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Gregory G. Gorak Inducted into the Flight Instructor Hall of Fame!

Gregory G. Gorak Inducted Into Flight Instructor Hall of Fame

Milwaukee, WI  (November 2, 2013) The National Association of Flight Instructors honored Gregory G. Gorak as the 25th inductee into the Flight Instructor Hall of Fame on Saturday, November 2. The induction took place in Gorak's hometown of Milwaukee, Wisconsin as part of a surprise luncheon presentation during the flight instructor refresher clinic presented by Gaits Aviation Seminars (www.gaitsaviation.com), which Gorak owns.


Just before the group was breaking for lunch, NAFI Chairman Robert Meder, Program Coordinator John Niehaus, Board Member and President/Chief Instructor of the Sporty's Academy Eric Radtke, and longtime NAFI Corporate Supporter, Hall of Fame Panel Member, and Founder of Sporty's Pilot Shop Hal Shevers interrupted to surprise everyone, including Gorak, with a special NAFI-provided lunch and award presentation.

(Above photo features left to right NAFI Program Coordinator John Niehaus, Greg Gorak HOF Inductee, Sporty's Pilot Shop Owner/NAFI Corporate Supporter/Previous HOF Inductee Hal Shevers, and NAFI Chairman Robert Meder) photo courtesy of Rose Dorsey

Accompanied by his close friends, family, students, and peers, Gorak was presented the Hall of Fame Traveling Trophy, a commemorative plaque, and the ceremony concluded with speeches by NAFI staff, Shevers, and Gorak himself. Meder ended the presentation by saying that "Greg embodies all the qualities that make up the Flight Instructor Hall of Fame, and it is our honor to add him as the 25th inductee.


Gorak owns Gaits Aviation Seminars, and is an 8,600-plus hour Airline Transport Pilot as well as a dynamic educator. He started flying in 1962 in a J3 Cub and received his private pilot's certificate in a 7 ECA with longtime instructor Al Sabota and examiner Hugo Picco. At the time he was a member of the West Allis flying club, which allowed him to get all his ratings starting with his private in 1963, commercial in 1966, and CFI in 1967. Gorak was chairman of the Career Pilot Program at Gateway Technical Institute for nine years and also taught for the National Association of Flight Instructors in 1976. He founded Gaits Aviation Seminars, Inc. in 1977 and has been on the presenter's circuit for 43 years.


Gaits Aviation Seminars has graduated more than 18,000 flight instructors. A common evaluation by the CFIs who take the Gaits Seminars is, "You made me want to instruct again."


Gorak flew charter for seven years with Scott Air Charter at Mitchell Field, accumulating thousands of hours. He has five children, one of whom (Mark) followed him into aviation, getting his helicopter rating at Fort Rucker and is now a colonel serving at the Pentagon.

Gorak uses his BA in Radio/TV Broadcasting and Announcing from Marquette University and his MS in Administration from the University of Wisconsin, as well as his Acting and Comic Opera Singing talents to provide a dynamic and fun presentation to aviation professionals.   

The Federal Aviation Administration named him the Flight Instructor of the Year for the United States in 1975. The National Association of Flight Instructors awarded Gorak Master Flight Instructor Status in 1998 and he has renewed every two years since. He has written a number of articles for publications including FAA Aviation News, Midwest Flyer, Professional Pilot, and NAFI Mentor.

He is a past member of the Wisconsin Aerospace Education Committee, a current Master Flight Instructor with NAFI, Captain and CFI check pilot in the Civil Air Patrol (specializing in G-1000 glass cockpit), and current member of EAA and AOPA.

When asked about his experiences and Hall of Fame induction, Gorak said: "After 46 years of flight instructing, my students have taught me more than I could ever gain in any other area of aviation, because as the old philosopher says by your student you shall be taught. I feel privileged and honored to join such a notable and distinguished group, and I hope I can live up to the reputation that has been established these many years."


About the Flight Instructor Hall of Fame   

Established in 1997, the Flight Instructor Hall of Fame has inaugurated 25 individuals over the course of 16 years. Its recipients must have a minimum of 20 years working in aviation education and must be well respected within the industry. The award consists of three pieces, a traveling trophy that is presented to the current inductee(s) for a year, a commemorative plaque for the inductee(s), and a wall display consisting of all the previous recipients that resides within the AirZoo Aviation Museum (www.airzoo.org) in Kalamazoo, Michigan which is also the National Association of Flight Instructor's Headquarters. For more information on how to nominate a canadate for next year's inductions please click here.

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Founded in 1967 the National Association of Flight Instructors (NAFI) is an association of nearly 4,000 active flight instructors and is committed to developing excellence in member instructors and member flight training organizations (FTOs). NAFI serves as a voice for flight instruction within the flight training industry and with federal agencies. NAFI members influence active pilots daily; pilots training to advance their skills with new ratings or certificates and students working to become pilots. NAFI members work at FBOs, flight schools, universities, in corporate flight departments, in the military and as independent instructors. NAFI staff works with industry and government on a daily basis and NAFI staff and members help shape direction of flight instruction. For more information visit NAFINet.org or call 866-806-6156.