Transition To Conclude By March 1
After an extended period of discussions, EAA and the National
Association of Flight Instructors (NAFI) board of directors have
agreed that NAFI will become a fully independent organization no
later than March 1, 2011.
"We endorse NAFI's decision to position itself as an independent
professional association for the flight instructor community," said
Tom Poberezny, EAA chairman and president. "Meanwhile, EAA will
continue its focus on events and initiatives aimed at growing
participation across the whole aviation community, such as the
recent International Learn to Fly Day, expanded flight instruction
opportunities for youth, and the Learn to Fly Discovery Center at
EAA AirVenture Oshkosh."
"With a cleaner operating structure, and each organization
focused on its core strength, EAA looks forward to working with
NAFI on projects that benefit all of aviation."
This move ends a formal affiliation that has existed between
EAA and NAFI since 1995, under which the two organizations have
shared administrative functions, office space and other resources.
Work will take place over the coming months to ensure an orderly
transition for the flight instructor organization.
"NAFI has become a much stronger organization over the past 15
years, which included doubling the number of members, creating an
executive director position, establishing the Master Instructor
Program and many other achievements," said Poberezny.
"We truly appreciate all that EAA has done for NAFI and pledge
to work hard to work with EAA to serve our mutual interests, which
are many," said Ken Hoffman, NAFI board chairman. "The focus of
NAFI will be to continue to work for the benefit of the
professional flight instructor and other teachers of flight."
With this decision, the transition process will begin
immediately. EAA and NAFI say additional information regarding the
transition will be released in the near future.