NAFI Celebrates 55 Years


The National Association of Flight Instructors (NAFI), which was founded in 1967 with the mission “to raise and maintain the professional standing of flight instructors,” is celebrating its 55th anniversary. Alongside the milestone, the organization has aired the 55th episode of its monthly livestreamed MentorLIVE broadcast, noting that the program has now logged over 140,000 unique viewers and offers a total of 41,600 hours of instruction. MentorLIVE was launched as part of NAFI’s 50th anniversary celebration.

“NAFI’s vision is ‘Safer pilots through excellence in flight instruction,’” the organization said. “Excellence has been at the core of NAFI’s values since the organization’s inception. Safety is the foundation of all flight training and recognizes the ever-present need for ongoing proficiency training by all pilots. To reach this vision, the organization’s mission states, ‘NAFI promotes flight instruction excellence through education, mentorship, and advocacy.’”

NAFI is also recognizing the 25th year of its ongoing NAFI Master Certificated Flight Instructor Accreditation Program (MCFI). MCFI is credited with being the first FAA-approved accreditation program available for flight instruction. NAFI currently serves members in the U.S. and in 35 countries around the world.

Kate O'Connor
Kate O’Connor works as AVweb's Editor-in-Chief. She is a private pilot, certificated aircraft dispatcher, and graduate of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

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  1. I doubt NAFI has changed the core of flight instruction: young CFIs building time to get a good flying job.

    Of course, there are a small percentage of exceptions: CFIs who make a career out of instruction. That has always been the case.