In official comments submitted July 8 to FAA NPRM Docket FAA-2015-1846, Notice 15-03, the Society of Aviation and Flight Educators (SAFE) supported the Agency’s proposal to increase the maximum time allowed in an Aviation Training Device (ATD) toward an instrument rating.

The Society cited research showing that use of such advanced simulators actually speed up the learning process by allowing students to concentrate on areas where more understanding and practice is required.  It said that ATDs provide the opportunity to learn procedures first in a benign situation, then move into an aircraft where they will experience not only the normal cockpit environment but real flight variables as well.

SAFE also supported the FAA proposal to amend FAR 61.65(i)(4) to eliminate the requirement for use of a view limiting device (hood) in modern simulators. “Modern ATDs simulate the cockpit environment very well,” said SAFE interim Executive Director John Dorcey.  “Most students quickly become so immersed in the ATD experience that there is no need for a view limiting device to further focus them on the instrument panel.”

SAFE was the first GA organization to raise the alarm in December 2013 when the FAA rescinded multiple waivers allowing increased simulator time and rallied pilot and instructor support for the current NPRM that would once again allow the extra 10 hours of ATD time.

The comment period on FAA-2015-1846, Notice 15-03 ends July 16.  SAFE has urged pilots to support the change.

SAFE Board Elections

by Jenny Furst on June 29, 2015

The polls closed on July 24, votes were tallied, and members of SAFE elected two new members to the Board of Directors. Welcome and congratulations to Tom Carr of Overland Park KS and Joan Williams of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. They join incumbent David St. George as this year’s class of SAFE directors. Bill Wilson, Indianapolis, IN, was the other candidate for the board, thank you Bill for serving as a director candidate.

SAFE Instructors Volunteer for AirVenture Pilot Proficiency Center

June 29, 2015

Top flight instructors from the Society of Aviation and Flight Educators (SAFE) will be volunteering at the EAA Pilot Proficiency Center at AirVenture 2015 to help pilots improve their flying skills, SAFE Interim Executive Director John Dorcey announced today.  All sessions are free. “We’ve had great response from SAFE member instructors,” he said.  “They’re jumping at this opportunity to help pilots to […]

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SAFE Urges Pilot Comments on NPRM for Increasing Loggable Sim Time

June 15, 2015

The Society of Aviation and Flight Educators (SAFE) is asking all pilots to comment on the FAA’s new Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) that proposes increasing loggable simulator time toward an instrument rating from 10 hours to 20 hours.  An earlier effort to implement the change with an FAA direct-to-final rule failed due to adverse […]

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FAA REVERSES PROPOSAL TO ALLOW GREATER SIMULATOR USE

January 22, 2015

Less than a week before it was to take effect, the FAA pulled the SAFE-requested direct-to-final rule to allow pilots up to 20 simulator hours toward an instrument rating, citing “adverse comments.”  The unexpected move leaves pilots limited to no more than the 10 simulator hours allowed by FAR 61.65. A SAFE analysis found only […]

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John Dorcey Interim Executive Director

January 6, 2015

We are glad to have the steady hand of John Dorcey as our PIC (interim Executive Director) while the search committee works it’s magic. John has all the scout badges; ATP, CFI (instrument and multi) and is a veteran Master CFI as well. John was a SAFE charter board member and directed the board for […]

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Openings Available on SAFE Committees

December 4, 2014

Here is an opportunity to get involved in SAFE and make a difference. SAFE Committees are where the important mission of SAFE gets done, and staffing for 2015 is now underway. Committees include: Marketing, Advertising and Events; Development; Programs; Social Media; Governance; and Government Affairs. If you or someone you know is interested in serving […]

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Fall 2014 issue of SAFE Magazine is now available to members through the Resource Center

November 20, 2014

Fall 2014 issue of SAFE Magazine is now available to members through the Resource Center.

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