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 81,000 CFIs in the United States. Fewer than three hundred of them have earned the Master designation thus far. As a measure of the prestige conferred by this title, the last six FAA National Flight Instructors of the Year were Master CFIs.
The Master Instructor designation is earned by a candidate through a rigorous process of continuing education and, much like a flight instructor's certificate, it must be renewed biennially. This process parallels the continuing education regimen 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 crème de la crème of the aviation industry!
The outstanding aviation educators named during January are:
Terry Lee CLAUSSEN, Master CFI, Phoenix AZ
Terry Claussen recently renewed his Master Instructor designation. Terry is a training center evaluator and instructor for Jet Tech International in Phoenix. He is also a CFI-G specializing in primary and advanced glider instruction at Estrella Sailport (E68) in Maricoipa, AZ.
Thomas Monroe "Tom" EVANS, Master CFI, Tampa FL
Tom Evans recently earned his Master Instructor designation. Tom is active in the FAA's Wings Program and instructs for Tampa Flying Service at Peter O'Knight Airport (TPF). He also serves as an Aviation Safety Counselor for both the Tampa and Orlando FSDOs.
Robert Kloman "Bob" GAWLER, Master CFI, Bethesda MD
Bob Gawler recently renewed his Master Instructor designation. He operates Trebor Aviation and works as a designated pilot examiner at Montgomery County Airpark (GAI) in Gaithersburg. He also serves as an Aviation Safety Counselor for the Baltimore FSDO.
David Randall "Dave" HENSLEY, Master CFI, Tucson AZ
David Hensley recently earned his Master Instructor designation. Dave is a retired Air Force officer and works as an instructor with Cochise College Aviation at their satellite location in Tucson. He also serves as an examiner, instructor and mission pilot with Arizona's CAP.
Thomas "Tom" KRAFT, Master CFI, Alexandria VA
Thomas Kraft recently renewed his Master Instructor designation. Tom served as chief flight instructor for the Part 141 flight program at Delaware State University. He is now a Beech 1900 first officer with Colgan Air (US Airways Express) in Manassas, VA.
Timm PREUSSER, Master CFI, Kleinwallstadt Germany
Timm Preusser recently renewed his Master Instructor designation. He serves as chief flight instructor at the Darmstadt Flying Club and is an associate editor of "USA by Air." Timm is one of about 50 active FAA CFIs in Germany and was the first European Master CFI in 1999.
Linda Maria SCULLY, Master CFI, Kinnelon NJ
Linda Scully recently renewed her Master Instructor designation. Linda is owner of Lincoln Park Aviation flight school and president of Aero Safety Training at Lincoln Park Airport (N07). She serves as an Aviation Safety Counselor for the Teterboro FSDO and is active in The 99s.
Larry Michael THOMAS, Master CFI, Bunnell FL
Larry Thomas recently renewed his Master Instructor designation. Larry is a flight training manager at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach. He also serves as a pilot examiner and safety counselor for the Orlando FSDO and was the recipient of the 2000 Jack J Eggspuehler Friend of NAFI Award.