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MentorLIVE is a monthly, live-streaming broadcast that airs the third Wednesday each month at 8:00 PM Eastern. These programs feature subject matter experts from many aspects of the flight instruction industry to help CFIs be more successful in their training endeavors. All presentations are WINGS-approved!

Upcoming broadcasts:

June 16th, 2021 at 8:00 PM Eastern: "New CFIs - Teaching on Purpose" presented by Aaron Dabney, MSEd, MCFI, CFII, owner Waco Flight Training

Flight instructors love aviation, and are fortunate to work in a field that elicits such passion. However, it's not enough to be content experts. Upper-tier aviation educators are just as passionate about growing and evolving as excellent teachers as they are pilots. Join flight school owner, university adjunct lecturer, and 4-time Master Flight Instructor Aaron Dabney as he highlights some of his top teaching lessons learned from his first decade in this profession. He'll also outline tips for sharing these strategies and tactics with newer instructors to help them be better, earlier.

Aaron Dabney, CFII, has been a full-time flight instructor since 2009. He owns and operates Waco Flight Training in Waco, Texas, and has a passion for marrying modern pedagogy with traditional stick-and-rudder flight training.  In addition, he serves as an adjunct lecturer and assistant chief ground instructor for the Aviation Sciences program at Baylor University. Aaron is a 4-time Master Flight Instructor, and is an active volunteer with NAFI in several capacities across the organization's mission. 

Tom Dorl has been flying since he was 16 years old learning at an Air Force aero club in New Jersey. It was there flying C-152s, that Tom cemented his love for flying.  He attended an aviation university in Ohio and secured a commission in the USAF along with a degree in Aerospace Technology.  Tom completed fixed wing and rotary wing pilot training flying the T-37, T-38, UH-1 and HH-60G and was one of the first operational USAF pilots to fly the HH-60G Pave Hawk.

Tom served over 25 years in the USAF flying mainly combat search and rescue missions in many overseas locations saving the lives of others; additionally, he taught powered flight to USAF Academy Cadets in the Cirrus 20 (T-53). He has been an active flight instructor for over 22 years, is an active FAASTeam Representative and presenter, CAP member and published author. He holds a CMEL, CFI, CFII in both single engine airplanes and helicopters as well as a Pt 107 UAS Commercial certificate. He currently serves as a member of the NAFI Board of Directors. 

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Recently Archived broadcasts: (For FULL Archive, click here)

May 19th, 2021: "Is Your Defensive Flying Offensive? Enhancing Safety Through Lessons-Learned" presented by Greg Feith, CFII, ATP, A/IGI, UAV, Co-host of Flight Safety Detectives Podcast, Member, NAFI Board of Directors.

Qualifies for FAA WINGS Credit!

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March 17, 2021: "Training the Blarney Out of Runway Safety" by Christine Madden, Runway Safety Program Manager and Nick Delotell, Aviation Safety Inspector.  Click here to watch

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