Meet the Board of Directors

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EricHakeEric Hake, Board Chairman
Term Expires 2022

Eric Hake is a CFII, CSIP and actively involved in aviation education on a daily basis as a trainer for The Modern Pilot LLC, a Houston, Texas based business he founded in 2015.  From 2009 to 2015, Hake worked for ForeFlight, where he personally answered more than 50,000 support email messages and built up the current Pilot Support Team.  Hake is also a Redbird Certificated Flight Instructor, a mission-qualified pilot in Civil Air Patrol, and a sought after public speaker.


CharlesMcDougalCharles McDougal,  Vice-Chairman
Term Expires 2020

Charles is a flight instructor and ATP rated corporate pilot. A DPE from 1999 to 2014, he flew his Long-EZ all over the vast San Antonio district to conduct practical tests for Private Pilot through ATP. He published a training and testing informational website, Flight Training Coalition, for over a decade and has had several articles published by AOPA Flight Training Magazine and continues to lobby for common sense, attitude based flying concepts and techniques. With over 10,000 hours of flight time logged in addition to over 2400 practical tests given, he is currently on sabbatical from teaching. Charles lives in San Antonio, TX where he helps his wife Madeleine care for other peoples dogs, writes about flying and flight training, composes and records music, and serves as chief pilot flying a Gulfstream for a busy part 91 flight department.


CresWiseSAFECres Wise, Secretary
Term Expires 2021

Cres 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.  He’s 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, he’s 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.


Parvez Dara, Treasurer
Term Expires: 2022

Parvez Dara is a CFII and avid Mooney pilot. He recently renewed his Master CFI accreditation for the fifth time through Master Instructors LLC. Parvez is an aviation medical examiner (AME) as well as a Mooney Pilot Proficiency flight and ground instructor with the Mooney Aircraft Pilots Association Safety Foundation ( www.MAPASafety.com ). He also serves as a FAASTeam representative in the FAA’s Philadelphia FSDO area.


HobieTomlinsonHobie Tomlinson
Term Expires 2021

Hobie Tomlinson of Vermont was a TWA fleet manager for the B-747 and has flown everything from J-3 on through heavy Boeings. He serves the FAA as a DPE in VT and is type rated (ATP) in B707, B720, B727, B747, B757, B767, CE560XL, CL604 & L1011.
With 40 years and more than 15,000 hours of CFI experience in everything from J-3 Cub thru B747, Hobie has developed, implemented, and managed operations for national and international airlines, charter services, and flight schools. He is passionate about sharing and spreading the “rapidly dying wisdom of the original aviators” into modern flight operations.
Hobie recently confessed he has beed a pilot examiner for 41 years (he came off the mountain with the FAR/AIM engraved on stone tablets)  We are so lucky to have his experience on our board of directors.


Joshua Hart
Joshua C. Hart,
Term Expires 2022

Joshua Hart is a transitioning US Army Military Fixed-Wing Pilot with over 3,000 hours of flight time in a wide variety of rotary and fixed-wing aircraft, including piston, turboprop and turbojet aircraft. He is currently nearing the end of his transition from a unique military experience to the private sector, focused on the promotion of general aviation, strengthening our community of pilots, and improving safety through an innovative curriculum.

His aviation career has taken him to nearly every continent in the world, except Antarctica, which he is determined to check off his flying bucket list! He has trained, mentored, and directed over 500 pilots, both new and experienced, throughout his career in global aviation operations.

Understanding general aviation and keeping current on all topics related to our everchanging community and industry is paramount in providing accurate direction for our Association of Flight Educators. Joshua is known for seeing the big picture and bringing fresh thinking to the ways we educate our community. His passion for identifying, setting and executing strategic goals that help fulfill our mission statement will be an asset in determining the direction we take our association in the future.

As a new father of a beautiful baby girl, Joshua understands the impact early access to aviation can have on the next generation, and is an strong advocate for removing traditional barriers to entry and encouraging more women to pursue their passion for aviation. His unique flying background, and deep understanding and knowledge of business operations through both education and entrepreneurship, help make him an ideal candidate for the open SAFE Board Member Position.


DavidDempseyDavid Dempsey
Term Expires: 2020

David Dempsey is an FAA CFI, CFII, Advanced/Instrument Ground Instructor, Gold Seal and Master Flight Instructor (airplane). He is the former owner and co-founder of the American Aviation Network LLC, a ground and flight training business based in New York City. For the Civil Air Patrol, he has acted as ‘check pilot’ and ‘instructor check pilot’. Additionally, he has over 25 years of aviation industry experience as an advisor to airlines, air taxi operations, and other aviation related entities.  He has presented at FAA FAASTeam seminars on the topics of recurrent training and finding and keeping well- qualified flight instructors and is the founder of the New York Area, Master CFI/Pilot Group.


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Wayman, Alfredo Luy,
Term Expires 2022

Wayman Alfredo Luy, ATP, CFI/CFII/MEI, Gold Seal, 11,000 hrs with 8,000 hrs Flight instruction given. CE-500/CE-510 type rating and Flight-Engineer Turbo Jet. Charter member of the SAFE organization.

Wayman has been an active flight instructor for over 20 years. He is Vice President of Wayman Aviation Academy in South Florida. It is an FAA Part 141 certified academy with 38 aircraft and over 30 instructors. Wayman started his flying career as a Flight Engineer in the DC-8, then flying Citation and Socata TBM 700/850/900s for the factory and as mentor pilot for new owner operators.

Wayman has been mentor, guiding new CFIs as they make their way to their dream jobs instilling safety and best practices to these young aviators.


Cote,VeronicaVeronica Cote
Term Expires 2021

Veronica has been a pilot since 1983 and a CFII since 1985. She has over 1000 hours of flight instruction given. She flew as a corporate pilot and later for two commuter airlines first in 1987 and then from 1988-1991 and holds an ATP and a Saab-340 type rating. Receiving a full scholarship to Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University she earned her Master of Aeronautical Science degree in 1995.

Veronica 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. She has been at BSU ever since and played a major role in developing and implementing new courses required for Aviation Accreditation Board International certification. She is a tenured faculty member who has served on many committees at the University over the past two decades. Still active as a FAAST team representative she has conducted seminars locally in the Boston FSDO area, at Sun’n Fun and AirVenture, and at Women in Aviation national conventions.