KALAMAZOO, Mich. — Citing economic issues, the National Association of Flight Instructors’ Executive Director Jason Blair has resigned the position he has held since May 2008.
In a prepared statement, NAFI officials note that “Like the rest of the aviation industry, difficult economic times have challenged NAFI. In the past two years NAFI has restructured its physical offices, its publications, and much of how it manages membership and participates in the aviation training community. These efforts have significantly improved the economy of NAFI services to its members and aviation industry, but additional efforts must be made for the sake of the association’s survival.”
“We have enjoyed support from several long-term partners who have enabled us to do much, but without additional strategic partners that see value in supporting NAFI, difficult decisions have to be made,” said Blair.
Leaving the position was a difficult decision, Blair said, “because I’ve invested my heart and soul in its mission, but resigning offers the best possible future for the organization and myself. I fully support the mission of NAFI and hope the association and its members can find a way to continue the growth of the association and eventually return to a point where the position of an executive director is financially sustainable.
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
Dick Russell says
Curious, somehow, that the reality of General Aviation has finally set in even for NAFI! There was a time, not too long ago, that there was an active FBO and some form of maintenance activity at most all GA airports in this country. However, several issues have impacted American general aviation activities, not the least of which is fuel costs! These hundred grand+ LSA aircraft are NOT our answer, primarily because of their restrictions. Compounding the expansion of GA IS the FAA holding GA pilots hostage through the burdensome certification process. In my opinion, if a pilot is going to do nothing but fly for recreation or, to quote the FAA, “other than commercial purposes” they can self certify their medical condition. I maintain that if we use the methodology used for flying LSA aircraft, and self certification of one’s medical condition, and he/she maintains driving privileges on our highways, that we ought to be able to fly even a certified aircraft in America’s airspace system! Come on FAA, this would do more to enhance General Aviation than the LSA concept!