Dan Keen

Daniel Keen

Daniel Keen

Your aviation bio/resume with years and ratings? * (Please include all affiliations, ratings, approximate hours, and past experience with aviation organizations.)

Certificates: Airline Transport Pilot, CFI-AIM Gold Seal, Commercial ASEL, ASES, Glider, Remote Pilot, Ground Instructor (Advanced, Instrument),
Total Time 14,500+ Master Instructor since April, 2000
FAASTeam Wings Program – Basic Phase 16, Advanced Phase 18, Master Phase 17 2004-2020
(Retired) Federal Aviation Administration Aviation Safety Inspector Indianapolis FSDO
• Conduct Certification Checkrides • Oversee Part 61, 91, 133, 135, 137, 141 and 142 Operators • Safety Officer for Indianapolis FSDO
• Oversee airshow activities/Red Bull Air Race Inspector-in-Charge
• Managing Specialist for Designated Pilot Examiner Program • Accident Investigation 2000-2004 Purdue University Aviation Education Specialist Dept. of Aviation Technology
• Flight instruction for private, instrument, commercial, multi-engine and flight instructors (over 5500 hours of dual given)
• FAA Designated Pilot Examiner • Head Coach of the Purdue University Flight Team • Supervisor/mentor Part Time Flight Instructors
• ATP, Glider, Sea, Flight Instructor, Ground School Instructor 1985-2005 KeenAire, Inc. Owner/Chief Pilot
• Provide on-demand charter service • Provide prisoner transport for local law enforcement agencies 1983-1998 Aretz Flying Service Chief Pilot/Chief Flight Instructor Lafayette, IN Part 141 School • Duties included flight instruction, pilot examiner
• Company closed in 1998 – airport closed in 2000 Coach of the Year – Region VIII, National Intercollegiate Flying Association 2003 Flight Instructor of the Year, Indianapolis FSDO, 1990 Flight Instructor of the Year, Indianapolis FSDO and Great Lakes Region, 2004 Experimental Aircraft Association Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association Society of Aviation and Flight Educators (member since 8/4/2010) Women in Aviation International Seaplane Pilots Association

How long have you been a SAFE member and why do you want to serve on the S.A.F.E. Board of Directors? * (Trying to judge commitment here and motivation; no wrong answers!)

SAFE member since 2013– To share my aviation experience and knowledge as a board member of the “Society of Aviation and Flight Educators” SAFE!

How will your aviation and professional background, special talents, and leadership skills help to further SAFE’s mission and goals? Please be specific. *
(Any previous board experience? Are you a professional in law, accounting, publicity, media…we have specific needs)

As Safety Officer for the FAA Indianapolis FSDO, I was responsible for office safety training programs. My entire aviation career has been focused on training and educating student pilot and continuing education for experienced pilots and flight instructors. As a recently retired Aviation Safety Inspector for the FAA, I would be able to provide insight and guidance on FAA policies and procedures.

What do you see as the most pressing concerns and/or tasks for SAFE and for SAFE’s Board of Directors in the next 3 years based on SAFE’s current mission and vision Statements? *
(We are looking for imagination and vision here; tell us your best vision of SAFE!)

One of the most pressing concerns is the high cost of pilot training and the growing need for aviation professionals. Stress basic aeronautical knowledge and skills at all levels as the pilots progress with advanced technologies. SAFE representatives should be involved more at all levels, particularly with flight instruction providers.

What other thoughts, suggestions, or ideas do you have to keep S.A.F.E. growing and thriving as a professional aviation education organization? *

Develop a network of SAFE representatives, guided by the Board of Directors, to represent SAFE at all levels of aviation education, i.e. high school, collegiate, local flight training providers, etc.