Organization Names Sparky Imeson Member #001
The Society of Aviation & Flight
Educators (SAFE) tells ANN the group is now accepting regular and
charter memberships. The organization adds additional membership
levels will become available in the near future.
As ANN has reported, SAFE was founded as "a
new, independent organization to represent the nation's
professional aviation educators" by a number of CFIs dissatisfied
with the state of affairs at the National Association of Flight
Regular membership in SAFE is $45 per year and will include open
participation in the organization's governance, a member business
link on the SAFE website, members-only access to key resources and
materials on the SAFE website, access to the Master Instructor
accreditation program (including the CFI renewal option), as well
as a variety of other member programs currently under
Charter members receive a certificate of appreciation and SAFE
apparel. Four tiers of Charter Membership are available: Bronze
($100), Silver ($250), Gold ($500), and Platinum ($1,000).
Currently, members are voting to elect the initial Board of
Directors for SAFE. Members have until April 3 to cast their
ballots via the SAFE website. Organizers note SAFE is the only
organization representing the nation's aviation educators in which
members elect the Board.
"Many people are anxiously waiting
to show their support for SAFE by becoming dues-paying members,"
said Membership Chair Brian Robbins. "We have so much enthusiasm
and expertise working for us that it only took SAFE a few weeks to
put everything in place to accept dues. We've taken full advantage
of on-line technology to make the process as easy as possible."
SAFE also resolved this week to honor the legacy of fallen flier
Sparky Imeson (above right) with recognition as the organization's
"Sparky joined our movement in the early days of the crisis that
eventually led to the formation of SAFE. We were looking forward to
his leadership in the growth of our new organization." said SAFE
spokesman Doug Stewart. "Sparky was a role model and he will be
missed. On behalf of SAFE, I extend our condolences to his family
As ANN reported, Imeson was lost in a March 17
accident near Bozeman, MT.