The CFI Sponsorship Program is Returning!
Many PRA members haven't been with the organization long enough to remember that it once offered a program to help CFIs with the costs of making training available.
With attrition among active gyro instructors becoming a concern, a return of such a program is being prioritized.
PRA President Scott Lewis has developed a draft document for the "PRA CFI Support Program."
The goal is to recruit sponsor manufacturers willing to subsidize the sport through discounted training aircraft and ongoing support, team them with other sponsors providing cash or in-kind support to equip and operate the machine, and make the trainer available to a CFI needing a two-place machine with up to $10,000 in loan assistance.
Applications from PRA member CFIs would be accepted via PRA Chapters in good standing. Competing applications would be evaluated for their relevance to the needs of the sport.
The instructor would agree to a lien on the machine to protect the interest of PRA, and commit to a minimum schedule of event appearances, introductory flights and training quotas.
As those requirements are met, the loan would be forgiven.
Six manufacturers have been identified as good candidates to provide machines for the program.
Details have yet to be finalized, so if you have comments or ideas, get in touch with a PRA director.
Correspondence on PRA programs and proposed initiatives are also welcome for discussion in upcoming issues of Rotorcraft magazine.
If you are a CFI and would like to get more information about the CFI program please email : PRAGlobalSupportTeam@pra.com
CFI Chris Burgess is a graduate of the original PRA CFI Program.