The CFI is the "primary influencer" in all of aviation (not the DPE). Every active CFI reaches 30-50 pilots a month. Professionalism and excellence rise and fall with the quality of your CFI.

Only 12% of FAA CFIs are "active" and 2/3 spend less than a year teaching. Yet, these people teach the majority of our new pilots.

Accelerate the improvement of your CFI staff (or achieve personal growth) with SAFE CFI-PRO™ online or at your location (taught by DPEs and MCFIs).

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Accelerate your CFI Mastery with
SAFE's CFI-PROficiency Workshop


Professional development is essential in aviation. And there is something for every aviation educator at our CFI-PRO™ Workshop. This was scheduled at Sporty's Academy June 10/11, but was a "COVID casualty."  We now offer it virtually or at your flight school or academy. Whether you are new to aviation education (even working on a CFI) or a seasoned veteran, this learning opportunity will reinvigorate your teaching and accelerate your mastery and proficiency with new ideas and techniques. [Contact Us]


live safety-oriented aviation seminar with fresh, level-appropriate knowledge for CFIs… Excellent!


Excellent opportunity to discuss subjects in flight training with flight instructors from across the country


“this is a great event that really helps increase your tools for teaching

We now travel this workshop to your location! We include a syllabus of "Extended Envelope Maneuvers" for pilots to rebuild basic skills and move pilots out of their narrow (and dangerous) "comfort zone." The majority of pilots only fly (and train) in <10% of the flight envelope. These limited pilots are vulnerable to LOC-I when displaced by an emergency or upset.  

The CFI is the "primary influencer" in aviation. DPEs only interact with pilot applicants for a few hours and by FAA mandate do not teach. Professional educators are the heart of aviation safety. We need CFI-PRO™ instructors learning and spreading "Extended Envelope Maneuvers." Every pilot can benefit from this increased confidence and proficiency reducing LOC-I accidents. 

Contact us for an in-person SAFE CFI-PRO™ at your location.



                  Agenda from our Last SAFE CFI-PRO™ Workshop       
                                          Creating Excellent Aviation Educators [YouTube]
                                                  >>October 2–3, 2019, Frederick, MD (KFDK)<<

                     "THE FIRST FIVE HOURS"

Essential Question: What should instructors focus on early and often during training that would serve their students well throughout their flying careers?

Agenda – Day One

0800–0830 Registration & Coffee (Panera)

0830–0845 Opening remarks by David St. George and Rich Stowell

0845–0925 Panel Q&A with Hobie Tomlinson, Doug Stewart, David St. George, and Ken Wittekiend

0930–1030 Learn to Turn with Rich Stowell

1030–1045 Break

1045–1135 Extended Envelope Training with David St. George

1140–1230 Connecting Training and Testing Using the ACS with Ken Wittekiend

1230–1330 Lunch & networking (Watch signs for classroom)

1330–1340 Objectives of the Breakout Sessions with David St. George

1345–1515 Breakout Sessions (40 minutes each; attendees will participate in two of the sessions)

  • Deconstructing Ground Reference Maneuvers with the Chandelle
  • Deconstructing Transition Training
  • Deconstructing Basic Aerodynamics
  • Deconstructing the Way We Teach Instrument Flight

1515–1530 Break

1530–1600 Day One Wrap-up with Rich Stowell

1630-1730 Join us for Happy Hour at “Airways Inn” (310 Aviation Way) for adult beverage?

1800–1930 Dinner at the NACC (further SW on airport) with AOPA’s Keith West

Agenda – Day Two

0800–0830 Registration & Coffee (Panera)

0830–0925 Project Managing the Pilot Process with Bob Hepp

0930–1030 What You Need to Know about Maintenance with Adrian Eichhorn

1030–1045 Break

1045–1140 Redbird Training Scenarios with Billy Winburn

1145–1230 Wrap-up and Workshop Surveys


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SAFE's CFI-PRO™ Inspiration 

The original inspiration for this program is the 20 year old Orlando FSDO CFI Special Emphasis Program which in only two years was able to reduce instructional accidents in their very busy flight district by an astounding 60%. Elevating aviator excellence has a proven effect on safety and pilot quality. We want to scale this to our entire pilot population by improving aviation educators (SAFE mission).

SAFE's CFI-PRO™ Clinic - Closing the Gap Between "Good to Great!"

Our 80% drop-out rate in aviation education has become an accepted embarrassment accept as "normal" rather than fix. A comprehensive AOPA study identified the CFI as the key reason flight students either stay and succeed or abandon their dreams. As in LOC-I,  the aviation educator is the “inflection point” or "influencer" we need to address and improve. This program will include resources to improve your educator effectiveness (SAFE Resources) and thus reach every pilot flying.


Join us at AOPA (KFDK) and close the gap between “good to GREAT!” Become a SAFE CFI-PRO™

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Please enter your name and contact details so we can stay in touch as details develop. More information will be headed your way soon. Questions can be answered at SAFE booth at Sun 'N Fun - or by calling 607-351-3637.

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Join us for two amazing daysJoin us for two amazing days of classes, seminars, and networking from the industry’s best educators for only $375. (SAFE is an educational not-for-profit) Additionally, your contribution includes your lunch and a networking dinner on Wednesday. of classes, seminars, and networking from the industry’s best educators for only $375. (SAFE is an educational not-for-profit) Additionally, your contribution includes your lunch and a networking dinner on Wednesday.