944th Fighter Wing 2021 IP of the Year

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Reserve Citizen Airman Maj Jozsef Jonas, 47th Fighter Squadron, was awarded the 944th FW Instructor Pilot of the Year for 2021. Jonas instructed 57 student flights over 86 total missions and 164 hours of instruction while implementing a $46M flying hour program that certified 31 pilots backed by SECDEF vision. Jonas facilitated a syllabus rewrite working with three organizations and 40 instructor pilots. The syllabus curriculum aligned with Commemorative Air Force requirements and increased A-10 lethality/survivability. Jonas guided 12 student pilots for their initial qualifying course and maximized pilot proficiency capabilities. He was selected as best instructor out of 37 instructor pilots for the 47th Fighter Squadron. Jonas embodied the whole airman concept by volunteering 96 hours with a local Civil Air Patrol Chapter where he instructed/mentored 30 future Air Force aviators’ basic flight principles. He also completed over 250 flight hours and earned a civilian certified flying instructor licensed which helped bridge military and civilian training gap.