"The Best Of The Best"
Association of Flight Instructors (NAFI) takes pride in announcing
a significant aviation accomplishment on the part of these very
special aviation educators. Recently, they were all accredited as
Master Instructors by NAFI, their professional aviation education
To help put this achievement in its proper perspective, there
are approximately 92,000 CFIs in the United States. Fewer than 600
of them have earned Master accreditation thus far. As a measure of
the prestige conferred by this title, the last 13 FAA National
Flight Instructors of the Year were Master CFIs. In addition, the
FAA has approved the accreditation as an alternate means for CFIs
to renew their flight instructor certificates.
The Master Instructor designation is a national accreditation
recognized by the FAA that is earned by a candidate through a
rigorous process of continuing professional activity and peer
review. Much like a flight instructor's certificate, it must be
renewed biennially. This process parallels continuing education
regimens used by other professionals to enhance their knowledge
base while increasing their professionalism.
Aviation educators who earned the "Master" title during December
Joel David WEANER, Master CFI
Joel D Weaner recently renewed his Master CFI accreditation. Joel
is an independent flight instructor and owner of Beach Banners (www.BeachBanners.com) at
Jacksonville's Craig Airport (CRG). He also provides airborne
traffic reports for local radio and TV stations and serves as a
FAASTeam representative in the FAA's Orlando FSDO area.
Brian Lee ROBBINS, Master CFI & Master
Brian L Robbins recently renewed his Master CFI and earned a Master
Ground Instructor accreditation. Brian is an independent flight and
ground instructor at several central and southern New Jersey
airports. He also holds the FAA's Master level wings and is a
FAASTeam representative in the FAA's Philadelphia FSDO area.
James Joseph "Jim" PITMAN, Master CFI
James J Pitman recently renewed his Master CFI accreditation. Jim
is the western region manager for Cessna Pilot Centers. He is also
a member of the Arizona Flight Training Work Group, a script writer
for AOPA's Air Safety Foundation, and serves as a FAASTeam
representative in the FAA's Scottsdale FSDO area.
Judy Ann PHELPS, Master CFI-Aerobatic
Santa Paula CA
Judy Phelps recently renewed her Master CFI-Aerobatic
accreditation. Judy is the owner and vice president of CP Aviation
(www.CPAviation.com) at the
Santa Paula Airport (SZP) where she specializes in tailwheel,
upset, and aerobatic training. She also serves as a FAASTeam
representative in the Van Nuys FSDO area.
Kevin Paul OLSON, Master CFI
Maple Grove MN
Kevin P Olson recently renewed his Master CFI accreditation. Kevin
is a pilot and project manager with Malibu Aerospace (www.MalibuAerospace.com) as
well as an independent Minneapolis-area flight and ground
instructor. He also serves as a FAASTeam representative in the
FAA's Minneapolis FSDO area.
Terry Wayne BRANDT, Master CFI
Terry Brandt recently renewed his Master CFI accreditation for the
5th time. Terry is flight instructor at Buckeye Municipal Airport
(BXK) specializing in gliders, gyroplanes, and light sport
aircraft. He also serves as a glider and gyroplane pilot examiner
as well as a FAASTeam representative in the FAA's Scottsdale FSDO
Pamela Elaine STAFFORD, Master CFI & Master GI
Pamela Stafford recently earned her Master CFI and Master GI
accreditations. Pamela is the founder and owner of Stafford
Executive Pilot Training where she provides flight and ground
instruction at several Olathe-area airports. She also offers
primary and advanced ground training through Johnson County
Theodore Alexander "Ted" MATTHEWS, Master
Theodore A Matthews recently earned his Master CFI accreditation.
Ted is an Aspen Flying Club (www.AspenFlyingClub.com)
flight and ground instructor at Denver's Centennial Airport (APA).
Specializing in primary, advanced, and simulator training, he also
serves as a FAASTeam representative in the FAA's Denver FSDO
Jelica MATIC, Master CFI
Jelica Matic recently earned her Master CFI accreditation. Jelica
is a flight and ground instructor with Flight School Hawaii (www.FlightSchoolHawaii.com),
a Cessna Pilot Center at Honolulu International Airport (HNL). She
is also active in The 99s and serves as a FAASTeam representative
in the FAA's Honolulu FSDO area.
Nicholas Edward "Nick" JAMES, Master CFI
Nicholas E James recently earned his Master CFI
accreditation. Nick is a flight and ground instructor with Dodgen
Aircraft (www.DodgenAircraft.com) at
Allegan's Padgham Field Airport (35D). He specializes in
multiengine and initial CFI training as well as high performance
and complex aircraft checkouts.
Jameson Richard "James" HILLIARD, Master
Jameson R Hilliard recently earned his Master CFI accreditation.
James is the head flight instructor and manager of Performance
Flight Training (www.FlyPerformance.com) at
Lincoln Airport (LNK). He specializes in primary and instrument
flight training as well as advanced avionics training.