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

Dynamic Regulatory System


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 Orders and Notices

FAA Integrated Airman Certification and Rating Application (IACRA)

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

FAA WINGS - Pilot proficiency program explained 


FAA Aviation Safety Hotline

FAA Human Factors Division

Personal Minimums Checklist (PAVE)


FAASTeam Courses

FAASTeam online courses

ALC-405: DC Special Flight Rules Area



FAA Airworthiness Directives

FAA Risk Management Brochures

FAA Aeronautical Navigation Products

Instrument Flight Procedures Information Gateway 

Aeronav Digital Terminal Procedures Publication

List of current Notices to Air Missions (NOTAMS)


List of current TFRs

  • 14 CFR 91.137, TFRs in the vicinity of disaster/hazard areas
  • 14 CFR 91.138, TFRs in national disaster areas in the state of Hawaii
  • 14 CFR 91.141, TFRs in the proximity of the Presidential and other parties
  • 14 CFR 91.143, TFRs in the proximity of space flight operations
  • 14 CFR 91.145, TFRs in the vicinity of aerial demonstrations and major sporting events
  • 14 CFR 99.7, TFRs in support of national security objectives


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 Airspace Access Program

TSA FTSP - Flight Training Security Program - formerly Alien Flight Student Program (AFSP)


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.


Logging Instrument Approach Procedures (IAP)
This InFO clarifies the conditions under which a pilot may log an IAP in his or her logbook. Logging IAPs is necessary for a pilot to show compliance with Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) instrument currency and training requirements. Furthermore, the information contained in this InFO may be applied to instrument practical tests and instrument proficiency checks.
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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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