NAFI to host Teamwork in Training Dinner at AirZoo

KALAMAZOO, Mich. — The National Association of Flight Instructors will host a special Teamwork in Training dinner on Dec. 8, at NAFI Headquarters in the East Campus of the Kalamazoo AirZoo. The dinner will feature a special guest speaker, Captain Al Haynes, pilot of United Airlines Flight 232 and his presentation, “Teamwork in Crisis.” Captain Haynes will speak about the story of Flight 232 and how teamwork played a critical role.

The dinner is a part of NAFI’s Teamwork in Training weekend during which flight training industry leaders will meet to discuss working together to help flight instructors be more successful in combating low pilot certificate completions. Through collaboration NAFI officials say they believe the overall pilot training experience can be improved, resulting in more pilots entering the U.S. aviation system.

NAFI members and aviation community participants are invited to attend, but space is limited to registered guests. Ticket information can be found at NAFINet.org.

Captain Al Haynes was born in Paris, Texas and raised in Dallas. He attended Texas A&M College before joining the Naval Aviation Cadet Training program in 1952. He was released from the service in 1956 after serving as a Marine Aviator. He joined United Airlines that year as a flight engineer and served in that capacity until his promotion to first officer in 1963. He flew the DC-6, DC-7, DC-8, Boeing 727, and DC-10. Al was promoted to captain in 1985 and flew the Boeing 727 and DC-10 up to his retirement in August 1991,accumulating over 27,000 hours of flight time. Al has been a volunteer umpire for Little League Baseball for the past 36 years and a stadium announcer for high school football for the past 30 years.

“The Story of Flight 232″ – That 184 people survived the crash landing of United 232 can be attributed to five main factors: Luck, Communications, Preparation, Execution, and Cooperation. Luck involved the fact that the airplane remained flyable, location, weather, and time of day. Quick and total response by Air Traffic Control, cockpit and cabin crew training, proper inter-communications training among ground units, and proper use of available facilities contributed to the communications factor. A live drill leading to improvements and better planning for disasters coupled with thorough training of cockpit and cabin crews helped prepare everyone of this seemingly impossible task. Everyone responded as his or her training dictated and required a total team effort coupled with complete cooperation from every agency involved as well as the general public. These factors allowed what appeared to be a non-survivable accident to be one in which a large percentage of those aboard to survive.

Some proceeds from this event will benefit the Jerry Kennedy Scholarship Fund of the Southern Illinois University Foundation, a fund to assist aviation students.

The National Association of Flight Instructors’ members work at flight schools, universities, FBOs, corporate flight departments, in the military, and as independent instructors. NAFI was founded in 1967 and its members, who now teach in 17 countries, are dedicated to raising and maintaining the professionalism of flight instruction.

For more information: NAFINet.org or 866-806-6156.

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