SAFE Member Dinner Thursday At AirVenture 2016
Registration for the SAFE Annual Membership Meeting and Dinner on Thursday evening, July 28 at 7 PM is now available. For SAFE members, the dinner cost is just $5 with one guest for an additional $5; (additional guests after “plus one” are $25 each). The event will be held at the Wittman Regional Airport terminal building, as it was last year. A no-host social hour will begin at 6 PM.
Dara, Hake, Garrison Elected To SAFE Board
Three well-known GA leaders were elected last month to the SAFE Board of Directors, each for a three-year term. They will begin their duties after the Society’s annual meeting on Thursday, July 28, 2016 at AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.
The three are Parvez Dara of New Jersey, Eric Hake of Texas, and Mike Garrison of Florida. All three men are heavily involved in aviation education and flight training with many years of general aviation experience.
SAFE was founded in 2009 so that members of the aviation education profession could have a more direct voice in the way they were being represented and to raise the bar for aviation education, both in the cockpit and in the nation’s classrooms to encourage more young people to enter aviation.
Parvez Dara was appointed to the SAFE Board in 2015 to complete the term of another Director who resigned. He currently serves as SAFE’s treasurer and was elected to a new three year term. He is a CFI, AGI and ATP and recently renewed his Master Instructor designation for the sixth time. Dara is a medical oncologist and has authored multiple articles on human factors, pilot error, and aviation safety. He serves as an FAA Safety Team Representative for the Philadelphia FSDO and is SAFE’s current Treasurer.
Eric Hake is actively involved in aviation education on a daily basis as a trainer for The Modern Pilot LLC, a Houston, Texas based business he founded in 2015. From 2009 to 2015, Hake worked for ForeFlight, where he personally answered more than 50,000 support email messages and built up the current Pilot Support Team. Hake is also a Redbird Certificated Flight Instructor, a mission-qualified pilot in Civil Air Patrol, and a sought-after public speaker.
Mike Garrison is an FAA Designated Pilot Examiner (Private through ATP), a Cirrus Factory Certified Standard Instructor Pilot and a seven time Master Certified Instructor. Garrison has been flight instructing for 40 years and for three consecutive years provided over 1,000 hours of flight instruction a year. Additionally, he is a member of numerous aviation organizations as well as a Lifetime Member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.
Since its founding, SAFE has built a large library of audio-visual and written resource materials on aviation education, divided into members-only and public sections. The organization sponsors an Aviation Educator Mentoring program to help CFIs and teachers to become world-class aviation educators and offers an exclusive CFI liability insurance program. Substantial member discounts are available on many aviation books and CDs, aviation newspapers and online publications, online proficiency training, top quality headsets, flight planning services and in-flight GPS navigation.
SAFE Member Dr. Virginie Rollin Places In ARC
SAFE member Dr. Virginie Rollin, a professor at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, FL and her flying companion Dr. Nairara Petralander placed third overall in this year’s Women’s Air Race Classic. The race concluded June 24 at Daytona Beach.
ERAU pilots Emmy Dillon and Abbie Pasmore placed first overall in the race.
Congratulations to SAFE member Dr. Rollin and the other 100+ women who competed in the annual ARC.
SAFE K-12 Grant Still Accepting Applications
Classroom teachers have until August 31 to submit applications for the two $250 grants SAFE awards annually to encourage classroom teachers to incorporate aviation-themed lessons into their curriculum.
One grant is awarded to a teacher in grades K-7 and the second to a teacher in grades 8-12. An individual teacher or group of teachers from the same school may apply for a grant to design an aviation-themed classroom unit or complete an aviation themed project. Applicants do not need to be SAFE members.
Previous winners have used the SAFE grants to purchase remote-controlled helicopters for studying Newton’s laws of motion; test various airfoil designs, study different types of aircraft propulsion systems, and fly their designs in computer flight simulators; design and build a model rocket using a NASA engineering design process; purchase a LEGO Education WeDo Construction Set to enhance a STEM program and develop an interactive aerodynamics unit on the four forces of flight.
Industry, Government Responds To ACS Introduction With New Help
Several industry sources and the FAA have responded to introduction of the new Airman Certification Standards (ACS) with print and online guides and videos to applicants prepare for the new tests.
The ASA booklets at Sporty’s are expected to be available by July 7.
The FAA has the full ACS available in PDF format on its web site, for both Private Pilot- Airplane Airman Certification Standards and Instrument Rating – Airplane Airman Certification Standards. Both may be downloaded for free.
Fresh SAFE Blog Entries
Suggestions, information, some trivia and hints from several of the country’s leading flight instructors and FAA Designated Pilot Examiners are showing up in the new SAFE Blog which is open to all pilots. Among the most recent entries:
- “You go preflight; I’ll be right out.” Blogger and New York DPE David St. George asks if you keep FAR 91.103 in mind when telling a student to prepare for a lesson. It’s required, you know.
- Blogger and 9,000+ hour CFI Michael Phillips admits to two experiences in the last year that were painful reminders that maintaining a high standard of excellence is an ongoing process for all CFIs.
- What might be called “defective Instrument Proficiency Checks” (IPC) have contributed to accidents investigated by SAFE member Jeff Edwards. Knowing that, is the FAA proposal to lower requirements for maintaining IFR currency a good thing?
- SAFE Board Member David St. George, in a blog entry called Friends Don’t Let Friends Fly Stupid!, suggests that taking action when seeing another pilot prepare to do something unsafe is a good thing.
New Location for 2016 EAA Pilot Proficiency Center At AirVenture
The EAA Pilot Proficiency Center has moved to the ‘EAA Four Corners’ on the AirVenture 2016 grounds, along Celebration Way and Knapp Street.
“The Proficiency Center lets pilots fly entertaining yet challenging scenarios to maintain proficiency and to improve both risk management and stick and rudder skills,” said Donna Wilt, SAFE Chair. “There are also IFR scenarios available for instrument-rated pilots. Some of SAFE’s best instructors are volunteering to help at this year’s event.”
The Center will be open from Monday through Saturday, July 25-30, and is open to any pilot who wants to improve his or her knowledge or skill in aviation.
The daily schedule includes a full lineup of Tech Talks by expert instructors on topics including crosswind landings, situational awareness, tailwheel tips and tricks, and charts. All Tech Talks are eligible for FAA WINGS pilot proficiency program credit.
The Center will have 12 Redbird LD flight simulators for both IFR and VFR proficiency, as well as a Redbird MCX and Crosswind simulator.
FAA Aviation Training Handbook Updates Underway
SEVERAL DUE OUT “ANY DAY”
An extensive revision of FAA aviation training handbooks has been underway for several years and last week SAFE received the latest updates to the publication schedule from the FAA. The updates to the 8083 Handbook Series ensures that the material is current, incorporate errata and align the documents with the new Airman Certification Standards (ACS).
The latest revisions of all 8083 Handbooks, including addendums, errata, and change pages are available at FAA sites Aviation Handbooks & Manuals and Aircraft Handbooks & Manuals. The new revisions, when released, will be available for free download from these sites.
According to FAA Airman Testing Standards Branch Manager Robert Newel, the publication schedule includes:
FAA-H-8083-1B – Aircraft Weight and Balance Handbook – July 2016
FAA-H-8083-25B – Pilot’s Handbook of Aeronautical Knowledge – July 2016
FAA-H-8083-3B – Airplane Flying Handbook – October 2016
AC 00-45H – Aviation Weather Services – Any day
AC 00-6B – Aviation Weather For Pilots and Flight Operations Personnel – Any day
FAA-H-8083-21A Helicopter Flying Handbook Addendum January 2016
FAA-H-8083-2 Chg 1 Risk Management Handbook January 2016
FAA-H-8083-27A Chg 1 Student Pilot Guide January 2016
FAA-H-8083-16A Instrument Procedures Handbook September 2015
FAA-H-8083-15B Instrument Flying Handbook Addendum April 2015
FAA-H-8083-11A Balloon Flying Handbook Addendum 2016
FAA-H-8083-13A Glider Flying Handbook Errata Sheet May 2015
Flying Magazine Features ACS ‘Dogfight’ Between SAFE Members John King and Rod Machado
Two of the top names in the aviation training world – John King of King Schools and well-known aviation educator and humorist Rod Machado, both SAFE members – engaged in a ‘dogfight’ in the July 2016 issue of AOPA Pilot and FLYING Magazine, arguing for and against the FAA’s new Airman Certification Standards (ACS).
John King applauds the new standards, calling them meaningful and relevant, while Machado opines that since most GA accidents are due to lack of skill rather than decision-making errors, the new ACS is not needed.
The ACS, which replaces the long-established Practical Test Standards, went into effect last month. According to the FAA, the ACS:
- provides clear information on what an applicant must know, consider, and do to qualify for an airman certificate or rating.
- Aligns knowledge test questions to the standards that are based on official handbooks and FAA guidance.
- Ensures that standards, guidance and testing all work together effectively for better safety.
ACS grew out of a 2011 SAFE-sponsored summit in Atlanta, where participants complained that knowledge testing, particularly, was out of step with today’s aviation training environment. A work group tried for a Knowledge Test Standard but soon realized an overhaul of the whole airman certification system was needed and the ACS was born.
In the FLYING Magazine face-off on pages 34 and 35 of the July 2016 issue, King called many questions in the old knowledge tests “tricky, trivial or obscure,” and applauded the new ACS for allowing the FAA to develop meaningful, relevant test questions that will help pilots understand how knowledge, risk management and skill work together. “Using the ACS for training and testing will create the habit of thinking systematically about what’s happening now, what bad thing might happen if you don’t do something about it, and what you can do to prevent that,” he said. “Countless pilots and their passengers will benefit.”
Rod Machado, a 43-year CFI acclaimed for his aviation education manuals, decried the ACS for doubling the verbiage of the PTS by adding an assessment of risk-management skills and knowledge-specific elements. “(It) now looks like the flip side of a rental car contract,” he said. He faults the FAA’s effort to test risk-management ability with the ACS, quoting from the FAA’s own Risk Management handbook. “What is in doubt,” he concludes, “is the factual evidence supporting claims that the ACS will reduce accidents while not interfering with the average person’s opportunity to earn a private pilot certificate.”
The new standards are now in effect for Private Pilot and Instrument Rating applicants, and will be expanded to cover other FAA certificates and ratings as well. Several publishers and retailers now have video or text instructions for CFIs on how to cope with the new standards.
Flying Car Granted Exemption From LSA Rules
A new opportunity for CFIs?
An extraordinary set of FAA exemptions from more than two dozen sections of FARs 21, 43 and 61 were granted to Terrafugia, Inc., last month. This may portend a robust new market for CFIs as non-pilots buy the company’s flying car.
The exemptions will allow Terrafugia to market their Transition flying car as a Light Sport Aircraft (LSA), which is expected to appeal to both pilots and non-pilots excited about the prospect of flying to an airport then driving to their destination.
“The Terrafugia is an innovative aircraft that will need instructors both for initial and transition training,” said SAFE Chair Donna Wilt. “Both FAA and NASA are encouraging new products that will allow people to seamlessly go from driving to flying. A practical flying car will attract a whole new market of pilots, much like Cirrus did when it came out.” She added that current FAA rules allow an existing CFI with a commercial-pilot certificate to instruct in an LSA without restrictions.
The exemptions allow the Transition a gross weight of 1,800 pounds, almost 500 pounds more than rules allow for an LSA, and an increase in stall speed from 45 knots to 54 knots. According to Terrafugia, the weight increase is mostly to allow systems that meet federal highway standards. By comparison, the gross weight of a Cessna 152 is 1,600 pounds and its stall speed is 42 knots.
The company announced last year it expected customer deliveries of the Transition to start “after a couple years” at an initial price of $299,000.
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Visit SAFE At AirVenture 2016 In Hangar B
SAFE’s double-space booth, lit with bright flood lamps, will again be welcoming members in Exhibit Hangar B, spaces 2093 and 2094 at AirVenture 2016.
Those who join SAFE, or members who renew their memberships at Air Venture qualify for excellent gifts from ASA, Gleim Publications and Sporty’s Pilot Shop, some with values in excess of SAFE’s annual membership fee. Not up for renewal? No problem! Renew at the fly-in and keep your original expiration date.
ASA, Gleim and Sporty’s are longtime supporters of SAFE and go the extra mile with these bonus gifts. Please thank them for their support of our organization.
Volunteers are still needed to work the booth for at least one four-hour shift during AirVenture. Volunteers will greet SAFE members, provide information on our mission, benefits and programs and welcome new members to the organization.
The signup board for booth volunteers and a locator map for first-time AirVenture visitors is available on the SAFE website. One free daily admission for AirVenture 2016 is available for the volunteer day and an official SAFE shirt will be provided for volunteers who do not already have one.
On-site training for booth volunteers will be provided. Organization handouts, packets for teachers to apply for SAFE’s teacher grants and other SAFE materials will be available at the booth.
Among the special attractions at this year’s AirVenture are evening flying events beyond the usual Wednesday and Saturday night air shows. On Monday and Thursday evening, military biplanes and triplanes will take to the skies as part of the World War I aviation centennial celebration. Aircraft scheduled to appear will be from the collections of Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome of Rhinebeck, New York, and Golden Age Air Museum in Bethel, Pennsylvania.
Revised FAA Sample Exams For ACS Debut
Although the FAA is no longer providing exact questions used on knowledge tests, it has published new sample exams for several certificates and ratings. They were published on June 13 and are available on the FAA web site. The newest sample exams instructors and students should be using include:
Private Pilot Airplane Sample Exam – PAR (PDF)
Private Pilot Helicopter Sample Exam – PRH (PDF)
Private Pilot Glider Sample Exam – PGL (PDF)
Instrument Rating Airplane Sample Exam – IRA (PDF)
Airman Knowledge Testing Supplement for Commercial Pilot (FAA-CT-8080-1D) (PDF, 32.5 MB)
Advanced Ground Instructor Sample Exam – AGI (PDF)
Flight Instructor Airplane Sample Exam – FIA (PDF)
Airline Transport Sample Exam Helicopter – ATH (PDF)
Airline Transport Sample Exam Multiengine Class Rating – ATM 121 (PDF)
Airline Transport Sample Exam Single Engine Class Rating – ATS 135 (PDF)
Airman Knowledge Testing Supplement for Sport Pilot, Recreational Pilot, and Private Pilot (FAA-CT-8080-2G) (PDF, 107.2 MB)
Dispatcher Sample Exam – ADX (PDF)
Flight Engineer Sample Exam – FEX (PDF)
Parachute Rigger Sample Exam – RIG (PDF)
Aviation Mechanic Airframe Sample Exam – AMA (PDF)
Aviation Mechanic General Sample Exam – AMG (PDF)
Aviation Mechanic Powerplant Sample Exam – AMP (PDF)
Inspection Authorization Sample Exam – WIM (PDF)
Pilot Training NPRM Comments Needed! Docket Open Until August 10
SAFE is urging members to make their views known on an FAA Notice of Proposed Rule Making that would make several significant changes in requirements for private pilot and commercial pilot applicants.
The NPRM itself may be read here.
Among other things, the new rule would add a fixed-gear Technically Advanced Aircraft (TAA) as one of the options for the single-engine commercial pilot training and practical test that currently requires a complex aircraft. The flight instructor practical test would be changed likewise.
Other proposed changes include:
- Allowing pilots to accomplish IFR recurrency in an FAA-approved simulator or training device without an instructor present.
- Reducing the frequency of IFR recency of flight experience accomplished in FAA-approved ATDs from every two months to six months, reducing the number of tasks required for such recency in ATDs and removing the three-hour flight time requirement for recurrency in ATDs.
- Allowing light sport airplane and gyroplane pilots to credit 10 hours of sport pilot training time toward a higher certificate for single engine airplanes and rotorcraft, and allow sport pilot flight instructors to provide training to sport pilot student on flight by reference only to instruments.
“SAFE welcomes many of these changes,” said Donna Wilt, SAFE Chair, “but we’d like members to weigh in on whether these changes are adequate for maintaining proficiency or whether will they will reduce safety in an effort to save money.”
To comment on the NPRM, go to the Federal Rulemaking Portal and following the online instructions for sending comments electronically. Please copy SAFE on your response to help the organization formulate an official response.
SAFE The Magazine Summer Edition Available
The summer edition of SAFE The Magazine, the quarterly publication of the Society of Aviation and Flight Educators, was published June 19.
Among the stories in this issue are:
Engine Failure X Three, a thrilling article by SAFE member and FAA Designated Pilot Examiner Larry Bothe of Indianapolis telling of his experiences with a total of nine engine failures in his 7,500+ hours as a pilot. In particular, he tells of how he experienced three of those engine failures on one checkride. To paraphrase real estate agents, “this article must be read to be believed.” Bothe has also created a webinar on the subject of how to handle suddenly-silent engines in flight.
Use The Tape!, an article by long-time CFI Jim Alsip, extends the common CFI teaching technique of a “spot on the windshield” to developing superior stick-and-rudder skills. Alsip says “it’s the ultimate in cockpit ‘instrumentation.’”
That Invaluable Instrument Rating by SAFE The Magazine editor Mark Phelps recalls a time early in his life as an instrument rated pilot when an FSS briefer provided a VFR-Not-Recommended admonition, then turned around and suggested that his proposed trip would be an ideal way to break in his new instrument ticket. “I owe a debt of gratitude to the flight briefer, and I wish I knew who he was so I could thank him,” Phelps says.
In this month’s Chair’s Corner, Donna Wilt shares the history of SAFE’s K-12 Classroom Teacher Grant program, including heart-warming stories of how real-life classroom teachers have used the modest $250 grants to incorporate aviation-themed lessons into their normal curriculum. They include 2013 grant winner physics teacher Lisa Damian of Camden Hills Regional High School in Rockport, Maine, who challenged her high school juniors and seniors to research, design and build a model rocket and used the grant money to purchase the model rockets.
“The Board of Directors strongly believe that part of SAFE’s mission to “promote learning in all areas of aviation for everyone at every level,” said Wilt, “and we would like to expand the program. I encourage anyone who wants to contribute to this worthy program to contact me or any SAFE Board member.”
May 2016 Master Instructor Achievements
Two professional aviation educators, both SAFE members, renewed their Master CFI designations in May. Both renewed through Master Instructors, LLC.
Michael Bruce “Mike” Traud of Gold River, CA renewed his Master CFI on May 11. He serves as the safety officer for the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Air Squadron and is a designated pilot examiner (DPE) in the FAA’s Sacramento FSDO area. Additionally, he is a flight instructor and aviation consultant who owns and operates MTAviation Services LLC at Sacramento Executive Airport
John Urban “Rock” Rockcastle of Oxford, FL renewed his Master CFI on May 30. He is a five-time Master CFI, an Orlando FSDO FAASTeam representative and works as a simulator instructor with Simcom in Orlando, FL. He also serves on the production crew at the FAA’s National Resource Center in Lakeland. Rockcastle was the 1989 Master CFI of the Year.
Of the more than 100,000 FAA-certificated CFIs in the United States, fewer than 800 are accredited as Master Instructors. The FAA approves initial or renewal of Master CFI accreditation as an alternate means for CFIs to renew their flight instructor certificates.
More than 20 of recent National Flight Instructors of the Year, National FAASTeam Representatives of the Year or AMTs of the Year have been accredited Masters.