Moyle Selected as SAFE Executive Director

by Jenny Furst on September 21, 2015

Bill_Moyle2After a six-month nationwide search, the Society of Aviation and Flight Educators (SAFE) has selected veteran aviation educator Bill Moyle as the organization’s second Executive Director.

Moyle, of Waxahachie, Texas, succeeds organization co-founder Doug Stewart, who stepped down last year to continue instructing in technically advanced aircraft.  Former SAFE Board Chair John Dorcey served as interim ED during the transition.

“We’re fortunate to have found a leader with Bill’s aviation and education background,” said Donna Wilt, SAFE Board of Directors Chair.  “We believe he has the right stuff to lead SAFE as we continue to expand representation and services to aviation educators in the U.S. and worldwide.”

Moyle has more than 13,000 flight hours and holds an FAA Airline Transport Pilot certificate with type ratings for a Boeing 727 and Cessna Citation 500 series.  He has served as a captain, first officer, instructor and check airman for two national airlines and is an active FAA-certificated flight and ground instructor and a long-time member of the FAA’s FAASTeam.

The new SAFE Executive Director began his long aviation education and training career in 1974 as a vocational technical high school instructor in Connecticut, then moved to Danbury Airlines where he instructed in Cessna Citations and developed systems training for the company.  He guided electrical and mechanical training programs at Kimberly Clark corporation and has been an MD80 Team Leader at McDonnell Douglas, where he developed programs for aircraft avionics, mechanical, electrical, hydraulic and pneumatic systems.  More recently, Moyle was FlightSafety International’s program manager for the Cessna CE500 Citation series and served as an examiner and instructor.

Moyle officially assumed his SAFE leadership role on September 17

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.

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