Thursday 29th June 2017


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

Welcome from Greg White, President


The GHAFI Annual Meeting is Saturday, June 17, at 4:00 pm. The date and time stay the same, however, the location has changed. Due to unforeseen circumstances Mike Barksdale’s hangar is not available. Broken pipe, the hangar is flooded. These things happen.

The new location is as follows:

Houston Executive Airport (TME)
1900 Cardiff Rd.

Get buzzed in through the gate - tell them you are going to the hangar for 4186N. It is the third row of hangars from the south, the first hangar closest to the runway. We should be easy to spot.

We will still be grilling hamburgers and hot dogs. Everyone bring a side dish. Also bring a folding chair if you have one. We will have a few.

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.