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NAFI - PIlot Training From A Mechanic Presented By Paul New
Pilot And Lifelong Aircraft Technician Presentation Of Topics Which Are Often Ignored Or Taught Incorrectly.
Date and Time:
Wednesday, February 16, 2022, starting at 19:00 Central Standard Time (17:00 PST; 18:00 MST; 20:00 EST; 15:00 HST; 16:00 AKST; 18:00 Arizona; Thursday, February 17, 2022 01:00 GMT)
Paul New, Karen Kalishek
Brief Description:

Paul New has been both a certificated pilot and aircraft mechanic (A&P/IA) for decades and was recognized as the 2007 National Aviation Maintenance Technician of the Year.  During his decades of experience both flying and fixing aircraft, Paul identified mechanical issues that he felt were lacking in typical pilot training. His presentation covers topics that as a mechanic he wishes instructors would teach, or change what they currently teach.

Considering the long-term impact of primacy, it is important to present accurate training that is based on facts rather than hear-say.  Pilots can find it very difficult to break away from beginner procedures when they upgrade to higher performance aircraft and/or aircraft ownership. Therefore, it is beneficial to expose even beginning pilots to a greater depth of knowledge and the possibility of more complex operations in their future. 

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PAUL NEW - Presenter

Paul New has flown and worked on piston-engine airplanes since grade school. After earning a degree in Aircraft Electronics, he started and managed two avionics shops. In 1986, he and his wife, Helen, took over the family business his father began in 1974, Tennessee Aircraft Services, Inc in Jackson, TN. It is now a Cirrus and Textron factory-authorized service center. 

Paul is an FAA certificated Airframe and Powerplant mechanic with Inspection Authorization. In addition, he’s a private pilot with instrument and multi-engine ratings. He enjoys flying his 2002 Cirrus G1 for personal and business use.

Paul writes a monthly technical column for the Cessna Pilots Association (CPA) magazine, serves as a technical advisor to their membership, and presents Cessna model-specific Systems began presenting technical classes at the COPA CPPP events in 2017.  He also takes part monthly on the AOPA podcast “Ask the A&P” along with his friends Mike Busch and Colleen Sterling.


Karen Kalishek is the NAFI Board Chair, a Designated Pilot Examiner, and an independent CFI for private flight instruction in powered and glider candidates in a range of aircraft, including J-3 Cubs and Cirrus. She is a Major in the Civil Air Patrol (CAP), serving as a volunteer CFI, G1000 instructor, check pilot, mission pilot, cadet orientation pilot, and officer for safety, aerospace education, public affairs, and special flight release.
She serves as a member of the WINGS Industry Network Committee, COPA, and is active in several other aviation organizations. Karen is the 2019 National FAASTeam Representative of the year.


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1 Credit for Advanced Knowledge Topic 2
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