Board Candidates 2020

Candidates For Three Openings On the


SAFE Board of Directors 2020 (Term 3 Years)



Andrew Chan  Resume
Board Candidate 2020

My name is Andrew Chan and I appreciate your consideration of my candidacy to the SAFE Board of Directors.  As a young boy, I always looked to the skies and dreamed of becoming a pilot.  When I turned 18, I took the plunge and earned my wings.  I caught the flying bug like the best of them.  At 20, I started my first flight school- one of the first in the US to specialize in Sport Pilot Training.  With an amazing job offer from JetBlue, I sold the business..  After years away from my passion, I started my second flight school, Right Rudder Aviation in 2016.  Today,  RRA is a Premier Flight Training destination, FBO, and Pipistrel Panthera Aircraft Dealership.

As a dedicated career aviation educator, my personal mission is to make the dream of flight accessible to everyone and instill each and every client with an innate, unrelenting culture of safety.  I believe that SAFE plays a vital role in promoting aviation safety in GA, and if elected I look forward to bringing my training, experience, and passion to the SAFE board.  One of my goals is to help create the next generation of flight training models.  One that improves safety, promotes aviation, and rewards rather than discourage career educators.  Aviation is a gift to us all, It would be my extreme pleasure to give back to the aviation community as a board member.”

MichaelHareMichael Hare  Resume
Board Candidate 2020

Why now?

My interest in this position stems from where we are right now.  A time of rapid and sweeping changes, particularly in aviation. I want to be part of that change – to help shape the future of aviation while maintaining our high standards.  I want to keep learning and teaching others to help us move through these challenging times. I want to inspire others and be an agent of change – an approach that has characterized my professional life.

Why me?

My 45 years of aviation background allows me to see these challenges from multiple perspectives – from my general aviation and commercial aviation experiences, to my military and combat experiences.

For example, one of my positions in the Air Force as Director of Emergency Preparedness required me to deal with change and risk constantly – to plan for it.  My team and I devised reasonable responses to extreme situations, and I tried to provide the voice of reason.

At another point, I had to transition my F-16 squadron to a C-130 squadron, quadrupling the number and diversity of the people involved.  The culture change was difficult. Obstacles were everywhere. People from the old unit wanted to cling to the status quo. New people wanted to establish their contributions and connections. As an old F-16 guy I had a foot in each camp.  Through group brainstorming, strategic thinking, planning and teamwork, I got to create a path to the future that included everyone and incorporated efficiency and safety.

So, this isn’t new for me, I’ve been thinking about and working with change for more than 40 years.

We, as flight instructors and the SAFE organization as a whole need to plan for the future and recognize the wonderful opportunities the future presents.  I can contribute and help lead us there. Thank You.


Michael McCurdy  Resume

Board Candidate 2020

I am currently living in Charleston, SC and have been since 1985. I currently own two flight schools, IFR6 and CHS Flight School. I have been a pilot since 1989 and a CFI, CFII, MEI since 2001.

I am passionate about effective flight training- our flight schools are very successful because we operate on simple principles:

  1. Flight training, like every successful business, should be centered on the customer’s needs.
  2. The measure of a good flight school is the number of check rides, not the number of customers.
  3. We teach by what we do as much as by what we say.
  4. Our goal is to train people to be pilots, not just to fly an airplane.

Repetition has always seemed to me to an incredibly effective teaching tool but it wasn’t until we got our hands on a quality AATD that we could efficiently use repetition in flight training. The results were so striking that we left the traditional airplane-only syllabus and developed our own, integrating our simulator into the training.

I am excited about the opportunity to join the S.A.F.E. Board of Directors. The organization’s Code of Ethics is one of the best I have seen and dovetails perfectly with our approach to flight training here. If chosen as a Board member, I will work hard to keeping S.A.F.E. the premier flight-training organization that it is now.

Thank you for this opportunity!


 Newlan Parker  Resume

Board Candidate 2020

Newlan’s ratings include ATP, CFI, CFII, MEI, AGI and IGI. He started his aviation career in the US Navy, where he was an In-Flight Technician/Ordnanceman on the P-3C Orion aircraft. He spent five years on the P-3, accumulating 1500 hours flying all over the world in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. After separating from the military, he earned a Bachelor of Science in Aviation Management and a Master’s degree in Commercial Aviation.

He flew for a regional airline in the Pacific Northwest for four years as a First Officer and then Captain. In 2018, he accepted a position as a Captain in a Citation Mustang flying for a Montana hospital. In the spring of 2019, he earned the Master Flight Instructor accreditation and in the fall of 2019 was given Designated Pilot Examiner authority from the FAA. He is also a FAASTeam representative for the Helena FSDO and volunteers with his church.

Newlan has flown in 27 different countries and all 50 states, but considers being a DPE the highest honor and most humbling experience of his career. Spending time with his family, handing applicant’s their hard-earned Temporary Airman Certificate, and flying SuperCubs in Montana are his favorite things to do.”

Screen Shot 2019-11-03 at 8.01.51 PMWayman, Alfredo Luy,
Term Expires 2020

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. Wayman started his flying career as a Flight Engineer in the DC-8.  He also flew Citations and ferried Daher TBM 700/850/900s aircrafts worldwide. In the course of 16 years operating as Socata’s  Chief pilot, he has trained new TBM owners globally, implemented safety standards and spoken at many safety seminars.

Wayman has been an active flight instructor for over 20 years. He is currently Vice President of Wayman Aviation Academy in South Florida.  Wayman Aviation  is one of the top flight schools in Florida training over 200 students yearly from over 50 countries. It is an FAA Part 141 certified academy with  40+ aircraft and 30+ instructors.  Wayman Aviation works directly with airlines to provide safe, quality, and qualified pilots. Wayman has developed 141 Syllabus and TCOs that are approved by the FAA as well as civil aviation authorities worldwide.

Wayman has been a mentor, guiding 150+ CFIs as they make their way to their dream jobs instilling safety and best practices to these young aviators.  Wayman’s mission is to be able to bring his vast global training knowledge to the board and influence future safety standards of the aviation industry.