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AirVenture 2014!
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Airman Certification Standards Comments
100 Years of Intentional Spinning
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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.


Oshkosh Special

To capture all the great stuff that went on at AirVenture (aka: Oshkosh) -- we delayed the release of this month's eNews.  Enjoy!  Ed. 
AirVenture 2014 -- An Exciting Week!


AirVenture 2014 was an exciting week for

SAFE. With only one major exception, the weather was great and attendance was up this year, bringing great visitation to the SAFE tent.  With our "Coffee & Donut Social" for all our collegiate neighbors in the "Education Interactive Zone" on Thursday morning, and a special outreach to K-12 Teachers and STEM coordinators with our 2 grant offerings throughout the week our tent was a beehive of activity. 



The annual SAFE member's meeting and dinner, sponsored by AOPA, Aviation Insurance Resources and Starr Aviation, was a rousing success. Over 130 folks packed the room for the event and got to see the Thunderbird's entire fleet parked right outside on the ramp.


The keynote speaker at the dinner was John Duncan, the FAA's Director of Flight Standards. Donna Wilt, the newly elected Chairman of the Board of Directors, introduced the two new members of the Board: Sherry Rossiter and Ken Wittekiend, along with the new officers of the Board:  Vice-Chair David St.George, Secretary Kevin Murphy, and Treasurer Jim Anderson. She also presented the outgoing Chairman, John Dorcey, with a certificate of appreciation for all the service John has provided SAFE throughout our short history.


Executive Director, Doug Stewart, presented the annual Founders Award to Bill Ervin for outstanding support as the Chief Flight Instructor of the Pilot Proficiency Project. He also presented outgoing Board member Tom Benenson with the Service Award for his virtually perfect attendance at every Board meeting as well as the numerous committees that he has served on. 


Doug also acknowledged all the volunteers by name who assisted in making this year's AirVenture a success. Without their assistance SAFE could not achieve all that we do. To Mark Adams, Tom Benenson, Glenna Blackwell, Larry Bothe, Mike Coligny, Charles Cory, Luis Corrons, Alan Davis, David Dempsey, John Dorcey, Bill Ervin, Mike Jesch, Elaine Kauh, John Mahany, Steve Quigg, John Schmitz, Rick Senseney, David St George, Jack VanDeventer, David Williamson, Dennis Wilt, Donna Wilt, Lou Wipotnick, and Bill Zeisenitz... THANK YOU!!


Sherry Rossiter reported on SAFE's 2014 "Each One Bring One" membership recruitment campaign which ended on July 31, 2014, with the awarding of three very nice prizes to SAFE members who had either sponsored or recruited a new SAFE member between February 1 and July 31.   The winner of the $400 gift certificate from King Schools was Dan Dyer of San Carlos, CA, the winner of the Bose A20 headset donated by Bose was Michael Arcamuzi of  Memphis, TN, and the winner of the handheld transceiver donated by Sporty's was Ken Wittekiend of  Burnet, TX.  The SAFE Membership Committee says THANK YOU to all who participated in this special recruitment effort!


As mentioned before, there was one exception to the great weather, and that was the microburst that hit the SAFE tent with just only four hours left before the close of the weeklong event.  Luckily no one was injured. It certainly provided an exciting ending to an exciting and successful week at AirVenture 2014.








New Opportunities for SAFE Members!

Over the past month several new opportunities have become available for SAFE members. They are listed here:



If you shop Amazon (as many of us do), shop Amazon Smile with SAFE! Amazon Smile will donate a portion of your purchase to SAFE when you access the site through this link  SAFE and AmazonSmile, or you can select SAFE as your supporting organization and it is as simple as "you shop and support SAFE"


According to Amazon "AmazonSmile is a website operated by Amazon with the same products, prices, and shopping features as The difference is that when you shop on AmazonSmile, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products to the charitable organization of your choice." 


Every item available for purchase on is also available on AmazonSmile ( at the same price. You will see eligible products marked "Eligible for AmazonSmile donation" (or look for this logo) on the product detail pages.

Happy shopping and fly SAFE!

SAFE and AmazonSmile Link:


CFIs now have an assist in two major areas of their business operations - monitoring their students' ground study and marketing their training services to new clients. These two business boosts are crucial to any CFI's efficiency and financial bottom line. And they are available without charge to certificated SAFE flight instructors courtesy of Gold Seal.


The Gold Seal Online Ground School, operating since 2006, has a user database exceeding 27,000 pilots and student pilots. A significant number of new students who come to Gold Seal have not yet selected a flight instructor.  They can now access a Gold Seal CFI database to view available instructors in their state, sorted by city, and find the instructor that is just right for them. 


SAFE flight instructors may join this new initiative for free by registering at This gives them full access to the entire ground school program, and allows them to track their own students through the course via their "My Students" button. Instructors may enter optional data about themselves or their business including email address, phone number, website or social media page, and a marketing statement. This enables students in their locale to learn about them and contact them. It's easy for both students and CFIs, and is totally free.


For more information, visit or call Gold Seal at 888-514-1945.


Flying Aviation Expo looks forward to welcoming CFIs and their flight training clients to the Flying Aviation Expo October 31 - November 2 in Palm Springs, CA with a special discount.  CFIs bringing a current flight training client (includes anyone working towards private, instrument, multi-engine, light sport, etc.)  to the Flying Aviation Expo will both get in for only $25 per day.


Just arrive together on-site and present to registration the following:  current CFI certificate and proof of flight training such as a log book, etc.

Visit: for more details on the event. Several SAFE members will be presenting seminars during the three day event.


MYGOFLIGHT is interested in working with SAFE flight instructors to help market the iPad EFB Challenge seminar/contest and training course for both on the ground and in flight instruction. The iPad Challenge, is designed to help pilots learn to best use their tablet devices in a paperless cockpit.   Named the iPad Takes Flight! EFB Challenge Edition, each seminar challenges participating pilots to correctly answer realistic inflight questions using his or her tablet and aviation software.


"SAFE's co-sponsorship is awesome," said Charles Schneider, CEO of MyGoFlight. "We hope SAFE's members will help spread the word and increase participation in these seminars and contests throughout the year. Instructors can work with pilots who will have seen what iPad proficiency looks like and help them to make their flying simpler, more fun and safer by mastering this device."  


SAFE members are welcome to deliver seminars and contests throughout the country.  If you are interested in participating in this effort contact Charles Schneider on  or call (303) 364-7400 x111.   

Airman Certification Standards: Your Comments Needed!

There is still time remaining to comment on the proposed Airman Certification Standards for the Commercial and Authorized Instructor certificates, and your comments are strongly encouraged! This is an opportunity for every SAFE member to have input into the form and content of a process that will guide the way we train pilots well into the future. Act now and provide your comments.


In 2011, the FAA established an Aviation Rulemaking Committee (ARC) composed of industry experts to provide recommendations on improving the FAA's airman testing and training materials. The ARC concluded that aviation safety and community needs would be best served by integrating task-specific aeronautical knowledge from the areas listed in 14 CFR part 61 into the appropriate Area of Operation in the existing PTS, and by adding task-appropriate risk management elements for each Area of Operation. This "Airman Certification Standards" (ACS) approach would thus define not only the performance metrics for knowledge and skill, but also the required content for guidance materials such as the FAA-H-series handbooks and for relevant knowledge test questions.

The FAA has continued to work with industry to develop and refine the ACS approach. An industry-led Airman Certification System Working Group has created ACS documents for major pilot certificates and the instrument rating. The industry group has now published draft ACS documents for the commercial pilot certificate and the authorized instructor certificate in the Federal Register for public review and comment. The docket, which also includes an explanatory notice and a "frequently asked questions" document, will be open until August 25, 2014. 

To read the Notice, please go to: . You can access the docket via this link:!docketDetail;D=FAA-2013-0316.

SAFE Member's Video Recognizes 100 Years of Intentional Spinning

Rich Stowell Demonstrates Spins Done by Harry Hawker in 1914


As a tribute to the first intentional spins performed in aviation, eight-time Master Instructor Rich Stowell recently published a 5-1/2 minute YouTube video demonstrating the spins done by aviation pioneer Harry Hawker in June/July 1914.


According to Stowell, "Hawker's daring demonstration of the ability to deliberately spin and recover undoubtedly opened the door for the scientific study of spin dynamics. Thanks to scores of researchers and test pilots since, a large body of information has been accumulated on the subject." He continued, "Unfortunately, mythology, bad information, and fear continue to drive a lot of current day training regarding stalls and spins." In addition to presenting an interesting history lesson, Stowell hopes the video will encourage more pilots to seek out spin training from instructors who possess the appropriate knowledge, skills, and equipment for the job.


Although Hawker reportedly centralized the controls to recover from his spins-a technique found to work in many airplane designs of that era-the typical light aircraft flying today often require positive use of anti-spin controls to recover from spins.


Australian Harry Hawker was a test pilot for Sopwith and later co-founded Hawker Aircraft, which was responsible for military aircraft such as the Hawker Hurricane. Rich Stowell is the 2014 National FAA Safety Team Representative as well as the 2006 National Flight Instructor of the Year, and is a recognized expert on loss of control. He has performed more than 33,000 spins in 230 spins-approved airplanes.


View the video:

Recent Master Instructor Designations
Congratulations to these SAFE members!
Susan Kirstein PARSON, Master CFI Emeritus    (1Jul14) 
Oakton  VA
Susan Parson, a 6-time Master and SAFE member, was recently granted Master Instructor Emeritus
 (MIE) status in recognition of her many years of commitment to excellence, professional growth, service to the aviation community, and quality aviation education.  Susan is a special assistant to the FAA's Flight Standards director (AFS-1) and editor of FAA Safety Briefing magazine as well as is an independent flight instructor ( http://www.Avi8rix.Aero/ ) in the Leesburg area.  She also serves with the CAP's Virginia Wing and is a FAASTeam service provider in the Washington FSDO area. 

Mark Edward MADDEN, Master CFI     (Renew:  30Jun14) 
Anchorage  AK
Mark E Madden, a 4-time Master and SAFE member, recently renewed his Master CFI accreditation.  Mark an independent Merrill Field (PAMR) flight instructor as well as a professor of aviation technology at the University of Alaska.  He also serves on the board of the Alaskan Aviation Safety Foundation and is a FAASTeam representative in the Anchorage FSDO area.

Jeanne Elizabeth MAC PHERSON, Master CFI Aerobatic      (Renew:  30Jun14)   
Helena  MT

Jeanne MacPherson, a 5-time Master as well as a member of IAC and SAFE, recently renewed her Master CFI-Aerobatic accreditation.  Jeanne owns and operates Mountain Airdance at Helena Regional Airport (HLN).  She is a Helena-area aerobatic flight instructor who also serves as a FAASTeam representative in the FAA's Helena FSDO area.

John CLARE-PANTON, Master CFI      (Initial:  31Jul14)   
Pueblo West  CO
John Clare-Panton, a 1
st time Master and SAFE member, recently earned his initial Master CFI accreditation.  John serves as chief flight instructor with Peak Aviation Center at Colorado Springs Airport (COS).  A former pilot in the Royal Air Force, he specializes in military and civilian flight and ground training for the full range of single-engine and multi-engine FAA certifications. 

Timothy John "Tim" BRILL, Master CFI-Aerobatic      
(Renew:  28Jul14)   
Reno  NV

Timothy J Brill, a 3-time Master as well as a member of IAC and SAFE, recently renewed his Master CFI-Aerobatic accreditation.  Tim owns and operates the Aerobatic Company, a flight school specializing in emergency maneuver, spin recovery, and aerobatic training at Reno Stead Airport (RTS).  He also serves as a FAASTeam representative in the FAA's Reno FSDO area.

Lance Alan BARTEL, Master CFI      (Initial:  1Jul14)   
Salina  KS

Lance Bartel, a 1
st time Master and SAFE member, recently earned his Master CFI accreditation.  A graduate of Kansas State University's Professional Pilot Program at Salina Municipal Airport (SLN), Lance now teaches there as a flight and ground instructor.  He conducts student progress checks as a part of K-State's part 141 curriculum and mentors a large group of staff instructors. 

Have a SAFE day!

Doug Stewart, Executive Director
Society of Aviation and Flight Educators
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