W.A. "DUB" Blessing Flight Instructor of The Year Award

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Nick Mayhew’s commitment to improving the safety and image of the professional flight instructor is demonstrated day in and day out. In addition to his own work as a flight instructor, he strives to instill the highest level of professionalism when mentoring other flight instructors. His dedication to detail and “doing the right thing” is a testament to his character and work ethic.

As chair of the U.S. Helicopter Safety Team (USHST) Training Working Group, Mayhew has been instrumental in leading major projects to completion. He is a strong advocate for improving pilot performance related to autorotations and emergency procedures training. Mayhew and his team have been tenacious in advising on several FAA and industry best practices for protecting pilots and instructors while performing these maneuvers.

Mayhew also helped to breathe life into the Helicopter Certificated Flight Instructor Special Emphasis Program, which is aimed at addressing safety concerns in the industry. He has collaborated with the FAA’s Orlando Flight Standards District Office, Bristow Academy, and other Floridabased flight schools in these efforts and continues to work tirelessly to promote the program nationally.

Mayhew strives to instill the highest level of professionalism when mentoring other flight instructors.

Mayhew also led efforts to set up the “Reel Safety” library of five-minute video clips on the International Helicopter Safety Team and USHST websites. The videos help pilots better understand subjects such as autorotations, risk management, preflight planning, inadvertent entry into instrument meteorological conditions, and emergency procedures training. He has sponsored the development of more than a dozen action-packed educational videos, with more to come in the future.

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