AOPA Air Safety Foundation
Bruce Landsberg, Executive Director
Chartered in 1950, the AOPA Air Safety Foundation is the nation's largest nonprofit organization providing aviation safety education and programs to the general aviation community.
ASF's 16-hour Flight Instructor Refresher Clinic (FIRC) enables thousands of flight instructors each year to revalidate their certificates through classroom recurrent training. Additionally, ASF mails the quarterly CFI Instructor Report to flight instructors at no charge.
ASF also conducts 150-200 free pilot safety seminars each year. Most qualify for FAA WINGS program credit. Seminar topics include: More Never Again, Operations at Towered Airports, Never Again, Airspace Refresher, Weather Strategies, Weather Tactics, Mountain Flying, Single Pilot IFR, GPS for VFR Operations, Aviator's Vision and Collision Avoidance, and Cockpit Companion.
The famed PINCH-HITTER® Course is offered for frequent flying nonpilots. The four-hour course will increase your understanding and enjoyment of flying.
ASF uses its accident database for detailed study of general aviation accident causes. Data is used for the annual Nall Report on aviation safety and ASF's type-specific Safety Reviews and Safety Highlights.
In the interest of reducing runway incursions and improving surface navigation, airport taxi diagrams for U.S. towered airports are available free of charge on ASF's Web site.
The Foundation also offers continuing pilot education through videos and publications. The videos focus on various safety issues such as: Mountain Flying, Midair Collision Avoidance, Stall/Spin, Single Pilot IFR, and Aircraft Icing. Safety Advisor topics include: Operations at Towered Airports, Weather Strategies, Weather Tactics, Airspace for Everyone, Operations at Nontowered Airports, Single-Pilot IFR, GPS Technology, Aircraft Icing, ASOS, and Propeller Safety. A complete catalog of ASF products is available online.