Pilot Proficiency Network and NAFI Announce Strategic Partnership

In the deal, PPN offers a $100 discount and a copy of Becoming A CFI to all new and current NAFI members

PPN’s mission is to increase confidence and proficiency in IMC conditions. [Stock Image]

The National Association of Flight Instructors (NAFI) and the Pilot Proficiency Network (PPN) announced a strategic partnership Monday to promote instrument flying, aviation community activities, and pilot proficiency in general aviation. 

As part of the partnership, PPN will offer new and current members of NAFI who want to create a local PPN chapter or register their existing group a $100 discount and a free copy of Becoming A CFI by PPN president Radek Wyrzykowski.

PPN says its mission is to increase confidence and proficiency in IMC conditions. The group is designed for instrument-rated pilots and pilots who find themselves in unintended, unpredicted, and unexpected IMC situations. It was created and founded by Wyrzykowski, the founder and creator of the IMC Club and a former senior program manager at the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA).

“I am delighted to help flight instructors employ their talent and support them in making themselves known to their neighborhood pilot community by getting engaged in improving pilot proficiency and safety and building their business,” said Wyrzykowski. “I believe this relationship benefits NAFI members and the general aviation community at large,” 

What is PPN?

PNN was initiated in March 2022 to help create a community of pilots who share information by encouraging networking with fellow aviation enthusiasts to promote safety and build proficiency. The forum provides CFIs with a platform to inform pilots about activity in their area and allow them to build and increase their aviation business.

Karen Kalishek, board chair of the NAFI, said she is excited to work with PPN. “I am happy that NAFI can participate in this exclusive offer from PPN for our members. NAFI’s objective is to provide resources to all flight instructors to raise and maintain their professional standing in the aviation community and flight instruction excellence. PPN’s offer supports NAFI’s vision of safer pilots through excellence in flight instruction and adds yet another tool to our array of available quality resources.”

What is NAFI?

Members of NAFI work as instructors at flight schools, universities, FBOs, corporate flight departments, airlines, and the military and are dedicated to increasing and maintaining the professionalism of flight instruction and continuously improving its quality.

Based in Texas, Ashley is the former Marketing Manager at FLYING and focuses deeply on training and education. She graduated from the Baylor Institute for Air Science with a Bachelor's in Aviation Science and holds an MBA specializing in Marketing. She is an also instrument rated private pilot and licensed FAA dispatcher.

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