Sarah Nilsson JD, PhD, MAS
Sarah NilssonJD, PhD, MAS

I have been a pilot since 1994 and a flight instructor since 2000. Here are some pages dealing with aviation education.


Electronic CFRs


FAA Civil Aerospace Medical Institute (CAMI)

FAA forms

FAA safety pamphlets

FAA Safety Management System (SMS)

FAA Single-Pilot Crew Resource Management

FAA Recently published rulemaking documents

FAA rulemaking  

FAA CFR notices of proposed rulemaking

FAA Orders and Notices

FAA Integrated Airman Certification and Rating Application (IACRA)

FAA policy and procedures for FAA Inspectors: FSIMS 8900.1

FAA guidance for designated pilot examiners - General Aviation Airman Designee Handbook - 8900.2C

FAA WINGS - Pilot proficiency program explained - validating accredited activity


FAA Aviation Safety Hotline

FAA Human Factors Division

Personal Minimums Checklist (PAVE)


FAASTeam Courses

FAASTeam online courses

ALC-405: DC Special Flight Rules Area

(add in all courses)


FAA IR-M 8040.1C - Airworthiness Directives Manual

FAA Risk Management Brochures

FAA Aeronautical Navigation Products

Instrument Flight Procedures Information Gateway 

Aeronav Digital Terminal Procedures Publication

List of current Notices to Airmen (NOTAMS)

List of current TFRs


NOAA National Weather Service - Aviation Weather Center

NOAA National Weather Service - Storm Prediction Center

NWS - Types of Thunderstorms






Society of Aviation and Flight Educators (SAFE)

National Association of Flight Instructors (NAFI)






GAMA Technical Publications


Aviators Model Code of Conduct


Arizona Flight Training Workgroup


Live flight tracking


Aviation Safety Magazine


Aviation Safety Reporting System (ASRS) or NASA reports


AOPA Air Safety Institute

AOPA Flight School Business

AOPA Aviation Jobs Board

AOPA Pilotworkshop

AOPA Joseph T. Nall Report - GA Safety

NASA Technical Reports

AOPA Air Safety Institute Online Courses for WINGS Credit

AOPA 75 Years Anniversary Articles:

There at the beginning - the beginning of general aviation or as it was called then "miscellaneous aviation"

The first to sign up - charter members reflect on 75 years

Airports and their stories - fields of dreams from then and now

A plane-crazy America - GA in pop  culture through the years

General Aviation Giants 

Same as it ever was - flight training through the years

What if? - A dystopian vision - GA without AOPA

How we'll fly in 2089 - what will the next 75 years bring?

AOPA 75th Anniversary of the Piper Cub - commemorating a GA icon


Security - AOPA Airport Watch 

Security - TSA Information for General Aviation

TSA Airspace Waivers

TSA/FAA Waiver and Airpsace Access Program


American Flyers







Land and Hold Short Operations - FAA Order 7110.118

ICAO Phases of Flight

NORAD Intercept Checklist

FAA Intercept Guidance


Harvard Business Review - What does professionalism look like?


IRS - Federal Taxes



Public Benefit Flying (documents for download below)

2017 PBF course_First Contact.pdf
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2017 PBF course_Passenger Briefing.pdf
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2017 PBF_Kneeboard Quick Reference.pdf
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Helpful handouts

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Managing Risk through Scenario Based Training, Single Pilot Resource Management, and Learner Centered Grading - by Michele M. Summers, MS Frank Ayers, MS Thomas Connolly, Ed.D. Charles Robertson, Ph.D
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FAA General Aviation Safety Outreach Initiative

Notice Number: NOTC2310


The FAA is embarking on an FAA General Aviation (GA) Safety Outreach Initiative. It is intended to increase the GA community's awareness of safety management practices that could elevate the industry’s overall safety performance.

The primary goals of the FAA GA Safety Outreach Initiative include:

- Increase the GA community’s awareness of the Safety Attributes and the benefits of applying them

- Increase participation in the Safety Management System Voluntary Program (SMSVP)

- Reaching these goals will result in a desired outcome of a lower accident and incident rate in the GA community.

The following link leads to the FAA General Aviation Safety Outreach Initiative webpage:

The following link leads to a brochure explaining the benefits of managing safety with a voluntary, formal SMS:

SMS brochure | Federal Aviation Administration (

The following link leads to a short, animated video that describes how the FAA’s SMS Voluntary Program can benefit the GA community:

Why wait? Enter the SMS Voluntary Program. It is easy as 1,2,3.


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DC Special Flight Rules Area


170301 Kneeboard - DC SFRA Checklist.pdf
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170301 Kneeboard - Flight Plan Filing In[...]
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170301 Kneeboard - JYO DC SFRA Checklist[...]
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170301 Table of DC SFRA Requirements.pdf
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Visual Warning System Fact Sheet PCT.pdf
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Click on the images below to visit the website

AABI - Aviation Accreditation Board International


Aeronautical Science Mission

The Aeronautical Science degree program of ERAU-PRC shall prepare students to become productive members of the aviation industry. The Aeronautical Science degree program blends flight training with rigorous academic study in a unique manner that provides a strong foundation for a career as a leader in the aviation industry, including airlines, as well as corporate, commercial, or military aviation.


Aeronautical Science Educational Goals

- Leadership required by today's aviation profesisonals

- Decision making aptitude to assess situations and manage risk

- Aeronautical knowledge required as an aviation professional

- Critical thinking/problem solving skills necessary in aviation and related fields 

Raising the Standards for the Next Gener[...]
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Sarah Nilsson, J.D., Ph.D., MAS


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