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Invite an FAA Safety Team Representative to a Chapter Meeting


October 30, 2012 - Kirk Fjetland, EAA 867374, president of Chapter 237 (Blaine, Minnesota), shared this information and we wanted to pass it along to other chapters for a meeting idea. Here is the message from Kirk:

As you know, the FAA Safety Team has representatives in every state. I believe there are 61 FAASTeam members in Wisconsin alone.

Their goal is to improve the nation's aviation safety record by conveying safety principles and practices through training, outreach, and education. At the same time, FAASTeam managers and program managers will establish meaningful aviation industry alliances and encourage continual growth of a positive safety culture within the aviation community.

I have worked with the FAASTeam at MSP before, having them do a safety seminar. One time they contacted me asking if they could do one. This time, I was looking for a subject to put in my column in our newsletter. I thought I'd do one on weather and flight safety, which brought to mind the fatal crash of Minnesota Sen. Paul Wellstone. I contacted my source at the FAASTeam with my idea and he stated that he would put a seminar together.

All of this is simply having an idea, doing a little research, and talking to a FAASTeam representative. The FAA Safety Team is very proactive and will help aviation organizations with safety matters whenever, wherever they can. They also e-mail an announcement of the seminars to all FAASTeam participants and post these seminars on their website.

I try to have something new planned for every chapter membership meeting. These things generate interest, and also are good for retention and recruitment. I get the word out on these seminars to everyone I know and other Minnesota chapters. The responses have been very positive!

How Chapter 237 promoted the FAASTeam meeting:

The October 22nd Chapter 237 membership meeting is a can't miss event!!

James Niehoff, Minnesota FAASTeam, will be making a BRAND NEW accident investigation presentation during the Chapter 237 membership meeting. This will be a seminar specifically for our meeting. Jim Niehoff will take you through how the FAA investigates aircraft accidents with a short discussion about the crash that killed Senator Wellstone and others. Alan Hoffert will then discuss loss of control and how these types of accidents can be avoided. Jim will have this seminar entered into the FAA SPANS system for Wings credit. Mr. Niehoff asked my permission to e-mail all FAASTeam participants of this seminar, to which I agreed. Therefore, this presentation will be made available to the aviation community and anyone interested. Please feel free to invite or bring whoever you think may be interested. This will be a very interesting and informative seminar!

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