by Jenny Furst on May 13, 2016

CFI members of SAFE and NAFI are needed to volunteer their professional skills to help staff the EAA Pilot Proficiency Center at AirVenture Oshkosh 2016, July 25 – 31.  CFIs will be provided housing and transportation to and from the grounds.

Volunteer instructors will be providing tech talks and help with both VFR and IFR flight scenarios in Redbird Flight AATDs.  To apply to volunteer please click here.

This year, the Center will operate two 4-hour sessions each day from 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM and 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM. A total of 28 flight instructors are needed each day: twelve CFI’s at each session to operate the Redbird AATDs and an additional two in the Ready Room to assist pilots in selecting the scenarios they would like to fly.

A few volunteers are also needed for EAA PPC setup on Saturday July 23 and Sunday July 24, and there will be a training session for CFIs on Sunday afternoon from 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM.

About the EAA Pilot Proficiency Center 2016:

Flight instructors and aviation companies are joining forces during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2016 to bring back the EAA Pilot Proficiency Center and build on past years’ successes in improving pilot skills and enhancing safety with participants at the “World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration.”

During EAA AirVenture 2016 (July 25-31) the Center will again feature “Tech Talks, VFR and IFR flight scenarios in Redbird Flight AATDs, the opportunity to work with certificated flight instructors and more. The EAA Pilot Proficiency Center is dedicated to improving the skills of pilots. This year’s EAA PPC will operate 12 Redbird LDs, one Redbird MCX and one Redbird Xwind. The Pilot Proficiency Center is open to all pilots who want to improve their flying skills as well as to non-pilots. It will feature IFR and stick & rudder flight challenges as well as forum programs.

Thousands of pilots have participated in the flight simulations, seminars, and other activities of the Proficiency Center that expanded their knowledge, their flying skills and built their confidence to handle specific situations they face while flying. That group included pilots who sought to enhance their instrument flying abilities as well as those looking to improve their stick-and-rudder skills.

Along with EAA and the EAA IMC Club, the EAA Pilot Proficiency Center is supported by AOPA, David Clark, Hartzell, Jeppesen, Mindstar Aviation, NAFI, PilotEdge, Plane and Pilot, Redbird Flight, and SAFE.

SAFE Debuts Institutional Memberships

by Jenny Furst on February 12, 2016

Lowers cost for flight schools, clubs and aviation colleges [JOIN]

East Hill Flying Club in Ithaca, New York has become the first flight school in the nation to take advantage of the Society of Aviation and Flight Educators (SAFE)’s new Institutional Membership.  The reduced-cost membership option for flight schools and aviation colleges extends SAFE benefits to the designated employees of the institution.

“Each of my seven CFIs gets the advantage of SAFE’s multitude of services and discounts for less than half the usual $45 for an individual membership,” said David St. George, Chief Instructor and manager at East Hill.  “It’s a way to reward our staff with most of the SAFE benefits and also promote excellence in aviation education among our people.”

The new SAFE Institutional Membership fees are based on the number of instructors employed by the flight school or aviation college and start at $75 for up to six instructors at the school.  It includes all SAFE benefits for each instructor except a subscription to FLYING Magazine, including SAFE’s Aviation Mentoring program, monthly SAFE eNews, SAFE The Magazine quarterly, a vibrant CFI-focused online resource center and substantial discounts on flight instruction products and services from nearly two dozen leading aviation companies.

Just one member discount, from SAFE partner Lightspeed, provides an active CFI up to $150 off top quality Lightspeed headsets, a benefit worth more than three times the cost of a regular individual SAFE membership and six times the cost of an institutional membership.  The most recent member benefit is 66 percent off a yearly subscription to the premier aviation and astronautics publication of the Smithsonian Institution, Air and Space Magazine.

SAFE is a member-focused group of aviation educators that fosters professionalism and excellence in aviation through continuing education, professional standards and accreditation.  Its nearly 1,000 members include many of the nation’s top CFIs. Click here to join as an institution!

Executive Director Resigns

January 1, 2016

Citing personal reasons, Bill Moyle submitted his resignation as SAFE’s Executive Director.  The SAFE Board of Directors thanks Bill for his service to the organization and to our members. The Board will use this transition as an opportunity to review the organization structure to better serve SAFE members.

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Air & Space Magazine Debuts As Latest SAFE Member Benefit

November 10, 2015

Air & Space Magazine, the premier aviation and astronautics publication of the Smithsonian Institution, is now available to Society of Aviation and Flight Educators (SAFE) members for just $14 per year, a savings of 66 percent off the newsstand cost.  It joins more than 20 other free or discounted products, services and publications that are […]

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Georgia, Washington State Teachers Awarded 2015 SAFE Aviation Education Grants

October 29, 2015

Teachers Doug James of Georgia and Scott Cutler of Washington State have received this year’s 2015 K-12 Classroom Teacher Grant Awards from the Society of Aviation and Flight Educators.  SAFE awards the grants annually to help stimulate interest in aviation-related education as part of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) studies. Mr. James is a […]

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Stowell, Turner to Present Training Solutions for Loss of Control Accidents at NTSB Forum

October 5, 2015

Fresh ideas for flight instructors interested in preventing inflight loss of control will be presented by two experts from the Society of Aviation and Flight Educators (SAFE) on Wednesday, October 14 at the NTSB Conference Center in Washington, D.C.  Inflight loss of control is involved in 40 percent of all fatal general aviation (GA) accidents, […]

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SAFE Supports FAA Proposal Allowing More Sim Time, Eliminating Hood Requirement

July 16, 2015

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 […]

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SAFE Board Elections

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, […]

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