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Control Tower Closing Near You?
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Teaching Flying to Foreign Students
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April 2013 

SAFE represents more than 700 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 is also leading the Pilot Training Reform Initiative.

Sun 'n Fun -- "It's not too late!"
Tuesday-Sunday, April 9-14 in Lakeland, FL

As usual, SAFE will have a major presence in Lakeland, FL this month. Our tent will be in the same location as last year: 



There are only eleven days left until the 5th Annual Sun 'n Fun Breakfast, which is being held in the Beuhler Restoration Center on Friday, April 12th from 8 - 9 AM.  The breakfast is sponsored by AOPA, Starr Aviation and Aviation Insurance Resources. In order to be sure we have enough food we need to know if you are planning to attend. If you have not yet registered for the breakfast,  there is still time. You can register for the breakfast here.


We also are still in need of a few volunteers to help staff the SAFE tent. If you are willing and able to help your organization, we especially need help on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday mornings, and Tuesday, Thursday and Friday afternoons. If you can serve at any of these times please let us know.


And last, but not least, if you have any experience providing instruction in the Redbird FMX, we are still in need of a few good instructors to assist us in providing quality instruction with the Pilot Proficiency Project™ Simulator Scenarios. Please sign up here if you can help.


Thank you in advance -- and see you at Sun 'n Fun!

New "Proposed" Airman Certification Standards to be Published in Federal Register


The ATST ARAC has completed its work on the Private and Instrument Airman Certification Standards (ACS), and has transmitted these to the FAA with a recommendation for publication for notice and comment in the Federal Register. The publication is scheduled for mid-April. You will  find it here once published. Your comments and suggestions are encouraged and can be submitted through the Federal Register Website.


SAFE believes that implementation by FAA of these recommendations will elevate the training and testing of airman to a higher level of knowledge, skill, and risk management, while contributing to a reduction in our fatal accident rate. 

SAFE offering K-12 Classroom Teacher Grant

Know a deserving school?

SAFE  is offering a $250.00 grant to encourage K-12 classroom teachers to incorporate aviation-themed lessons into their normal curriculum.  Aviation and aerospace topics are the perfect adjunct for teaching science, math, history, and even art.  Aviation and aerospace are topics that generate enthusiasm with all types of learners and all ages of students.
An individual teacher or a group of teachers from the same school may apply for the grant to design an aviation-themed classroom unit, or complete an aviation-themed project.  For example, a SAFE grant could be used to pay for a bus and admission fees to take students to visit an aviation museum, go on a field trip to the local airport, buy materials to build a balsa wood glider or model rocket, or fund another type of project with an aviation or aerospace theme.
For more information, click here.
Is a Control Tower Closing Near You?

If you are teaching at or near an airport whose control tower is scheduled to close, please consider doing all you can to help keep operations at that airport as safe as possible.  


Many pilots might need to be reminded of the need for much greater vigilance (especially relative to runway incursions) when there isn't a ground controller available.  They may also need a review of proper pattern entries, and the need to follow the rules for traffic patterns at non-towered airports (i.e. left hand traffic unless otherwise noted). Instrument pilots might  need a friendly reminder of the need to cancel their IFR clearance themselves, now that there won't be a control tower to take care of that. It may also be helpful to review holding procedures for many instrument pilots, as it's probably fairly certain that holding will become a much more frequent occurrence in the IFR world.


These, and many other challenges, are going to mandate that all of us working in airspace that has reverted from Class D to either surface based Class E or Class G airspace operate with much greater vigilance and caution. A thorough review of the operating procedures for this type of airspace can be of great value to the many pilots who are out of practice with this type of uncontrolled environment. We, the members of SAFE, can lead the way in helping pilots make the transition to safe operations in a non-towered environment. 
SAFE Resource Center
 Looking for a good refresher course to get your customers back into IFR flying?  Check out "Instrument Procedures -- Knocking the Rust Off" from the SAFE Resource Center.  The PowerPoint presentation from DPE Dave Simpson highlights critical "need-to-know" topics such as: GPS approaches, electronic chart regulations and logging flight time.  Look for it in the IFR Procedures & Instruction Topic section.  

Our SAFE Resource Center's Member Section is an exclusive benefit for all SAFE members. To make the most of YOUR membership, take advantage of the wide variety of instructional tools you'll find there. New resources are posted regularly, and you are encouraged to submit your own multimedia materials to the Resource Center.


Teaching Flying  to Foreign Students
Your intrepid eNews Editor is currently teaching flying to student pilots for the Afghanistan Air Force. Teaching in new Turbo C-182Ts and C-208 w/Garmin G1000, in a Combat Zone (Shindand AB, Afghanistan) to student pilots whose previous mechanical operational experience may only be a bicycle (if we are lucky), and whose "mother tongue" is not English, leads to some interesting teaching moments...
The Afghan culture is very patriarchal as you may expect.  One of the highest positions of respect in their culture is the Teacher (second only to "Father").  Instructor Pilots are all referred to as "Teacher."  
Teaching primary flight training in a Technically Advanced Aircraft does have its challenges.  Instruction in a Combat Zone also brings its own amount of difficulties.  During a recent pre-flight briefing for a first solo flight, I was reviewing NORDO procedures and Tower Light Gun Signals (Army convoys leaving the base turn on jammers to protect them from radio detonated IEDs.  Naturally, these jammers also work very well in the Aviation VHF band!).  After discussing the Light Gun Signals, my student (very seriously) asked, "Teacher, will I see the green or red light on the PFD or MFD?"
Recent Master Instructor Designations
Congratulations to these SAFE members!

Raymond Francis "Ray" SPENGLER Jr, Master CFI & Master GI    (Renew:  1Mar13) 
Odessa  TX
 Raymond F Spengler, a 4-time double Master and SAFE member, recently renewed his Master CFI and Master GI accreditations.  Ray is the president of Skypark Aviation LLC, a Cessna Pilot Center at Odessa-Schlemeyer Airport (ODO).  He also serves in the Civil Air Patrol's Texas Wing and is a FAASTeam representative in the FAA's Lubbock FSDO area. 

Sean (nmn) WALSH, Master CFI    (Initial:  22Mar13) 
New Fairfield  CT
 Sean Walsh, a 1
st-time Master and SAFE member, recently earned his Master CFI accreditation.   Sean is lead flight and ground instructor as well as the founder of Motion Simulations LLC, a school specializing simulator, avionics, and high performance training at Danbury Municipal Airport (DXR).  He also serves as a FAASTeam representative in the FAA's Windsor Locks FSDO area.   

Elaine Helen KAUH, Master CFI     (Renew:  1Mar13)
Green Bay  WI
 Elaine Kauh, a 2-time Master and SAFE member, recently renewed her Master CFI accreditation.  Elaine is a ground and flight instructor with Wisconsin Aviation at Watertown Municipal Airport (RYV).  A committed career flight instructor and aerobatic pilot, she also serves as a FAASTeam representative for the Milwaukee FSDO area.

Charles Henry "Chuck" EBBECKE, Master CFI      (Renew:  19Mar13)   
Santa Rosa Beach  FL

Charles H Ebbecke, a 3-time Master and SAFE member, recently renewed his Master CFI accreditation.  Chuck is a flight and ground instructor with Mooney's MAPA Safety Foundation  as well as a senior aviation consultant and an independent instructor at Defuniak Springs Airport (54J).  He also serves as a FAASTeam representative in the FAA's Birmingham FSDO area. 

Hobart Caleb "Hobie" TOMLINSON, Master CFI    (Renew: 25Mar13) 
Huntington  VT

Hobart C Tomlinson, a 6-time Master and a SAFE member, recently renewed his Master CFI accreditation.  The 2012 National CFI of the Year, Hobie is a CSIP instructor and manager of Montairair Flight Services LLC at Burlington International Airport (BTV).  He also serves as a pilot examiner and FAASTeam representative in the FAA's Portland Maine FSDO area.


Have a SAFE Day!

Doug Stewart, Executive Director
Society of Aviation and Flight Educators
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