For many of us who started with SAFE 10 years ago this birthday is a hard-won victory we hardly dared to hope for. We started out of controversy as a scrappy all-volunteer not-for-profit and times have occasionally been tough along the road to where we are today with over 2,200 amazing members. If you are reading this as a SAFE member, thank-you so much for your membership and support because you truly “are SAFE.” (If you are not yet a member we welcome your membership) We have several hundred Master Instructors (flight and ground) and almost 100 DPEs in our pilot and educator ranks. We enjoy the membership of the “movers and shakers” in the aviation industry.

We are so proud of our Pilot Proficiency Center, now the darling of Oshkosh, and the Atlanta GA Pilot Training Reform Symposium which led to the FAA ACS. We developed the BEST CFI Insurance Program in the industry and our SAFE CFI Toolkit App is used daily by over 4,000 CFIs in the US. Most importantly we recently launched our SAFE CFI-PRO™  course to be held at AOPA in October. Happy 10th birthday SAFE!


About the author 

David St. George (Lifetime Member)

David St. George learned to fly at Flanders Valley Airport in 1970. Proving that everyone is eventually trainable, he became an FAA Gold Seal Flight Instructor for airplanes (single and multi, instrument, and glider) and serves the Rochester FSDO as an FAA Designated Pilot Examiner. In this capacity, he gives flight tests at any level from sport pilot to ATP and CFI. For 25 years David was East Hill Flying Club's 141 Chief Instructor and manager. David holds multi and single engine ATP pilot certificates, with pilot ratings for glider and seaplane and several jet type ratings. He recently earned his 13th renewal as a Master Instructor and owns an Aeronca Champ so he can build hours for that airline job!

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