#OSH21 General Aviation Surges Back!

by David St. George (Lifetime Member) on August 7, 2021

After a year off due to the global COVID pandemic, general aviation pilots gathered in record numbers for AirVenture 21 in Oshkosh. Here are some photos from the show. SAFE added over 70 new members during the week and we enjoyed a SAFE “Gathering” for the last time in the “Old Terminal” (soon to be demolished) with over 160 guests from across the industry.MyGoFlight brought their amazing SkyDisplay GA HUD and Noble Flight Simulation brought a Cirrus configured desktop simulator (thanks guys!!)

Thanks to our generous sponsors, Sporty’s Pilot Shops and Air-Pros Insurance in FDK (the agents for our amazing CFI Insurance). Fly safely (and often), see you next at the AOPA “Aviator Showcase” in Manassas August 27th, 9am-4pm. Thanks to Larry Baum and Glenna Blackwell for these photographs.

FAA Responds to SAFE on “Warbird Adventures Decision.”

by David St. George (Lifetime Member) on July 8, 2021

WarplaneIncBlog2The FAA responded today to the SAFE protest regarding the new FAA policy on flight instruction. The new FAA policy regards education as “flight for compensation or hire” rather than the historic “paid to teach.” Though this case specifically involved the restriction on flight instruction in experimental, limited, and primary aircraft, it impacts the aviation educator in inumerable negative ways; liability and medical issues? The FAA has reached the conclusion that their current policy is inconsistent with the current regulations (and published FAA policy in 8900.1). They will publish this new interpretation in the Federal Register on July 12th.

“The FAA has determined that the compensation a certificated flight instructor receives for flight instruction is not compensation for piloting the aircraft but is rather compensation for the instruction. A certificated flight instructor who is acting as pilot in command or as a required flight crewmember and receiving compensation for his or her flight instruction is exercising only the privileges of a private pilot. A certificated flight instructor who is acting as pilot in command or as a required flight crewmember and receiving compensation for his or her flight instruction is not carrying passengers or property for compensation or hire, nor is he or she, for compensation or hire, acting as pilot in command of an aircraft.”

FAAseminarThe FAA met with all “the alphabets” today and the current solution in place is a quick and easy LODA (Letter of Deviation Authority) for every experimental. Since this is a big list, the FAA recommends those with the greatest need apply first to keep everyone flying and space out the demand cycle. Technically, when the policy letter above publishes on July 12th in the Federal Register flight training in experimental, limited and primary aircraft is illegal until a LODA is obtained. There will not be a zealous enforcement of this policy but it is something of which pilots should be aware.

Congratulations New 2021 Board members!

June 19, 2021

Ellen Quist I earned a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry before making an early-life career pivot to pursue my long-burning interest in aviation. I worked at the local FBO as I built up my ratings, which gave me a broad exposure to many angles of the general aviation world, and am now a freelance CFI/CFII and […]

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United Aviation “Alphabets” Push Back on New FAA Restrictions

June 9, 2021

In a June 4th letter from the FAA, a new policy was announced by the FAA aligning the recent Warbird Adventures decision with 91.319 and defining flight instruction as “carrying persons or property for compensation or hire.” This reverses historic FAA guidance and also 8900.1 which defines flight instruction as “educational.” This new policy would […]

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SAFE Opposes “Warbird Adventures” Precedent

May 23, 2021

SAFE has taken a clear stand opposing the recent court “Warbird Adventures” Decision. We are asking the FAA for immediate clarification supporting the historic FAA interpretation of CFI as “aviation educator” NOT “charter operator.” Though the current analysis seems to indicate that CFIs are not immediately threatened here (this is a very narrow decision targeting […]

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Spring Sweepstakes Continues

April 18, 2021

SAFE Sweepstakes: Win a Lightspeed Zulu/Sporty’s Handheld/Aerox PrO2 System. In order for *everyone* to have a chance to win just renew, step-up (to supporting status), or donate to SAFE (tax deductible) and you will be entered into our sweepstakes. Win a Lightspeed Zulu Headset, a Sporty’s handheld radio or newly added Aerox PrO2 oxygen system. […]

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Visit SAFE at Sun ‘N Fun 2021

March 29, 2021

  We took a chance and registered for Sun ‘N Fun 2021. It seems like we are going to have a rockin’ show with ticket sales exceeding historic rates. Stop by and visit us at Booth B-22 (right at the left side of “Bravo Hangar” as you enter from the food court). We will have […]

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SAFE Partners with CFI Bootcamp (New Member Resources!)

March 5, 2021

A new partner relationship with CFI Bootcamp now allows SAFE members to save 20% on any of the CFI training company’s products or services. This training system is the brainchild of former DPE Mike Shiflett and focuses on creating (and supporting) the best CFIs in the business. All online courses are 10% off. SAFE Members […]

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