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Clark Wins NAFI Excellence in Writing Award

Laslo Writing Award Presented at Members' Breakfast
July 28, 2016 AirVenture, Oshkosh WI -At the NAFI Member Breakfast Joseph F. Clark III was given NAFI's 2016 Greg Laslo Excellence in Writing Award. NAFI Director of Publications & Editor David Hipschman announced the award, in absentia, as Clark was unable to attend.

In remarks he sent to the breakfast for Hipschman to read to attendees, Clark said:
"For all of you young flight instructors out there, writing and teaching go together ...
Become involved; if you're not a NAFI member join. Teach - and write. Work with editors to get your name known throughout the industry. 
I want to thank NAFI ... for considering me among a host of other deserving aviation writers. I am humbled and as always, I stand by to help NAFI in any way needed."

The writing award is named in honor of Greg Laslo, who was NAFI's editor until 2011. It is presented yearly to an individual or organization making a significant contribution to NAFI publications.

Clark, a longtime aviation writer and frequent contributor to NAFI Mentor, among other aviation magazines, is a professor at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. He served as a U.S. Navy attack jet pilot and owns a Cessna 170. In addition to his magazine articles and academic essays, Clark is the author of two books, including From Cubs to Jets, Essays From a Life in the Air, and PSST! Wanna Know a Secret. Clark's 9,000-plus flight hours include the A-7E Corsair II and the A-4 Skyhawk, and 88 aircraft carrier landings. He graduated from the University of Florida, worked as a newspaper journalist and then began flying professionally. He logged 3,000 hours as a flight instructor and Part 135 charter pilot before enlisting in the Navy.

After earning his wings at Naval Air Station Meridian, Mississippi, his first assignment was Fleet Composite Squadron TEN in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, where he flew the A-4 Skyhawk. Upon completion of that tour, he began A-7E transition training at NAS Cecil, Florida, and joined a West Coast Corsair II squadron based at NAS Lemoore, California.

After leaving military service in 1990, Clark joined Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University as a flight instructor, and since 1998 has been an assistant professor of aeronautical science at Embry-Riddle in Daytona Beach, Florida. Embry-Riddle recently honored him with a meritorious service award in recognition of his articles published in Mentor magazine and other publications.

Clark is the fourth recipient of the Laslo Writing Award, joining award winners Alex Burton (2013), Natalie Bingham Hoover (2014) and Larry Bothe (2015).

At the breakfast, Hipschman encouraged NAFI members to contribute essays to NAFI's print and electronic publications. "What makes NAFI's editorial content unique is that it is written by NAFI members in the flight instructor community for NAFI members," he said.
"In aggregate, NAFI members know more about flight instruction and flying safely than anyone in the world. Members sharing their expertise with other members as well with as the rest of the aviation community is at the core of NAFI's educational mission."

Clark and his wife, Ardis, live in St. Augustine, Florida, where they own and operate BluewaterPress LLC, a publishing company with a significant menu of aviation titles as well as books of general interest.

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