Saying goodbye to a mentor

Jason, John and Dean Boyd

I was sitting in the terminal building in Orlando on my way home from SUN ’n FUN when my cell phone rang.

“Meg, this is Peggy Boyd…” she began. Peggy is the wife of Dean Boyd, my friend and aviation mentor of some 20 years. The tone of her voice told me before she got the words out. Dean had passed away a few days earlier from a cardiac event. He was 82 years old.

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NAFI requests TSA regulation change

The National Association of Flight Instructors (NAFI) has submitted a request to the Transportation Security Agency (TSA) to consider a change to the current Regulation Title 49, Part 1552.23 with regard to the recurrent training requirements for “flight schools.” The proposal would allow flight instructors — which by TSA definition are considered “flight schools” — to bring the timing of their Flight School Security Awareness Training, which is completed yearly, in line with the currency requirements of their flight instructor certificates.

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