About NAFI

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The largest and oldest association representing flight instruction nationally and worldwide.

NAFI has dedicated its efforts to raising and maintaining the professional standing of flight instructors since 1967. In 2021, NAFI developed a new strategic plan that will chart our course for the future. We refined our vision and mission statements to establish safety and excellence as the foundation of our association. And we created four operational pillars to capture our goals: mentor, educate, promote, and fortify.

NAFI is not only the association that serves the full spectrum of the flight instructor community, but also maintains the finest collection of valuable benefits available for instructors. NAFI recognizes that flight instructors are truly the "teachers of flight" and the front line for "quality control" in aviation training.

Our efforts focus on the needs of our members. While members benefit in different ways from membership, the most important reason for being part of NAFI is supporting a commitment to excellence.

Regardless of your specific area of expertise or interest in flight instruction, this is the best time for you to be a NAFI member. In NAFI, your role as a flight instructor is what we represent and support. New NAFI programs have been developed that benefit the flight instructor community and bring more value to your membership. JOIN TODAY and become involved in NAFI’s efforts that will directly benefit you. If you would rather pay by check, please download this member join/renew application and mail it to us for processing.

NAFI Vision Statement

Safer pilots through excellence in flight instruction

NAFI Mission Statement

NAFI promotes flight instructor excellence through education, mentorship, and advocacy

NAFI Purpose as set forth in the original 1967 constitution

  1. To recognize flight instruction as a profession and to help the instructor understand, achieve, and maintain the recognized standards of their profession. 
  2. To serve as a central point for the dissemination of knowledge, methodology, and new information relative to flight training. 
  3. To consult and cooperate with local, state, and federal governments for improving legislation concerning pilot training, certification and aviation regulations. 
  4. To work with all segments of the aviation industry for the improvement of flight education, efficiency and safety. 
  5. To encourage the interchange of ideas among instructors through the informal fellowship and formal education opportunities.

Your job is flight instruction ... NAFI’s job is to make it easier.

Code of Ethics


We, the members of the National Association of Flight Instructors, accept the responsibility to practice our profession according to the highest ethical standards.

Therefore, we pledge always to:

  • PROVIDE a safe and effective learning situation for our students;
  • Continually IMPROVE our own teaching and flying skills through education and operational experiences;
  • ADHERE to safe practice and to applicable Federal and State Aviation Regulations;
  • TREAT all fellow flight instructors with respect;
  • CONDUCT both our professional and personal lives in a manner to reflect credit on the profession and to set an example of self-discipline for all pilots;
  • ENCOURAGE our fellow flight instructors and the organizations in which they teach to uphold and support these principles, and to question and resist those practices which may undermine or defeat them.

Each member of the National Association of Flight Instructors agrees to abide by this Code of Ethics to further the objectives declared in the NAFI Constitution (Preamble and Section B) and the Bylaws (Article 2) of the Association.

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Board of Directors

The NAFI board of directors is composed of a minimum of ten volunteer members who provide governance to NAFI. NAFI members are encouraged to nominate qualified individuals or volunteer themselves for the board positions. To be considered, email your statement of interest and resume to [email protected].

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NAFI Education Foundation


 The NAFI Foundation was founded in 1981 for educational and scientific advancement purposes, including distributions to qualifying organizations supporting these efforts in the aviation community.  We continue to strive for educating the future of aviation and nurturing to create the next Neil Armstrong or Chuck Yeager. For more information and to donate, visit www.nafifoundation.org.