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July 2013 

SAFE represents more than 700 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 is also leading the Pilot Training Reform Initiative.

Only a Few Weeks Left Until AirVenture (Oshkosh) 2013!
With only a few weeks left until the start of AirVenture, SAFE is gearing up for one of the most exciting weeks we have ever had there.  For starters we have moved our tent location to the Education Interactive Zone where we will be in space 35, just across James Ray Blvd from College Park. Our Pilot Proficiency Project™ will be taking place inside the College Park tent, with simulator sessions and forums being conducted every day. 


Our 5th Annual Dinner /Meeting, sponsored by Starr Aviation, Aviation Insurance Resources, and AOPA , will be held  in the Oshkosh Airport Terminal building on Thursday, August 1st, beginning at 6:00PM.  The menu will be our popular Italian Buffet along with beer, wine and soft drinks. We are compiling a fantastic assortment of door prizes that will be raffled during the dinner, including 2 FIRCs from King Schools, a Deluxe iPad Flight Desk and the Cross County Backpack from Sporty's, and many, many more wonderful items. During the meeting we will award the annual SAFE Founder's Award and Service Award, and hear a report of all of SAFE's accomplishments during the past year, as well as what's coming up in store as we move forward. I doubt that you will want to miss this event, so please register now to reserve seats for you and your guests. 


For those of you who have the desire and time to volunteer your expertise and services to SAFE we have several opportunities for you during AirVenture. And in exchange for your service we will give you an embroidered polo shirt, and an invite to our volunteer Bar-B-Que which will be held at the SAFE house on Friday evening, Aug. 2nd starting at 6:00 PM. We need volunteers to help staff the SAFE exhibit, greeting folks who stop by, offering them a bottle of cold water and telling them about SAFE. If you can spend a morning or afternoon doing that please let us know. And if you have experience instructing in the Rebird FMX simulator, we are still in need of instructors for the Pilot Proficiency Project. Sign up here if you would like to assist.

Redbird Graduates 1st Class of Certified Instructors

Redbird Flight Simulations held its first class to certify flight instructors for teaching in the Redbird FMX simulator over the weekend of June 15 - 16. The class, taught by Josh Harnegal, marketing director for Redbird, was held in the Skyport facilities in San Marcos, TX. The syllabus included: Overview of Redbird software & hardware; "How we view the simulator";  The MIGRATION Flight Training Method; Curriculum integration; How the fixed price model works; Using the sim in the real world; Example training sessions; SAFE PPP Mission discussions; and SAFE PPP Practice flights


The first class of graduates was comprised of: Mark Adams, Mike Arcamuzzi, David Cowan, Bill Ervin, Eric Hake, Lonnie Hilkemeier, Andy Miller, Jim Ratliff, Burt Stevens, Jim Stover and Doug Stewart. Enthusiastic comments from participants such as:"I learned more there than I have in a long time";  and " This was so much better than any FIRC I have ever been to" gave credence to the fact that the event was top notch.  


Many of the participants will be using the skills they learned over the weekend course to assist SAFE as we expand the Pilot Proficiency Course™ (PPP) out on a National Level. The details of this expanded PPP will be announced during AirVenture. 

Food, Forum & Flight Safety Program

Fifty pilots and guests recently gathered at the Cascade Airport (U70) in Cascade, Idaho for a Food, Forum & Flight Safety Program hosted by SAFE member Rich Stowell and the Boise FAASTeam. The crisp morning began with a breakfast of scrambled eggs, sausage, and pancakes, then transitioned into a rapid-fire, 45-minute talk on stall/spin awareness followed by a live spin demonstration over the airport using a Super Decathlon.

Participants observed from the ground as Stowell performed a total of eight spin departures. Stowell talked through the spins over the radio to handhelds on the ground, one of which was positioned next to a microphone hooked up to a loudspeaker.

Cockpit video shot during the spin demos has been distilled to 3-3/4 minutes and is available on Stowell's YouTube channel:
The program was successful enough that a second annual Food, Forum & Flight Safety Program may be planned for next year.
SAFE Resource Center

Did you know that the FAA offers multimedia resources for every aviation-related topic? Here's a quick and easy way to get access to 98 educational videos, all free. They cover a wide range of material including physiology, aircraft transitions and flight reviews. Find the link in the Member Resource Center under FAA Resources.

Our SAFE Resource Center's Member Section is an exclusive benefit for all SAFE members. To make the most of YOUR membership, take advantage of the wide variety of instructional tools you'll find there. New resources are posted regularly, and you are encouraged to submit your own multimedia materials to the Resource Center.
Recent Master Instructor Designations
Congratulations to these SAFE members!

Charissa Annette DYER-KENDLER, Master CFI     (Initial:  1Jun13)  
New Richmond  OH 
 Charissa A Dyer-Kendler, a 1
st-time Master and SAFE member, recently earned her Master CFI accreditation.  An active member of The 99s and Women in Aviation, Charissa is a flight and ground instructor with Sporty's Flight Academy at Batavia's Clermont County Airport (I69).  She specializes in primary, instrument, glider, and simulator training. (Photo: MCFI Charissa Dyer-Kendler of New Richmond, OH)  

James Matthew "Matt" JOHNSON, Master CFI-Helicopter     (Renew:  20May13)  
Lebanon  OH

Matt is an air medical
 (EMS) pilot flying Eurocopter EC135s in the northern Kentucky area with PHI Air Medical.  Additionally, he operates MattJohnsonHeliCFI while also serving as a pilot examiner and FAASTeam rep in the FAA's Cincinnati FSDO area.  (Photo:  MCFI -H Matt Johnson of Walton, KY)    

J Clarke "Otter" MCNEACE, Master CFI-Aerobatic       (Renew:  24Jun13)   
Mesa  AZ
 Clarke McNeace, a 3-time Master and SAFE member, recently renewed his Master CFI-Aerobatic accreditation.  Otter is the vice president of flight operations & standards with APS Emergency Maneuver Training, a Part 141 flight school at Mesa's Williams Gateway Airport (IWA).  He specializes in jet and turboprop upset prevention and recovery training.  (Photo:  MCFI-A Clarke McNeace of Mesa, AZ)   

Paul Weston "BJ" RANSBURY, Master CFI-Aerobatic      (Renew:  1Jun13)   
Queen Creek  AZ
 Paul BJ Ransbury, a 4-time Master and SAFE member, recently renewed his Master CFI-Aerobatic accreditation.  BJ is the chief flight instructor and president of APS Emergency Maneuver Training, a Part 141 flight school at Mesa's Williams Gateway Airport (IWA).  He specializes in aerobatics, upset recovery, and air combat maneuvers training.    (Photo:  MCFI-A BJ Ransbury of Queen Creek, AZ)   

Gary Dale REEVES, Master CFI    (Initial: 1Jun13) 
Anaheim  CA

Gary D Reeves, a 1
st-time Master and SAFE member, recently earned his Master CFI accreditation.  The founder of the Pilot Safety Institute, Gary owns Sunset Flying where he specializes in avionics, flight, and turbine transition training at the Long Beach Airport.  Additionally, he also serves as a FAASTeam representative in the FAA's Long Beach FSDO area.  (Photo:  MCFI Gary Reeves of Anaheim, CA) 

William Henry "Bill" SCHROEDER, Master Instructor Emeritus    (1Jun13) 
Carson City  NV 
William H Schroeder, an 8-time Master and charter 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.  Bill serves as a pilot examiner and a FAASTeam representative in the FAA's Reno FSDO area.  Additionally, he is the CAP's Nevada Wing check pilot examiner as well as an independent flight and ground instructor in the Reno-Tahoe area.  (Photo:  MCFI-E  Bill Schroeder of Carson City, NV) 
Obie Sigrest YOUNG, Master CFI      (Renew:   31May13)   
Orlando  FL

Obie S Young, a 6-time Master and SAFE member, recently renewed his Master CFI accreditation.  Obie is president of the National Aviation Safety Foundation and recently retired as an FAA FAASTeam program manager.  The 1978 National CFI of the Year, he currently serves as a FAASTeam representative in the Orlando FSDO area.  
(Photo:  MCFI Obie Young of Orlando, FL) 

See you in Oshkosh!

Doug Stewart, Executive Director
Society of Aviation and Flight Educators
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