Society of Aviation and Flight Educators eNewsletter  
Shout Out!
Elections 2015
SAFE at Montana Aviation Conference
Sun n' Fun 2015
AirVenture 2015
Winter Issue of SAFE Magazine
Recent Master Instructors
1 Mar 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.


Shout Out!

Committees, more correctly the fine folks who serve on our committees, have been busy and I want to share with you what they are doing for all of us. The Membership Committee has recently inaugurated a Lifetime Membership option. Upgrading to a life membership is a great way to show support for SAFE. Thanks to those of you who have already made the change. The membership folks are also the ones behind the SAFE Ambassador Program. A special thanks goes out to JoAnn Hill for leading this effort. Are you participating in a local/regional aviation event? Contact JoAnn, request the ambassador kit, and help SAFE and the entire aviation community. 


The Government Affairs Committee has also been very busy. After leading SAFE's effort in supporting the FAA's ATD Direct Rule, this group has been involved in revising the Instrument Flying Handbook, the Advanced Avionics Handbook, and the new edition of the Instrument Procedures Handbook, as well as drafting a response to an NPRM on Commercial Drones/UAV.


There are, of course, other committees - Marketing/Advertising/Events and Programs are just getting started. Then there are committees that have been around since the beginning - Awards, Audit, Finance, Governance, Mentoring, and Resource Center. All SAFE members are encouraged to consider serving on any of these committees. Contact Board Chair Donna Wilt at


Elections 2015


Election season is here once again and we are looking for a few good candidates. Our normal election process involves the election of three candidates to fill director positions at the end of their three-year term. This year we have had two additional directors request early departures from the board, which means that there are five director positions that need filling.


The process begins with this initial announcement. Nomination is the second step. Members who would like to be considered as a candidate for director should complete an application form and send it with a two-page (maximum) resume to the Governance Committee for processing. The application form and additional details are available on the our website The process continues as a slate of candidates is developed, each is introduced to the membership, and an online election is held.


SAFE Well Represented at Montana Aviation Conference

Several hundred pilots gathered in Missoula for the Montana Aviation Conference. SAFE members Sherry and Steve Rossiter, Jeanne MacPherson, Rich Stowell, and Mike Vivion were on hand. Collectively they provided five seminars and a luncheon keynote. MacPherson and Stowell are also SAFE Ambassadors.


Sun n' Fun 2015

SAFE Exhibit

Of course SAFE will be at Sun 'n Fun! We'll be at the same location as years past, NE-006, just north of the Sunset Grill. Stop in and visit with fellow members, discuss current industry news, and renew your membership. If you are attending the event for the entire week, please consider volunteering to spend a few hours "working the tent". It's a great way to meet SAFE members from across the country.  



Are you presenting one of more forums this year? If so, SAFE will help market your presentation. Email SAFE board member Jack Vandeventer your name, presentation title, date/time, location, and description of your forum. He'll take it from there. Please provide your information to Jack by April 5.




AirVenture 2015


SAFE participation at AirVenture is just part of our organization's efforts at Oshkosh, Wisconsin, every July. We hold our annual membership meeting, conduct an awards presentation, swear-in new board directors, and have an evening banquet all in one short, four-hour span. If you attend AirVenture and don't make it to SAFE's Thursday (July 23 this year) bash you've simply missed out. Folks who attend are never disappointed. The Wittman Regional Airport's Conference Room is the site for all the festivities. More details will be provided as we get closer to summer.


The SAFE exhibit booth is on the move! We are moving to Exhibit Hangar B, center aisle, booths 2093 and 2094. Hangar B is located west, across the road from the Theatre in the Woods. Exhibit hours are 9:00 - 5:00. Again we are seeking volunteers to staff the booth with us. Send an email to to sign up.


Literally thousands of hours of instruction occur every year during AirVenture and many SAFE members are conducting that training. We would be happy to tell the world, well the aviation world anyway, about your forum. Again send an email SAFE board member Jack Vandeventer at; provide him your name, presentation title, date/time, location, and a description of your forum. Please provide your information to Jack by July 6.


Winter Issue of SAFE 

Watch for it in your email soon!  

Recent Master Instructor Designations
Congratulations to these SAFE members!
Richard L "Rich" STOWELL Jr, Master CFI-Aerobatic  (Renew:  4Feb15)   McCall ID
Richard L Stowell, a 9-time Master and a member of IAC as well as a charter SAFE member, recently renewed his Master CFI-Aerobatic accreditation.  An aerobatic instructor specializing in emergency maneuver training and spin recovery, Rich ( teaches primarily at Idaho's Cascade Airport (U70).  The 2006 Nat'l CFI of the Year as well as the 2014 Nat'l FAASTeam Rep of the Year, he serves as a FAASTeam representative in the FAA's Boise FSDO area.

Judy Ann PHELPS, Master CFI-Aerobatic      (Renew:  31Jan15)   
Santa Paula  CA
Judy Phelps, a 5-time Master and a member of IAC as well as SAFE, recently renewed her Master CFI-Aerobatic accreditation.  Judy specializes in aerobatic and emergency maneuver training with CP Aviation at Santa Paula Airport (SZP).  The 2011 National CFI of the Year, she also serves as a FAASTeam representative in the FAA's Van Nuys FSDO area.

Edward John "Ed" MURPHY, Master CFI-Helicopter   
(Renew:  5Feb15) Palm Beach Gardens  FL
Edward J Murphy, a 3-time Master and SAFE member, recently renewed his Master CFI-Helicopter accreditation.  Ed is the lead Sikorski SK-92 instructor pilot with FlightSafety International at their West Palm Beach training center.  A retired US Army helicopter pilot and instructor, he specializes in initial and recurrent helicopter training as well as serving as a pilot examiner in both simulators and aircraft.

Charles Ray "Chuck" MC GILL, Master CFI        
(Renew:  13Feb15) 
San Diego  CA
Charles R McGill, a 7-time Master and SAFE member, recently renewed his Master CFI accreditation.  Chuck is an independent Montgomery Field (MYF) flight instructor specializing in high performance and technically advanced aircraft training.  A retired United States Marine, he also serves as a FAASTeam representative in the FAA's San Diego FSDO area.

Michael J "Mike" LENTS, Master CFI-Aerobatic      (Renewal:  20Feb15)   
Grand Forks  ND
Michael J Lents, a 2-time Master and a member of IAC as well as SAFE, recently renewed his Master CFI-Aerobatic accreditation.  Mike is an aerobatic flight and ground instructor as well as an aviation lecturer at the University of North Dakota's John D Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences.  He also serves as the coach of the university's national championship aerobatic flight team.

John Gardner DYE, Master CFI-Aerobatic      (Renew:  22Feb15)   
Lisbon  OH
John Dye, a 4-time Master and a member of IAC as well as a SAFE member, recently renewed his Master CFI-Aerobatic accreditation.  John is also a flight instructor specializing in spin, aerobatic, and emergency upset recovery training with Bad Attitude Aviator Training at Ohio's Salem Airpark (38D).  A longtime United Airlines pilot, he also serves as a FAASTeam representative in the FAA's Cleveland FSDO area.

See you in the pattern...

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