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The Improbable Turn-Are YOU Ready?
Be Vigilant and Mentally Prepared for a Safe Take off and Climb!
Date and Time:
Thursday, February 8, 2018, starting at 20:00 Eastern Standard Time (17:00 PST; 18:00 MST; 19:00 CST; 15:00 HST; 16:00 AKST; 18:00 Arizona; Friday, February 9, 2018 01:00 GMT)
Rod Machado, David St. George, Russ Still
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Did you know take-off and initial climb are the most fatal phases of flight?  (NALL Report) We need to prepare better before we apply the throttle and also commit to greater vigilance in this critical area of flight. Professional CFIs must be ready to provide solid, safe guidance and training for pilots at all levels. Join Rod Machado, Russ Still, and David St. George to gain insight in this critical phase of flight.

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Turning back to the runway in an emergency is only a good idea if you are practiced and prepared. Join us and examine this critical phase of flight; advice and tools for every pilot (and CFI teaching)

Access this LIVE broadcast:  http://goldsealgroundschool.com/live/

 (The video feed on this page will go live 5 minutes before the show)

Use #improbableturn on Twitter or Facebook for live comments and questions or use the embedded comment box on this page; we want you actively involved!! We are *all* learning everyday.

10000 seats at the facility, 7391 remaining for online registration.
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Phone: (607) 351-3637
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Whether you are a interested pilot or professional educator, please join us for this real world discussion of pilot/CFI strategies and tools. Walk away with actionable new ideas and techniques from our industry professionals! Pursue excellence in aviation; FAA Wings is your FREE portal to increased aviation safety. Here is a quick intro. to the Wings Program.

Master Wings credit is available for this important show. To qualify, you are required to be registered and participate throughout the event. Also complete the quiz offered at the end of the show. Please be patient since with the high numbers of pilots attending usually require manual bulk upload of the completions and this takes a few days :)

Access the Wings quiz here for Master Credit!

S.A.F.E. (The Society of Aviation and Flight Educators) is producing this program with Gold Seal and has been promoting aviation excellence for educators and pilots since 2009. SAFE is an all-volunteer, educational not-for-profit professional organization. S.A.F.E.  sponsored the original Pilot Training Reform Symposium and created the popular CFI Toolkit App (FREE) used by over 2000 working CFIs. SAFE is presenting this live stream program with the expert assistance of Gold Seal Groundschool. We invite your participation on FB or Twitter with #improbableturn or use the comment box.


Rod Machado needs no introduction to aviators. He is a professional aviation educator and speaker who delights his listeners with upbeat and lively presentations. His unusual talent for simplifying the difficult and adding humor to make the lessons stick has made him a popular lecturer both in and out of aviation. He has over 10,000 hours of flight experience earned the hard way—one CFI hour at a time.  He also holds degrees in aviation science and psychology. His blog has a special section with free tools created specifically for CFIs. Visit his website of resources here.


David St. George is the board chairman of SAFE and an FAA Pilot Examiner. and Master Instructor. Formerly a 141 Chief Instructor for over 25 years, he maintains the popular SAFE Toolkit app.

Russell Still is a lifetime CFI who runs the Gold Seal Groundschool Network

Previous Safety Videos archived here!

Credit Applicability:
1 Credit for Master Knowledge Topic 2
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