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Industry and NAFI Recognition Awards

This page is to recognize the achievements and recognition of NAFI members all around the world. Below is just a sampling of NAFI branded and industry recognition efforts our members have achieved. If there is an award you want recognized here, please let us know [email protected]. We salute all the individuals that have received the awards below.

FAA Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) recognizes the efforts of pilots who have followed and continue to follow the precaution and awareness of safe flight operations. Most of all, the FAA recognizes pilots who have contributed and maintained safe flight operations for 50 or more consecutive years of piloting aircraft. Therefore, the FAA has a program to recognize those pilots who have 50 or more consecutive years of safe flight operations: the Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award Program.

For more information about the FAA Wright Brothers Award click here.

The Flight Instructor Hall of Fame

The National Association of Flight Instructors (NAFI) sponsors the National Flight Instructor Hall of Fame (HOF). Its purpose is to recognize those individuals who have made significant regional or national-level contributions to aviation education and flight instruction while reflecting credit upon themselves and their profession. It highlights the important role flight instructors play as a foundation for the safety of the entire national air transportation system. Each year, an inductee is selected and honored.  

For more information about the Flight Instructor Hall of Fame click here.

GA Awards National Certificated Flight Instructor (CFI) of the Year

The General Aviation Awards Program is a cooperative effort between the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and aviation industry sponsors to recognize annually outstanding individuals in the fields of Avionics, Flight Instruction, and Maintenance. In addition, the program recognizes
outstanding individuals serving the FAA Safety Team (FAASTeam) as representatives.

The awards highlight the important roles these individuals play in promoting aviation safety, education, and professionalism. Winners will be recognized locally, regionally and nationally.

For more information about the National CFI of the Year click here.

NAFI Lifetime Achievement Award
NAFI’s Lifetime Achievement Award, given at the discretion of the board of directors, honors current or former members of NAFI who have exhibited a lifetime of achievement in aviation education at the national level.

Nominees for the NAFI Lifetime Achievement Award must have more than 25 years of distinguished service to aviation education. The award is presented for achievement in leadership, teaching and service.

For more information about the Lifetime Achievement Award
click here.

NAFI Jack J. Eggspuehler Service Award

The Jack J. Eggspuehler Award is the highest honor that NAFI bestows. The award is given to deserving members, industry leaders, and/or organizations that have performed great services for NAFI in benefit of its members. This award must be voted on by the NAFI Board of Directors by two thirds majority and is traditionally awarded at the NAFI Breakfast at EAA AirVenture.

For more information about the Eggspuehler Award
click here.

NAFI Greg Laslo Excellence in Writing Award

The Greg Laslo Excellence in Writing Award is NAFI's recognition of outstanding contributions by members, industry leaders, and/or organizations to NAFI publications such as Mentor and eMentor. This is a yearly award that is chosen by NAFI Editor David Hipschman, NAFI Program Coordinator John Niehaus, and former NAFI Editor and Award Namesake Greg Laslo.

For more information about the Laslo Award click here.

 NAFI Master Certified Flight Instructor Certification

The NAFI Master Flight Instructor program confers a national accreditation to aviation educators based on a system of advanced professional standards and peer review. It identifies the practitioners of aviation education who have reached the highest level of instructional activity, educational experience, and professional service to the flight-training community—the true masters of aviation instruction—and it publicly recognize these “teachers of flight” to provide a professional standard to which all aviation educators can aspire.

For more information on how to apply to become a NAFI Master CFI click here, or click on the respective logos above.

For more information about Current NAFI Master CFIs click here

For more information about Previous NAFI Master CFIs click here