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NAFI Concerned About Implementation of California Regulations Aff

NAFI HEADQUARTERS, OSHKOSH, WIS.  (June 9, 2010)Proposed changes in flight-training oversight by the California Bureau of Post Secondary Education may cause significant damage to businesses that provide flight training in the State of California, according to the National Association of Flight Instructors (NAFI).

The law, formerly known as California Assembly Bill 48 and signed into effect October 11, 2009 by Governor Schwarzenegger, requires implementation of a fee structure and other requirements that will be difficult for flight training providers to comply with.

“NAFI recognizes the desire of the State of California and the California Bureau of Post Secondary Education to develop procedures and regulations that help protect consumers and provide sound and stable educational outlets,” says NAFI Executive Director Jason Blair. “However, it’s not the opinion of NAFI nor its members that the current regulations—set to be implemented beginning with August 1, 2010—are the best solution to the perceived problem.”

NAFI has discussed the legislation with many members across California, as well as state officials, and it’s working to develop a reasonable solution that will address the concerns of bureau while at the same time permit flight training to be provided without unreasonable expenses.

“NAFI members in California believe the implementation of these policies would force them to cease providing their services,” Blair says. NAFI is unsure what the full effects of these regulations and potential exemptions will be at this time. “This could result in significant loss of jobs, income from training and aviation operations, and degradation of California’s overall aviation environment. It could also eliminate a significant source of proficiency training that’s vital to maintaining a healthy aviation environment in the state. Our members are very concerned about this and we’ll do all that we can to help the state and the flight training providers and instructors there to find a solution that will best serve the goals of both.”

NAFI recognizes the concern of the California Bureau of Post Secondary Education regarding development of standards similar to accreditation processes for private post-secondary education as well as a mechanism to fund refunds of student tuition in instances of default. However, an additional burdensome fee structure will do nothing to improve educational quality and business practices, but it may do damage to aviation in the State of California.

Legislation is being considered in California’s State Senate to amend the current law that may provide relief for the flight instruction industry. NAFI will assist in any way it can to move this effort forward to provide assistance until a final, workable solution—that best serves all needs—can be fashioned.

Founded in 1967, NAFI is dedicated to raising and maintaining the professional standing of flight instructors throughout the nation, as well as providing safe and effective aviation training for students. For more information, visit www.NAFINet.org or call 920-426-6801.

For more information contact:

Jason Blair, Executive Director NAFI
(920) 426-6801
[email protected]