Society of Aviation and Flight Educators eNewsletter  
Sun'N Fun 2014
SNF Discount Admission
"Each One, Bring One"
Art & Science of Flying Ground School
Recent Master Instructors

Lightspeed Headsets

Aviation Insurance Resources logo
SAFE's Exclusive CFI
Liability Insurance Program



Become an

eNews Sponsor!

Have your logo & a link to
your website placed here


Join Our Mailing List

Or text SAFE to 22828
(messaging and data
rates may apply)
March 2014 

SAFE represents more than 800 of the industry's top aviation educators in 49 states and nine foreign countries, including the majority of Master Instructors and numerous General Aviation Awards winners in all four awards categories. SAFE developed and is now offering Regional Pilot Proficiency Projects across the U.S.


SAFE at Sun'N Fun 2014

For those of us who are suffering through one of the coldest, snowiest, iciest winters in memory, the thought of heading to Florida in the beginning of April for SUN 'n FUN is what sustains us. This year the event runs from April 1 - 6, and SAFE will be there, in the same location (NE-06) where we have been for the past four years.


This year SAFE will be holding it's annual Breakfast, sponsored by Starr Aviation and Aviation Insurance Resources, on Thursday, April 3, from 8:00 - 9:00 AM, in the Special Activities Tent located just to the west of the Florida Air Museum. Please be sure to let us know that you will be coming by registering here for the breakfast.


As always, we can use help staffing our exhibit tent. If you would like to volunteer a morning or afternoon of your time greeting visitors to the tent, offering them a bottle of cold water and extolling the many reasons for and benefits of membership in SAFE please contact Doug Stewart and let him know when you would be available to help.


SAFE will be launching its 2014 K-12 Teacher Grants application period during Sun 'n Fun, and we will be handing out packets that contain not only the grant application (one grant for grades K-7, and another for grades 8-12) but also lesson plans and tools for teachers to use in introducing STEM concepts to students through the use of aviation.

Discounted Admission to Sun'n Fun
This year the good folks at Sun 'n Fun are offering SAFE members a promotional code that can be used to purchase admission tickets at a discounted member rate.  This promotional code can be used online starting immediately.  The code is: SAFE012. In order to take advantage of this generous offer you will be required to show proof of membership when redeeming an online ticket or purchasing onsite at the ticket window. Please remember that membership cards are available electronically only, and are accessed by logging into the website and clicking on Manage Your Account. On the left side of the Manage Your Account webpage that comes up, you will see download links for your membership card and wall certificate. To purchase tickets online click here 
"Each One, Bring One" Campaign Going Strong

The SAFE 2014 Membership Campaign titled "Each One, Bring One" is going strong. It's a win /win program for everyone. Each SAFE member is asked to recruit at least one new member into the organization between February 1 and July 31, 2014.  This recruitment campaign is not a competition to see who can bring the most members, but the more members you do bring into SAFE, the faster SAFE will reach its membership goal AND the more times your name will be entered into a special drawing (with some fantastic prizes)at the end of the campaign. Plus, for every member you recruit, SAFE will send you a Starbucks $5.00 coupon. You can get full details about the campaign here. So act now to get a great cup of coffee, get your name entered into a drawing for some wonderful prizes, and most importantly... help SAFE grow it's membership!

SAFE Members to Present Art & Science of Flying Ground School

Part of the NJ Aviation Conference on May 2-3, 2014


SAFE members Linda Castner and Rich Stowell will debut The Art and Science of Flying Ground School at Alexandria Field Airport in Pittstown, NJ on Saturday, May 3, 2014.


An Advanced Ground Instructor, Castner noted, "We are experimenting with a totally different kind of program that will be fun and educational for pilots and non-pilots alike." She continued, "With aviation as the overarching theme, we will also be reaching out to local school teachers and students who are interested in science, technology, engineering, and math."


The daylong event weaves history, biology, and technology into a high-level exploration of the wonder of flight in general, and of airplane and human performance in particular. The ground school is divided into the following parts:

  1. Clearing Your Imagination for Take Off
  2. The Aerodynamics of Flight Revealed
  3. Airplane Performance: What Planes Do and Why
  4. Human Performance: What We Do and Why

The cost is $50 (discounted to $35 if also attending the first day of the conference), and includes lunch, a certificate of completion, and a chance to win a door prize. Pilots will be eligible for WINGS credit, and NJ teachers and students may be able to earn Professional Development or extra credit for attending.


Details and registration forms are available at these websites:,,


Recently, I received my renewal reminder notice from SAFE.  I sat back in my chair and thought about my SAFE membership for a little while.  
I am at a time in my life when I've retired and am in the process of giving up many of my aviation related activities.  I no longer instruct pilots, no longer present seminars at AirVenture or Sun 'n Fun, and no longer conduct safety seminars with the FAASTeam.  Why should I still pay membership dues to SAFE?  

Since my second year of public school teaching, I've believed that professionals can achieve much more when they work together.  Professional growth and mentoring are two good examples of group accomplishments.  Another extremely important goal is government advocacy.  When government agencies control the rules and the purse strings, professional educators need a loud strong voice.  

When I retired from public school teaching, I continued my membership in the National Education Association 
(NEA) and the Colorado Education Association (CEA) as a "life member."  I want these organizations to be able to continue their advocacy for teachers.  
SAFE provides resources, professional growth opportunities, mentoring, and advocacy for aviation educators.  I want SAFE to be able to continue working toward its goals as well.  I may no longer need SAFE's resource library, opportunities for professional growth or mentoring experiences but I want to support the advocacy efforts SAFE undertakes with the FAA and industry on behalf of all aviation educators.  

I may not need SAFE as I did previously, but SAFE needs me among its membership.  I am proud to be a founding member of SAFE and will be a continuing member of SAFE.  I have decided to join at the silver level this year.

JoAnn K Hill, MCFI-Emeritus
Recent Master Instructor Designations
Congratulations to these SAFE members!
Gary Michael "Mike" BARNES, Master CFI   (Initial:   11Feb14)   
Bixby  OK
Mike Barnes, a 1st-time Master and SAFE member, recently earned his Master CFI accreditation.  Mike instructs with Destinations Executive Flight Center at Tulsa's Riverside Airport (RVS) where he specializes in technically advanced aircraft and avionics training.  He also serves in the Civil Air Patrol and is a FAASTeam representative in the FAA's Oklahoma City FSDO area.  
 John Kent EARLYWINE, Master Instructor Emeritus (MIE)   (Renew:  1Feb14) 
Fort Wayne  IN
John K Earlywine, a 7-time Master and a SAFE member, was recently granted Master Instructor Emeritus
 (MIE) status in recognition of his many years of commitment to excellence, professional growth, service to the aviation community, and quality aviation education.  John is Central Indiana Soaring Society's lead CFI at Alexandria Airport (I99).  He also serves as a FAASTeam representative in the FAA's South Bend FSDO area.   
Lonnie Lee HILKEMEIER, Master CFI     (Renew:  20Feb12) 
Boulder  CO
Lonnie L Hilkemeier, a 9-time Master and SAFE member, recently renewed his Master CFI accreditation.  Colorado's first Master Instructor in 1998, Lonnie is the senior flight instructor and president of Specialty Flight Training, a Cessna Pilot Center at Boulder Airport (BDU).  He also serves as a FAASTeam representative in the FAA's Denver FSDO area.  
William Scott O'BRIEN, Master CFI      (Renew:  20Feb14)   
Tallahassee  FL
Scott O'Brien, a 5-time Master and SAFE member, recently renewed his Master CFI accreditation.  Scott is a flight instructor who specializes in primary and instrument flight training with Florida Aviation Center at Tallahassee Regional Airport (TLH).  A practicing attorney, he also serves as a FAASTeam representative in the FAA's Tampa FSDO area.     
 Stewart Douglas "Doug" STEWART, Master CFI   (Renew:  1Feb14)   
South Egremont  MA
Douglas Stewart, an 8-time Master and charter SAFE member, recently renewed his Master CFI accreditation.  Doug is the executive director of SAFE, the Society of Aviation & Flight Educators and operates Doug Stewart Flight Instruction.   He also serves as a pilot examiner and FAASTeam rep in the FAA's Albany FSDO area and was named the 2004 Nat'l CFI of the Year.
Brian Nathaniel WILLETT, Master CFI   (Initial:  12Feb14)   
Gilbert  AZ

Brian Willett, a 2-time Master and a member of SAFE, recently earned his Master CFI accreditation.  Brian is involved with international flight screening (IFS), undergraduate pilot training (UPT), and pilot instructor training (PIT) for the Afghan Air Force student pilot training programs.  A retired US Air Force instructor pilot, he specializes in upset prevention and recovery as well as spin training.

Have a SAFE day!

Doug Stewart, Executive Director
Society of Aviation and Flight Educators
Copyright SAFE, Inc. 2014. All rights reserved.
SAFE, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) Tax-Exempt Public Charity -- --