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New Members Join NAFI Board of Directors

ALLEGAN, MI.  (August 29, 2012) Three new members have joined the NAFI Board of Directors.  Tim Brady, Professor and Dean, College of Aviation, at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach; Craig O’Mara, Captain/Check Airman for United Air Lines, and Eric Radtke, President of Sporty's Academy represent three significant additions to the NAFI board with their vast experience and current activity in the aviation industry.

"We are excited to include the skills and knowledge of these individuals in the NAFI organization," said NAFI Board Chairman Ken Hoffman.  "As NAFI moves forward, we know it is important to have input from all areas of aviation where education and flight training are occurring.  Each of these individuals represents significant areas of the aviation training community.".  "NAFI continues its work on behalf of the flight training community and looks forward to the contribution of these new members of the NAFI Board of Directors in its efforts," said Ken Hoffman.

Brady has a long history in aviation and aviation education.  He currently is Professor and Dean of the College of Aviation at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach.  Before that was the Chairman of the Power and Transportation Department (Aviation Department) at Central Missouri State University (1991-1998) and prior to that was at Parks College of St. Louis University for 11 years as Dean of Institutional Advancement and External Programs.

Brady has served as the President of the Council on Aviation Accreditation (now AABI, Aviation Accreditation Board International). He also served as President of the University Aviation Association (1993-94).  His other experience includes active duty with the U.S. Air Force (1958-1980) and was dual rated as a pilot and navigator. He flew the C-130 aircraft for 20 years and was twice decorated in combat (Vietnam) with the Distinguished Flying Cross.  He currently holds the Air Trans¬port Pilot (ATP) rating (multi and single engine with com¬mercial privileges).   He also holds a Ph.D. in Higher Education Administra¬tion from Saint Louis University; Master of Science Degree in Management from Abilene Christian Univer¬sity in Texas; and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Social Science from Troy State University in Alabama.

Brady recently served on the FAA Administrator’s Blue Ribbon Committee on Air Traffic Control Training and just prior to that served on the FAA Aviation Rulemaking Committee on Airline Pilot First Officer requirements.   He is a published author of more than 30 articles related to aviation.  He is the lead author of the college textbook "The American Aviation Experience: A History," Southern Illinois University Press, and has written more than 40 externally funded grants or contracts totaling nearly $4 million.
Brady's extensive involvement in professional aviation education makes him a strong addition to the NAFI board, helping to include input from this area of aviation education to NAFI's overall mission.

Radtke was first exposed to aviation as a part of a family vacation at age seven.  Today he manages Sporty’s Academy, a Part 141 school that employs 20 flight instructors and produces a complete line of aviation educational products. He learned to fly at Sporty’s in 1996 as part of the University of Cincinnati’s Professional Pilot Program, an initiative he now directs. He earned a bachelor’s degree in finance and went on to an airline career.

Radtke is an Airline Transport Pilot, with a CE-500 type rating and a B727 SIC qualification. In addition, he is a Master Flight Instructor and Advanced Ground Instructor.

He credits his decision to become a pilot to an experience he had while boarding a flight when he was young.  While doing so, a flight attendant noticed his interest in the cockpit and urged him to go talk to the pilot. “He took the time to talk to me for five minutes, pointing things out," Radtke said, and credits that pilot with his career choice. He added: “I’ll always remember that. We never know when we can make that same impression on someone else.”  There is no doubt that Radtke's role as an instructor and his new role with NAFI offer him a continued opportunity to make impressions of his own on those he introduces to aviation.

Craig O'Mara currently is a B747-400 Captain/Check Airman for United Air Lines, flies Citations and King Airs part-time for a St. Louis charter company and teaches in light airplanes for a local FBO. He also flies a B-25 and L-3 for the Commemorative Air Force as well as an AC-47 gunship for the American Flight Museum. He spent 26 years in the U.S. Air Force and Reserves where he retired as a C-9A (DC-9-32F) Flight Examiner/Instructor Pilot. He said the most enjoyable time that he has spent in aviation is his time as a CFI, making his 747 Check Airman position a dream come true. "I still get to flight instruct for a living," he said.  O'Mara said he hopes to use the background he has gained in his 36 years as a CFI to help other CFIs, through NAFI, realize that they hold the future of piloting in their hands.  

“Over the last four years I have been Executive Director, we have worked hard to continue improvement of services, organizational structure, and the impact NAFI has within the aviation community," said Jason Blair.  "Adding these new members to the NAFI Board of Directors represents a next step in our efforts to include representation from all areas of aviation education within NAFI.  By including these individuals, we know that we will have input from their respective areas of expertise, allowing NAFI to consider as many important areas of aviation education as possible when crafting organizational goals, structure and objectives."

The National Association of Flight Instructors’ 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.

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