The entire National Association of Flight Instructors’ (NAFI) Member Professional Standards Committee (PSC) has resigned. The mass resignation reflects the ongoing crisis between the NAFI Board of Directors and the organized group of NAFI members called TBO-NAFI, which wants an open and member-centric organization.
The Member PSC helped to administer the Master Instructor program and to review Master Instructor applications. Working with the NAFI Board Professional Standards Committee, the Member PSC also explored and developed additional professional accreditation programs for instructors. The nine-member committee was made up of Master and non-Master CFI’s who tallied more than 50 years of collective participation in the Master Instructor program, a National CFI of the Year, a National Aviation Safety Counselor of the Year, a flight school owner, an airport manager, and several authors of aviation articles, books, and training course materials.
A spokesperson from the Member PSC stated on Feb. 2: “The blatant refusal of the NAFI Board to collaborate with TBO-NAFI on the issue of governance reform has been a non-starter. We feel the Board’s actions have irreparably damaged the credibility of ‘Professional Standards’; therefore, we resign from the Member PSC effective immediately.”
TBO-NAFI was formed in October 2008 to advance sweeping changes in the governance of NAFI and to act as an information conduit for NAFI members and others who “want an organization that represents the nation’s Certified Flight Instructors with professionalism, fairness, transparency, and accountability.”
For information: http://www.TBO-NAFI.org.