More Right Rudder

More Right Rudder is a collection of content hosted by NAFI in Podcast form for on the go flight instructors. Each episode consists of previously released presentations and videos including MentorLive, 10 Question Challenge, NOTAMs Blog, and Briefing Room. Unique content coming soon! Join NAFI:

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The Organized CFI w/Marci Katz

Tuesday Sep 07, 2021

Join NAFI:   Listen to professional Aviation Organizer Marci Katz as she discusses how organizing different aspects of yourself and your training can help your students progress more efficiently and more successfully.

YOUR Name Has VALUE! w/Mike Jesch

Tuesday Aug 24, 2021

Join NAFI: With 40 years of flying experience, including more than 30 in airline flying, Captain Mike brings a wealth of experience to the table. Mike Jesch has been a ground and flight instructor since 1985, and has flown many thousands of hours “In The System.” his (mostly) day job has been with a major airline since 1987, where he has flown as Captain on the Boeing 737 since 2002. But his “real” flying takes place in an IFR-equipped Cessna 182 based at Fullerton, CA, or whatever his clients show up in to fly that day. He is a two-time Master CFI, and a FAASTeam Lead Representative in the Long Beach (CA) FSDO. As a speaker on the national stage, he has presented on a wide range of subjects across the country for numerous groups, including AOPA, many EAA Chapters, The 99s, and many more.

Telling a Student No w/Gary "GPS" Reeves

Tuesday Aug 10, 2021

Join NAFI: There are many challenges to teaching someone to fly and that includes times when you must say no your student. There are a myriad of reasons why - it can concern your readiness or your student's readiness - but it always concerns safety. If you haven’t had this experience yet, you will. Presented by Gary D Reeves, ATP, from, will be an open discussion of real life situations, student and CFI reactions, lessons learned and ideas on how ways to approach the delicate situation of actually telling a student no for their own good. Gary D. Reeves, is an ATP, MCFI, CFII, MEI with over 7,500 hours. In the last two years, he’s taught in over 30 states and is one of the most popular national public speakers on aviation safety. Gary’s driving goal is to reduce general aviation accidents through free FAA Safety Classes, video training, and articles. He is Chief Safety Officer and owner of and Chief Flight Instructor and owner of Master Flight Training. To learn more about Gary please visit

What's Your Type?

Tuesday Jul 27, 2021

Join our panel of experienced NAFI flight instructors Brandon Brown, Nick Schmall, and Evan Youngblood as they discuss how being a CFI helped them prepare and earn their first type rating. Hosted by John Niehaus NAFI Program Director, the panel offers the keys to a successful training experience like only flight instructors can, while offering up words of encouragement for those looking to follow the same path. Join NAFI:

Because We Were NOT Inverted

Tuesday Jul 13, 2021

Join NAFI:  Join our panel of experienced flight instructors to answer a member submitted question on tips to properly teach "flying straight and level" NAFI Briefing Room: An in-depth interview format with one or more guests covering subject matter that crosses a wide spectrum of topics. Curated by NAFI Staff and Board member, the NAFI Briefing Room video series is both entertaining and educational in today's environment. Briefing room consists of anything from product demonstrations, instructional techniques, instructor profiles, round-table discussions, and unique, specialized programing of interest to NAFI members and all CFIs.

Straight Talk about Safety w/John and Martha King

Tuesday Jun 29, 2021

Join NAFI: As flight instructors you have the opportunity to exercise leadership in changing the way the aviation community thinks about, and talks about, aviation safety. The result will be insights that can be life-saving. While discussions about safety are particularly important to general aviation, our current discussions on the subject aren’t particularly helpful or insightful and can actually be counter-productive. Aviation leaders often give platitudinous assurances that can’t be true and tend to substitute for thoughtful and helpful discussions. Additionally, the aviation community has developed a vocabulary about safety, that can be smug and preachy as well as demeaning and off-putting. We will talk about positive, constructive tools that you can use as a flight instructor that are much more beneficial and productive. Finally, we will encourage you as flight instructors to exercise leadership to change the vocabulary of the entire aviation community. Pilots throughout the world know John and Martha King from their fun video presentations in their courses, and regard them as their personal aviation mentors. The Kings’ use of technology and clear, simple, and fun teaching have made aviation knowledge more accessible to hundreds of thousands of pilots and maintenance technicians. After an aircraft accident and discovering their own sense of vulnerability, John and Martha say they have become “born again pilots”. The Kings use humor and stories from real-world cross-country experience to vividly illustrate principles of risk management and pass along practical and insightful tools you will use and teach forever.

Aerobatic Aerobics w/Catherine Cavagnaro

Tuesday Jun 15, 2021

Join NAFI: Catherine Cavagnaro of Sewanee, Tennessee has been named the 2020 National Certificated Flight Instructor of the Year. Dr. Cavagnaro is a mathematician by training, earning her B.S. in mathematics at Santa Clara University in 1987, and her Ph.D. in mathematics at the University of Illinois in 1995. She serves as Professor of Mathematics and formerly as Chair of the Mathematics Department at Sewanee:  The University of the South. In that capacity, she has developed and implemented courses in such areas as aerodynamics, differential equations and mathematical modeling. Aviation provides a treasure trove of real-world examples for her mathematics courses. Catherine owns and operates the Ace Aerobatic School in Sewanee, Tennessee, where she has become widely known as an expert on spin recovery and avoidance as well as recoveries from unusual attitudes. She films her own videos that help pilots understand the complex aerodynamics of spins and unusual attitudes and her presentations have drawn rave reviews.  Catherine has filmed a 60-turn spin in her Cessna Aerobat to show that the recovery is the same after three turns. During 2004-2008, Professor Cavagnaro served as a test pilot, spin demonstration pilot, researcher, and visiting professor of aviation systems at the University of Tennessee Space Institute. While there, she served on the icing team that modeled the longitudinal stability characteristics of NASA’s Twin Otter in various icing configurations, and configured the variable-stability Navion to duplicate these characteristics.  In 2018, Catherine was inducted into the Tennessee Aviation Hall of Fame. She is an Airline Transport Pilot (ASEL), a Commercial Pilot (ASES, AMEL, glider) and a Flight Instructor (ASE, AME, instrument). She serves as a lead representative for the FAA Safety Team with the Nashville FSDO, and was honored as 2018 FAASTeam Representative of the Year. She also serves the Nashville FSDO as a Designated Pilot Examiner. Catherine is a monthly contributor to AOPA Pilot Magazine for which she writes on safety, proficiency and technical aspects of aviation.  She is a highly sought speaker and has a knack for making complex aviation concepts accessible and entertaining to non-technical audiences. One attendee at Catherine’s presentation at the 2017 AOPA Regional Fly-In in Groton, Connecticut, told AOPA that “Catherine Cavagnaro’s seminar was the best one I’ve ever seen on any topic.” When she isn’t teaching aviation or mathematics, Catherine loves exploring our country with her sons, Jack and Pete, in their acrobatic Beechcraft Bonanza. Learn more about Ace Aerobatics School: Read some of Catherine's AOPA Articles:

The Possible Turn w/Brian Schiff

Tuesday Jun 01, 2021

Join NAFI: This audio comes from the results of Brian's father Barry Schiff's decades-long research into the subject of turning back towards the runway after experiencing an engine failure shortly after takeoff in a single-engine airplane. Brian discusses techniques for determining when it is safe to do so, and how to practice the maneuver and become proficient at it. Until recently, conventional training and wisdom dictated that pilots should always land straight ahead when confronted by an engine failure that occurs shortly after takeoff in a Single Engine Airplane. This controversial topic has been hotly debated since the early days of aviation to the point where turning around to land on the departure runway has been called “the impossible turn.” It can be argued convincingly, however, that there are instances when it would be safer to return to the airport than to land straight ahead following such an engine failure. The FAA now states matter-of-factly in Advisory Circular 61-83J that “flight instructors should demonstrate and teach trainees when and how to make a safe 180-degree turnback to the field after an engine failure.” Check out Brian's website and blog here:

A Talk With New Flight Instructors

Tuesday May 18, 2021

Join NAFI: Join our panel of new flight instructors Joe Rucinski, Peter Amato, and Jakob Harris. Hosted by Program Director John Niehaus, the panel discusses what inspired them to become flight instructors, and what it is like to be a new instructor in the flight training industry. 

8 Magic Tricks That Can Kill Flight School Business w/Ned Parks

Tuesday May 04, 2021

Join NAFI: Running a flight school can be as complex as offering multiple ratings with multiple aircraft and multiple instructors or as simple as a single CFI with one airplane teaching one rating. No matter the size or ratings offered everything you do, say, and show sends a message to the student. The question is what message? Are you sending the message of a well-organized, thoughtful, friendly, and safety program or a message of a disorganized, chaotic school that treats safety as a required compliance instead of an agreed desire? Ned Parks, ATP, CFI-H/A, AGI attended the University of Akron and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. He served as a helicopter pilot in the US Army and while there, was on an international training team teaching leadership and flight topics to military students worldwide. After time as a division manager in a manufacturing firm, Ned spent many years in GA business, owning and operating FBOs, charter operations, flight schools, and corporate flight departments. He has 4,300+ hours, 1,800+ dual given. Ned now owns Aegis 360™ Consulting, a global business consulting and staff development service that helps organizations improve leadership competencies, discover and align business strategies, and improve culture though employee engagement. He's given over 2,000 presentations to 30,000+ people worldwide and counting. In 2018 Ned released his book:

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