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Oct 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 Awards Two Teacher Grants

Two classroom teachers, Sonya Williams and Joseph Perrotta, were recently named winners of the 2014 K-12 Classroom Teacher Grant Awards from the Society of Aviation and Flight Educators (SAFE).


The $250.00 grants are designed to encourage aviation and aerospace lesson plans and aviation student projects in classrooms. This year the grant was expanded to two grants, one for grades K - 7, and the other for grades 8 - 12. The awards have helped stimulate teacher interest nationally in aviation-related education as part of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) studies.


Sonya Williams, a fourth grade teacher at the 107th Street STEM Magnet School in Los Angeles, California won SAFE's award in the kindergarten through grade seven category.   Joseph Perrotta, a physics teacher at Starr's Mill High School in Peachtree City, Georgia, won in the grade 8-12 category. 


Ms. Williams plans to develop an interactive aerodynamics unit for her elementary students on the four forces of flight: lift, weight, thrust and drag.  In her proposal, she noted that "this grant money (will) provide much needed exposure for my students as they strive to compete with students from more affluent circumstances."


Mr. Perrotta will use his SAFE grant for equipment necessary for his advanced placement 12th grade physics students to study Newton's Laws of Motion.   He plans to use the grant to purchase four or five remote controlled helicopters as part of a laboratory experiment not only on Newton's three laws but to also study torque and angular momentum.   Perrotta is an FAA Certificated Flight Instructor and faculty sponsor for his high school's aviation club.


Seven SAFE aviation educators evaluated the grant proposals based on uniqueness of the project, lasting effect of the learning outcomes and feasibility of the project for other aviation educators. 

SAFE Member Survey Response

SAFE membership committee member, (and chartification expert extraordinaire) Gary Brossett has created a series of graphs to depict the responses to the survey that was sent out to the membership this past July. The survey sought answers to several questions, those being:

  1. What is the best benefit, tangible or intangible, that SAFE has to offer the individual member?
  2. In what facet of SAFE would you like to become more involved?
  3. Opinion of eMagazine?
  4. What could SAFE do better?


Based on the responses it appears that the best benefit of SAFE membership are the resources that are provided both through the Resource Center and SAFE The Magazine. The area that most respondents would like to be involved with is again, the Resource Center. More than half the respondents felt that the magazine was acceptable (and in fact many respondents commented very favorably about the eZine). Lastly, recruiting was the area that garnered the highest percentage of respondents regarding what SAFE could do better. (To view the charts click here.)


Whereas the survey has concluded, SAFE is always eager to receive input from the membership on ways that we can serve you better. Please don't hesitate to voice your comments, concerns, and suggestions by emailing us.


Airman Certification Standards Process Moves Forward

The work of the Airman Certification Standards Work Group (ACSWG), that includes eight SAFE member participants, is moving forward at a brisk pace to bring "an integration of knowledge, skill and risk management into a single Airman Certification Standards (ACS) document."


Following the close of the recent comment period, the ACSWG has dispositioned all the comments received and made changes to the ACS where needed, based upon the comments. The ACSWG also conducted a beta test of a prototype Private Pilot ACS with a small group of pilots-in-training, instructors, and evaluators over the summer. The results of that preliminary test are being evaluated now, and it appears that for the most part all those involved were excited and pleased with how the test went. Based on the results of that beta test the next prototype is being developed for testing with a larger group.


Another aspect of the work being done by the ACSWG is a review of the Pilot's Handbook of Aeronautical Knowledge and the Airplane Flying Handbook to bring those two documents in line with the proposed ACS.


To view a presentation that explains the Airman Certification Standards, along with a history of how we got to where we are, along with the plans for implementing them please click here


King Schools Seeks Manager

King Schools is looking for a high-level course development manager and quite possibly a SAFE member could fill that position.


The primary requirement is that the person be able to work well within the King Schools culture, and be able to manage other folks in course development to produce a high quality of customer experience for learning pilots. King Schools currently have 4 folks working in course development that the manager would be supervising, plus the manager would be working closely with the video studio.


Since this is also a hands-on position, not just pure management of others, the ideal candidate would:

                Be a passionate and engaged aviator;

                Be able to write clearly, in a fun and insightful way;

                Be an experienced airplane flight instructor (helicopter               experience would be a wonderful bonus);

                Have multi-engine and real-world cross-country time;

                Have flown multi-engine turbo-jet airplanes in the US and        internationally.


Of course, the Kings recognize that there is no such thing as the ideal candidate! It's the management experience and the ability to produce a great customer experience that is really important to them. If this is a position that interests you please contact King Schools


Recent Master Instructor Designations
Congratulations to these SAFE members!
David Paul SAINT GEORGE, Master CFI   
Ithaca  NY

David St George, a 9-time Master and SAFE member, recently renewed his Master CFI accreditation.  David is the Part 141 chief flight instructor with East Hill Flying Club at Ithaca's Tompkins County Regional Airport
 (ITH) specializing in advanced training.  He also serves as a designated pilot examiner and a FAASTeam representative in the Rochester FSDO area. 

Michael Gerard "Mike" GAFFNEY, Master CFI  
Bedford  TX
Michael G Gaffney, a 6-time Master and SAFE member, recently renewed his Master CFI accreditation.  Mike is currently the interim general manager of CAE Oxford Aviation Academy in Gondia, India where he specializes in technically advanced aircraft operations.  The 2007 National CFI of the Year, he also serves as a FAASTeam lead representative in the North Texas (Dallas / Fort Worth) FSDO area.  

William George "Bill" GREGORY, Master CFI-Aerobatic   
Gilbert  AZ

William G Gregory, a 1st-time Master as well as a member of IAC and SAFE, recently earned his Master CFI-Aerobatic accreditation.  A graduate of the US Air Force Academy, Bill is an instructor pilot with APS Emergency Maneuver Training (, a Part 141 flight school at Mesa's Williams Gateway Airport (IWA).  A retired USAF instructor pilot and NASA astronaut, he specializes in upset recovery, spin, and aerobatic training.

Donald Ellis "Don" KAYE, Master CFI   
Santa Clara  CA
Donald E Kaye, a 7-time Master and SAFE member, recently renewed his Master CFI accreditation.  Don is an independent San Francisco Bay area flight instructor specializing in avionics, instrument, recurrency, and complex aircraft training.  

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Have a SAFE day!

Doug Stewart, Executive Director
Society of Aviation and Flight Educators
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