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MAY 22-24


FAPA's Second Annual
Pilot Retirement Event

By Invitation Only

Our Sponsors


About FAPA's Event

By Invitation Only

Come and celebrate your years of moving people and goods throughout the world. Bring your significant other and experience Las Vegas on your terms. Prepare for life outside your airline cockpit and explore your available options.


To register for our event, click on Reserve a Spot at our registration page.


If you have questions, call Trudy Blades at 1-800-JET-JOBS (538-5627) Ext. 54

to discuss attending our event.

The Speakers




Senior Manager of Talent Acquisition & Partner-Pilot, Wheels Up

Todd Wesoloskie

Presenting: The State of Pilot Hiring

Todd Wesoloskie is the Senior Manager of Talent Acquisition, Partner-Pilot at Wheels Up, the leading provider of on-demand private aviation in the United States. Mr. Wesoloskie leads the Pilot Recruiting Division that has hired over 600 Pilots during the last year. He works closely with the Wheels Up executive team and has created several inaugural Pathways to Part 135 Pilot opportunities, which is a first in private aviation.  With over 37 years of aviation experience, Mr. Wesoloskie has served in various parts of the industry including as an aircraft mechanic, flight engineer, pilot and more.  Throughout the years, he’s logged 10,000 hours in the cockpit, degrees in Aviation Operations, Business and Aircraft MX Technology, served in the United States Air Force as a C-5 Aircrew member with close to 1500 Combat/Combat Support hours and he even flew for Pan American Airways on the 727-200. He’s a consistent advocate for ensuring the development for the industry’s next generation of Pilots. 

Director of Operations & Director of Flight Ops, SkyWest Charter (SWC)

Brad Link

Presenting: SkyWest Charter Pilot Opportunities

Brad Link is the Director of Operations and Director of Flight Ops for SkyWest Charter (SWC). In this role, he oversees the SWC operation and works closely with leaders and teams from each department. Brad started flying commercially in 1997 and joined SkyWest Airlines in 2011 as a CRJ first officer and later captain. He then went on to work and manage several charter airlines until taking on his responsibilities at SWC in 2022.


President & CEO,

Louis Smith

Presenting: 52 Years of FAPA

Louis Smith, President of, is a retired Northwest Airlines captain, completing his career flying the DC-10 on international routes. Outside of the cockpit, Smith’s vision has long been in managing businesses whose primary mission focused on publishing and organizing information that would help current and aspiring commercial pilots succeed in their career–before and after landing the cockpit job.


Vice President, Dimensional Fund Advisors

Weston Wellington

Presenting: "The Big Tease"

Weston Wellington, a Vice President with Dimensional, is one of the firm’s market research experts. He works closely with financial advisors in the US, Canada, Europe, and Australia, showing them how a research-based “equilibrium” strategy may be a good way to pursue investment success and why their clients are unlikely to hear about this approach from the usual sources of financial advice. One of the firm’s most engaging speakers, Weston also is an accomplished writer whose column, Down to the Wire, appears regularly on Dimensional’s client website.

Prior to joining Dimensional in 1995, Weston was director of research at LPL Financial Services, Inc. in Boston, and he has accumulated over 40 years of experience in the investment industry. He holds a BA in history from Yale University.

Event Schedule

Event Schedule

Mini Sandwiches


May 22

Reception & Welcome Toast

5:30 - 7:30 PM

  • Open Bar & Hot Hors d'Oeuvres

  • Special Prize Drawings

  • Highest Total Time Recognition

Pilot Employer Presentations

7:00 PM

  • Wheels Up

  • Skywest Charter


May 23

Pilot Interviews/Vendor Meetings

8:00 AM - 8:00 PM | By Appointment Only

Top Golf Tournament

12:30 - 2:30 PM

  • Open Bar & Light Buffet

  • Beat the Pro - $500 Prize

  • Closest to the Pin - $500 Prize

Crapology & BlackJack Courses

3:30 - 4:30 PM

  • Learn the Art of Controlling Two Small Cubes by Yelling!

  • Learn When to Hit, Hold, Split, or Double Down

Complimentary Dinner & Presentations

6:00 - 9:00 PM

  • Special Prize Drawings



May 24

Pilot Interviews

8:00 AM - 8:00 PM

  • By Appointment Only

The Venue

The Venue

Located on the Las Vegas Strip, this elegant resort features a large casino with a gaming floor, tropical-inspired pools and a selection of dining options.

3799 S Las Vegas Blvd

Las Vegas, NV

(877) 880-0880

FAPA's Pilot Retirement Event


May 22 - 24, 2023


MGM Grand

Las Vegas, NV


To register for our event, click on Reserve a Spot at our registration page.

If you have questions, call Trudy Blades at 1-800-JET-JOBS (538-5627) Ext. 54 to discuss attending our event.

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