrounds with her clear, entertaining style of communication and genuine enthusiasm for the subject.

Caitlin will be teaching two sessions, one introductory and one advanced:

Saturday, November 2 | 10:30am–12:00pm

Introductory Session: Caitlin will provide a step-by-step approach to firmly comprehending and applying the essential fundamentals to proactively serve as an essential resource during all phases of flight including challenging and critical scenarios. Most importantly, the goal will be instilling confidence that pilots and non-pilots alike CAN be crew-members. Topics may include: assisting with the preflight inspection, proper loading of baggage and people, sterile cockpit concept, traffic watch, basic radio phraseology and how to listen effectively, aeromedical considerations, what constitutes an “emergency,” how to help in case of an emergency.

Sunday, November 3 | 10:00-11:30am

Advanced Session: Caitlin introduces the execution of instrument approach procedures utilizing the aircraft’s onboard equipment along with basic, disciplined aircraft control techniques. The objective will be to instill confidence that with a well-planned and rehearsed mindset, the use of standardized flight deck flows and aircraft control will yield a predictable and successful outcome in a variety of scenarios. Caitlin also will introduce PMOPA’s new Quick Reference Handbooks (QRHs) as a valuable safety tool, and advise how companions can assist the pilot flying diagnose and correct abnormal or emergency situations that may arise. This training will encourage one to assume progressively active roles on future flights thus enabling them to refine the skills previously acquired.


Enjoying Some Local Sights

A nominal additional fee covers the costs of these optional companion activities.

Friday, November 1 | 2:00-4:00pm

Austin Skyline Austin Downtown

Downtown Austin Walking Tour: Austin, the vibrant capital of Texas, is a city known for its live music scene, cultural diversity, and a plethora of outdoor activities. Among the various ways to explore this unique city, walking its streets stands out as an immersive and rewarding experience. From the historic charm of South Congress Avenue to the trendy vibes of East Sixth Street, Austin offers a diverse range of streets that cater to every taste.Companions will experience lesser-known areas of downtown, learn the best places for food and drink, as well as historical facts of the city over the years. The walking tour begins and ends at the JW Marriott Austin. $25/person. 

Saturday, November 2 | 1:00-4:00pm

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center 

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center:  The University of Texas at Austin Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center is the state botanical garden and arboretum of Texas. The center features more than 900 species of native Texas plants in both garden and natural settings and is home to a breadth of educational programs and events. Roundtrip transportation will be provided, along with entry to the Wildflower Center and a docent-led tour. Rock rose, Antelope-horns, and Mexican hat will ideally be in bloom. The bus will depart from and return to the JW Marriott Austin. $55/person; limited to 30 participants. 


The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center is primarily an outdoor experience. Dress appropriately for the weather and please note that several of their walkways are stone pavers or gravel. Bringing your own water bottle is encouraged, and there are water stations available for refills. See icons on map for locations:

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center Map 1  Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center Map 2