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MentorLIVE is a monthly, live-streaming broadcast that airs on the third Wednesday each month at 8:00 PM Eastern. These programs feature subject matter experts from many aspects of the flight instruction industry to help CFIs succeed in their training endeavors. All presentations are WINGS-approved!

Upcoming broadcast:

December 21, 2022, at 8 p.m. ET: "Position Check:  Is Flight Training on Course?" presented by Karen Kalishek, NAFI chair, DPE, ATP, Master CFI/CFII/MEI, CFI-G, AGI, IGI, FAA Gold Seal Instructor, Jason Blair, DPE, CFII, MEI, ATP, Author, and Greg Feith, CFII, ATP, A/IGI, UAV, Co-host of Flight Safety Detectives Podcast, Member, NAFI Board

In this important, timely discussion on the state of the flight training industry, panelists Karen Kalishek, Jason Blair, and Greg Feith will discuss the impacts of the pilot shortage, training quality, and examination bottlenecks upon how we do our jobs and the pilots we produce.  They'll also provide some actionable suggestions about what we as professionals can do to be part of the solution.

About the presenters:

Presenter bio: Karen Kalishek, the NAFI Board Chair, is an independent CFI for private flight instructor powered and glider candidates, in a range of aircraft including J-3 Cubs and Cirrus. She is a Major in the Civil Air Patrol (CAP), serving as a volunteer CFI, G1000 instructor, check pilot, mission pilot, cadet orientation pilot, and is an officer for safety, aerospace education, public affairs, and special flight release.

She serves as a member of the WINGS Industry Network, COPA, and is active in several other aviation organizations. Karen is the 2019 National FAASTeam Representative of the year.

Presenter bio: Jason Blair is an active single and multi-engine instructor and FAA Designated Pilot Examiner with 5,000 hours total time and 3,000 hours instruction given. In his role as Examiner, over 1000 pilot certificates have been issued. He writes for multiple aviation publications and actively works within the general aviation industry.  Jason is also an active NAFI member and an accredited Master Flight Instructor.



Presenter bio: Gregory Feith is a former Senior Air Safety Investigator and “Go-Team” captain with the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), and has investigated well over 2500 general aviation, business/corporate and air transport (commercial air carrier) aircraft incidents and accidents worldwide during his 40 years as an aircraft accident investigator and aviation safety expert.

He has won numerous NTSB and aviation industry awards including the Aviation Week and Space Technology Laurel Award in 1996 for his leadership in the investigation of the ValuJet DC-9 crash, the 2001 ERAU, Distinguished Alumni Award for "extraordinary distinction and success in the field of aviation and achievements;" and the SAFE Association, Michael R. Grost Award for “outstanding contribution in the field of accident investigation.”



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