As an organization, SAFE covers a lot of ground. The benefits of membership include vast resources of reading material, public advocacy, networking with other professionals and companies, and the bargaining power of numbers when negotiating for insurance and other group services.
SAFE: the magazine is yet another resource. In decades past, it would have been printed on glossy paper and mailed to every member. But that takes time and resources that can be better used elsewhere. So the SAFE member publication is an electronic magazine – known variously as an “eZine,” “WebZine” or other terms (feel free to make up your own, if you want). Having said all that, one important feature is the PDF function, which allows you to easily print the pages and read the magazine the old-fashion way.
But even though you’re receiving this via the Internet, the mission has been to replicate the look and feel of a printed magazine, with a cover, table of contents and feature articles with large, attractive illustrations. The writing comes from SAFE members, most of whom you know from their contributions to the SAFE website and the resource center. These prolific and talented scribes have also made their voices heard in the halls of the FAA with white papers and informational materials. You could be one of them! If you have ideas for an article or two, click the ‘feedback’ button at the top of the page and send me an email. Don’t worry if you haven’t written anything since high school. I can help you put the words together – and it can even be fun.
In addition to serving current SAFE members, SAFE: the magazine is also intended to be a resource for outreach to more educators: maintenance instructors, aviation college and university personnel and even public school teachers in the STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and math).
Finally, if you’ve stumbled upon this publication while web browsing; or if you’ve received the link from a SAFE member, you should consider joining the group. You can sign up at several different levels at the SAFE website.
One more time…this is your publication, and if you have ideas for an article (or suggestions on how to make this better), let me know.
I hope you enjoy the magazine.
Mark Phelps, Editor