SAFE Issues Training Recommendations

Flight instructor group releases list of 30 ways to improve safety.

Following its successful pilot training reform symposium held in Atlanta on May 4 and 5, the Society of Aviation and Flight Educators (SAFE) has issued a list of 30 training recommendations that it says can improve general aviation safety while also increasing the number of new student pilot starts. The proposals focus on ways to improve and modernize accident root cause analysis, make flight reviews more valuable to pilots, update doctrine and standards, and improve flight instructor training and testing, flight instructor accreditation, and training curricula.

According to the report’s executive summary, “The changes that may result from the proposed work require no lengthy regulatory change. Rather, they may be implemented via changes in policy, publications, and procedures.” The proposals, SAFE says, represent the beginning of a “multi-year process that likely will branch off into other projects necessary to effect reform.”

Symposium protocols called for issuance of a preliminary report within 60 days of the May symposium. SAFE volunteers, however, produced the document in half the scheduled time, the group said. Stakeholders will have until the end of September to respond regarding their involvement in the proposed projects. Check out the 35-page report here.