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 seven 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
Aviation educators who earned the "Master" title
during August are:
Donna Forsyth WILT, Master CFI; Williamsburg
Donna Wilt recently renewed her Master Instructor
designation. Donna is a flight instructor with Jamestown
Flight Center at the Williamsburg-Jamestown Airport (JGG).
She is active in the Ninety-Nines and works with AOPA's Airport
Traci Michelle WHITE, Master CFI ;
Traci White recently renewed her Master Instructor
designation. Traci is serving as an instructor pilot at
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU) in Daytona Beach.
She is an ERAU graduate and is presently working toward a masters
degree in aeronautical science.
Raymond Lee "Ray" MEADE, Master CFI;
Raymond Meade recently renewed his Master Instructor
designation. Ray works as an independent flight instructor at
the Dinwiddie County (PTB) and Chesterfield County Airports
(FCI). He also works with AOPA's Airport Support Network and
serves as a pilot examiner for the Richmond FSDO.
Bernard Francis "Barney" KING, Master
CFI; Salina KS
Bernard King recently renewed his Master Instructor
designation. Barney works in the Department of Aviation at
Kansas State University specializing in CFI ground training and
Part 141 progress checks. He also serves in the Civil Air
Patrol and is a retired Army aviator.
Hal Raymond ELLIS, Master CFI;
Hal Ellis recently renewed his Master Instructor designation.
Hal specializes primary and advanced instruction at the Quantico
Flying Club, a Part 141 school at Marine Corps Base Quantico
(NYG). He also serves as an Air Force officer with the
Defense Information Systems Agency in Falls Church.
Michael Walter "Mike" BROWN, Master CFI;
Michael Brown recently renewed his Master CFI designation.
Mike is a former AOPA employee and is now an aviation safety
analyst with the FAA's AFS-840 in Washington. FAA
Administrator Marion Blakey presented him with his Master CFI
renewal credentials during the AirVenture 2003 "Meet the Masters"
Richard Scott "Rich" KAPLAN, Master
CFI; Uniontown PA
Richard Kaplan recently earned his Master Instructor
designation. Rich is the owner of Flight Level Aviation at
Greene County Airport (WAY) in Waynesburg and specializes in
instrument and simulator training. He also serves as an
Aviation Safety Counselor and medical examiner for the Allegheny
Emmett James HOOLIHAN, Master CFI; La
Emmett Hoolihan recently earned his Master Instructor
designation. Emmett is a staff flight instructor with the
Runway 3-7 Flight School at La Verne's Brackett Field Airport
(POC). He also serves as an Aviation Safety Counselor for the
Los Angeles FSDO.
Amanda Jean GRUDEN, Master CFI; Milan
Amanda Gruden recently earned her Master Instructor
designation. Amanda is a lead flight instructor and Part 141
check pilot for Western Michigan University's College of Aviation
at Kellogg Airport in Battle Creek (BTL). She also serves as
an Aviation Safety Counselor for the Grand Rapids FSDO.
Mark James BOYD, Master CFI; Santa Cruz
Mark Boyd recently earned his Master Instructor designation.
Mark is a flight instructor with the Santa Cruz Flying Club at
Watsonville Municipal Airport (WVI) specializing in instrument and
commercial training. He is also an active Young Eagles pilot
and mentors new CFIs.