Upset NAFI Members Plan AOPA Meeting

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A dissident group of members of the National Association of Flight Instructors (NAFI) will hold a meeting on Friday at AOPA Expo in a bid to force "sweeping changes" to the governance of the organization. The group, calling itself Take Back Our National Association of Flight Instructors Committee (TBO NAFI) claims in a news release issued last week that the forced removal of two members of the board, JoAnn and Sandy Hill, focused "long-due attention on the broader governance issues plaguing the NAFI Board." The NAFI board responded with a resolution to undertake "a thorough revision" of the organization's bylaws before its next board meeting. But that isn't good enough, according to the new group.

In an entry on the TBO NAFI Web site the group says the proposed timeline is unacceptable and that the new bylaws "must include provisions for the entire Board of Directors to be elected expeditiously by the membership." It's also demanding that once the new bylaws are passed that the existing board immediately resign. The group says its fight is not with EAA, which has a close relationship with NAFI. The meeting will be held in Salon II of the Marriott Hotel Ballroom. The hotel is part of the convention center complex.