The NAFI Master Flight Instructor program confers a national accreditation to aviation educators based on a system of advanced professional standards and peer review. It identifies the practitioners of aviation education who have reached the highest level of instructional activity, educational experience, and professional service to the flight-training community—the true masters of aviation instruction—and it publicly recognizes these “teachers of flight” to provide a professional standard to which all aviation educators can aspire.
NAFI grants two levels of accreditation: The NAFI Master Instructor accreditation, and the NAFI Associate Master Flight Instructor accreditation.
Both levels of the accreditation process focus primarily on the individual’s instructional and pilot evaluation activities, as well as his or her experience and continuing education—the foundations of what an instructor is able to pass along to his or her students. They emphasize active instruction and pilot evaluation, not simply taking courses or the tenure of an individual’s instructor certificate. They are not honorary awards that recognize long-time service; rather, they are recognition for the individual who continues to practice aviation education at the highest level.
Accreditation requires a rigorous process of on-going professional activity. Like a flight instructor certificate, NAFI Master Instructor accreditation's must be renewed every 24 months to assure a dedication to continuous professional development.
NAFI Master Instructor Accreditation:
NAFI Master Flight Instructor Accreditation Application Form (pdf)
NAFI Associate Master Instructor Accreditation:
NAFI Associate Master Flight Instructor Accreditation Application Form (pdf)
In addition to the NAFI Master and Associate Master Flight Instructor accreditation, NAFI has offered the NAFI Master Ground Instructor and the NAFI Master Flight Instructor Aerobatic accreditation.
NAFI Master Ground Instructor Accreditation:
NAFI is currently maintaining the existing NAFI Master Ground Instructor accreditation process that is has for the past few years. This program uses the same application form that it has and has not been changed or updated yet as as been the NAFI Master Flight Instructor accreditation. A new form has been provided that is specific to the NAFI Master Ground Instructor accreditation is offered for ease of use, but no changes to this designation have currently been made. For application as a NAFI Master Ground Instructor, please use the following form:
NAFI Master Ground Instructor Accreditation Application (pdf)
NAFI Master Flight Instructor - Aerobatic Accreditation:
Currently NAFI is not offering new Master Flight Instructor - Aerobatic accreditation's. Those individuals who were accredited maintain the accreditation, but NAFI is redeveloping the overall Master Flight Instructor-Aerobatic accreditation. More information will be provided as this program is redeveloped and improved.
NAFI Master Instructor Accreditation is eligible for FAA Wings Credit.
Visit https://www.faasafety.gov/WINGS/pub/accreditedactivities/accreditedActivityViewer.aspx?aaid= 3638 to request FAA Wings Program Credit once your NAFI Master Instructor Accreditation has been completed.