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"Each One, Bring One"
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April 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.


A Note from our Chairman...

While snow still lingers in the upper Midwest the forecast temperatures for Sun 'n Fun sound almost summer like. General aviation is coming out of its winter hibernation for another year and a transition for many SAFE members is about to begin.  CFIs are receiving calls regarding flight reviews and instrument proficiency checks. Pilots are heading to the airport in bigger numbers to regain their proficiency for the summer flying season. Everyone, it seems, is busy.


Your organization is busy too:

  • At Sun 'n Fun, visit us at exhibit space NE-006 just east of Hangar A. 
  • This is a great time to renew your SAFE membership and take advantage of special renewal benefits. 
  • Planning for AirVenture Oshkosh continues. 
    • The annual membership meeting will be held on Thursday, July 31. The meeting, held at the Wittman Regional Airport's terminal building, includes dinner.


Behind the scenes activity for SAFE is also reaching a peak. Our Governance Committee has conducted interviews with director candidates and is about to introduce those folks to all of us via our website. This "getting to know you" phase will last about two weeks and will be followed by online elections. The election is unique among organizations like SAFE. SAFE membership elects the entire board, and a third of the board (three directors) are elected each year. These individuals will run our organization for the next three years. They will select our course, set our priorities, and move us toward our shared vision. Your participation in the election process is not just important -- it's vital.  


SAFE is a participatory organization. We all depend on each others' participation. If you are attending Sun 'n Fun, please consider volunteering some of your time at our exhibit. At the very least stop in and say hi. I would also suggest that you put the SAFE breakfast on your calendar for Thursday morning, April 3.


Have you recruited a new member for SAFE? The "Each one, Bring one" membership campaign is still underway. I encourage you to bring one or even more new members into our organization.


Finally, AirVenture Oshkosh will be here before we know it. SAFE will again be exhibiting at the same location as last year - Booth 35, in the College Park area. Here again, member's help is always welcome. Stop in and visit or volunteer for a few hours!


Make your next flight a SAFE one.



SAFE Partners with PEGASAS
This past month, SAFE became a stakeholder organization with "The Partnership to Enhance General Aviation Safety, Accessibility and Sustainability" (PEGASAS). PEGASAS is a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Center of Excellence for General Aviation. The mission of PEGASAS is to enhance general aviation safety, accessibility, and sustainability by partnering the FAA with a national network of world-class researchers, educators and industry leaders.


The PEGASAS mission aligns very closely, in part, with the SAFE mission of "providing quality educational materials and other resources, seeking a reduction in aviation accidents, increased professionalism among aviation educators, and lifelong learning by everyone involved in aviation." SAFE Executive Director Doug Stewart recently proposed, "Considering that the missions of both PEGASAS and SAFE are very closely aligned, it would appear to be a very natural alliance of our mutual goals."

SAFE Members to Serve on ACS Working Group
 SAFE Represented on Important GA Certification Group


On January 29, 2012, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) posted in the Federal Register a Notice to inform the public of the Aviation Rulemaking Advisory Committee (ARAC); New Task Assignment for the ARAC: Establishment of the Airman Certification System Working Group. The new task was to establish an Airman Certification System Working Group (ACS WG) that will provide expert assistance and industry views to the FAA's Flight Standards Service (AFS) on the development, modification, and continued alignment of the major components of the airman certification system.


The FAA assigned the ARAC a new task arising from recommendations from both the Airman Testing Standards and Training Aviation Rulemaking Committee (ARC) and ARAC Airman Testing Standards and Training Working Group (ATST WG). The ATST WG recommended ways to ensure that the FAA's airman testing and training materials better support reduction of fatal general aviation accidents. The FAA and the Aviation Industry jointly seek to improve airman training and testing by establishing an integrated, holistic airman certification system that clearly aligns testing with certification standards, guidance, and reference materials, and maintains that alignment.


Beginning with the creation of the ARC, following with the ATST WG, and now with the creation of the ACS WG, SAFE members have been an integral part of this process, with many SAFE members serving on both the ARC and ATSTWG.  The FAA has now appointed nine SAFE members to serve on the Airman Certification System Work Group. .  SAFE members appointed to the ACS WG are: Eric Crump; Richard Funcheon; John King; Janeen Kochan; Roger Sharp; Burt Stevens; Doug Stewart; Batson Wilson; and Bob Wright.

 The first meeting of the ACS WG was held on March 27th. At this meeting, members were appointed to several sub-groups, thus dividing up the tasks that will be accomplished through an aggressive work schedule.

"Each One, Bring One" Campaign

"Each One, Bring One" is the theme of the 2014 SAFE Membership Campaign, which kicked off on February 1.  Current members participating in this campaign will have their names entered into a special drawing to be held on July 31 at the SAFE dinner in Oshkosh, WI.  The three prizes to be awarded are a $400 gift certificate donated by King Schools to be used for training materials, an SP-400 handheld NAV/COM aviation radio donated by Sporty's Pilot Shop, and an A20 aviation headset with Bluetooth (twin plug, GA configuration) donated by Bose.  You do not need to be present to win.    


In addition to the participating member's name being entered into the July 31 drawing, every SAFE member who recruits or sponsors a new member will receive a $5 Starbucks e-gift card immediately after the membership fee is paid.  The e-gift card is sent via email and will say Starbucks in the subject line, so please download and print out the gift card when it arrives in your inbox.


During this recruitment campaign, each SAFE member is asked to recruit one new member into the organization between February 1 and July 31, 2014.  The more members you bring into SAFE, the faster SAFE will grow AND the more times your name will be entered into a special drawing at the end of the current campaign.  The recruiter's or sponsor's name must be shown on the membership application for participation in the drawing.  Members can participate by recruiting a new member, who would pay his or her own membership dues, or by purchasing a gift membership for the new member.  To date, the majority of new members gained during this recruitment campaign have been gift memberships.  


If you'd like to send a potential member a copy of SAFE's membership brochure, the latest brochure can be found here.  If you'd like to sponsor a new member, you can complete the membership form located on the SAFE website. There is also a yellow banner on the home page of the SAFE website that will link you to the brochure and application.  (Please note that where the membership application asks who referred you, please put your own name, if you are sponsoring (i.e., paying for) a gift membership.  Then put the new member's name and address in the area that asks for Shipping Information.)

SAFE Invited to Present at NTSB GA Safety Seminar

The NTSB Training Center (TC) in Ashburn, VA is planning to hold a GA Safety Seminar on Saturday, May 10, 2014. This will be the fourth in a series of Seminars that the TC has put on. They have received good reviews to date on previous Seminars, and are looking forward to another successful event. The topic for the upcoming Seminar will be: preventing loss of control accidents with a focus specifically on stall/spin events.


SAFE Executive Director, Doug Stewart, has been invited to give a presentation discussing: typical scenarios that lead to inadvertent stall /spin events; how we can improve the way we teach stall recognition and recovery; and to take a close look at the aerodynamics involved with the "base-to-final" stall/spin.


Other presenters at the seminar will include: NTSB Board Member (and SAFE member) Earl Weener;  AFS 800 manager (and SAFE member) James Viola, David Kenny from the AOPA, and Elias Kontanis from the NTSB. There are also plans to film several stall/spin scenarios in a Redbird FMX ATD, and show them in stop motion to provide a better understanding of how a simple maneuver can lead to a fatal stall/spin accident.

SAFE Resource Center
A Student Pilot Workbook That Really Works
The peak flying/training season is just ahead, and that means many new students will begin their Private Pilot programs. Give them a great start with a comprehensive workbook and training checklist, available just for members in the SAFE Resource Center. Check out "Private Pilot Part 61 Training Program" by Master CFI Scott O'Brien in the Syllabi section.

The 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.


Recent Master Instructor Designations
Congratulations to these SAFE members!
Harry William KRAEMER, Master CFI      (Renew:  1 Mar 14) 
Germantown  MD 
Harry Kraemer, a 9-time Master and SAFE member, recently renewed his Master CFI accreditation.  Harry is the CEO and president of Kraemer Aviation Services, a flight training operation located at Frederick Municipal Airport (FDK).  He specializes in class cockpit, turbine, and complex aircraft training as well as aircraft checkouts.


David Hall FAILE Jr, Master CFI    (Renew:  1 Mar 14) 
Fairfield  CT
David H Faile, a 9-time Master CFI and SAFE member, recently renewed his Master CFI accreditation.  David is an AOPA Airport Support Network (ASN) representative, a FAASTeam representative in the Windsor Locks FSDO area, and the holder of the FAA's Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award.  The 1999 Nat'l CFI of the Year, David instructs at Bridgeport's Sikorsky Airport (BDR). 


Michael Joseph "Mike" ELLIOTT, Master CFI    (Initial:  18 Mar 14) 
Tarpon Springs  FL
E-mail:  Michael J Elliott, a 1st-time Master and SAFE member, recently earned his initial Master CFI accreditation.  Mike is an independent flight instructor at Clearwater Air Park (CLW) where he specializes in Mooney transition training.  The founder of Florida's Mooney Summit, he also serves as a FAASTeam representative in the FAA's Birimgham FSDO area.


Parvez DARA, Master CFI             ( Renew:  28 Feb 14 )
Toms River  NJ
Parvez Dara, a 5-time Master and SAFE member, recently renewed his Master CFI accreditation.  Parvez is an aviation medical examiner (AME) as well as a Mooney Pilot Proficiency flight and ground instructor with the Mooney Aircraft Pilots Association Safety Foundation.  He also serves as a FAASTeam representative in the FAA's Philadelphia FSDO area
Philip Terry "Phil" CORBELL, Master Instructor Emeritus  
(14 Mar 14)  Sun City West  AZ
Philip T Corbell, a 7-time Master 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.  Phil is an independent Phoenix-area glider instructor who also represents the glider and balloon communities in numerous aviation safety organizations.  He also serves as a FAASTeam representative in the Scottsdale FSDO area.

Have a SAFE day!

Doug Stewart, Executive Director
Society of Aviation and Flight Educators
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