Society of Aviation and Flight Educators eNewsletter  
Pilot Proficiency Center at Oshkosh
K-12 Classroom Teacher Grants - 2015
AirVenture 2015!
SAFE's Online Communities
Recent Master Instructors
1 June 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.


Pilot Proficiency Center

SAFE and its partner organizations Aircraft Spruce and Specialty Company, Hartzell Propellers, IMC Clubs, National Association of Flight Instructors (NAFI), Signature Flight Support, and the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) are sponsoring a Pilot Proficiency Center at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2015.


Located near the flight line, the Pilot Proficiency Center will include a welcome center, presentation theater, and two simulator rooms. Three "tech talks" will be presented daily in the theater. One simulator lab will focus on "stick and rudder" skills enhancing VFR pilot proficiency through the use of six Redbird LD Advanced Aviation Training Devices (AATDs). The second simulator lab will enhance an IFR pilot's proficiency through scenarios using six Redbird TD AATDs. A total of 18 instructors will staff the center on a daily basis.


If attending AirVenture we recommend you visit the Pilot Proficiency Center. Some volunteer opportunities may still remain for Redbird simulator instructors. Contact Doug Stewart ([email protected]) for details on that opportunity.


K-12 Classroom Teacher Grants

SAFE continues its Teacher Grant Program providing
Jeff Moss, SAFE member and National CFI of the Year, presented a 2014 SAFE Teachers Grants to Sonya Williams, a 4th grade teacher in Los Angeles, CA.
Sonya Williams 2014 SAFE Teacher's Grant recipient and SAFE Member Jeff Moss
two grants for 2015. The program is designed to encourage classroom teachers to incorporate aviation-themed lessons into their normal curriculum. Aviation and aerospace are ideal for attracting and maintaining student's attention and enthusiasm in math, sciences, and even art.

Each grant has a maximum award of $250. One grant will be presented to teachers in Grades K - 7, the second for teachers for Grades 8 - 12. An individual teacher or a group of teachers from the same school may apply for a grant to design an aviation-themed classroom unit or complete an aviation-themed project. For example, a SAFE grant could be used to pay for a bus and admission fees to take students to visit an aviation museum, go on a field trip to the local airport, buy materials to build a balsa wood glider or model rocket, or fund another type of project with an aviation or aerospace theme.


Additional program details, guidelines, and grant application can be found at Application deadline is August 31, 2015.



EAA AirVenture (aka: Oshkosh!) 2015

The SAFE exhibit will be located in Exhibit Hangar B, booths 2093 and 2094. Members are encouraged to volunteer to staff the exhibit. The annual SAFE membership meeting and banquet will be held on Thursday, July 23 in the Wittman Regional Airport Terminal located at 525 West 20th Avenue. Look for volunteer sign up and banquet reservation information on our website soon.


SAFE's Online Communities

Have you noticed the Networking header on our redesigned home page? You may need to scroll down a bit, there it is, on the right hand column, in a bold, blue font - Networking. Many of the benefits of your SAFE membership are located behind these links and logos.


SAFE Forums hosts numerous interest areas and provides an area where ideas can be posted, debated, and shared. Constantly changing the Forums should be visited often. Did you know that SAFE has members in 12 countries other than the US? International members make up 2% of our total membership. The Member Directory provides other information that you may find useful.


Next are four logos representing the online communities in which SAFE participates - Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and YouTube. If you are active in any (or all) of these communities we ask you to friend, like, or follow SAFE as appropriate.


There is an app for that! For just about a year SAFE has had its own app. If you use either an Android or iOS system, smart phone or tablet, SAFE has an app for you. Did you ever need to make an endorsement and not have an AC61.65E copy handy? The SAFE app puts it at your fingertips. Are you looking for a PTS, FAR, or AIM reference? The SAFE app has that too. The tools are many, the download is small and easy. The SAFE app is available to all pilots free of charge. 


Recent Master Instructor Designations
Congratulations to these SAFE members!

Craig Michael BLUMER, Master Ground Instructor  
Ankeny  IA
E-mail:   [email protected] 
Craig Blumer, a 1
st-time Master and SAFE member, recently earned his Master Ground Instructor (MGI) accreditation.  In addition to instructing in single engine and multiengine aircraft as well as classrooms and gliders, Craig is an instructor and pilot for "Snoopy One," the MetLife Blimp.  He is also an online aviation instructor for Indian Hills Community College in Ottumwa, Iowa.

James Matthew "Matt" JOHNSON, Master CFI-Helicopter  
Hamilton  OH
E-mail:   [email protected]
Matthew Johnson, a 3-time Master and SAFE member, recently renewed his Master CFI-Helicopter accreditation.  Matt operates MattJohnsonHeliCFI where he provides emergency procedures and instrument training in several makes and models of helicopters primarily at Cincinnati's Lunken Field.  Additionally, he also serves as a designated pilot examiner  (DPE) and FAASTeam representative in the FAA's Cincinnati (CVG) FSDO area.

Kyle Emerson MARTIN, Master CFI  
Yorktown  VA
E-mail:   [email protected]
US Air Force Captain 
(Capt) Kyle Martin, a 1st-time Master and SAFE member, recently earned his Master CFI accreditation.  A graduate of the US Air Force Academy,  the holder of numerous civilian FAA airman certifications, and a decorated combat pilot, Kyle is a T-38 instructor pilot as well as a pilot evaluator.  In addition, he serves as executive officer (XO) to the director of Air and Space Operations at Langley's Air Combat Command. 

Brandon Joel RAY, Master CFI   
Conroe  TX 
E-mail:  [email protected] 
Brandon J Ray, a 4-time Master and SAFE member, recently renewed his Master CFI accreditation.  Brandon is the lead flight instructor and owner of High Performance Aviation where he specializes in high performance aircraft and avionics transition training at Lone Star Executive 
(CXO) and Sugar Land Regional (SGR) airports.  A first officer with Spirit Airlines and the holder of an A&P certificate, he also serves as a a FAASTeam representative in the FAA's Houston FSDO area.

Orlando Raimundo VILLAVERDE, Master CFI   
Miami  FL
E-mail:   [email protected] 
Orlando R Villaverde, a 6-time Master and SAFE member, recently renewed his Master CFI accreditation.  Orlando is a professor of aviation at the Miami Dade College School of Aviation. He is also an airplane and helicopter flight instructor at Kendall-Tamiami Airport (TMB) as well  as serving as an FAASTeam representative in the Miami FSDO area.

See you in the pattern...

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