What is a NAFI Special Interest Group (SIG)?:  A member's only conversational group with a common topic of interest and desire to share knowledge in a casual setting.

Examples of SIGs are instruction in specific equipment like tailwheel, rotorcraft, twin-engine, high performance aircraft, seaplanes, and other topical areas suggested by members.

Think of it as a “digital chapter”

SIGs are a fun and educational way to engage with fellow members in specific areas of interest! They give you the opportunity to connect with fellow instructors, make new friends, and discuss the specific parts of flight instruction that you find most interesting and entertaining.

 

Requirements to participate:
  1. NAFI Membership (Join Here)
  2. Enthusiasm & interest toward the SIG subject matter

  3. Each SIG meeting will focus on key topics and will also include time for burning questions and issues.


Enter NAFI members only SIG page here for how to join/participate in a group!

Have an idea for a NAFI SIG? Want to host one?

We are actively looking for ideas and volunteers to expand the SIG program! Please contact NAFI Program Director John Niehaus with your ideas and/or interest in volunteering via email [email protected]

Hosting require access to video conference software allowing for 10+ users at the same time with no time limit.


Communicate with NAFI SIGs and Ask Questions:
Additional functionality for the NAFI website has been added to facilitate questions and conversation for each SIG group. SIG forums will be moderated by NAFI and each SIG host to allow for continued conversation between meetings, as well as questions regarding the group, meeting schedules, and reminders. Members will find access to the SIG Forum via "Quick Links" on the right side of the website after logging in.


Current List of NAFI Special Interest Group:


1. Technology TechSIG:

Rapid advances in portable electronic devices and software coupled with significant price decreases in the last decade have enabled the proliferation of technology in modern general aviation and commercial flight decks. Corresponding advances in software platforms for telemetry, data analysis, and flight simulation provide a previously unavailable set of tools to the modern pilot and flight instructor to plan, brief, analyze, and debrief flights.

The NAFI TechSIG is a group of aviation educators who will come together to:

  1. Identify and evaluate tools that can be used to improve the quality of aviation training.
  2. Develop recommendations and best practices for the use of these tools in contemporary aviation training curricula.
  3. Design and implement training programs to the NAFI and aviator communities to improve adoption of such tools in a manner that emphasizes safety and risk management.
  4. Collaborate with FAA Designated Pilot Examiners to promote healthy attitudes towards the use of these tools in practical tests and other evaluations.

Hosting Member: Charath Ranganathan NAFI# 220298

Charath TechSIG

  • First Meeting 1/19/2022 9:00 PM Eastern




View more information on the TechSIG with the Group Charter

What is the NAFI TechSIG?

2. New Instructors SIG:

For newly certificated instructors flight or ground who are interested in sharing their experiences to date, and learning for everyone's collective journey. More seasoned instructors are welcome to join in the conversation as instructor mentors!

Hosting Member: Percy Olsen NAFI# 221310

  • December 12th: Your first student

  • January 9th: Topic TBD

 

 

 

 

The New Instructors SIG meets on the Second Sunday of every month (8 PM Eastern)

3. Instructors Teaching Instructors SIG:

For those interested in teaching and training new instructors, join us for a community discussion to share ideas on topics ranging from developing a syllabus, surviving the checkride, teaching a new CFI, or anything the group suggests. Share stories, learn trade secrets, and build camaraderie.

Hosting Member: Bob Meder NAFI# 18567

  • December 19th: How to teach a new CFI - tips and tricks


  • January 16th: Topic TBD

 

The Instructors Teaching Instructors SIG meets on the third Sunday of every month (8 PM Eastern)
4. Instrument Instructors SIG:

For those interested in all things CFII and instrument flight instruction, join us for a community discussion to share ideas on topics ranging from scan, teaching straight and level, Holds, or anything the group suggests. Share stories, learn trade secrets, and build camaraderie.

Hosting Member: Jan Squillace NAFI# 218280

  • December No Meeting


    • January 20th: Do you fly in actual IMC with students?

    • February 17th: Interesting instrument approaches

 

 

The Instrument Instructors SIG meets on the third Thursday of every month (7 PM Eastern)
5. Glider Instructors SIG:
For those interested in all things glider and glider instruction, join us for a community discussion to share ideas on topics ranging from transition students to soaring, or anything the group suggests. Share stories, learn trade secrets, and build camaraderie.

Hosting Member: Mark Stanfield NAFI# 220948

    • December 9th: Topic TBD

    • January 13th: Topic TBD




The Glider SIG meets on the second Thursday of every month (12 PM Eastern/9 AM Pacific)
6. Rotorcraft Instructors SIG:

For those interested in all things helicopter and rotorcraft instruction, join us for a community discussion to share ideas on topics ranging from transition students to autorotations, or anything the group suggests. Share stories, learn trade secrets, and build camaraderie with fellow “rotor-heads”.

Hosting Member: Ned Parks NAFI# 219224


  • December 2: Off-airport landings

  • January 6th: Topic TBD

 

 

The rotorcraft SIG meets on the first Thursday of every month from 1900 to 2000 (7-8 PM Eastern Time)
 

Interested in participating but not yet a member? CLICK HERE TO JOIN Today!