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2 Nov 2014 

SAFE represents more than 800 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.


SAFE CFI Insurance Now Quoted and Bonded Within Minutes!


For the first time, SAFE aircraft liability insurance for CFIs is available almost instantly, without the long, drawn-out paper applications required for most other CFI policies.


"SAFE members can now buy SAFE CFI insurance online, pay with a credit card and get confirmation of their new policy almost instantly, usually not more than five minutes," said Jim Anderson, Senior Vice President of Starr Aviation in Arizona, which underwrites the special CFI insurance.  "Previously, flight instructors would have to wait weeks for protection when instructing in a non-owned aircraft, such as one owned by a new student eager to learn to start flying."  The no-delay liability insurance from Starr Aviation is available through Aviation Insurance Resources.


First offered in 2010, SAFE's unique insurance provides liability coverage up to $1 million dollars for flight instructors, with sub-limits of $200,000 per passenger and up to $200,000 for damage to the aircraft.  Coverage for "negligent instruction" is extended to CFIs for aircraft damage during any dual flight instruction, flight review or checkride the CFI performs.


SAFE membership is required to buy the coverage. The SAFE CFI coverage has many features not included as standard features by competing CFI insurance policies, including covering for multi-engine, seaplane, and professional liability.


SAFE's instant CFI protection through AIR is now available in 49 states, with approvals pending for Alaska.  


For more information and to start your application, please log into the "Member's Area" of the SAFE website and select the "CFI Liability Insurance Programs" link.


SAFE Signs Letter of Understanding with Alliance for Aviation Across America


Formed in 2007, The Alliance For Aviation Across America (AAAA) is a non-profit organization helping to raise awareness about the value of general aviation -- particularly for rural communities.  AAAA is a coalition of over 6,300 individuals, businesses, agricultural groups, FBO's, small airports, elected officials, charitable organizations, and leading business and aviation groups. 


SAFE signed a Letter of Understanding with AAAA this past month wherein SAFE and AAA will support mutual efforts to develop safety awareness training, and promote SAFE / AAAA programs and initiatives when and where appropriate.


SAFE Inputs into FAA Flight Instructor Open Forums


SAFE, in collaboration with the FAASTeam, has been creating the Power Point presentations for the ongoing Flight Instructor Open Forum series since it's inception. The presentations are designed to bring together CFIs and DPEs to discuss areas of instructional best practices. 


The most recent presentation to be accepted by the FAASTeam is an updated presentation on Teaching Stalls and Spins, scheduled for presentation during the 3rd fiscal FAA quarter between April and June, 2015.


The next topic to be scheduled will be on teaching the transition from Legacy Instruments to Glass and vice versa. If you have expertise in this subject and would like to participate in the creation of the presentation please contact Doug Stewart for more details.


SAFE Testimonial


I am proud to be a member of (SAFE) Society of Aviation Flight Educators. SAFE represents the top aviation educators and is a professional organization.  I have found these top notch SAFE educators are happy to serve as mentors for me as I grow as a flight educator.


I believe that SAFE pursues improved learning materials for aviation education, is actively involved in aviation education issues, professionalism and accreditation. SAFE is a supporter of the Master Instructor Continuing Education Program which I strongly support as a means for flight educators to develop professionally and have some form of accreditation.


Thank you SAFE leaders for all that you do.


Best regards,


Jeanne MacPherson


Recent Master Instructor Designations
Congratulations to these SAFE members!
Kenneth Francis "Ken" WITTEKIEND Jr, Master CFI  
(Renew:  25Oct14) Burnet  TX
E-mail:  [email protected] 
Kenneth F Wittekiend, a 5-time Master and SAFE member, recently renewed his Master CFI accreditation.  Ken instructors with the Bonanza Pilot Proficiency Program in addition to operating ProMark Aviation Services at Burnet Municipal Airport
 (BMQ).   He also serves as a pilot examiner and a FAASTeam representative in the FAA's San Antonio FSDO area, and is on the SAFE board of directors. 

Jeann� Carole WILLERTH, Master CFI     
(Initial:  14Oct14) Lees Summit  MO
[email protected] 
Jeann� C Willerth, a 1st-time Master and SAFE member, recently earned her Master CFI accreditation.  The 2012 National FAASTeam Rep of the Year, Jeann� is a flight instructor specializing in primary and instrument training at Lee's Summit (LXT) and Johnson County Executive (OJC) airports.  A volunteer Angel Flight pilot, she also serves as a FAASTeam Representative in the FAA's Kansas City FSDO area.

Takanori "Taka" MITSUI, Master CFI      
(Initial:  25Oct14)   Nashua  NH
E-mail:   [email protected]
Takanori Mitsui, a 1
st-time Master and SAFE member, recently earned his Master CFI accreditation.  Taka is a flight and ground instructor specializing in FAA and ICAO basic and advanced training.  The majority of his flight training is done through East Coast Aero Club and Air Direct Airways located at Nashua's Boire Field (ASH).

Robin Henry "Rob" LINDSTROM, Master CFI & Master GI     
(Renew:  30Sep14) Huntsville  AL
E-mail:   [email protected]
Robin H Lindstrom, a 9-time Master and SAFE member, recently renewed his Master CFI and Master GI accreditations.  Rob is the chief flight instructor and a ground instructor with the Redstone Arsenal Flying Activity at Redstone Army Airfield
 (HUA).  Additionally, he is an aviation instructor at the University of Alabama in Huntsville and serves as a FAASTeam representative in the FAA's Birmingham FSDO area.

Mark Alan DUCORSKY, Master CFI    
(Initial:  9Oct14) Osprey  FL
E-mail:   [email protected]
Mark A Ducorsky, a 1
st-time Master and SAFE member, recently earned his initial Master CFI accreditation.  Mark is the chief instructor with Breezer Aircraft at Lakeland Linder Airport (LAL).  Additionally, he is the director of the James C Ray flight scholarship program and serves as a FAASTeam representative in the FAA's Orlando FSDO area.

Darrel LeRoy DILLEY, Master CFI Emeritus    
(8Oct14) La Salle  CO
E-mail:   [email protected]
Darrel L Dilley, a 6-time Master 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.  Darrel is the chief CFI with Blue Sky Flyers at Greeley-Weld County Airport (GXY).  He also serves a FAASTeam representative in the Denver FSDO area and is on the Greeley Airport board.

Erick de Barros CAMARA, Master Ground Instructor (MGI) 
(Initial:  7Oct14)   Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
E-mail:   [email protected] 
Erick Camara, a 1
st-time Master and SAFE member, recently earned his initial Master Ground Instructor (MGI) accreditation.  The holder of both advanced and instrument ground instructor certification(AIGI) as well as an ATP certificate, Erick specializes in teaching airborne geophysics to ground students and has earned master wings in the FAA's WINGS program.

Donald Wayne "Don" BOWKER, Master Aviation Educator
(Initial:  25Oct14) Anacortes  WA
E-mail:   [email protected]   
Navy Lieutenant Commander
 (LCdr) Donald W Bowker, a 1st-time Master and SAFE member, recently earned his Master Aviation Educator (MAE) accreditation.  Don is a Naval Flight Officer (NFO) who specializes in instructing naval aviators and NFOs who are transitioning to E/A18G Growlers.  An instrument rated pilot, he also serves in the Washington Wing of the Civil Air Patrol (CAP)

Have a SAFE day!

Doug Stewart, Executive Director
Society of Aviation and Flight Educators
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