Pilot Proficiency Project Expands To Texas And Beyond


The Society of Aviation and Flight Educators is teaming up with Redbird to offer a full weekend of pilot proficiency training at Redbird’s Skyport, in San Marcos, Texas, next month. SAFE launched its Pilot Proficiency Project at EAA AirVenture last year, bringing scenario-based training to general aviation pilots using Redbird simulators. Now SAFE wants to bring that training to venues around the country, and the Texas event is their first effort. As an extra incentive to fly in, the date of Oct. 26-27 falls during Redbird’s month-long offer to fill up your airplane tank with 100LL for $1 a gallon. The program aims to provide “valuable proficiency training to pilots by combining relevant safety forums, challenging simulator training sessions, food, and camaraderie,” according to SAFE.

Forums at Skyport will cover topics such as using the iPad for flight planning, single-pilot IFR, angle-of-attack awareness, advanced GPS navigation, stick-and-rudder skills for glass-cockpit pilots, and more. All pilots also will have a turn in the Redbird simulator to fly one of SAFE’s scenarios that were developed to address the most common safety problems for GA pilots. Details about the program and the presenters are posted at SAFE’s website, where you also can sign up to attend the event. Doug Stewart, executive director of SAFE, told AVweb in an interview that other PPP events like this one will be planned for venues around the country. The cost for early registration ranges from $90 to $225, including all the forums, sim time, and meals; prices go up after Oct. 19.