At the College of Aviation, safety is not just a rhetorical exercise. Safety is a practical exercise in risk identification, measurement, and mitigation. The focus on safety is broad and extends from the classroom, to the laboratory, to the flight line, to the skies above them all. The culture of safety impacts everyone at the college. Safety is at the core of what we do. The equipment and training tools used by the college, and the manner that individuals utilize the equipment, demonstrates the College of Aviation’s commitment to safety.


A key element of the safety program is the software that enables any member of the college: faculty, student, or staff, to conveniently report safety-related concerns, incidents, or events. The web-based system is based on methodologies employed by government agencies, major airlines, and other flight operations, and automatically generates e-mail messages to appropriate personnel throughout the process. Protocols have been established to determine event causation and, where appropriate, remediation without retribution. Appropriate actions will be taken throughout the process to continually ensure a safe educational and operational environment. Finally, the data that is collected is retained, in identified and unidentified forms, to access easy trend analyses leading to risk identification and mitigation. Should you have questions regarding the reporting system, please contact any of the Safety Committee members below. 

Submit a Safety Report

Video of Safety Snippets: Post-flight Procedures

Safety Committee Members

  • Scott Austin, Director of Aircraft Maintenance
  • Rob Bunday, Chief Instructor 
  • Aleks Copeland, Operations/Facilities Tech
  • Jason DeGeorge, Faculty Chair
  • Kelly Golda, Coordinator of Student Flight Services
  • Jonathan Gray, WMU Peer Advocate, Flight Instructor
  • Tom Grossman, Executive Director of Flight Operations 
  • Shannon Johnston, Aviation Flight Science and Aviation Management and Operations Student
  • Chris Ko, WMU Peer Advocate, Flight Instructor
  • Ben Kotwick, WMU Peer Advocate, Flight Instructor
  • Kurt Kraczon, WMU Peer Advocate, Aviation Management and Operations Student
  • Nate Lisak, Faculty
  • Braeden Lueder,  Aviation Flight Science and Aviation Management and Operations Student
  • Alysse Matteson, WMU Peer Advocate, Flight Instructor
  • Tom McLaughlin, Chief Instructor
  • Sam Mills, WMU Peer Advocate, Flight Instructor
  • Jarrett Natrop, WMU Peer Advocate, Flight Instructor
  • Chuck Orr, BTL Airport Operations Manager
  • Selim Ozyurek, Faculty
  • Matt Rendell, WMU Peer Advocate, Flight Instructor
  • Gail Rouscher, Faculty
  • Nicholas Rowe, Faculty
  • Dave Schrader, Director of Safety 
  • Ray Thompson, Dean
  • Scott Vredevoogd, BTL Air Traffic Controller
  • Miles Weaver, BTL Assistant Director of Aviation
  • Mark Weiss. WMU Director of Environmental Health and Safety 
  • Garrett Williams, WMU Peer Advocate, Flight Instructor

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