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.
The Flying Physicians Association (FPA) has become the latest group to lend support to third-class medical reform and urge government officials to speed up their review of the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM). The NPRM would expand the number of pilots who could fly without needing to obtain a third-class medical certificate, a standard that has been successfully used by sport pilots for a decade.
California pilot Christopher Braun has created a revamped version of the cleco plier that is said to be lighter and more ergonomic.
There is no shortage of pilots in eastern Washington, but there does seem to be a scarcity of clubs in that part of the country.
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