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2 Dec 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.


Doug Stewart to Retire as Executive Director


SAFE has announced that Executive Director Doug Stewart will retire when his contract expires in February. Stewart was instrumental in the formation of SAFE, and has served in key leadership roles since the organization's founding. He was elected as SAFE's first Chair in 2009, transitioning into the role of Executive Director in November 2011.


"It is due in large part to Doug Stewart's vision and commitment to excellence in aviation education that SAFE is well positioned for growth in the coming years," said SAFE's current Board of Directors Chairperson Donna Wilt.  "Doug is looking forward to some well-deserved time off and the Board wishes him all the best. He will be greatly missed by everyone at SAFE."


A few of Stewart's accomplishments while with SAFE include: organizing SAFE's 2011 Pilot Training Reform Symposium, administering the Flight Instructor Open Forum series of presentations created by SAFE members for use by the FAA, spearheading SAFE's Pilot Proficiency Project, and establishing the online quarterly "SAFE - The Magazine." Stewart commented, "I fully expect to remain connected to all the wonderful people who have been involved with and supported SAFE over the last five-and-a-half years.  I also intend to remain active as a flight instructor and active in SAFE."


A search committee for a new Executive Director has been convened and a solicitation for applicants for the position of Executive Director will be forthcoming.  Former Board Chair John Dorcey has accepted the position of Interim Executive Director until the new Executive Director is in place. 


SAFE Website Formatted for Mobile Viewing

Jenny Furst, the hardworking SAFE administrator/webmaster has completed the process to format the SAFE website for viewing on many different mobile devices. The website has been tested on the iPhone, iPad and Kindle Fire. If you have a device that does not display the mobile theme please let us know and please tell us the type of device and the browser that you are using and we'll do all we can to make it work for you.


Openings Available on SAFE Committees
Here is an opportunity to get involved in SAFE and make a difference. SAFE Committees are where the important mission of SAFE gets done, and staffing for 2015 is now underway. Committees include: Marketing, Advertising and Events; Development; Programs; Social Media; Governance; and Government Affairs. If you or someone you know is interested in serving on a committee, please go to to learn more and to apply


Rich Stowell Keynote Speech on YouTube

In May, 2014 Rich Stowell delivered a keynote speech at the New Jersey Aviation Conference that challenged the ways general aviation has gone about addressing the problems of the declining pilot population and disappearing airports. This speech is now available in a YouTube video that has just been released. This video not only challenges some of the conventional thoughts about these topics, but also more importantly offers some new and unique ways to bolster general aviation along with the entire infrastructure that supports it. You can view the speech here.


SAFE Annual Appeal

For those who have already responded to the Annual Appeal email that was sent to SAFE members, a very hearty Thank You! If you have not yet sent a contribution but would like to, there is still time. You can either click here, or if you prefer, you can send a check to: SAFE, Inc., PO Box 4283, Ventura, CA 93007-4283. 


Remember, membership dues only cover a portion of the costs associated with maintaining the organization.  You can provide critical support by making a  tax-deductible donation to SAFE. However there is also another way to help out, especially during the holiday season. 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. 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." This way every gift you purchase at AmazonSmile will also provide a "gift" to SAFE.


Here's wishing each and every one of you a SAFE and happiest of holidays!

Recent Master Instructor Designations
Congratulations to these SAFE members!

Jeremy Scott DIERINGER, Master CFI-Aerobatic      (Initial:  1Nov14)   
Queen Creek  AZ
Scott Dieringer, a 1st
-time Master as well as a member of IAC and SAFE, recently earned his Master CFI-Aerobatic accreditation.  A veteran US Air Force F-16 pilot, Scott is an instructor with APS Emergency Maneuver Training, a Part 141 flight school at Mesa's Williams Gateway Airport (IWA).  He specializes in upset prevention, recovery, spin, and aerobatic training.

Kenneth Steven "Ken" FUKAYAMA, Master CFI        (Renew:  14Nov14) 
Prescott  AZ
Ken Fukayama, a 2-time Master, recently renewed his Master CFI accreditation.  Ken is a ground instructor, flight check instructor, and upset recovery instructor with Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
 (ERAU) at Prescott's Love Field (PRC).  Additionally, he serves as head coach of the university's NIFA flight team, the Golden Eagles, and is the university's assistant aviation safety program manager.

John Shannon MAHANY, Master CFI     (Renew: 1Nov14)  
Long Beach  CA
John S Mahany, a 5-time Master and SAFE member, recently renewed his Master CFI accreditation.  John teaches with Flight Safety International and is an independent fligh t instructor at Long Beach Airport (LGB).  He is also a flight advisor for EAA's Chapter 7 and serves as a volunteer Angel Flight pilot.

Brian Lee ROBBINS, Master CFI   ( Renew:  1Nov14 )
Columbus  NJ
Brian L Robbins, a 5-time Master and SAFE member, recently renewed his Master CFI accreditation.  Brian is an instructor at Medford's Flying W Airport and Resort (N14) as well Trenton Robbinsville Airport N87) where he specializes in instrument, cross country, and avionics training.  He also serves as a FAASTeam lead representative in the FAA's Philadelphia FSDO area.

Todd Michael UNDERWOOD, Master CFI    (Renew: 1Nov14) 
Prescott  AZ
Todd Underwood, a 3-time Master and SAFE member, recently renewed his Master CFI accreditation.  Todd instructs with Wright Aviation at Deer Valley Airport
 (DVT) where he specializes in initial and recurrent technically advanced aircraft training.  He also serves as a volunteer Angel Flight pilot and is a designated pilot examiner(DPE) as well as a FAASTeam representative in the FAA's Scottsdale FSDO area

Shane Larrel VANDE VOORT, Master CFI    (Renew:  26Nov14)   
Pella  IA
Shane Vande Voort, a 5-time Master and SAFE member, recently renewed his Master CFI accreditation.  Shane is president of Classic Aviation as well as chief flight instructor at Pella Municipal Airport
 (PEA) where he specializes in Cirrus and other technically advanced aircraft training.  He also serves as a FAASTeam representative and pilot examiner (DPE) in the FAA's Des Moines FSDO area. 

Have a SAFE day!

Doug Stewart, Executive Director
Society of Aviation and Flight Educators
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