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John Dorcey Interim Executive Director
Sun 'n Fun
SAFE Appeal a Success!
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Thank You!
Winter SAFE Magazine
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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.


John Dorcey Assumes Interim Executive Director Role

John Dorcey assumed the role of SAFE interim Executive Director effective December 22. "We're so appreciative of John's willingness to lead SAFE as we start a new year with a growing membership, new initiatives and new programs," said SAFE Board of Directors Chair Donna Wilt.


The new interim Executive Director holds an FAA Airline Transport Pilot certificate and is a Certificated Instrument Flight Instructor, both certificates with single and multiengine ratings. He served as Operations Manager for Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh until his retirement in 2012. Previously, he was Chief Pilot for the Wisconsin Department of Transportation and Chief Instructor for that agency's FAA-approved Flight Instructor Refresher Clinics.


Dorcey has been involved with SAFE since the organization was founded in 2009, serving as a Board member from 2009 to 2013 and as Vice Chair in 2012 and Chair in 2013. 


SAFE Presenters at Sun 'n Fun

Need another reason to attend Sun 'n Fun? Have a story or lesson to share? Here's a great opportunity to represent SAFE by doing so. Currently there are openings for forum sessions, and you can speak on any educational aviation topic. Consider sharing your favorite tips or tricks, facts about aircraft ownership, how to grease your landings, flying club management, the challenges of flying the perfect ILS, or any topic that you see as having value to pilots or the aviation community. 


Send an email to Joel Walker ( providing the following details: forum title, speaker name, day or days requested, and equipment needs. Answer the following questions: 

  •  Will the forum qualify for FAA Wings credit?
  •  Will this forum qualify for FAA/IA renewal credit?
  • Is this a Sport Pilot, LSA, iPad, Type Club, Youth, or Alternate Engine forum? 

Joel will respond with your schedule.


Once your forum is scheduled, please send Jack Vandeventer ( an email so that he can compile a list of SAFE presenters and their forums.


We look forward to seeing more SAFE members on the forum listing at Sun 'n Fun 2015!


SAFE Appeal a Success!

Several short-term goals for SAFE require funding that frankly, we just don't have. Since charity begins at home, we began our appeal by asking our board for contributions. Every director responded with a donation. Next, we asked you, our members, to help fund these efforts. Many of you generously responded. Thank you.


Remember SAFE is a 501(c)3 entity and as such donations toSAFE are tax deductible. Discuss with your tax advisor methods to gain full benefit from all your charitable donations.


WingX Pro Announces New Initiatives

Hilton Software recently announced two new programs - CFI Free! and SV Free! Flight instructors are now offered the following navigation/instruction tools at no cost - WingX Pro7, advanced IFR subscription, and a Synthetic Vision subscription. WingX Rewind, a lesson debriefing tool, is now included with WingX Pro7. All of these apps are free to CFIs through CFI Free!


WingX Rewind records your training flight allowing you to debrief the student at their convenience. WingX Pro7's Synthetic Vision engine renders pitch and bank information in real-time. Synthetic Vision is now free through SV Free! All WingX Pro7 pilots with a current subscription receive Synthetic Vision as part of that subscription.


WingX Pro7 is available in the Apple App Store. WingX Rewind requires a current WingX Pro7 subscription. For more information about CFI Free! and sign-up instructions visit:


Thank You!
Thank you to all who have volunteered to serve on SAFE Committees this coming year. Those who volunteered with be contacted soon for the first meetings of the year.  If you are interested in serving on a committee, you can go t to learn more and to apply to be on a committee.
Winter SAFE Magazine
The Winter issue of magazine is currently being put together for a publish date in early February.  If you are interested in submitting an article for consideration for this or future editions, please contact the editor,  Mark Phelps at


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Have you signed up for Amazon Smile? Same Amazon, same prices, only Amazon will donate 0.5%  of the eligible purchase to SAFE when you access the site through this link SAFE and AmazonSmile .  Sign up today. Have your friends sign up too!


Recent Master Instructor Designations
Congratulations to these SAFE members!

Joel David WEANER, Master CFI  (Renew:  14 Dec 14)   
Jacksonville Beach  FL
Joel D Weaner, a 6-time Master and SAFE member, recently renewed his Master CFI accreditation.  Joel is the owner of Beach Banners at Craig Municipal Airport (CRG) where he specializes in aerial advertising, aircraft rental, and flight instruction.  He also serves as a FAASTeam representative in the FAA's Orlando / North Florida FSDO area.

Andrew "Drew" MARINELLI, Master CFI   (Renew: 30 Nov 14) 
Youngstown  OH
Andrew Marinelli, a 5-time Master and SAFE member, recently renewed his Master CFI accreditation.  Specializing in primary, instrument training, Andrew is an independent flight and ground instructor with Precision Aviation Services at Youngstown's Elser Metro Airport (4G4).  He also serves as a FAASTeam representative in the FAA's Cleveland FSDO area. 

Jon David Neville COOKE, Master CFI     (Renewal:  30 Dec 14) 
Lichfild, Staffordshire, United Kingdom
Jon Cooke, a 2-time Master and SAFE member, recently renewed his Master CFI accreditation.  Jon specializes in flight instructor and examiner standardization courses with On Track Aviation in Wellesbourne
 (EGBW).  He also serves as chairman of the Pilot Coaching Scheme for the Light Aircraft Association (LAA) and is a British Airways Airbus captain.

Craig Michael BLUMER, Master CFI    (Initial:  10 Dec 14)   
Ankeny  IA
Craig Blumer, a 1st-time Master and SAFE member, recently earned his Master CFI accreditation.  In addition to instructing in single & multiengine airplanes as well as gliders, Craig is an instructor and pilot of "Snoopy One," the MetLife Blimp .  He is also an online aviation instructor for Indian Hills Community College in Ottumwa, Iowa.

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