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May 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 Members Spot a Gap and Fill it!

We all spend a lot of time pondering matters related to aviation, but by now there are few NEW topics. Still, Las Vegas SAFE members and FAASTeam Representatives, Janet Denton and Mike Radomsky spotted one - a void.


They noted the FAA requirement (91.107) that pilots brief passengers before flight.  As instructors at KVGT, they make sure that the pilots they work with are aware of this requirement, and teach that it's worthwhile to do more than the minimum required (which is basically to discuss restraint systems, like seatbelts).   They encourage pilots to include a discussion of how to operate doors, location and use of emergency equipment, sterile cockpit, looking out for traffic, etc, and note that many pilots do in fact do these things.   


However, Denton notes, "These are all tactical items - perfectly appropriate once the passenger is seated in the airplane - but not much use for answering the typical questions pilots get from first time passengers".  She points out that many passengers have never flown on General Aviation aircraft before, and are understandably nervous.  They have questions about turbulence, what to eat before flying, how to dress, and so on.   


Radomsky adds, "Although many passengers are familiar with airline flying, it is really a completely different experience.  They are essentially indoors from the time they park their car until they are seated in the airplane, they have toilets on board, they can pack large suitcases, and so on."  What is needed, he says, is a strategic briefing - one that addresses the differences before the passenger leaves home.


These two Representatives formed an alliance called "Aviation Beans" to make G.A.-related videos, starting with the one they intend to fill this gap.  It's titled "What You Should Know Before You Fly By Private Plane". It's hosted on their web site,   


Aimed at the new-to-private flying passenger, the video is just over 11 minutes long.  It is clear and straightforward, and we believe it will enhance the image of General Aviation and make that all-important first experience much more comfortable.  We encourage you to view it here, and to share it with your passengers. We are also planning on making the video available in the public section of the SAFE Resource Center.

SAFE Resource Center
 Professionalism and the Student Pilot


When was the last time you reviewed professionalism with your Private Pilot clients? Have you ever? While not specifically stated in the Practical Test Standards for certification, we as aviation educators know the importance of a professional mindset in all aspects of flying, maintenance, training, and risk management. And the sooner pilots practice that mindset, the better. Have your clients discuss with you the Model Codes of Conduct starting with the student pilot:
Have any training tools you'd like to share with us? Submit your material online to the SAFE Resource Center. Visit  to learn more.

SAFE Truly Pays it Forward

I entered the ranks of Aviation educators in June 1999 six years to the day after earning my private pilot certificate.  Like many, I had dreams of the airlines in my, not too distant, future.  Even though I thought I would soon be flying airliners, I gave teaching everything I had.  Having learned from a Flight Instructor Hall of Famer, I thought I would hit the ground running.  I was mistaken; I quickly saw that while I knew the material and was teaching in a part 141 program, I still need guidance and teaching tools to help me explain the material to my students.  At the time, there was no " one stop shop" organization that offered the things I needed.


   When word started to spread of an organization for Aviation Educators that would be run by and for its members I was immediately on board!  In the 5 short years since it's inception, SAFE has amassed a massive Resource Center, with articles and power point presentations, accessible to it members for use in their class/ briefing rooms, sponsored a pilot proficiency project and the Pilot training Reform Symposium. SAFE also partners with a plethora of companies that offer discounts to SAFE members, many of which almost cover the cost of the membership itself! 


    I was honored when I was asked to join the membership committee, because I was proud to tell prospective members about the work we were doing.  I was part of an amazing organization, one whose members, didn't just pay dues and read a newsletter. I was part of a group whose passion was the driving force, one where the members truly wanted to improve GA and promote it. I am proud of the work SAFE does and know that new CFI's and teachers beginning their journey as Aviation Educators, can benefit tremendously from the work SAFE's members have so generously donated to the Resource Center, something I know I wish I had 15, fantastic and fulfilling, years ago.


SAFE truly pays it forward!


Nathan Zucker

SAFE Members to Present at NTSB Safety Seminar
Preventing Aerodynamic Stalls and Loss of Control

The National Transportation Safety Board is presenting a seminar highlighting the lessons that have been learned from the NTSB's investigations of accidents involving a pilot's loss of aircraft control. While there are many different ways for a loss of control accident to occur, a stall/spin event is the leading category identified under this cause. Unfortunately, the circumstances for these accidents are often repeated over time, thus precipitating a need for change in this area.


SAFE Executive Director, Doug Stewart, will be one of the presenters. He will address ways to improve the way we teach and test the recognition and recovery of stalls and spins. Other SAFE presenters will include: NTSB Board member Earl Weener; AFS 800 Manager Jim Viola; and Elias Kontanis from the NTSB Training Center.


The safety seminar will be held on Saturday, May 10, 2014 from 09:00 am to 1:00 pm at the NTSB Training Center, 45065 Riverside Parkway, Ashburn, Virginia 20147.  The event is free and open to the public but is limited to 200 attendees; early registration is highly recommended. The doors will open at 08:30 am.


If the seminar is video taped SAFE will make the seminar available on the SAFE website. If it is not taped we will make Doug's presentation available in the member's only portion of the SAFE Resource Center.

Are You Knowledgable and Passionate about Weather resources?

If you are knowledgeable and passionate about weather resources, specifically relating to the vast plethora of weather information now available on the internet, then SAFE can use your assistance. We need your help in creating the next Flight Instructor Open Forum (FIOF).


In keeping with FAA Administrator Heurta's call for placing emphasis on the relationship of weather to aviation safety through his "Got Weather?" campaign, it has been decided that the next FIOF will be focused on best practices in teaching and testing not only the gathering of weather information from the internet, but more importantly, how to utilize all the information in coming up with a viable "go / no-go" decision. 


If you would be interested in working on the creation of this next FIOF in the ongoing series of forums created by SAFE for the FAASTeam please contact Doug Stewart for more information. This is a great opportunity for you to share your knowledge and expertise with the rest of the nation's flight instructor community!

Recent Master Instructor Designations
Congratulations to these SAFE members!
Ludwig Joseph "Lou" WIPOTNIK, Master CFI     
(Renew:  3Apr14) 
Wheeling  IL
Lou Wipotnik, a 9-time Master and SAFE member, recently renewed his Master CFI accreditation.  Lou is an independent Chicago-area flight and ground instructor at Chicago Executive Airport (PWK).  The 1996 Nationl CFI of the Year and the holder of an FAA Wright Brothers Master Pilot award, he is also a FAASTeam representative in the FAA's DuPage FSDO area and serves in the Civil Air Patrol's Illinois Wing. 
Michael "Mike" DEMULLING, Master CFI  
(Renew:  14Apr14) 
New Richmond  WI
Michael C Demulling, a 7-time Master and a SAFE member, recently renewed his Master CFI accreditation.  Mike is the chief pilot for White House Custom Colour as well as manager of New Richmond Regional Airport.  Additionally, he owns Mike Demulling Flight Training specializing in primary, instrument, and recurrent training.
Michael Carl "Mike" JESCH, Master CFI    
(Initial:  10Apr14) 
Anaheim  CA
Michael C Jesch, a 1
st-time Master and SAFE member, recently earned his Master CFI accreditation.  Mike is a volunteer Angel Flight West pilot as well as an independent Fullerton-area flight instructor and an American Airlines pilot.  Additionally, he serves as a FAASTeam representative in the FAA's Long Beach FSDO area.
Melvin Gerald "Mel" BURKART, Master Instructor Emeritus        (11Apr14)  Saint Louis  MO
Melvin G Burkart, a long time Master CFI and 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.  Mel is a retired professor of aviation at Saint Louis University's Parks College.  He also serves as a FAASTeam lead representative in the Saint Louis FSDO area.
Christopher John "Chris" HOPE, Master CFI     
(Renew:  25Apr14) 
Kansas City  MO
E-mail:  Christopher J Hope, a 4-time Master and SAFE member, recently renewed his Master CFI accreditation.  A volunteer Angel Flight pilot, Chris is an independent flight instructor specializing in primary and instrument training at Lee's Summit (LXT) and Johnson County Executive (OJC) airports.  He also serves as an IMC Club facilitator and a FAASTeam Representative in the FAA's Kansas City FSDO area.
Daniel Max "Dan" KEEN, Master CFI     (Renew:  1Apr14) 
Lafayette  IN
Daniel M Keen, a 8-time Master and SAFE member, recently renewed his Master CFI accreditation.  Dan, a longtime volunteer and judge in the National Intercollegiate Flying Association (NIFA), is an aviation safety inspector (ASI) and safety officer with the FAA's Indianapolis FSDO.  He specializes in aviator practical tests and also assists with the FSDO's FAASTeam activities.
Kyle Vincent THOMAS, Master CFI     
(Renew:  31Mar14) 
Durant  OK
Kyle Thomas, a 5-time Master and a SAFE member, recently renewed his Master CFI accreditation.   Kyle is an aviation professor and chief flight instructor with Southeastern Oklahoma State University's aviation institute at Eaker Field (DUA).  He is also an advisor to the local Women in Aviation chapter and a coach for the university's NIFA flight team.  In addition, he serves as a FAASTeam representative in the FAA's Oklahoma City FSDO area.


Have a SAFE day!

Doug Stewart, Executive Director
Society of Aviation and Flight Educators
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