Saturday 22nd October 2016


"A professional association for the promotion of aviation safety, and instructional standards and welfare."

Most of you have probably already heard that Brian Arnott was killed in a plane accident in Hitchcock last Tuesday. Brian was a good friend to GHAFI having been Vice President, President and a Director for over 15 years. He was also a good friend to many of us individually. He will be missed.

Below is the information on Brian’s service. Unfortunately the family has arranged the service on the same date as our scheduled October FIRC. Out of respect for Brian and so that members who wish to attend will be able to do so, we are rescheduling the October 15 FIRC. The new date for the FIRC will be November 12.

The FAA should send out a rescheduling notice in the next couple of days.

It is our hope that many of the GHAFI members will be able to attend Brian’s service to show their respects. If you have a blue GHAFI shirt, the board has requested that we wear our shirts as a show of respect from GHAFI.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to Brian’s family.

Brian Arnott

Saturday, October 15th, 2016
Church of Latter-Day Saints
4202 Yellowstone
Pasadena, TX 77504

Services at 10:00 AM. Lunch provided following the service

Welcome from Greg White, President

This is the official Website of the Greater Houston Association of Flight Instructors. On this site we will post news and commentary on the Association and its activities, the Flight Instructor Renewal Clinic (FIRC) programs and venues, and downloadable copies of some of the FIRC presentations for educational use. This site is updated monthly. Suggestions and site links to other similar sites are welcome. Questions and comments may be directed to me via e-mail.

History & Purpose

The Greater Houston Association of Flight Instructors grew out of the efforts of a small group of Designated Examiners, who in 1981 initiated a series of Safety Seminars aimed at flight instructor professional development. As a result of this initiative the Association was formally organized in 1982 for the purposes of professional, educational, and aviation safety purposes, including:

  • Promotion of aviation and aviation safety
  • Instructor education and standardization
  • Instructor status and welfare
  • Communication with other aviation interests

Functions & Benefits

Today, the most visible effort of the Association is the Flight Instructor Renewal Clinics (FIRCs). Operated under a formal agreement with the FAA, the clinics were started about fifteen years ago and are conducted once every quarter. They are held at north, south, east, and west locations around Houston, Texas and are open to pilots and flight instructors.

Member flight instructors attending 24 hours of clinics are eligible for certificate renewal based on attendance. The clinics also provide an educational opportunity for pilots of any certificate level, and a forum for the discussion of local pilot operations and issues.