Natalie Bingham Hoover wins NAFI’s Laslo Writing Award

Natalie Bingham Hoover has won the National Association of Flight Instructors 2014 Laslo Writing Award.

NAFI Editor David Hipschman presented the award at the annual NAFI Member Breakfastat EAA AirVenture Oshkosh.

NAFI HooverBingham-Hoover is the Assistant Chief Flight Instructor at Air Venture Flight Center at KOLV in Olive Branch, Mississippi. She has more than 5,500 hours total flight time and has given more than 4,000 hours of flight instruction. She hold ATP, MEI, and CFII ratings and is a Gold Seal CFI. She is type-rated in the CRJ-200 and Beechcraft 400A. She is the lead FAA Safety Representative for Tennessee, and was the 2012 FAA Safety Representative of the Year for Mississippi.

Of Bingham-Hoover’s regular columns in NAFI Mentor Magazine, Hipschman said: “She takes her readers past the world of teaching flying into the sometimes difficult but always critical areas of human relations upon which real teaching, and learning depend.”

Hipschman noted that the writing award is named in honor of Greg Laslo, who was NAFI’s editor until 2011. It is presented yearly to an individual or organization making a significant contribution to NAFI publications through content in NAFI Mentor Magazine, the eMentor Digital Newsletter and through contributions in other industry outlets.

Hipschman encouraged NAFI members at the breakfast to contribute essays to NAFI’s print and electronic publications.

“In aggregate NAFI members know more about flight instruction and flying safely than anyone. Members sharing their expertise with other members as well with as the rest of the aviation community is at the core of NAFI’s educational mission,” he said.

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  1. Maria Zulick Nucci says

    Congratulations, Ms. Bingham-Hoover! Not only is the award a kudos for women in general aviation, but it also, more importantly, further recognizes the importance of developing the “next gen” of GA pilots, and acknowledges the continued value and importance of traditional good writing.

    Keep flying, teaching – and writing!

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