Tue, Jan 11, 2005
They Have Their "Black Belts" In Aviation
The National 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 organization.
To help put this achievement in its proper perspective,
there are approximately 85,000 CFIs in the United States. Fewer
than 500 of them have earned the Master designation thus far. As a
measure of the prestige conferred by this title, the last nine FAA
National Flight Instructors of the Year were Master CFIs. In
addition, the FAA has 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 cr�me de la cr�me of the aviation
Aviation educators who earned the "Master" title during December
- Joel David WEANER, Master CFI
Joel Weaner recently renewed his Master CFI designation. Joel is an
independent flight instructor and owner of Beach Banners, a banner
towing business at Craig Airport (CRG). He also provides airborne
traffic reports in the Jacksonville area and is an Aviation Safety
Counselor for the Orlando FSDO.
- Richard John "Dick" RIHN, Master CFI-Aerobatic
Walnut Creek CA
Richard Rihn recently renewed his Master CFI-Aerobatic designation.
Dick is an aerobatic flight instructor with Attitude Aviation (www.AttitudeAviation.com)
at Livermore Airport (LVK). He is active in EAA's Young Eagles
program and serves as president emeritus of the International
Aerobatic Club (IAC).
- Charles Ray "Chuck" MC GILL, Master CFI
San Diego CA
Charles McGill recently renewed his Master CFI designation. Chuck
owns Safe Flight International (www.SafeFlightIntl.com)
at Montgomery Field (MYF) and specializes in high performance
training. He also serves on the Miramar Technical Advisory
Committee and is a safety counselor for the San Diego FSDO.
- Gregory "Greg" KESHISHIAN, Master CFI
New York NY
Gregory Keshishian recently renewed his Master CFI designation.
Greg is a New York metropolitan area independent flight instructor
specializing in high-performance singles and light twins. He also
instructs with the Bonanza Society's Pilot Proficiency Program and
the US Coast Guard Auxiliary.
- Christopher Timothy "Chris" ANDERSON, Master CFI
Christopher Anderson recently renewed his Master CFI designation.
Chris flies with Midwest Express and is chief CFI for Wisconsin
Aviation Academy as well as president of Progressive Air, both
located at Rock County Airport (JVL). He also serves as a safety
counselor and pilot examiner for the Milwaukee FSDO.
- James Joseph "Jim" PITMAN, Master CFI
James Pitman recently earned his Master CFI designation. Jim is a
member of the National Instructor Safety Council (NISC) and is the
chief CFI at Westwind School of Aeronautics, a Cessna Pilot Center
located at Deer Valley Airport (DVT). He also serves as a safety
counselor for the Scottsdale FSDO.
- Robert James "Bob" MILLER, Master CFI
East Amherst NY
Robert Miller recently earned his Master CFI designation. Bob is
the chief flight instructor for Christian Airmen located at Akron
Airport (9G3). He also works with AOPA's Airport Support Network
(ASN) and is the creator of "Over the Airwaves," an electronic
biweekly aviation newsletter.
- James Robert "Jim" MC IRVIN, Master CFI
San Antonio TX
James McIrvin recently earned his Master CFI designation. Jim is an
Air Force T-38 instructor pilot and examiner at Laughlin Air Force
Base. He also serves as an EAA Flight Advisor and is an independent
CFI specializing in Cessna 195s and other tailwheel training at New
Braunfels Airport (BAZ) and Kestrel Airpark (1T7).
- Gary William KITELEY, Master CFI
Gary Kiteley recently earned his Master CFI designation. Gary was
the University Aviation Association's executive director for 23
years and is now director of the Council on Aviation Accreditation
(CAA). He also serves a consultant with K & K Aviation in
Auburn and is pilot examiner for the Birmingham FSDO.
- G. Alexander "Sandy" Hill, MCFI
Vice President, Dir of Education
Nat'l Association of Flight Instructors
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