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NAFI Rolls Out Bandwagon for Sport Pilot Instruction
June 8, 2005 - Following its successful symposium at the Golden West EAA Fly-in in Marysville, Calif., June 3-5, the National Association of Flight Instructors (NAFI) is preparing its next stops on a nationwide tour that spreads the word about sport pilot aviation and its opportunities for flight instructors.

“The rapidly developing world of sport pilot aviation will bring the enjoyment of flight to many more enthusiasts, because it significantly lowers barriers to becoming a pilot.” said NAFI Executive Director Rusty Sachs. “That means this new realm of recreational aviation creates a promising business opportunity for flight instructors who are prepared for this influx of new participants,” Sachs said.

Upcoming symposiums include June 17-18 in Franklin, Pennsylvania and September 10-11 in Louisville, Kentucky. The events will provide information and resources to help flight instructors cater their services to new flight students enticed by sport pilot aviation. Subjects covered include reviewing the particulars of this new aspect of recreational aviation and the role of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), tailoring flight-instruction curricula to sport pilot aviation, becoming familiar with the variety of light-sport aircraft that fit within this category of flying, adopting effective training techniques, and building and marketing a prosperous flight-instruction business.

“The feedback from our symposium at the Golden West EAA Fly-in was very favorable,” Sachs said. “There was a palpable energy in the room. You could see light bulbs over attendees’ heads as they grasped the enormity of this opportunity.”

Here are a few quotes received from symposium attendees:

"Adopting Jack Vandeventer's ideas will add ten grand a year to an instructor's income."

"A light-sport aircraft is methadone for my aviation addiction! It costs very little and satisfies the craving."

"What an awesome opportunity to attend this!"

NAFI is an affiliate of EAA, the membership organization for aviation enthusiasts. EAA advocated and aided in the development of the Sport Pilot Rule for a decade before the FAA adopted terms last fall. EAA’s goal, reflected in the Rule, was to bring recreational flying within reach for many more outdoor enthusiasts by reducing the costs of aircraft, the cost and time investment for flight training, and the medical-certification requirements for flying as a sport pilot. By limiting the scope of sport pilot flying and the performance characteristics of qualifying light-sport aircraft, the Rule ensures the safety of this recreational activity.

EAA is including NAFI symposiums as a major element of its Sport Pilot Tour. The tour brings EAA members and the general public the information and guidance needed to seize the sport pilot opportunity. As was the case at the EAA Golden West Fly-in, the NAFI symposium in Franklin, Pennsylvania will be part of EAA’s Sport Pilot Tour.

EAA, The Leader in Recreational Aviation, is an international association with 170,000 members and 1,000 local chapters. To join EAA or for more information on EAA and its programs, call 1-800-JOIN-EAA (1-800-564-6322) or go to www.eaa.org.

Founded in 1967, NAFI is dedicated to raising and maintaining the professional standing of flight instructors throughout the nation, as well as promoting safe and effective learning experiences for students. As part of this mission, NAFI initiates education and support programs throughout the aviation industry. The organization affiliated with EAA in May 1995. More information is available through NAFI’s website (www.nafinet.org).