October 9, 2013
By Jill W. Tallman
The Society of Aviation and Flight Educators (SAFE) will host its first Regional Pilot Proficiency Project on Oct. 26 and 27 at Redbird Skyport at San Marcos Municipal Airport, San Marcos, Texas.
The event, held in partnership with Redbird Flight Simulations, is intended to bring valuable proficiency training to pilots by combining relevant safety forums, challenging simulator training sessions, food, and camaraderie, the group said. The San Marcos meeting is the first of several planned events intended to make forums and simulator training sessions available to address key safety of flight issues of interest to pilots of all skill levels. The inaugural SAFE event will be held the weekend before Redbird’s 2013 Migration Flight Training conference, to be held Oct. 28 through 30 in San Marcos.
Forums include a moderated panel in best practices for flight planning with an iPad, featuring representatives from iFlightPlanner, Foreflight, Garmin, and Hilton Software, maker of WingX Pro. Ten simulation scenarios co-developed by SAFE and Redbird will be offered in Redbird simulators. Other forums will be presented by Kay Sundaram Greenfield, Tony Johnstone, SAFE Executive Director Doug Stewart, and Rich Stowell.
Three levels of registration are available: two days (forums, lunches, and a one-hour simulator session), $250; one day (forums, lunch, one-hour simulator session), $175; and two days with forums and lunches but no simulator session, $175. A 10-percent discount is available for those who register online before Oct. 20. See the website to register.
AOPA Technical Editor Jill W. Tallman is an instrument-rated private pilot who owns a Piper Cherokee 140.
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