NAFI Lauds December's Masters
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 designated
Master Instructors by NAFI, their professional aviation
To help put this achievement in its proper perspective, there
are approximately 81,000 CFIs in the United States. Fewer than four
hundred of them have earned the Master designation thus far. As a
measure of the prestige conferred by this title, the last eight FAA
National Flight Instructors of the Year were Master CFIs. In
addition, the FAA recently approved the designation 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 education 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. Simply put, the Master Instructor
designation is a means by which to identify those outstanding
aviation educators, those "Teachers of Flight," who are
demonstrating an ongoing commitment to excellence, professional
growth, and service to the aviation community.
Through their dedication to excellence, Master Instructors have
earned their "black belts" in aviation education. They truly
represent the creme de la creme of the aviation industry!
Aviation educators who earned the "Master" title during December
Richard James "Dick"
BEVINGTON, Master CFI-Aerobatic
Richard Bevington recently renewed his Master CFI-A designation.
Dick works as an advanced and aerobatic instructor at Air West
Flight Center at Longmont's Vance Brand Airport (2V2). He also
serves with the International Aerobatic Club (IAC) as an aerobatic
judge and competitor.
Cleon Joseph BITER, Master CFI
Cleon Biter recently renewed his Master Instructor designation.
Cleon is a nationally known aviation weather consultant as well as
an independent flight instructor at Longmont's Vance Brand Airport
(2V2). He also serves as an Aviation Safety Counselor with the
Tomas HORNAK, Master CFI
San Jose CA
Tom Hornak recently renewed his Master Instructor designation. Tom
operates his own aviation business, Thaviation, and is the general
manager of Squadron 2 Flying Club at Reid-Hillview Airport (RHV).
He also serves as an Aviation Safety Counselor for the San Jose
POLLMILLER, Master CFI
Ralph Pollmiller recently renewed his Master Instructor
designation. Ralph is the chief flight instructor and owner of
Pollmiller Flight Training and is a retired Marine Corps warrant
officer. He specializes in instrument training throughout the
southeastern United States.
David Howard "Dave" WILEY, Master CFI
Lake Oswego OR
David Wiley recently earned his Master Instructor designation for
the third time. Dave holds all 7 currently available flight
instructor ratings as well as an A&P and is based at Wiley's
Seaplane Port (20G3). He also serves as a pilot examiner and safety
counselor for the Portland FSDO.