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!

by David St. George (Lifetime Member) on 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 elected directly to the  board is one of SAFE’s founding principles.

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.

Veronica Cote has been a faculty member at Bridgewater State University in Connecticut since 1995. She has been a pilot since 1983 and a CFII since 1985, with over 1000 hours of dual given and a Saab-340 type rating. She flew as a corporate pilot and later for two commuter airlines, first in 1987 and then with her ATP from 1988-1991.
Veronica attended Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University earning a Master of Aeronautical Science degree in 1995 and has taught at Bridgewater State University since 1995.

Cres Wise served in the U.S. Air Force for 20+ years as a Ground Radar and aircrew instructor and flew 1000 hours as an AWACS Mission Crew Co
mmander.  He has been a civilian flight instructor for 11 years and holds FAA certificates and ratings of Commercial, CFI, CFII, MEI and IGI.
Additionally, he is a 3 time Master Instructor (MCFI) with 2000+ hours dual given and a Civil Air Patrol check pilot examiner. Currently, he is 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.

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 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!

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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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Institutional Memberships Save You $$

February 12, 2016

Lowers cost for flight schools, clubs and aviation colleges [JOIN] East Hill Flying Club in Ithaca, New York has become the first flight school in the nation to take advantage of the Society of Aviation and Flight Educators (SAFE)’s new Institutional Membership.  The reduced-cost membership option for flight schools and aviation colleges extends SAFE benefits to […]

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