Safety is first and foremost in our flying club. We believe that with the available personnel and resources the NAFC can establish a culture of safety that could be a national model in general aviation flying clubs.
The philosophy of the NAFC is one of continuous learning and improvement. We believe as officers that your certificate is your "license to learn" and that "current" does not
necessarily mean "proficient."
Under the leadership of our safety officer Steve Jennings, the NAFC will maintain a vigilant focus on safety through
several different means:
1) Safety briefings at monthly club meetings will contain scenario-based presentations in which a procedure will be discussed and generate membership discussion. Examples include lost communications, engine failure on takeoff, and low fuel situations. Members will be encouraged to share their own safety related experiences. Occasionally the NAFC will bring in outside sources to present safety topics;
2) Steve and the officers will encouraging club members to attend local FAA sponsored safety seminars, fly-ins, and other aviation events and share what was learned at club meetings. We will investigate a way to reward those that attend such safety related opportunities with some "fuel cost only" hours or a reduced rental rate as an incentive to stay abreast with the latest in the aviation safety community;
3) Our club website will contain a safety page for sharing safety information and to post safety discussions from club meetings for members who were unable to attend. We will also post a recommended reading list and links to articles and other online resources relative to safety;
4) Establish a flying buddies program to promote collaboration. The "Be a Good Wingman" program will encourage safety measures that promote safe operations such as inviting qualified pilots to share open seats, getting/being a wing walker when moving an airplane into and out of the hangar, and reporting potential safety related issues to be addressed. Members will be encouraged to pair up who are working on similar or toward related goals. Members fly with other members that may have a strength in one area they need exposure to. Pilot's areas of "specialty" would be shared by email and in club meetings;
5) Group book studies and the sharing of findings and opinions. We will do a group book study on books such as "The Thinking Pilot's Guide" by Rick Durden, "The Killing Zone" by Paul Craig, "Stick and Rudder" by Wolfgang Langewiesche, and any and all of Rod Machados's and Richard Collins' materials. We will recommend YouTube channels such as "Flight Chops," "Mr. Aviation 101," the online pilot networks Share Aviation and the forums specifically for Cessna 150 owners;
6) "Hands-on" activities purposed by our founding membership include a proficiency "maneuver of the month." The CFI's will present on the maneuver (slow flight for example) at the monthly meeting, briefing everyone of the details and a visual training reference that each pilot can take with them. Then the participating members of the club will practice and refine said maneuver and report back, repeating the next month with new maneuver. Of course CFI's would be available to ride along in the event the pilot was not comfortable. This is not required, but a great way to cycle through exercises to maintain "proficiency" and not just "currency."