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Flight Path’s popular Speaker Series continues during 2015 with a wide variety of aviation topics delivered by an impressive roster of informative speakers. Subjects range from airport development to passenger service to aviation and aerospace history, according to Nancy Niles, Flight Path president.

“The Speaker Series is a key part of our learning center’s educational mission,” said Niles. “Our speakers promote a greater understanding of the importance of aviation for the entire community. These programs are offered free to the public.”

Flying_Tigers_logoKicking off the 2015 Speaker Series on Saturday, February 28 at 10 a.m. will be “The Flying Tigers of World War II,” presented by Dr. Pedro Chan, an internationally recognized authority on the Flying Tigers and their role in battling to free China from Axis control during World War II. The original Flying Tigers were a group of volunteer American aviators led by U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Claire L. Chennault. Following the war, part of the group formed The Flying Tiger Line, an all-cargo carrier now part of FedEx.

Dr. Chan has exhibited his large collection of World War II Flying Tigers memorabilia in Washington, D.C., and at several U.S. military bases. He also serves as an advisor to the Pacific Aviation Museum at Pearl Harbor, the Chinese American Museum in Los Angeles and the Flying Tigers Historical Organization.

An update on improvements in LAX passenger facilities and ground transportation is the topic for the Flight Path Speaker Series on Tuesday, April 28, at 10 a.m. Tim Ihle of the Los Angeles World Airports development staff will present the program. The airport recently awarded contracts for design of a major expansion of international passenger facilities and has unveiled plans for sophisticated ground transportation links between the airport central terminal area and nearby rail and rental car facilities.

Flight Path Director Nissen Davis returns to the Speaker Series on Tuesday, June 23, at 10 a.m. with the topic, “Aviation Doing Good,” reviewing his work with aviation and aerospace celebrities supporting the Morale Entertainment Foundation. The foundation is dedicated to boosting the morale of U. S. troops on deployment throughout the world.

The challenges for airlines in addressing hungry travelers is the focus of South Bay journalist Richard Foss, who speaks on the topic, “History of Food in Flight,” on Tuesday, September 22, at 10 a.m. Foss will trace the development of menu selections ranging from pretzels to prime rib and everything in between. .

The 2015 Speaker Series wraps up on Saturday, November 14, at 10 a.m. by revisiting a popular subject of last year’s series: “Space Satellites.” Phil Pressel, a longtime satellite project engineer, provides a look at the civilian role in this military-based reconnaissance program as well as the human interest stories that are part of it.