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Phil J. Poynor Receives Eggspuhler Service Award at NAFI Airventure Breakfast

July 27th, 2017, Oshkosh WI -The board of directors of the National Association of Flight Instructors will honor Phil J. Poynor, NAFI’s vice president of government and industry relations, with the Jack J. Eggspuehler Service Award.

“I cannot think of anyone more deserving of this year’s Eggspuehler award than Phil Poynor,” said NAFI Board Chairman Bob Meder. “Phil has volunteered to devote a good part of his time working on behalf   of   NAFI’s members   to   improve flight instruction, both at the individual and at the regulatory levels. All of us who know Phil are amazed at his depth of knowledge in the legal, aviation, and education fields.  His dedication and unique set of skills have made him a great contributor to the industry.”
Poynor obtained his B.S. in industrial engineering from Texas Tech University, his M.B.A. from DePaul University and his J.D. from St. John’s University.

After spending 11 years with an airline in a variety of capacities including industrial engineer, attorney, labor negotiator and manager of flight operations, Poynor began a second career in aviation education that included flight training and teaching as a professor and administrator at several universities including Middle Tennessee State University and Daniel Webster College.
He has also participated in several successful    entrepreneurial activities, most notably the establishment and expansion of Nassau Flyers, a flight-training school in New York.

He holds an ATP certificate, has been captain qualified on Part 135 carriers and limits his law practice to aviation matters. Poynor received the Excellence in Pilot Training Award from the National Air Transportation

NAFI Chairman Bob Meder presents Phil Poynor with the Eggspuhler Award
Association in 1998 and the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching from the State University of New York (SUNY) in 1994. He is also the recipient of the FAA-industry’s 2001 Flight Instructor of the Year award and is a NAFI Master Flight Instructor.

He currently volunteers as vice president of government and industry affairs for the National Association of Flight Instructors, for which he is also an emeritus member of the board of directors. He has also served on the board of directors of the EAA.

The Jack J. Eggspuehler Service Award is named in honor of the founder of the National Association of Flight Instructors. The late Jack Eggspuehler was a member of the Flight Instructor Hall of Fame and served as NAFI’s president for more than 30 years.

The award is presented to an individual or organization making a significant contribution to flight instructors, flight instruction or aviation education and must be voted on by the NAFI board of directors by two-thirds majority and is traditionally awarded at the NAFI Member Breakfast at EAA Air Venture.

Past winners of the Eggspuehler Award include Tom Poberezny (2010), the Jeppesen Flight Training Products Team (2009) and Cirrus Designs (2008). More information about the award and other past recipients can be found at NAFI’s website.

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Members of the National Association of Flight Instructors work as independent instructors, at flight schools, universities, FBOs, corporate flight departments and in the military. Since 1967, NAFI and its members, who teach in 30 countries, are dedicated to increasing and maintaining the professionalism of flight instruction.

NAFI members influence active pilots daily: students working to become pilots, current pilots training to advance their skills with new ratings or certificates and pilots who seek to improve their skills with recurrent training. NAFI also serves as an advocate with industry and government as a voice for flight instruction. NAFI helps shape the current and future direction of flight training. For more information about NAFI or the NAFI Master Instructor program call 866-806-6156 or visit www.NAFINet.org.