2016 SAFE Election Results

by David St. George (Lifetime Member) on June 23, 2016

SAFE’s annual election for three new Board members concluded on June 21.   Thank-you for voting! The 2016 election had the highest member participation rate in the history of SAFE with 20% of the eligible members casting ballots.

Elected to serve three-year terms on the SAFE Board of Directors were Parvez Dara (current Board member) of Toms River, New Jersey, Eric Hake of Lake Jackson, Texas, and Mike Garrison of Port St. Lucie, Florida.

The new Board members will be seated immediately after SAFE’s annual meeting on July 28 in Oskhosh, Wisconsin.



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

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 […]

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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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