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NAFI Has Big Plans For EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2005
June 14, 2005 - The National Association of Flight Instructors has more in store than ever before for existing and future members at the EAA AirVenture Oshkosh NAFI tent. Located adjacent to convention headquarters at the corner of Knapp and Waukau streets, the NAFI tent is the place to join or renew a membership; ask specific questions from the experts; or discuss issues that flight instructors face on a day-to-day basis.


Stop by the NAFI Tent and enter the preflight contest, featuring an airplane courtesy of Cirrus.

“We’re planning to do more than ever this year,” said NAFI Executive Director Rusty Sachs. “There will be flight specialists on duty throughout the week, speaking with CFIs and potential CFIs. Cirrus is again furnishing a new airplane for the preflight contest conducted each day adjacent to the NAFI tent. We will present a record number of forums, and also have a presence at other areas of the convention.”

For example, NAFI will station a flight specialist KidVenture, teaching youths the fundamentals of flight and explaining the control surfaces of an airplane. There will be also a NAFI representative at the EAA Member Village, what Sachs described as “the table of contents of everything EAA does.”

NAFI members will present eight forums throughout the week. Two feature Ken Hoffman, corporate pilot and NAFI chairman, who will present the “Basics of Mountain Flying” and “Mountain Flying IFR.” Richard Arnold will present a survival forum titled “How to Participate in Your Own Rescue.” Jack Vandeventer, businessman and participant in NAFI’s sport pilot symposiums, will reprise his popular “How to Market Yourself as a CFI and Make More Money,” as well as “Taildragger Master Class.”

“A principal benefit of NAFI membership is the collegiality of its members,” Sachs said. “You’re a member of an instantly formed peer group consisting of half of the certificated flight instructors in the nation, all willing to help each other out.”

Another annual gathering, the Meet the Masters Breakfast, has been moved to Thursday this year. Tickets to the limited-seating breakfast, which is attended by the FAA Administrator, are available in the NAFI Tent.

NAFI-ASA Giveaway

NAFI and Aviation Supplies & Academics (ASA) have joined forces for a great giveaway prize eligible only to flight and ground instructors renewing their NAFI membership between April 1 and August 31, 2005. The prize, an FAA-approved OnTop PCATD (personal computer aviation training device), will be demonstrated in the NAFI Tent throughout EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2005.

The package includes the OnTop PCATD (retail value $2,795); a computer and two monitors; realistic flight controls including a Cirrus yoke, Cirrus rudders; PFC Power Quadrant (with both 6- and 3-lever attachments); AV-1 Avionics Panel; user manual, and instruction guide with integrated ground and flight training syllabus.