TBO NAFI To Hold Informal Meeting At AOPA Expo 2008
Recent developments at
the Board level of the National Association of Flight Instructors
(NAFI) have led to the creation of the Take Back Our National
Association of Flight Instructors Committee -- TBO NAFI. This
committee, comprised of NAFI members, including Master Instructors
and several Regional and National Flight Instructors of the Year,
is calling for swift and sweeping changes to the governance of
Breaking this disturbing news last week, ANN
reported, the crisis began two weeks ago when NAFI
members learned two of the "most productive, well-liked,
pro-instructor, and long-standing members of the Board" -- JoAnn
and Sandy Hill -- would not be re-elected to their positions, and
would be relieved of their day-to-day administration of the NAFI
Master Instructor Program.
"These issues served to focus long-due attention on the broader
governance issues plaguing the NAFI Board," well-known Master
Instructor Rich Stowell told Aero-News.
Stowell adds the much-anticipated NAFI Board of Directors
meeting on Friday, October 24 failed to address concerns presented
to the Board by TBO NAFI in the form of two documents. The first, a
Memo to the Board of Directors signed by 33 members of TBO-NAFI,
and the second, 18 supporting Resolutions, outlined the concerns
and the needs of a "significant element" of the NAFI membership
Underscoring the severity of the situation, EAA President Tom
Poberezny asked for, and received, time to speak to the assembled
board Friday. Noting a "significant response" from NAFI members
regarding the proposal to oust the Hills, Poberezny cautioned both
sides to proceed carefully in working to resolve the matter.
"I've spent a great deal of time over the last week reading
letters, talking with NAFI members, and Board members and can
assure you that the credibility of the ENTIRE NAFI Board is in
question," Poberezny wrote in a memo to Board members. "Whether
it's reality or perception, the fact is that a strong negative
feeling exists, and the Board must address it with actions that
will serve NAFI, both short and long term. Action must turn a
negative into a positive."
The TBO committee stressed the crisis involving NAFI has nothing
to do with EAA. "The TBO Committee appreciates all that EAA as done
over the years to support instructors and to advance the flight
instructor community at AirVenture," Stowell adds. "The issue is
with NAFI governance."
In the end, the Board vote on whether to remove the Hills was
deferred. "The Board instead postponed the vote; however, the
Chairman retains the authority to call for a vote at any time with
a simple phone call to other Board members," TBO NAFI states.
The first informal meeting of TBO Committee members and others
who wish to participate is scheduled for Friday, November 7, at
1:00 PM in the entrance lobby of the AOPA Expo in San Jose, CA.