Blair of NAFI. Photo by Phil Weston
to the new leader of the National Association of Flight Instructors
(NAFI). Jason Blair has been named executive director of the
organization that represents active flight instructors, filling the gap
left by the recently retired Rusty Sachs. Blair, a master certificated
flight instructor (MCFI), has relocated to Oshkosh from the Grand
Rapids, Michigan, area to take NAFI’s reins.
good reasons flight instructors, pilots, and prospective pilots should
know about NAFI. First, the organization helps provide oversight for
proposed changes to existing regulations governing flight instruction,
and it helps the FAA develop new rules, such as those governing training
requirements for the sport pilot certificate.
serve as a review panel," Blair said. "The FAA suggests
changes, and NAFI and the EAA review and recommend changes."
founded in 1967, became affiliated with the EAA in 1995. Its 5,500
members provide primary flight training as well as training for advanced
ratings, and many also serve as mentors to younger flight instructors.
EAA AirVenture Oshkosh plays a big role in the organization’s
workings, according to Blair.
is a good chance for a large variety of our members to get together and
discuss efforts across the country, a meeting point for board members
and for the membership itself, and it’s a lot of fun to come to."
activities planned for the fly-in is a breakfast for NAFI Master
Instructors and an instructors’ appreciation dinner on Thursday open
to all flight instructors. At NAFI’s display booth, just south of the
old control tower, NAFI is conducting a preflight contest.
offers compelling reasons for active flight instructors to join NAFI.
offer some fantastic benefits," Blair said, ticking off a list that
included free subscriptions to aviation publications and member
discounts on orders from Sporty’s, Gleim, Aviation Supplies &
Academics, and several other providers of aviation merchandise.
confident all flight instructors, whether NAFI members or not, can
provide quality training, and encourages anyone who’s ever had an
interest in aviation to take a flight lesson.
today, start now, and look for an instructor locally," Blair said.
"Just about wherever anybody is, they can find somebody who will
introduce them to aviation and try an introductory flight. People think
they just go for a ride on an introductory flight, but the instructor
will give them the controls and they will be flying and airplane."
his executive appointment and new management responsibilities, Blair
will continue doing what he enjoys most: providing flight instruction.
do a big mix: private, instrument, commercial, CFI, and tailwheel
instruction. I haven’t specialized in one area. When I go flying I
still get giddy when the wheels leave the ground. One of the joys of
instruction is giving others an opportunity to try something that is
pretty darn amazing."
FAA pen safety-training agreement
By Greg Laslo
may soon get a better, stronger, clearer safety message from their
instructors, if a Letter of Understanding signed this week by the
FAA’s Flight Safety Team (FAASTeam) and the National Association of
Flight Instructors (NAFI) works as planned.
letter formalizes a relationship between the two organizations intended
to help instructors increase their knowledge of safety and provide
better information to their students. As a result, the two organizations
expect to create an improved culture of "safety" in general
aviation, said Kevin Clover, the FAASTeam National Manager.
intuitively knows that if you can improve the CFIs, they touch so many
people that we make a difference in aviation safety," Clover said.
"NAFI is really key to our efforts in the FAASTeam at changing the
will receive a standardized safety message across the training industry
through safety seminars, training materials, and the FAASTeam’s
website, www.FAASafety.gov, said NAFI Executive Director Jason Blair.
NAFI’s point of view, this is an opportunity for us to really push our
membership to be more involved in the FAASTeam and to help coordinate
the materials and standardization of training and information across the
industry," Blair said. "A lot of our members are doing that
already, but they’re not doing that in a coordinated fashion."
This agreement will
change that, he said, as industry and government work together for the
common goal of improving this training.