NTSB Analysis of KTEB Lear Crash (2017)

by David St. George (Lifetime Member) on March 13, 2019

The NTSB released the final report on the Lear jet crash at Teterboro Airport May 15th 2017. Though this is not the kind of flying everyone might engage in, this excellent animation and analysis by the NTSB will benefit every pilot.

The words “what were these pilots thinking” might come to mind but remember they were on a 25 minute 80nm flight. A flight like this is very labor intensive and this crew was so far behind they never really appeared “in command.” Even the planning seems rushed and a bit bizarre; they requested 27K feet for this short repositioning hop. Additionally “SIC-O” was flying and was legally prohibited from even have handling the controls. All totally frightening.

I have some small quibbles with the NTSB news release and executive summary having flown into KTEB and been instructed to “circle” many times. The required “circle” at KTEB often requires a very tight. close in series of turns.  I often request a visual but it’s hard to acquire. I wish the NTSB addressed this “normal procedure” which is “dangerous by design.” On this approach from the south their circling was approved to be more expansive, starting at Torby, but they never used that gracious permission. From the wouthyou usually aim for the Met Life stadium (TFR be damned).

Click [HERE] for detailed ops and factual     Click [HERE] for detailed ATC

Circle to R01-KTEB

Lots of good feedback on social media. One solution to the ambiguity here might be a “Charted Visual Flight Procedure” or even a RVFP. (This is similar to CVFP but actual vertical and lateral nav. guidance) The picture provided showed how badly this jet missed the cue for an early turn (previous 50 arrivals)

Thanks to JM for this one... Thanks to JM for this one…


SAFE 2018 Teacher Grants

by Jenny Furst on October 20, 2018

The Society of Aviation and Flight Educators (SAFE) proudly announces the four winners of their 2018 Teacher Grants Program.  These $250 grants are awarded to two (2) elementary teachers and two (2) middle-high school teachers who are promoting aviation and aviation careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) programs in their schools.  

Heather Adams is a second (2nd) grade teacher at Moody Elementary School (Saint Clair County Schools) in Moody, Alabama.  She has been teaching for 15 years and is “so excited” to win the grant for her STEM program.  She plans to purchase a Plane Designer STEM Learning Lab for hands-on experiences.  The STEM Learning Lab will assist students in designing, building and test flying custom model airplanes.  Adams also hopes to purchase an Aerospace Engineer Family STEM pack for students to use with their families at home.

Amanda Callahan-Mims teaches STEM subjects to students in Kindergarten through fifth (5th) grade at Spring Hill Elementary School (Knox County Schools) in Knoxville, Tennessee.  She plans to use the grant money to purchase four Thames & Kosmos Remote Control Machines: Space Explorers Science Kits.  She is building a school-wide STEM lab for 459 students in the Title I school.  Callahan-Mims will also be creating hands-on experiences for designing, producing and conducting aeronautical experiments.

Greensboro, Alabama (Hale County School District) High School teacher Charmelia Craig teaches a STEM curriculum to grades 9 through 12.  She has been teaching for 7 years and serves as a Curriculum Coach for other teachers interested in STEM subjects.  She plans to use the grant money to purchase miscellaneous everyday items such as balloons, drinking straws and rubber bands for students to create and design STEM projects such as spiromentors, rockets and robotic devices.

Melissa Wedwick, a middle school teacher at Rockford, Illinois’s Cathedral of Saint Peter School, will use her grant money to expand the STEM science lab with learning modules for Flight and Space.  This Illinois educator plans to purchase supplies and equipment for seventh (7th) and eighth (8th) grade students to design, build and test an airfoil, hot air balloon or airplane.  The students will be engaged in problem-based learning where they apply critical and creative thinking in a cooperative learning environment.

Welcome New 2018 Board Members!

July 7, 2018

The results of the 2018 election for SAFE Board of Directors, held last month,, brought three fresh faces to the SAFE Board of Directors. They are Hobie Tomlinson, Veronica Cote and Cres Wise. The three one-third of the nine Board members, ensuring continuous fresh SAFE member representation. Term limits for Board members and SAFE members […]

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Nominees for Board of Directors (Election June 5-15th)

May 29, 2018

SAFE Board Elections June 5th-15 [CLICK] for candidates! The nominees and volunteers from the membership have been vetted by the Gorenance Committee and are presented for election by the membership. Please view them on this page. You will receive an invitation to vote on the 5th of June from Votingplace.net and will need your full […]

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SAFE at 2018 US Sport Expo!

January 17, 2018

See you at the 2018 US Sport Expo in Sebring, Florida! This show will feature the Icon A5 and even a (not sport) Cirrus SR22T. Click [HERE] for the show pdf SAFE will be in Booth 309 and I will not be arriving until late in the day on January 24th (late airline reservations). If […]

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Weekly Educator Articles (Blog!)

November 24, 2017

Please visit here for SAFE’s exciting blog! https://safeblog.org/

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Nominations for Our SAFE Board 2018!

February 1, 2017

The SAFE Governance Committee is seeking nominations for three board member positions.  Each position is for a 3-year term to begin at the end of July 2018.  New Board members are seated at the Annual Members Meeting to be held during AirVenture 2018 in Oshkosh, WI. Please click here for more information.

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SAFE’s Response to Slow Flight Issue

September 30, 2016

SAFE’s full recommendations through the Working Group to the FAA are shown below: To:            Ms. Susan Parson and Mr. David Oord, Co-Chairman ARAC ACS Working Group From:        Society of Aviation and Flight Educators Date:         September 9, 2016 Introduction This letter proposes revision to the Area of Operation VII, Slow Flight and Stalls, in the Private […]

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