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Hipschman Joins NAFI as Editor, Laslo Gets Eggspuehler Award

AIRVENTURE, OSHKOSH — (July 28, 2011) – The National Association of Flight Instructors (NAFI) named David Hipschman as editor of its print and electronic publications here today at its annual membership breakfast.

Hipschman, a veteran editor and active pilot who teaches journalism at the University of Florida in Gainesville, succeeds Greg Laslo, who has served as NAFI’s editor for 15 years. At the breakfast, Laslo was presented with the Eggspuehler Award for his service to aviation.

The award is named for Jack J. Eggspuehler, founder of the National Association of Flight Instructors and a member of the Flight Instructor Hall of Fame, who served as president of the associ­ation for more than 30 years. The award named in his honor is presented annu­al­­ly to an individual or organization for making a significant contribution to flight in­structors, flight instruction or aviation education. Past winners include Tom Poberezny (2010), the Jeppesen Flight Training Products Team (2009) and Cirrus Designs (2008).

“NAFI is pleased to be able to recognize the significant contributions of Greg Laslo by presenting him this award. Greg has worked with NAFI for 15 years, writing and editing publications specifically purposed to help improve flight training and flight instruction,” said NAFI Executive Director Jason Blair. Board Chairman Ken Hoffman noted that “Greg has contributed not only to NAFI’s publications, but to EAA’s and other publications, helping communicate aviation knowledge and experience. We offer our sincere thanks for all his hard work.”

In introducing the new NAFI editor, Blair said Hipschman’s background has included posts as EAA’s Director of Publications here in Oshkosh, as well as a distinguished newspaper journalism career including posts at the San Francisco Chronicle and the Casper Star-Tribune in Wyoming.

"We are looking forward to the contributions that we know David Hipschman is going to make to the publications that NAFI members receive as a part of their membership," Blair said. "When a transition like this is made, caution is always required to find the right person. David is someone that NAFI knows will keep its publications growing in content, quality and reach, but he is also someone with whom Greg is comfortable turning over the reins on the publications he was instrumental in developing for NAFI members."

Hoffman said the organization has been well served by Laslo over the years. "Greg has become part of the NAFI family and we know he always will be. We look forward to any contributions he can offer NAFI in the future and wish him the very best as he continues in his career. We know that his service to the organization is irreplaceable. Just as we know that David Hipschman’s experience, passion, contacts, and knowledge of the aviation industry will bring different and exciting skills to NAFI, making him a valuable addition to the NAFI team."

Hipschman worked as a reporter, bureau chief, copy editor and wire editor for newspapers in New Jersey and Pennsylvania before going to work for the San Francisco Chronicle. He covered events surrounding the Tiananmen Square massacre from Beijing, and has written about the refugee camps along the Thai-Cambodian border. He managed the Chronicle’s international news operations and before that was responsible for coverage of the White House, Congress and the U.S. Supreme Court.

As EAA’s Director of Publications, Hipschman – who owns a Piper Cherokee – spearheaded efforts to deliver content via the Web, launched a learn-to-fly e-newsletter, hired EAA’s first multi-media journalist and managed its print magazine titles, while serving as editor-in-chief of Sport Aviation, EAA’s flagship monthly magazine.

Under his editorship of Wyoming’s only statewide newspaper, the Casper Star-Tribune won national awards for fighting hate crime, and for Hipschman’s creation of InkLink – a newspaper-within-a-newspaper produced by the state’s K-12 students.

Hipschman is also the creator of Cyberland, the first weekly newspaper column about the Internet. He has also been a contributing writer to Web Review, the Songline Studios and O'Reilly & Associates Internet magazine.

The National Association of Flight Instructors is an association of nearly 5,000 flight instructors. Its members work at flight schools, universities, FBO’s, corporate flight departments, in the military, and as independent instructors. NAFI was founded in 1967 and its members, who now teach in 17 countries, are dedicated to raising and maintaining the professionalism of flight instruction.

NAFI members influence active pilots daily; pilots training to advance their skills with new ratings or certificates and students working to become pilots. NAFI staff also works with industry and government and serves as a voice for flight instruction. NAFI shapes the direction of flight training.

For more information, visit www.NAFINet.org or call 866-806-6156.