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Gaits has arranged with another company – Aviation Seminars to accommodate past Gaits attendees who wish to continue with the classroom style Flight Instructor Courses. Simply visit www.aviationseminars.com and in the coupon code box type in “GAITSLOYALTY” and proceed to register for the FIRC. If registering by phone (800-257-9444), mention GAITSLOYALTY. Aviation seminars conducts seminars in several midwest cities and is several dollars less expensive than others and they process the renewals.

October 8, 2016

Dear Faithful CFI,

After 48years of serving and loving the CF/ community, I am devastated and saddened to report that the FAA in Washington as of October 7th, 2016 has withdrawn the Gaits authorization to conduct CF/ Refresher Courses. This action was taken despite your outpouring of concern expressed in letters and calls to FAA James Viola (202-267-1082) and FAA Allan Kash (202-267-1096). I especially want to thank those who donated towards the cause. I used your contributions for attorney’s fees mailings etc.

Many of you find this action incomprehensible and have asked what the problem was. The FAA has criticized me for showing a picture of my family ,for promoting the Wright Brothers Master Pilot award, for having the CAP as a guest speaker, for having an AME speak to the class, for allowing attendees to be one or two minutes late from bathroom breaks, for providing more information than stated in my TCO, for showing too many videos even though the FAA admitted they did not time the videos and Gaits was well within it’ s allowable limits and the FAA took particular exception to Gaits showing the video ‘I’m Proud To be An American’. The list goes on and on. Many of you have theorized that this is Bob Hoover all over again.

Throughout the years, the love and support from the CF/ community has been unbelievable and humbling. Your evaluations have always been extremely positive and have expressed your complete satisfaction in the professional and thorough instruction you receive. You have let me know that after attending a Gaits’ FIRC you are renewed, reenergized, more knowledgeable, and wanting to instruct again. In recognition of this excellence, I have been inducted into the National Association of Flight Instructors Hall of Fame, the Wisconsin Aviation Hall of Fame, as well as receiving the Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award .Terri has also served you faithfully for the past 39 years missing only 3 FIRCs. We both will miss you all and the wonderful times we had.


Gregory G.Gorak and Terri Schaefer