Hills Dropping Suit Against NAFI

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Master Instructors LLC owners Sandy and JoAnn Hill say they've agreed to abandon their copyright lawsuit against the National Association of Flight Instructors "in exchange for a waiver of fees and costs." NAFI has confirmed it has accepted the Hills' offer and will continue to use the material in dispute. "NAFI will continue to grow this valued program along with other services that we provide to the flight-instruction community," said NAFI Chairman Ken Hoffman. The Hills, who were leading members of NAFI until they were removed from the board of directors two years ago, sued NAFI for continuing to use the training materials they say they developed. NAFI countered that since the programs were developed under NAFI's banner, they were free to use them. Regardless of the legal intricacies, the Hills said their customers have spoken.

"We feel completely vindicated by the response of the marketplace to our program," Sandy Hill said. "It just no longer made sense for us to expend more time and money on the legal action -- a lot of which had been donated by hundreds of wonderful friends and supporters." The Hills said they're just about as busy conferring Master Instructor status now as they were when they were at NAFI and they need to concentrate on delivering their programs and services.