While it’s fine to maintain the legal requirements to maintain the CFI certificate and prevent having to take a checkride if and when you decide to begin teaching again, a better approach is to keep the skills alive. It’s easier to maintain a skill than to relearn it. To help instructors do just that and to provide a level of proficiency that they feel is appropriate to their members, NAFI has proposed a new program to the FAA, which incorporates the FAA Safety Team (FAASTeam). NAFI calls the proposed program the NAFI/FAASTeam Standardized Instructor Proficiency Recognition Program. “This proposal represents a non-regulatory, industry best-practices approach to enhancing proficiency in the flight instructor community,” said NAFI’s Executive Director Jason Blair.