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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Scud run results in CFIT

This January 2010 accident report is provided by the National Transportation Safety Board. Published as an educational tool, it is intended to help pilots learn from the misfortunes of others.

Aircraft: Cessna 172. Injuries: 2 Serious. Location: Joshua Tree, Calif. Aircraft damage: Substantial.

What reportedly happened: The CFI and a student pilot took off on an instructional flight from a non-towered airport at an elevation of 2,464 feet MSL. They planned to fly to a towered airport located at an elevation of 477 feet MSL about 27 miles away. [Read more…]

New flight instructor insurance program launched

The National Association of Flight Instructors (NAFI) and Avemco Insurance Co. kicked off the New Year by launching a new non-owned insurance program for flight instructors. The new NAFI CFI Insurance Program features expanded professional liability coverage and liability limit options for type-specific aircraft, including traditional single and multiengine aircraft, along with offerings for seaplane, experimental and light sport airplanes. Automatically included is non-owned coverage for personal flying.

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SAFE offers ‘Flying Tips’ CDs to members


The Society of Aviation and Flight Educators (SAFE) recently began providing new and renewing members complimentary copies of the 37-minute CD “Flying Tips.” Produced and donated to SAFE by, the CD features 16 audio tips recorded by SAFE member and Master Instructor Rich Stowell on subjects ranging from human factors, to the fundamentals of aircraft control, to flying in the traffic pattern, and more.

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Flying the Sky Arrow with hand controls


Many years ago, when I was working as a television news reporter, I spent a day in a wheelchair so that I could get an idea of what it was like to be disabled for a story on the American With Disabilities Act. I remember how challenging it was to use a water fountain, get in and out of a car or an elevator, even maneuver in an office. These were all things I did everyday without thinking. I wondered if I would have a similar experience if I flew the Sky Arrow 600 with hand controls.

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