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Kenneth Hoffman Awarded NAFI Lifetime Achievement Award at Airventure Members' Breakfast

July 27th, 2017, Oshkosh WI -The board of directors of the National Association of Flight Instructors will honor NAFI Board President Emeritus Ken E. Hoffman with its Lifetime Achievement Award.

His career in aviation has spanned more than 55 years. Hoffman’s first job as a CFI was in 1962 for Kensair Corporation at Jeffco Airport near Denver. In 1963, he became an instructor and then flight training clinic director for the AOPA and wrote the original AOPA Mountain Flying Course. He was a part of the group that conceived the idea of forming a professional organization representing flight instructors that led to the birth of NAFI.

Hoffman has more 19,000 hours’ flight time, and his ATP shows eight type ratings (Fairchild F-27, Learjet, Gulfstream G-159, Cessna Citation 500, Westwind IA-JET, Hawker HS-125, Gulfstream
G-1159, and Beechcraft 1900). His commercial privileges include ASEL, ASES, rotorcraft-helicopter, L-B34 type rating (Howard Super Ventura) and glider.

As a CFI with more than 6,000 instructions hours given, his certificate shows Gold Seal, ASME, instrument-airplane, rotorcraft-helicopter and glider. Ken served as a designated pilot examiner for more than 25 years, which included approvals for private, commercial, ATP, CFI, ASEL, AMEL (with as many as five LOAs for different models), helicopter and Learjet. He has owned or operated flight schools under FAR Part 61, 141 and 142 and served as an evaluator in the Beechcraft 1900 for the 142 training center he founded.

NAFI Chairman Bob Meder presents Chairman Emeritus Ken Hoffman with Lifetime Achievement Award

“On behalf of the organization, I’m very proud and pleased that Ken Hoffman has been awarded NAFI’s prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award. Over the many years that Ken has been part of NAFI, he has devoted himself to the members and aviation as a whole, working to improve the professionalism and the art and science of flight instruction.  Ken has been a mentor to me and many others,” said NAFI Board Chair Bob Meder.  “In the words of (NAFI President) Rick Todd, he is our “papa bear.”

Ken lives in Florida and has said he enjoys sailing: “I find that I now spend almost as much time reading sailing magazines as I do aviation magazines.”

At 2013’s NAFI Member Breakfast Hoffman was awarded the FAA Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award by John M. Allen, FAA director of the Flight Standards Service, and John S. Duncan, FAA deputy director of flight standards policy oversight.

NAFI’s Lifetime Achievement Award, given at the discretion of the board of directors, honors current or former members of NAFI who have exhibited a lifetime of achievement in aviation education at the national level. This is only the second time NAFI has given the award.

Nominees for the NAFI Lifetime Achievement Award must have more than 25 years of distinguished service to aviation education. The award is presented for achievement in leadership, teaching and service. 
For more information about the award, or to nominate a candidate, contact a NAFI board member.

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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.