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November 2013 

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 is also leading the Pilot Training Reform Initiative.

Inaugural Regional Pilot Proficiency Project A Success
The inaugural Regional Pilot Proficiency Project (PPP) was held on the weekend of Oct. 26 - 27, at Skyport, the Redbird facility in San Marcos, TX.  Judging by the responses of the participants it was a huge success. Though only 28 folks attended this initial weekend offering, there was unanimous agreement that the smaller class size enhanced the event.


The PPP consisted of 7 seminars on a variety of proficiency topics that included: Tailwheel Tips and Tricks; Human Factors in Loss of Control; Foreflight tools for Flight Planning; Single Pilot IFR; Stick and Rudder Skills in a Glass Cockpit World; Angle of Attack Awareness; and Beyond the Basics of GPS.  Participants also had the opportunity to fly their choice of 11 different scenarios in the Redbird FMX flight simulator.  On Saturday evening, a dinner provided the opportunity for an animated, moderated discussion on "The Art of Teaching in the Cockpit".


It was interesting to note that the median age of participants fell in the 50 - 60 age group, and that the majority of them held CFI ratings. They all stated that they would attend similar events at least once a year, and when asked how they compared the cost of the event to value received, 98% of them responded that it was an "Excellent" value.


Using the information gathered from participant surveys being used to improve the PPP, planning has already started on the next regional event which is tentatively scheduled for February 2014.  If you are interested in hosting the Pilot Proficiency Project please contact SAFE.

SAFE Members Attend Redbird "Migration"

The numerous SAFE members in attendance at the third annual Redbird Migration, held at Skyport, Oct.28 - 30, had the opportunity to not only hear stimulating and exciting presentations given by a host of leaders and experts from the aviation world, but also from the cutting edge hi-tech educational research field. Thanks to Jim Campbell and his team from Aero-News Network, all of these presentations were not only streamed live but are also archived on the ANN website.  Taking the time to watch these presentations will go a long way in gaining an understanding of just what it is that Jerry Gregoire and his staff are researching at Skyport to create new, innovative ways of teaching people to fly.


Not only are they investigating innovative technologies for teaching flying while concurrently reducing the time and cost of learning to fly, but they are also researching creative ways to reduce the cost of hi-tech, efficient airplanes by refurbishing older Skyhawks with diesel engines and glass panels. Many pilots in attendance at Migration got the opportunity to test fly the "Redhawk", a refurbished, re-engined, re-paneled Skyhawk that has the potential to provide flight schools with a "brand new" training airplane at an affordable cost (read $249K "or less"), that has lower operating costs. And oh, by the way, they are also putting together a means to finance the airplane in new and innovative ways.


The Redhawk is an experiment, as are all things taking place at Skyport, and Redbird is in the process of replacing their entire Skyhawk fleet with Redhawks. These airplanes will be flying at least 100 hours per month, and it is expected that at next year's Migration we will be hearing about what was learned using this new, innovative airplane. It is suspected that what are assumptions about this airplane now, will be documented by next year, just as we heard at this year's Migration of the documentation of the successes of teaching pilots to fly with intensive use of simulation. 

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This month's feature: Loss of Control In-Flight

Loss of control in-flight (LOC-I) accidents remain at the forefront of safety issues that affect general and commercial aviation. For strategies to address LOC-I and further educate all pilots, see what the experts have to say in this recent article, Maintaining Aircraft Control. Find it in the SAFE Resource Center's section on Avoiding Loss of Control at Don't forget to check out related articles on this important topic. For more materials on safety, flight training, and other subjects, enter the members-only Resource Center, an exclusive benefit for those who join SAFE. 

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.
SAFE Members SAVE!
Dear Editor: 
I joined the SAFE organization three years ago but had not taken advantage of the special savings offered by SAFE as member benefits until recently.

I use the ForeFlight app on my iPad for VFR and IFR navigation and weather. When I renewed my subscription in April, I saved 33% off the cost of my renewal. With that savings, I moved up to the Pro version of ForeFlight for just a few dollars more than the regular app. The savings was greater than the cost of my annual SAFE membership.

Recently I renewed my CFI liability insurance and got quotes from two different agencies. I was able to save 25% off the cost of my former insurance policy with identical coverage by using the discount offered by Aviation Insurance Resources to SAFE members. It is worth checking out.


Linda Langrill, CFII 
Midland, Michigan
Recent Master Instructor Designations
Congratulations to these SAFE members!


Jon Edward "Jughead" COUNSELL, Master CFI-Aerobatic       
(Initial:  21Oc t13)   
Del Rio  TX
E-mail:   [email protected]
Jon E "Jughead" Counsell, a 1st-time Master as well as as well as a member of IAC and SAFE, recently earned his Master CFI-Aerobatic accreditation.  A veteran US Air Force command pilot, Jughead is an instructor piolt with APS Emergency Maneuver Training at Arlington Municipal Airport (GKY).  He specializes in advanced upset recovery and aerobatic training largely in Extra 300s.   
(Photo:  MCFI-A Jon Counsell of Del Rio, TX)
Lara Zook GAERTE, Master CFI    (Renew:  17Oct13) 
Fort Wayne  IN
[email protected]  Lara Z Gaerte, a 4-time Master and SAFE member, recently renewed her Master CFI accreditation.  Lara is the CEO, manager, and chief pilot of Century Aviation, a full-service FBO at De Kalb County Airport (GWB).  She also serves as the safety officer and a director of the Air Race Classic and is a FAASTeam representative in the FAA's South Bend FSDO area.  (Photo:  MCFI  Lara Gaerte of Fort Wayne, IN)  



Clifford Monroe "Cliff" IZER, Master CFI        (Renew:  30Sep13) 
Cumming  GA
E-mail:  [email protected] 
Clifford M Izer, a 6-time Master and SAFE member, recently renewed his Master CFI accreditation.  The general manager of Professional Aviation Services at Dekalb Peachtree Airport (PDK), Cliff specializes in Cirrus and other technically advanced aircraft training.  He also serves as a FAASTeam representative in the FAA's Atlanta FSDO area.  
(Photo:  MCFI Cliff Izer of Cumming, GA)   


John Anthony KOLMOS, Master Aviation Educator (MAE)    (Initial:  9Oct13)   
Mastic Beach  NY
E-mail:  [email protected][email protected] 

John A Kolmos, a 1
st-time Master and SAFE member, recently earned his Master Aviation Educator (MAE) accreditation.  John is the director of safety and security as well as manager of crew member training with Liberty Jet Management.  He also serves with the New York Wing of the Civil Air Patrol and is a FAASTeam Representative in the FAA's Framingdale FSDO area.     (Photo:  MAE John Kolmos of Mastic Beach, NY)   
Neil Joesph SINGER, Master CFI      (Renew:  30Sep13)   
Marblehead  MA
E-mail:  [email protected]
Neil J Singer, a 5-time Master and SAFE member, recently renewed his Master CFI accreditation.  A technically advanced aircraft instructor, Neil is an independent instructor pilot and mentor.  He specializes training and mentoring owner pilots transitioning into single-pilot very light jets as well as initial jet type ratings, recurrent jet training, avionics instruction, and turbine transition training.   
(Photo:  MCFI Neil Singer of Marblehead, MA)    



Have a SAFE day!

Doug Stewart, Executive Director
Society of Aviation and Flight Educators
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