David Wright has been named director of training for the AOPA Air Safety Foundation (ASF). ASF is the leading national organization providing aviation safety research and education for general aviation pilots, the 85 percent of all aviators who fly for personal business or pleasure, rather than commercially.
In his new position, Wright serves as chief instructor for ASF Flight Instructor Refresher Clinics. The clinics are two-day FAA-approved seminars presented in more than 70 locations yearly. The popular course, pioneered by ASF in the 1970s, enables more than 6,000 flight instructors per year to revalidate their FAA teaching certificates.
Wright also manages ASF's online interactive Flight Instructor Refresher Clinic, a joint venture with aviation education leader Jeppesen. He also contributes to both live and online ASF safety seminars that reach more than 100,000 pilots annually with up-to-date flight safety knowledge.
Wright began working at AOPA in May 2002 as a technical specialist in Aviation Services. He holds a bachelor's of science in aeronautics from the University of North Dakota. After graduation, Wright worked as a lead flight instructor with the University of North Dakota. Prior to joining AOPA, Wright was also a first officer with USAIR Express.
Wright is a certificated flight instructor with multiengine and instrument ratings. He has logged more than 2,500 hours in a variety of aircraft. Wright lives in Fairfax, Va., with his wife Kami and daughter Morgan.