Society of Aviation and Flight Educators eNewsletter  
2015 SAFE Teachers Grant
SAFE Press Releases
SAFE Board Meeting Minutes
New Membership Benefit!
SAFE Life Members
Fall 2015 "SAFE the Magazine"
Recent Master Instructors
1 December 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.


Georgia, Washington State Teachers Awarded 2015 SAFE Aviation Education Grants

Teachers Doug James of Georgia and Scott Cutler of Washington State have received this year's 2015 K-12 Classroom Teacher Grant Awards from the Society of Aviation and Flight Educators.  SAFE awards the grants annually to help stimulate interest in aviation-related education as part of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) studies.

Mr. James is a third grade teacher at Metter Intermediate School in Metter, Georgia, while science teacher Cutler teaches grades 8-12 at at A.G. West Black Hills High School in Olympia.  Each SAFE grant is $250.  Both teachers also receive complimentary one-year SAFE memberships.

Mr. James will use his grant to purchase a specialized LEGO Education We Do Combo kit for his third grade students to enhance the school's blossoming STEM program.  With it, his students will explore life at the International Space Station, use the scientific method to investigate the effects on gravity and examine other scientific topics related to space exploration as part of the LEGO Bricks in Space Program.

Cutler, who is both a flight instructor and science teacher, will use his SAFE grant for his high school students in Olympia to test various airfoil designs, study different types of aircraft propulsion systems, and fly their designs in computer flight simulators.  As part of his proposal for the SAFE grant, he created an aeronautical engineering course to "draw students into the field of aviation or careers in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM)."

Grant proposals are reviewed by a committee of SAFE aviation educators and evaluated on uniqueness of the project, lasting effect of the learning outcomes, and feasibility of replicating the lesson or project by other aviation educators.

SAFE Press Releases

SAFE distributes press releases to the aviation media on various topics related to SAFE and our operations. These topics often are included in the following monthly issue of eNews.

SAFE members can now receive SAFE press releases directly, getting CFI and aviation education news long before the rest of the aviation community.  A subscription is free, and you can unsubscribe at any time.  As always, SAFE will never sell or rent your email address.  Recent releases have announced appointment of Bill Moyle as the organization's new executive director, winners of SAFE's annual scholarships for teachers and the addition of the Smithsonian's  Air & Space Magazine as a member benefit.   Click HERE to start receiving  these  important SAFE press releases.

SAFE Board Meeting Minutes

Want to know what direction your organization is going?  Want to learn about new opportunities to help SAFE and our industry?  Want to be heard?

SAFE Board Meetings are held monthly (via teleconference) on the 3rd Wednesday of each month. Current SAFE members may attend by pre-registering.

Click here  to read meeting minutes of the previous month's meeting and learn how to pre-register for meetings.

New Membership Benefit!
Air & Space Magazine Discount!

Air & Space magazine, the premier aviation and astronautics publication of the Smithsonian Institution, is now available to Society of Aviation and Flight Educators (SAFE) members for just $14 per year, a savings of 66 percent off the newsstand cost.  It joins more than 20 other free or discounted products, services and publications that are already membership benefits for SAFE members. 
Since its debut in 1986,  Air & Space magazine has become known for compelling articles by top-flight aviation authors, including regular articles about world-class aviation collections at the National Air and Space Museum and the Stephen F. Udvar-Hazy Center at Dulles International Airport.
"Who is more curious about things that fly or have flown than aviation educators?" asked Donna Wilt, SAFE Chair.  "In the October 2015 issue is an article titled the Airplanes of James Bond, a piece on how NASA researches crashworthiness with simulated midair collisions, and a photo gallery with breathtaking photos showing the complex choreography of carrier landings."
A Smithsonian Air and Space Museum spokesperson said, " Air & Space seeks to surprise its audience with a wealth of detail about aviation and spaceflight, with stories that range from the German airmen whose unlucky task it was to crew World War I zeppelins to the design of NASA's next lunar lander."

" Air & Space magazine matches the grand scope of the world-class National Air and Space Museum."
SAFE members may take advantage of the special  Air & Space magazine rate by  signing in to the SAFE web site at and selecting " Benefits & Promo Codes For Members" under the Members Only tab.  Air & Space Magazine joins the long list of other SAFE benefits, including merchandise from ASA Products, Bose Headsets, Brightline Bags, Lightspeed Headsets, QRef Checklists, Sporty's Pilot Shop and more.  In some cases, savings on a benefit more than pays for your annual $45 SAFE membership fee.

SAFE Life Members
SAFE Life Members recognize the importance of our organization's mission and are committed to the long term support of SAFE.  Up-to-date SAFE Lifetime Members have a special directory in the "Learn About Members" section of SAFE's website  Life Time Members.

SAFE Lifetime Members:

Richard Carlson           Jim Casper                       Linda  Cijoffi
John Dorcey                 Garrett  Gleam                   JoAnn Hill
Sandy Hill                    Christopher Hope           Larry James
Karen Kahn                  Dale Machalleck             Will McClendon
John G. Morrow           John Newell                   William Scott O'Brien
Michael Phillips           Sherry Rossiter                Steven Rossiter
David St. George         Sven Samson                   Martin Seitz
Charles Skelton             John Schmitz, Jr.             Gary Spicer
Gen. Ron Stafford         Rich Stowell                    Jeanne Willerth
Bill Ziesenitz

Fall SAFE the Magazine Now Available!

The quarterly "Safe the magazine" has been posted to the SAFE website, member's section.   Click on the cover photo below to read a great article on LOC instruction and a link to the whole magazine.

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Recent Master Instructor Designation
Congratulations to this SAFE member!

Raymond Wilbur "Ray" BROWN, Master Instructor Emeritus 
Avon Lake, Ohio & Clermont, Florida

Raymond W Brown, an 8-time Master CFI 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.  A US Air Force veteran, Ray instructs with Discover Aviation Center at Lorain Airport (KLPR)  as well as at Burke Lakefront Airport (KBKL).  He also serves as a FAASTeam representative in the FAA's Cleveland and Orlando FSDO area.

Blue Skys and Tailwinds

Bill Moyle, Executive Director
Society of Aviation and Flight Educators
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