SAFE Pilot Proficiency Program travels to Florida

The second Society of Aviation and Flight Educators (SAFE) Regional Pilot Proficiency Project (PPP) has been set for Melbourne, Florid,a March 8–9, sponsored by Florida Institute of Technology (FIT).

Sometimes described as “graduate school for pilot safety and education,” PPP weekends are presented quarterly around the country.

The Melbourne event will feature 14 seminars by top national instructors, 11 simulator flight scenarios, and pilot camaraderie. Instructional and simulator sessions will run from 8 am to 5 pm on Saturday and Sunday. The Saturday evening banquet will feature aviation business guru Nick Frisch moderating a group discussion on The Art of Teaching in the Cockpit.

Early-bird tuition for the weekend-long program ranges from $30 for a single seminar to $225 for the full weekend. Information and quick registration for the Melbourne event is available on the dedicated PPP website.

Qualifying participants may receive FAA WINGS program credit as well as insurance Accident Forgiveness from SAFE sponsor Starr Aviation Insurance.

“Conscientious pilots polish their flying skills every day,” said Doug Stewart, SAFE executive director, “but only during a quarterly Regional Pilot Proficiency Project can they work with some of the nation’s top instructors to take their skills to the next level.”

One of the most challenging scenarios available in FIT’s full motion simulators is a maximum performance takeoff from the demanding Johnson Creek mountain strip in Idaho, complete with tall trees and close-in mountains on all sides. Other scenarios available during the weekend include a full ILS to minimums and a visual approach to a narrow runway with crosswinds.

In addition to the seminars and simulator sessions, participants will be able to compete for a ZULU.2 headset in a Xwind landing contest presented by Lightspeed Aviation. Pilots may practice their skills at any time during the weekend in preparation for the contest at midday on Sunday, March 9, at the Melbourne Airport.

The Society of Aviation and Flight Educators (SAFE) promotes aviation education in all forms. SAFE provides networking, updates and resources for flight instructors, public and private school teachers, higher education academicians and other aerospace professional educators. SAFE is a 501c3 non-profit membership association for creating a safer aviation environment through education. 

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