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Aviation Education: Topics and discussion

  • Calibrating Confidence

    Calibrating Confidence

    More than 100 people die every day on the US roads in their automobiles.  An active co-conspirator in this carnage is the fact that 90% of drivers believe they are “better than average.” As a...

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  • IFR into “Non-Controlled” Airspace!

    IFR into “Non-Controlled” Airspace!

    Once upon a time, long ago, only an ILS got you to the ground in seriously crappy weather and the FAA protected that arrival from local “VFR” traffic with a 700agl echo transition airspace (and...

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  • SAFE CFI-PRO™ Released @ SnF!

    SAFE CFI-PRO™ Released @ SnF!

    Our SAFE CFI-PRO™ initiative was well received by the press and industry on April 3rd at Sun ‘N Fun and we had an  amazing show here in Florida. See all the industry visitors to our booth on our...

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  • Visit SAFE @ Sun ‘N Fun C 53-55

    It’s beautiful here in Florida as we count down the days to Sun ‘N Fun 2019 (2K overcast and 1 celcius back home…). The SAFE show booth this year (C building 53-55) will be a triple with the full...

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  • “Mind the (CFI) Gap!” Go “Good to GREAT!”

    “Mind the (CFI) Gap!” Go “Good to GREAT!”

    FAA pilot certification is a carefully monitored pass/fail process, but surprisingly, only minimal performance is required to earn a pilot certificate or rating.  The PTS/ACS standards only ensure...

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  • SAFE CFI-PRO™: Scenarios, Maneuvers, or Both?

    SAFE CFI-PRO™: Scenarios, Maneuvers, or Both?

    This is one in a series of posts by special guest authors about SAFE's new CFI-PROficiency Initiative™ (aka SAFE CFI-PRO™). The goal of the initiative is to make good aviation educators great!...

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  • SAFE CFI-PRO®; Good to Great!

    SAFE CFI-PRO®; Good to Great!

    At the heart of flight safety is the aviation educator. Our cadre of professional instructors interact and wrestle with flight training and proficiency on a daily basis – we are on the front lines...

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  • Spread Your Wings!

    Spread Your Wings!

    As pilots, we have an amazing diversity of “flying machines” available to us.  Unfortunately, most of us never take the time and money necessary to explore these unique experiences. In other...

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  • Situational Awareness:  3 Keys to Safety!

    Situational Awareness: 3 Keys to Safety!

    Situational awareness (SA) requires the accurate gathering of data (despite physical and mental obstacles) then filtering and making sense of this buzzing cacophony and finally projecting this all...

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  • Flight Simulation; Turbo-Learning!

    Flight Simulation; Turbo-Learning!

    The first effective flight simulator was developed by Edwin Link in Upstate NY in 1927. Prior to this creative device, it was also thought that piloting required inborn skills that training could...

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  • CFI Cover Your Ass(ets)!

    CFI Cover Your Ass(ets)!

    Consider the facts: in aviation we teach in a high-risk environment (compared to golf?) and as educators, we often guide high-value clients. When you add the two of these together the result is an...

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  • Freelance CFI – You’re a “Business!”

    Freelance CFI – You’re a “Business!”

    Thanks to Dave Wheeler for this article (expanded from a Facebook post) He is an ATP pilot with ASEL, AMEL, and SES. He holds all of the CFI certificates and ratings for airplane, and instrument....

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  • Gov. Shutdown Effects on Aviation

    Gov. Shutdown Effects on Aviation

    This political showdown has given both “sides” a megaphone to voice political viewpoints. Avoiding all this hostility (please?), the effect on aviation – and especially flight training – is...

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  • Wright Brothers Character Lessons

    Wright Brothers Character Lessons

    You may think it strange that I would talk about the Wright Brothers in a column that is meant to provide safety and training tips to our SAFE members, but I believe we can all learn a lot from...

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  • CFIs Are Not All Equal: CFI-PRO®!

    CFIs Are Not All Equal: CFI-PRO®!

    Previously published in the FAA Pilot Examiner Quarterly (shared by permission) Here is a unfortunate story of a “Rusty CFI” (not current teaching though probably very current in his biz jet)....

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  • Seasonal Safety: SANTA!

    Seasonal Safety: SANTA!

    In keeping with the holiday spirit, I thought I’d use this specially created instrument approach procedure (IAP) chart that Jeppesen put out a couple years ago for the North Pole for this blog...

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  • Safety=Caution Vs Courage!

    Safety=Caution Vs Courage!

    Confidence is a necessary but slippery pilot attribute. If we did not dream big and try hard we would never succeed in aviation. But carrying this too far is often the root cause of accidents...

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  • Congratulations New CFI!

    Congratulations New CFI!

    Congratulations and welcome to this new world! I hope you enjoy your profession as an aviation educator. Here is what I can tell you that you may want to ‘file away.’  I started out as you did: an...

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  • Better Teaching/Learning: “Make It Stick!”

    Better Teaching/Learning: “Make It Stick!”

    As aviation educators we tend to put a lot of emphasis on technical content but we often miss the superior learning techniques that make this information stick. Recent educational research reveals...

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  • Fly SAFE; More Fun!

    Fly SAFE; More Fun!

    Wishing you a warm and happy Thanksgiving! Here are some (not often consulted) words from the new FAA Advisory Circular 61-98D on flight reviews – excellent reading! The FAA specifies regulatory...

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