March 11, 2010
By Alton K. Marsh
Jeffrey Moss of Los Angeles, Calif., is the CFI of the year.
The General Aviation Awards program has named the recipients of its government- and industry-sponsored awards that each year recognize flight instructors, maintenance and avionics technicians, and FAA Safety Team representatives. AOPA is among the industry sponsors. The awards will be presented in July during a “Theater in the Woods” program during EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wis.
The aviation maintenance technician of the year is Neil Nederfield of Fairfield, N.J. Nederfield has been an airframe and powerplant technician for 45 years. He and his son own C and W Aero Services at Essex County Airport in Caldwell, N.J.
The avionics technician of the year is Kirk Peterson, who has 25 years of experience. He is employed by the University of North Dakota’s John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences and maintains the university’s fleet of over 100 training aircraft.
The CFI of the year is Jeffrey Moss of Los Angeles, Calif. He offers Cessna Corvalis and Cirrus training, and is an independent instructor and mentor pilot on the Cessna Citation Mustang and CJ series, Eclipse 500, Embraer Phenom 100/300, and Hawker Beechcraft Premier IA. A Master CFI, he specializes in training piston pilots for their initial single-pilot jet type rating.
The FAA Safety Team representative of the year is Thomas Turner, a Master CFI from Rose Hill, Kan. He conducts WINGS seminars in the Wichita area, writes prolifically, and maintains aviation safety Web sites. Currently, Turner is the executive director of the American Bonanza Society.
AOPA Pilot Senior Editor Alton Marsh has been a pilot since 1970 and has an airline transport pilot certificate and instrument and multiengine flight instructor certificates, aerobatic training, and a commercial seaplane certificate.
As the cold weather chills AOPA’s Headquarters in Frederick, many of us are inside generating new resources for flying clubs.
In my house, every Friday night is “Movie Night.” While the movies are rarely educational (I don’t think I learned anything from the Lego Movie), we look forward to the weekly opportunity to spend time together. Why not use the same concept for your Flying Club (with the addition of education, of course)?
AOPA Flying Club Manager Kelby Ferwerda posted the following on the AOPA Flying Club Facebook Page: “Recently I’ve talked with quite a few Flying Clubs about maintaining social activity through the cold winter months. Some clubs host Holliday Parties, others have Potluck Movie Nights. What does your club do to keep members involved during the chilly months?”
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