Society of Aviation and Flight Educators eNewsletter  
Sun 'n Fun 2015
Medical Reform Legislation
Government Affairs Committee
Pilot Proficiency Demonstration
SAFE Resource Center
Nominations Open for BOD
1 Apr 2015 

SAFE represents more than 900 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.


Sun 'n Fun 2015

Just three short weeks until Sun 'n Fun (SnF15) begins and of course SAFE will be there. We hope to see you there too! We have a lot of important information to share regarding SnF15, so let's get started.


Booth location - the SAFE booth will be right where we left it at the end of last year's event. Booth NE-006 is located east of Hangar A. Be sure to stop by and say Hello.


Volunteers - do you have some free time and looking for a shady spot? Well then we are looking for you. You are encouraged to spend a few hours in the exhibit tent sharing the benefits of SAFE membership. Go to the volunteer schedule page here to sign up.


SnF Breakfast - Come join us for a delicious breakfast on Thursday morning, meet with friends, and learn the latest happenings in SAFE. This year's event will be Thursday morning, April 23, beginning at 07:45 AM. We will be at a new location. This year we will enjoy breakfast inside the Lakeland Linder Regional Airport Terminal, catered by airport restaurant, Hallback's Bar and Grill. The terminal's street address is 3900 Don Emerson Drive. Pre-registration is required. Click here to register. Thank you to Aviation Insurance Resources and Starr Companies who are hosts of SAFE's SnF15 Breakfast.


Discount Tickets - A SAFE membership benefit is discounted ticket prices for SnF15. Buy your tickets here online. Press the "Buy Tickets Now!" button, enter the number of tickets needed and then press Update Cart. Enter SAFE012 in the Discount Code box and press Apply. Your discount will be applied automatically at check out. You can get up two tickets at the discounted price. If you are buying your admission tickets after you get to Lakeland, you still get the discount. Important - either way you must have proof of SAFE membership. Log in to the SAFE website and click Manage Your Account in the yellow box in the upper right corner. Click Download Card on the left hand list. Be sure to take your printout with you to Lakeland.


Medical Reform Legislation

Senator Jim Inhofe (R-OK) introduced S.571, the Pilot's Bill of Rights 2 on February 26, 2015. Recently the bill was referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. The Senator's press release provides the details.


A key point in the legislation is third-class medical reform. The bill, if adopted as written, will allow private pilots to act as PIC of non-commercial flights under both VFR and IFR in aircraft weighing up to 6,000 without a third class medical.


SAFE encourages you to read the bill and, communicate you opinions with your congressional representatives regarding S.571 and H.R. 1062.

Government Affairs Committee

Kudos to committee chair Cliff Chetwin and all the members of the SAFE Government Affairs Committee. They have been burning the midnight oil and then some in developing responses to NPRMs and proposed changes to numerous FAA training publications.


SAFE's response to the ATD Direct to Final Rule was quoted by many in the industry as support grew towards the end of the comment period. The many positive responses were not enough to overcome two negative comments. The ATD Direct to Final Rule effort ended, not as most in aviation anticipated. We are confident that an NPRM regarding allowable time in ATDs will be published sometime again.


The committee has prepared a response to an NPRM regarding Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAVs). Review our response at Docket FAA-2015-0150. They also drafted comments on Instrument Flying Handbook and Advanced Avionics Handbook as part of SAFE's participation on the FAA/Industry Working Group. SAFE is also represented on the sub- committee creating the new Authorized-Instructor Airmen Certification Standard.

Pilot Proficiency Demonstration: Loss of Control
Loss of Control is not a new topic to SAFE members. The organization, through member Rich Stowell, has issued white papers and conducted numerous seminars on the subject. The NTSB has put Loss of Control on its general aviation 2015 Most Wanted List. With that in mind, SAFE is sponsoring a month-long, multi-faceted, demonstration that combines live, interactive webinars with a flight simulation scenario with the purpose of demonstrating the latest training systems aimed at reducing loss of control accidents.

Stasi Poulos, CEO of Mindstar Aviation said, "we really appreciate the support of

SAFE and EAA. This clearly shows a willingness of industry leaders to get out

in front of a very important issue for pilots; namely, loss of control." The demonstration launched on Wednesday, March 25 and will continue through April 19, 2015.


Rich Stowell will present a live, interactive webinar, Loss of Control and Stall/Spin Awareness, every Wednesday evening during the demonstration period. Doug Stewart will also be presenting a live, interactive webinar, Preparing for the Unexpected, on Thursday evenings. Concurrent with the seminars will be the opportunity to fly a training simulation, Shenandoah Sortie, at eight locations in the Washington DC area. Follow title links for more information.


Mindstar Aviation Community believes that quality flight simulation environments can help make us better, safer pilots. We agree and are excited to work with Mindstar Promoting Excellence in Aviation Education. For more information about Mindstar visit


The SAFE Resource Center Wants Your Educational Materials!
The Resource Center at would like to expand its selection of teaching media. Most of the excellent papers, teaching tools, PowerPoints and videos have been created by our members in the course of their work as aviation educators. The Resource Center makes these tools available to all fellow members. Please consider taking a few minutes to submit your materials to us .  In particular, we are in need of media for topics including Navigation, Performance, and Regulations.

The SAFE Resource Center is one of the many benefits of YOUR membership! For access to the full array of instructional tools, visit


Nominations still open for positions on SAFE Board of Directors

Nominations for SAFE board directors closes at 0001Z, Friday, April 10. Every year, terms of three directors of SAFE end. Our by-laws set forth term limits - individuals can hold a director position for two concurrent terms (six years). Incumbent directors have three options at the end of their term - leave the board due to term limit, retire from the board after one term, or run for re-election at the end of their first term. This year's election will include one incumbent running for re-election.


Service to others is a time commitment, there is no escaping that fact. But have you ever heard a volunteer complain that their service was a waste of their time? No? Me neither. The rewards of service to others are amazing. This is an exciting time for your organization. SAFE is gaining. It is gaining momentum, credibility and success. Our membership numbers continue to grow. Our programs are expanding. We are moving along a path towards achieving our mission. You are already a part of that, you are a SAFE member. I challenge you to do more. Become a candidate for the SAFE board of directors. Visit the nominations page for information on completing you nomination.


Recent Master Instructor Designations
Congratulations to these SAFE members!

Clifford Floyd "Cliff" CHETWIN, Master CFI    
Santa Fe  NM
Clifford F Chetwin, a 5-time Master and SAFE member, recently renewed his Master CFI accreditation.  A retired National Park Service regional chief pilot and aviation program manager, Cliff is now the president of Kestrel Aviation.  In addition, he works as a nationally acclaimed aviation safety lecturer while also serving as a FAASTeam representative in the FAA's Albuquerque FSDO area

Charles Henry "Chuck" EBBECKE, Master CFI Emeritus    
Santa Rosa Beach  FL
Charles H Ebbecke, a 4-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.  Chuck was a long time flight and ground instructor with Mooney's MAPA Safety Foundation as well as an aviation consultant and independent instructor at Bonifay's Tri-County Airport (1J0).  He also serves as a FAASTeam lead representative in the FAA's Birmingham FSDO area.

Elaine Helen KAUH, Master CFI     
Green Bay  WI
Elaine Kauh, a 3-time Master and SAFE member, recently renewed her Master CFI accreditation.  Elaine is a flight and ground instructor with Wisconsin Aviation( Watertown Municipal Airport (RYV).  She also serves as a FAASTeam representative for the Milwaukee FSDO area and is the chairperson for the SAFEonline resource center

Fredrick William "Billy" SHUGART Jr, Master CFI    
Canfield  OH
Billy Shugart, a 1
st-time Master and a SAFE member, recently earned his Master CFI accreditation.  When not piloting a Boeing 757 for Federal Express, Billy works as a flight instructor specializing in spin, aerobatic, and emergency upset recovery training with Bad Attitude Aviator Training at Ohio's Salem Airpark (38D).  Additionally, he provides conventional flight training with Skyline Aviation also located at Salem Airpark. 

Raymond Francis "Ray" SPENGLER Jr, Master CFI & Master GI  
Odessa  TX
Raymond F Spengler, a 5-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) where he specializes in primary and advanced flight training.  He also serves in the Texas Wing of the Civil Air Patrol and is a FAASTeam representative in the FAA's Lubbock FSDO area.

Hobart Caleb "Hobie" TOMLINSON, Master CFI   
Huntington  VT
Hobart C Tomlinson, a 7-time Master and a SAFE member, recently renewed his Master CFI accreditation.  The 2012 National CFI of the Year as well as a retired TWA pilot, Hobie is the manager of Montair Flight Services LLC at Burlington International Airport (BTV) where he specializes in Cirrus and Beechcraft flight training.  He also serves as a FAASTeam representative and pilot examiner in the FAA's Portland Maine FSDO area.

Benjamin Michael "Ben" WHITE, Master CFI   
West Mebourne  FL
Benjamin M White, a 1
st-time Master and SAFE member, recently earned his initial Master CFI accreditation.  Ben served a lead instructor and is now flight training supervisor with Florida Institute of Technology's College of Aeronautics at Melbourne International Airport (MLB).  He trains and mentors new employees while also supervising the instructional team.

See you in the pattern...

John Dorcey, Interim Executive Director
Society of Aviation and Flight Educators
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