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NAFI - Gatekeepers Lessons From Experience And Research
This Presentation Reinforces The Concept That Flight Instructors Are Really The 'Gate Keepers' Of General Aviation Safety
Date and Time:
Wednesday, October 20, 2021, starting at 19:00 Central Daylight Time (17:00 PDT; 18:00 MDT; 20:00 EDT; 14:00 HST; 16:00 AKDT; 17:00 Arizona; Thursday, October 21, 2021 00:00 GMT)
Gene Benson, Paul Preidecker
Brief Description:

It is critical that all flight instructors inspire the pilots that they instruct to maintain high standards in their aeronautical knowledge and in their flying ability. It is also critical that flight instructors set the example through their own professionalism.  

During this program many practical examples and recommendations will be provided for the benefit of all pilots no matter where they are in their life long learning process.

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Aeronautical Proficiency Training
Phone: 314-787-7454
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Gene Benson, CFII is celebrating his 50th anniversary as a flight instructor in 2021. He has given more than 8,000 hours of flight instruction in many different airplane types from Cubs to Jets. Having served as a line instructor, chief flight instructor, director of aviation, director of operations, and dean of aeronautics, he particularly enjoyed teaching and developing flight instructors.

His record includes endorsing 270 pilots for their initial flight instructor certification with 269 of them passing on the first attempt. His academic credentials include BA in Psychology, MS in Education, and MBA.


Paul J. Preidecker (paul@flightdeckinsights.com) has been a flight instructor for 30 years, and has logged more than 7800 hours of flying time.

He retired from Air Wisconsin Airlines, where he held the positions of Chief Flight Instructor and captain. In these roles, he served as an Aircrew Program Designee, Line Check Airman, and was qualified as a simulator and ground school instructor.

Paul has served as a member of an FAA Aviation Rulemaking Committee, an invited speaker at the NTSB Symposium on Professionalism, and moderated at the World Aviation Training Summit for several years. He is a co-host of FAA Safety Briefing Live and is a regular contributor to NAFI MentorLive. Paul is also a frequent speaker at aviation conferences and serves as a board member for NAFI.

Paul is president of his own company, FlightDeck Insights. As an experienced aviator and teacher, Paul contributes to aviation safety by blending SOPs and best practices between GA and Part 121 operations.


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Credit Applicability:
½ Credit for Master Knowledge Topic 2
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Any other Operations task not covered in the NPP
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