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What’s in a Name?

NAFI NOTAMs #4

What’s in a Name?~Guest Blogger Paul Preidecker, NAFI Board Member

As a NAFI Board Member, I have the opportunity to work with fellow board members and staff on various projects. Recently, John Niehaus, Director of Program Development, told me about this blog. When he told me the name, NAFI NOTAMs, I expressed my exceptional displeasure for the name. Why? Because NOTAMs represents something broken…a NAVAID out of service, runway closures, and more recently, ATC closures.  My electronic logbook program even sends out a NOTAM file which lists the bugs with the software. So, why would I think this is a good name? John suggested that I look at it as a reminder of things that need to be checked before flight. That still did not help me make peace with the name….but I have been reflecting.

More than 20 years ago, I was doing some Part 135 flying out of Morey Airport (C29) just west of Madison, WI. On this particular day, one of our best customers called to ask if there was anyone who could take he and his family to Chicago – specifically, to the iconic Meigs Field on the Lake Michigan shoreline. The customer explained that he had a special day planned for his family with a ball game, some shopping on Michigan Avenue, and a dinner. A limo would meet them at the FBO. He asked that we keep the plan a secret as his family thought they were just going to Chicago for some business and lunch to follow. I told him that I would be glad to help out. We agreed on departure in an hour.


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Passion has no limitation

NAFI NOTAMs #3

Passion has no limitation~Guest Blogger Tom Huitema

Time passes quickly, and I suppose it’s those moments in time, the anchors, whether they be vacations, events, or moving parts of our past, that compete for the prime storage space of our long term memory.

From my first flight in a Cessna 150 to some 22,000+ hours later, there are stitches in time that bring a smile or a grimace when I reach back for them. Because of my love for flying, I decided long ago that I would do all I could to remember as many steps of that path as possible.


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Introducing NAFI's 10 Question Challenge

NAFI NOTAMs #2

Introducing NAFI's 10 Question Challenge

 

 


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The Tolerance of Mediocrity & Demanding Perfection from Students

NAFI NOTAMs #1

The Tolerance of Mediocrity & Demanding Perfection from Students ~Guest Blogger Capt. Brian Schiff

The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.
–William Arthur Ward

Bart’s (not his real name) flight instructor had moved on in her professional flying career. The greener pastures offered by the airlines (not like recently) compelled his CFI to abandon her students so that she could fly jets in the “big show”. So, I took over Bart’s training.


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Chairman's Corner to NAFI NOTAMs

NAFI NOTAMs #0

Something NEW AND EXCITING, Announcing NAFI NOTAMs Blog

Since April 2018, NAFI has been using our blog feature under the title Chairman’s Corner. It has been a highlight of our Chairman of the Board Robert Meder’s thoughts and comments on the activities of the organization, as well as the state of flight instruction in the world. While we intend to continue to feature Bob’s literary contributions, we have decided to rework, renew, and rebuild the NAFI blog into something new and exciting; something we are calling our NAFI NOTAMs Blog.


How is this different than what it was before?

NAFI NOTAMs will be a collection of educational, inspirational, and lifestyle posts relating to flight instructors in and out of the cockpit. Our guest authors will consist of industry leaders, NAFI Board members/Staff, NAFI members, media creators, influencers, and relevant thought leaders from outside aviation altogether.


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