The Greater St. Louis Flight Instructors Association promotes aviation safety and improvement of flight instruction by increasing education, instructor knowledge, professionalism, and techniques. This is accomplished through the exchange of ideas and techniques between instructors, developing effective communications and/or liaison with the FAA and/or other desirable aviation interested entities. We deliver ideas and techniques by sponsoring the Ed Blue Flight Instructor Scholarship, FAA Safety Clinics, FAA Wings Programs, an FAA approved Flight Instructors Revalidation Clinic and other Seminars.
FAA Safety Clinics/Wings Programs
Throughout the year, GSLFIA sponsors several FAASTeam Safety Seminars on multiple aviation topics at locations around the Greater St. Louis Area. In partnering with the FAASTeam, we help promote involvement in the FAA Wings Program and encourage pilots and instructors to engage in continuing education and safety training. We believe this increases overall safety through increased awareness and proficiency.
Flight Instructor Revalidation Clinic (FIRC)
Each year GSLFIA presents a “St. Louis Style” FIRC for those instructors needing to renew their Flight Instructor Certificate. This is a unique, “one-of-a-kind” clinic has been recently updated with a new syllabus mandated by the FAA to incorporate the latest information and a more interactive curriculum. GLSFIA secures several local and national presenters for the FIRC, several modules of which are presented in conjunction with the Midwest Aviation Conference and Trade Show.
Midwest Aviation Conference & Trade Show (MACTS)
Every year the GSLFIA, along with the FAA and the FAASTeam presents the Midwest Aviation Conference and Trade Show (MACTS) Featuring a Super Safety Seminar highlighting several celebrity presenters discussing relevant safety issues and new developments in aviation. The Aviation Services Trade Show takes place during the presentations so pilots can interface with local aviation organizations, flight schools and companies.
Aviation Awards Banquet
The GSLFIA and the FAA host the annual Aviation Awards Banquet during which St. Louis’ finest aviators, instructors and volunteers are honored by the community for their dedication to aviation, education and professionalism. GSLFIA and FAA awards will be presented and a special Keynote Speaker will entertain the attendees. The evening also features a Silent Auction: guests can bid on aviation art and memorabilia, services, gift baskets and more.