As part of our ongoing commitment to aviation safety DSFI, Inc. writes, produces, and presents safety seminars on a variety of subjects.

The following seminars are currently available:


Flying the NY VFR corridor is an effective way to transition the New York Metropolitan area and is also an awe-filled scenic flight. However, the risks are numerous and the flight could become awful rather than awe-filled. This seminar presents all the hazards and risks, and then shows how to fly the route safely.

Learn all the important reporting points, safe altitudes, where and how the helicopters operate, and proper frequencies to use. The knowledge gained from this seminar will allow you to fly the corridor more safely and with reduced risk to all aircraft in the airspace.

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In this seminar the many demands of flying as a single pilot under instrument flight rules will be addressed. Drawing on his wealth of experience, Doug will offer numerous tips on how to manage the many risks and challenges of flying Single Pilot IFR. Learn tips      about preflight planning, staying ahead of the airplane, effective   communication, briefing the approach, and many more… leading to you becoming a safe and confident pilot not only in the IFR world, but in the VFR environment as well.

GPS: Beyond the Basics

In this seminar doing more than “Going Perfectly  Straight” with your GPS will be discussed. For the VFR pilot using a handheld GPS, a variety of ways to get greater utility beyond “going direct” will be discussed, as well as addressing some of the dangerous traps that can lead to disaster. For the IFR pilot ways of dealing with the many curves that ATC can throw at a pilot in a quick and            efficient manner will be discussed. Suggestions for using an IFR certified GPS to enter and fly holds effortlessly, along with a look           at some of the traps waiting to catch the unprepared pilot while flying approaches will be explored. Whether you are a VFR or IFR             pilot using GPS navigation, this seminar has something for you.

Tailwheel Tips and Tricks

It is said that when “flying” a tailwheel airplane you are not done flying until the engine is shut down and the tiedown ropes are     attached, and we will attest to that. Some of the most important lessons to be learned in a taildragger are those lessons on the        ground, especially when the wind is blowing. Learn from one of the best in the business of tailwheel instruction. Even if you fly an      airplane with the little wheel in front, there is something to be learned in this seminar.

WEATHER: Beyond the Standard Briefing

A look at the many tools at our disposal to aid us in making a a valid go / no-go decision

HAVE YOU BRIEFED YOUR PASSENGERS?: Conducting a SeaPlane Passenger Briefing

In addition to all the many things we need to brief our passengers about for a land airplane, the seaplane brings with it the necessity of briefing our passengers for a potential upset in the water. This seminar addresses those issues, including: appropriate passenger response in the case of an upset; proper egress procedures; pilot incapacitation; how to clear an egress pathway; assisting other passengers; what to do once in the water; etc. If you fly a seaplane, it’s your responsibility to give your passengers a valid briefing prior to flying. This seminar will help you prepare that briefing.


We all have at least one, if not more, hazardous attitudes residing within ourselves that could have a negative effect on the way we make Aeronautical Decisions. This seminar looks at how to identify those attitudes, and more importantly how to counter them before their impact on our decisions leads to a more lethal impact.


In this entertaining and informative seminar Master CFI Doug Stewart confesses to some of the mistakes he has made during the course of logging over 10,000 hours of flight time. More importantly, he explains how and why these mistakes were made. It is a good look at the operational errors a pilot can make and how “human factors” play a large part in the safety of flight.



Quite often, what differentiates an average pilot from a great pilot are the small things. Master CFI Doug Stewart has had the opportunity to observe many of these in giving over 8000 hours of dual instruction.

In this entertaining seminar Doug raises our awareness of the many small things that are part of situational awareness, not only in the air, but on the ground as well. Awareness of these things will not only make us better pilots but, more importantly, safer pilots!