2017 Flight Instructor Revalidation Clinic & Membership Renewal

The FIRC Is FREE If You Qualify!!

We are happy to offer Flight Instructors the opportunity to attend and revalidate free at the 2017 Flight Instructors Revalidation Clinic, Jan. 21-22, 2017.

A CFI qualifies for the free rate if he or she did not attend the GSLFIA FIRC in 2015 or 2016. This is a great opportunity for CFI’s who have never attended a GSLFIA FIRC or for those now “out of sync” with the January FIRC due to obtaining an additional rating, etc. These Instructors can experience the excellent GSLFIA FIRC and get into the January revalidation cycle FREE!

For those who don’t qualify for the free FIRC, remember that fees collected from the GSLFIA FIRC represent a direct investment in the community by providing revenue for the Edward Blue CFI Scholarships, providing much needed funding for CFI’s to add ratings and advance their careers. GSLFIA also holds educational seminars for instructors and pilots.

To register for the FIRC or renew your membership you may refer to the FIRC Registration/Membership Renewal letter mailed with this newsletter. Please return the FIRC Reservation/Membership Renewal form with a check enclosed, if appropriate to: GSLFIA FIRC 16105 Swingley Ridge Rd. #4488, Chesterfield, MO 63006-4488.

Local Hotels Office Reduced Rates for FIRC Attendees

If you are attending the January GSLFIA FIRC and in need of a hotel room, we have arranged for some reduced rates at two hotels in the immediate vicinity of the airport.

Hampton Inn and Suites is offering a reduced rate of $125.00 for Saturday and Sunday evening January 20th and 21st. Their regular rate for these nights is $159.00. The Hampton is located at 5 McBride &Sons Center Drive and can be contacted at 636-530-0770. They are also offering a free hot breakfast.

Comfort Inn and Suites is offering a reduced rate of $99.00 for Friday and Saturday evening as well. Their regular rate is $119.00. The Comfort Inn is located at 18375 Chesterfield Airport Road and can be contacted at 636-530-1200.

Please identify yourself as a member of the GSLFIA and request the “Government Rate” to receive the discount. Transportation can be provided to and from the hotels for the FIRC.


Election Results

The 2017 election of the GSLFIA Board Members is complete. The results for officers and directors are listed below. We thank the members that participated in the voting process. We welcome the new 2017 board members and we thank the exiting board members for volunteering their time and energy to the association. Thank you all!!



Keith Mueller

Vice President

Dick Horowitz


Nick Loftus


Scott Thompson


Tim Braun

John Ladley

Craig O’Mara

Dan Reed

Greg Pochapsky

David Pogorzelski

Currently there are openings for three additional members on the board of directors. If you are interested in serving on the GSLFIA board please contact us. Your service to the GSLFIA and the Flight Instructor community is greatly valued and appreciated.

Article 3 By-Laws Modification

Votes are in with 25 ballots received, the results are 23 Yes (to amend Article 3 of the GSLFIA by laws) and 2 were No (leave as currently published). Here is a summary if the changes that will incorporated into the GSLFIA by-laws. GSLFIA membership will now consists of (4) types: Members, Associate Members, Honorary Members and Life Members. All memberships are subject to GSLFIA board of director’s approval. Members will be expanded to now include current active duty, guard or reserve military instructors/evaluators fixed and/or rotary wing and also an Air Carrier instructor working in a company flight operations department and or instructors training in the simulator (i.e.., Flight Safety, Simuflite etc.) Life Membership will be an official type of membership and incorporated in the by-laws. A life membership can be awarded by the GSLFIA Board of Directors or a person who qualifies for membership can apply for and become a Life Member with the corresponding Live Membership dues.

Thank you all who voted and returned your ballot, your response is greatly appreciated!! Believe including current military instructors and Air Carrier pilots will expand the current GSLFIA wealth of flight instructor knowledge and grow the exceptional experience base that exists within the GSLFIA. Have a wonderful Christmas and Holiday season – Happy New Year!!!!!