SAFE Publishes Progress Report on Training Reform

by Rich Stowell on October 30, 2011

Responses from Key Stakeholders were Substantive, Positive

The Society of Aviation and Flight Educators (SAFE) has published a progress report based on comments received from key industry and FAA stakeholders to the six proposed projects distilled from the Pilot Training Reform Symposium held earlier this year. The ten-page update summarizes the responses received from stakeholders and SAFE’s analysis of those responses, and identifies additional concerns and recommendations.

According to the progress report, “SAFE is encouraged by the comments received [and] the related training reforms that are currently underway.” AOPA, Aviation Supplies & Academics, Cessna Aircraft, CFI Professional Accreditation Committee, Cirrus Aircraft, Diamond Aircraft, EAA, FAA, FAA Safety Team, Flight School Association of North America, GAMA, Gleim Publications, King Schools, MCFI Jeanne MacPherson, and Sporty’s Academy all provided responses to SAFE.

The report goes on to commend AOPA for instituting its Flight Training Student Retention Initiative; the GA Joint Steering Committee for implementing the Safety Analysis Team; the FAA for initiating the knowledge test Aviation Rulemaking Committee; and representatives from AOPA, Cessna, Master Instructors LLC, and the University Aviation Association for forming the CFI Professional Accreditation Committee.

However, the SAFE report also warns that the long-term success of training reform depends on defined benchmarks, greater collaboration, and grassroots implementation. Engaged stakeholders are encouraged to press on with their initiatives. Stakeholders who have thus far chosen not to participate in the reform process are urged to commit to this effort in a meaningful way.

SAFE plans to issue another progress report in 2012.

Download the progress report


Industry Responds to Pilot Training Reform Projects

by Rich Stowell on October 4, 2011

SAFE to Provide Detailed Report-Out in 30 Days

Following the Pilot Training Reform Symposium in Atlanta last May, the Society of Aviation and Flight Educators (SAFE) issued a 35-page preliminary report to government and industry stakeholders with a request for action. Recipients were given 90 days to respond to the six projects distilled from two days of intense work by more than 150 symposium attendees.

According to Training Reform Committee Chair Bob Wright, “By the September 30th deadline, SAFE has received substantive responses from various segments of the aviation industry, with commitments from FAA, AOPA, and a few others to provide their responses in a matter of days.” Once the outstanding responses have been received, SAFE will issue another public report in 30 days. That report will include the next set of action items and milestones in the reform process. Wright noted, “SAFE will continue to push training reform with our stakeholder partners on an aggressive timetable.”

As the organization spearheading the Training Reform Initiative, SAFE represents nearly 700 of the industry’s top aviation educators from 49 states and nine foreign countries, including the majority of Master Instructors as well as numerous local, regional, and national General Aviation Awards winners.


Pilot Training Reformers to Meet during AirVenture

July 10, 2011

SAFE to Present Progress Report on July 29th The Society of Aviation and Flight Educators (SAFE) has scheduled a short meeting to give a progress report on its Pilot Training Reform initiative. The meeting will convene at 4:50 pm on Friday, July 29th at the FAA Aviation Center. According to Symposium Chair Bob Wright, “It’s […]

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Doctrine & Standards Panels Now on Symposium Channel

June 11, 2011

Luncheon Address by AFS-800 Manager also Online The Society of Aviation and Flight Educators (SAFE) announces that high definition video of the Training Doctrine and Standards panels have been uploaded to the 2011 SAFE Symposium channel. Moderated by Wright Aviation Solutions President Robert Wright, the 47-minute Doctrine video features remarks by Michelle Summers-Halleran, Embry-Riddle Associate Professor […]

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Training Reform Committee Publishes Preliminary Report

June 3, 2011

Six Projects Consolidated from Symposium Recommendations The Society of Aviation and Flight Educators (SAFE) has announced the publication of its preliminary report stemming from the Pilot Training Reform Symposium. Thirty recommendations generated during the symposium have been consolidated into six project proposals intended to improve and modernize accident root cause analysis, flight reviews, doctrine and standards, […]

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Growth Panel Video Now on Symposium Channel

June 1, 2011

Videos Show Depth and Breadth of Pilot Training Reform Initiative The Society of Aviation and Flight Educators (SAFE) announces that high definition video of the Growth Panel has been uploaded to the 2011 SAFE Symposium channel. Moderated by Cessna Pilot Center Manager Julie Filucci, the hour-long presentation includes remarks by AOPA Director of Flight Training […]

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Qref Syllabi, Checkride Checklists Now Free

May 29, 2011

Training Reform Symposium Continues to Yield Positive Results As founding members and an early provider of member benefits of the Society of Aviation and Flight Educators (SAFE), Qref recently announced its support for the goals of pilot training reform. Consequently, Qref is now offering PDF versions of its syllabi and acclaimed checkride checklists at no […]

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Video of Training Reform Symposium Now Online

May 25, 2011

Safety Panel Available, Others to Follow The Society of Aviation and Flight Educators (SAFE) has announced that the first in a series of high-definition videos of its Pilot Training Reform Symposium is now available for online viewing. Produced by the symposium’s official media partner, Aero-News Network, the Safety Panel has successfully been uploaded. In time, the entire […]

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Training Reform Symposium Yields Additional Syllabi

May 17, 2011

Sporty’s, SAFE Syllabi Now Available at No Charge Just two weeks after the event in Atlanta, the Pilot Training Reform Symposium chaired by the Society of Aviation and Flight Educators (SAFE) has produced yet more positive results. On the heels of the recent announcement that Aviation Supplies & Academics (ASA) had made a number of […]

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AOPA eBrief: Symposium Participants Share Insights

May 14, 2011

AOPA eBrief article, Building a better flight training experience, Symposium participants share insights

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