2018 Board Elections (Please VOTE June 5th-15th)

Five SAFE members are competing for three open seats on the SAFE Board of Directors  The 2018 annual election will be held electronically June 5th-15th using the Internet-based voting site votingplace.net.  All current SAFE members will receive an individual email in early June with instructions on how to access the voting site, which will require entry of your FULL SAFE membership number (include the “S” and all the zeros). HERE are easy instructions on how to log in and get your member information (easy peasy!) The three winners will take their seats on the Board immediately following the  annual SAFE membership meeting at AirVenture in Oshkosh, WI.

Each nominee’s experience, along with their answers to four specific questions, is posted below, so SAFE members can read about the nominees’ professional experience and qualifications to serve on the Board as well as learn more about their vision for SAFE’s future.  Each nominee’s email address and phone number appears at the top of his or her Q&A statement in case a SAFE member would like to contact the nominee to ask a question or get more information about something said in the nominee’s written statement. All five nominees were interviewed earlier this year by the SAFE Governance Committee and the slate of nominees was accepted by the SAFE Board of Directors.

YOU run SAFE by running for the board and electing qualified candidates! “We’re hoping for another exceptional turnout at the virtual polls this year,” said SAFE Chair David St. George.  “Last year’s election had the highest member participation to date, at 24 percent of all eligible SAFE members voting, and we’d like to top that this year.”

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2018 SAFE Board Elections – Candidate Questions & Answers- VOTE


 Dr. John A Kolmos

E-mail and Phone

jakolmos@gmail.com       631-905-7188

Aviation Bio/Resume 

Why do you want to serve on the S.A.F.E. Board of Directors? *

To assist with the growth on GA safety and training

How will your aviation and professional background, special talents, and leadership skills help to further SAFE’s mission and goals? Please be specific. *

I have extensive experience in aviation safety and safety management systems; this is important for aviation flight schools, college aviation programs to adapt and promote

What do you see as the most pressing concerns and/or tasks for SAFE and for SAFE’s Board of Directors in the next 3 years based on SAFE’s current mission and vision Statements? *

Having pilots, not the crowd that always attends meetings and seminars but those who do not that training for pilots is a life long endeavor. That we should set attainable goals and develop personal minimums as part of our training from Private through ATP understanding what risk management means to themselves and the aviation community at large.

What other thoughts, suggestions, or ideas do you have to keep S.A.F.E. growing and thriving as a professional aviation education organization? *

Get SAFE’s name out, especially to colleges and flight schools. We need better PR.


Wayman Alfredo Luy

E-mail and Phone

mraviator2u@me.com      305-494-7627

Aviation Bio/Resume

I hold the following certificates and ratings:  ATP, SEL, MEL, SES, Glider, CFI/CFII/MEI, CE500, CE510.  I’m a Daher/Socata TBM flight operations manager and flight school owner and operator with 10,500 TT, including 7,000 hours flight instruction given in 20 years.

Why do you want to serve on the S.A.F.E. Board of Directors? *

As a member of S.A.F.E., I have seen first hand the results of our active organization as per the ACS, Pilot Hand Book and other NPRMs. I would like to contribute to such a critical pillar of our aviation society.

How will your aviation and professional background, special talents, and leadership skills help to further SAFE’s mission and goals? Please be specific. *

As a 141 flight school owner/operator with multiple locations throughout south Florida and with a professional flight instructor background, I wish to bridge the gap between the every day needs/challenges of our CFI community and our regulator, the FAA.

What do you see as the most pressing concerns and/or tasks for SAFE and for SAFE’s Board of Directors in the next 3 years based on SAFE’s current mission and vision Statements? *

A major challenge is making flight training relevant to today’s technologies and market conditions with the airlines and the FAA.

What other thoughts, suggestions, or ideas do you have to keep S.A.F.E. growing and thriving as a professional aviation education organization? *

We need to make our membership more available and accessible to our young CFIs, so we can guide them to become professionals on their path to fulfill their careers.


Cres Wise

E-mail and Phone

cres_wise@hotmail.com       (478) 542-4185

Aviation Bio/Resume

I served in the U.S. Air Force for 20+ years as Ground Radar and Aircrew Instructor and flew 1000 hours as an AWACS Mission Crew Commander.  I’ve been a civilian flight instructor for 11 years and hold the following certificates and ratings:  Commercial, CFI, CFII, MEI, IGI.  Additionally, I’m a 3 time Master Instructor (MCFI) with 2000+ hours dual given and a Civil Air Patrol check pilot examiner. Currently, I’m the Assistant Chief Flight Instructor for Robins AFB Flight Training Center & Aero Club and an Assistant Professor of Aviation and stage check pilot for Middle Georgia State University.

Why do you want to serve on the S.A.F.E. Board of Directors?

Aviation has been very good to me and I’m dialing back some of my scholastic duties which leaves time to assist with the S.A.F.E. mission. I believe in the mission and think I can help move the organization forward.

How will your aviation and professional background, special talents, and leadership skills help to further SAFE’s mission and goals? Please be specific.

I am currently involved in training the next generation of professional pilots, both as an academic instructor and flight instructor. My work includes advising and mentoring students of all levels, including our newly minted CFIs before they head off to the regionals or other career path. This gives me a unique perspective on what the ‘modern’ CFI needs/wants in terms of professional development. I work with new CFIs on a daily basis – I see where they excel and where they could use some help. The methods and techniques that helped us ‘old heads’ become old heads, isn’t necessarily what works for the new generation. Mentorship will always be in demand, but we must be ready and willing to adapt that role, in much the same way we were taught to adapt to the learning characteristics of our flight clients.

What do you see as the most pressing concerns and/or tasks for SAFE and for SAFE’s Board of Directors in the next 3 years based on SAFE’s current mission and vision Statements?

SAFE needs to continue to listen and be responsive to member inputs and desires; that is what attracted me to SAFE when I joined years ago. The industry is changing.  We must be ready to change with it to meet the needs of our membership. I think in addition to adding members, we need to be adding content that is formatted to meet the timetables and presentation methods that best aid our members.

What other thoughts, suggestions, or ideas do you have to keep S.A.F.E. growing and thriving as a professional aviation education organization?

We need to expand our online presence. Unfortunately, this is not my area of expertise, but when I look at where our CFIs go for help, online tops the list.


Veronica T. Cote

E-mail and Phone

verutie@icloud.com        (508) 345-4475

Aviation Bio/Resume

I have been a pilot since 1983 and a CFII since 1985. I have over 1000 hours of flight instruction given. I flew as a corporate pilot and later for two commuter airlines first in 1987 and then from 1988-1991.  I hold an ATP and a Saab-340 type rating. I received a full scholarship to Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and earned my Master of Aeronautical Science degree in 1995. I began teaching at Bridgewater State University (then College) in August of 1995 and became the founding Chairperson of the Aviation Science Department when it split from the Management Science Department in 1997. I have been at BSU ever since and played a major role in developing and implementing new courses required for Aviation Accreditation Board International certification. I am a tenured faculty member who has served on many committees at the University over the past two decades. I am a FAAST team representative and have conducted seminars locally in the Boston FSDO area, at Sun’n Fun and AirVenture, and at Women in Aviation national conventions.

Why do you want to serve on the SAFE Board of Directors?

I believe that my experience as a pilot and college professor has taught me the importance that thorough and comprehensive ground training leads to safe flight outcomes. I would like to share my knowledge and insights with the SAFE community.

How will your aviation and professional background, special talents, and leadership skills help to further SAFE’s mission and goals? Please be specific.

My personal mission statement is “to use aviation as a vehicle to help students (people) discover who they are.” My years as a flight and ground instructor, corporate pilot, commuter airline pilot, and college professor encompasses a wide range of aviation experiences. I have experienced the cyclical of pilot demand and the rapid growth technology in flight training and in the cockpit. Comprehensive instruction and judicial use of technology can enhance pilot safety. Mentoring aspiring aviation professionals and encouraging life-long learning is paramount for the continuous improvement in aviation safety. Most pilots I know realize that aviation forever transforms how they see and relate to the world. I consider it a precious gift to share the wonders of flight with others knowing that it will have a profound impact on their lives.

What do you see as the most pressing concerns and/or tasks for SAFE and for SAFE’s Board of Directors in the next 3 years based on SAFE’s current mission and vision Statements?

The pressing need for qualified pilots, maintenance techs, dispatcher, and other professionals combined with the increasing costs of flight training and mentoring experiences presents a difficult challenge for the industry. SAFE can be influential by providing resources to the aviation community and continued cooperation with the FAA in using technology wisely to reduce costs and provide unique training experiences to future pilots and industry professionals.

What other thoughts, suggestions, or ideas do you have to keep S.A.F.E. growing and thriving as a professional aviation education organization?

Direct invitations to flight schools and aviation departments to join and participate would be beneficial. Collaborating with Aviation Accreditation Board International to provide resources to colleges and universities can be mutually beneficial. Providing training material and expertise with airlines and pilot training companies can help groom students for professional flying jobs from their primary training through the (often) long and difficult process of earning the hours and experience necessary for employment. Many members possess expertise and insight that would be valuable to industry and open dialog can enhance learning experiences for all.


H.C. “Hobie” Tomlinson

Email and Phone

HobieTW@att.net      802-363-3411

Aviation Bio/Resume

Why do you want to serve on the SAFE Board of Directors?

Last year I was appointed to the SAFE Board of Directors to fill out a term for a Board member who passed away.  This gave me an opportunity to see firsthand the many activities SAFE is involved with to improve current flight training practices and help aviation educators achieve excellence in their teaching endeavors.

I am interested in serving on the SAFE Board of Directors because I was very fortunate to have had mentors from the pilot group who flew during WW II.  They willingly shared their knowledge and expertise during my formative years and I would like to “pass it on” by being in a position to be a positive influence on the next generation of aviation educators.

How will your aviation and professional background, special talents, and leadership skills help to further SAFE’s mission and goals? Please be specific.

I have spent my career as a professional aviator and have always ended up teaching in whatever type of operation I was active in.  I feel this broad teaching experience will be an asset in helping accomplish SAFE’s mission and goals of assisting in the development of the next generation of aviation educators.

What do you see as the most pressing concerns and/or tasks for SAFE’s Board of directors in the next 3 years, based on SAFE’s current mission and vision statements?
I see one of the most pressing concerns and/or tasks for SAFE’s Board of Directors during the next three years as the need to devise ways to interest more young instructors in staying active in teaching, increasing their professionalism, and being active in supporting the improvement of general aviation flight training experience and quality. See resume here.

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