NAFI Sued By Former Directors

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Two former board members of the National Association of Flight Instructors (NAFI) are suing the organization, alleging NAFI is using instructional materials they developed without authorization. Joanne and Sandy Hill were dismissed from the board of directors late last year in an acrimonious dispute that caused bitter divisions within NAFI and prompted the creation of a new instructors' group called the Society of Aviation and Flight Educators (SAFE). The Hills were particularly involved with NAFI's Master Instructor program and they claim that NAFI has continued to use the program they developed without acknowledgement and are alleging copyright infringement. Rich Stowell, who developed the aerobatics section of the program, is also suing NAFI. NAFI spokesman Jason Blair said his group has not been served legal documents and declined to comment for now.

The Hills and Stowell are accepting financial donations to fund the legal battle and say they've had contributions from hundreds of flight instructors across the U.S. They say the suit is not about money. They say they want to ensure the credibility and integrity of the credential program.