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 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 crème de la crème of the aviation industry!
Aviation educators who earned the "Master" title during October are:
David Dudley BRADLEY, Master CFI
David Bradley recently renewed his Master Instructor designation. David is the owner and president of Tig Air Aviation at Boonville's Jesse Viertel Memorial Airport (VER). He also serves as a pilot examiner for the Kansas City FSDO and recently retired from almost four decades as a military aviator.
Raymond Wilbur "Ray" BROWN, Master CFI
Avon Lake OH
Raymond Brown recently renewed his Master CFI designation. Ray is the chief flight instructor and owner of Top Gun Flight Training Academy at Burke Lakefront Airport (BKL). He was named NAFI's 2001 Flight Specialist of the Year for his work at Sun 'n Fun's Flight Instructor Headquarters.
Wayne Ralph FISCHER, Master CFI
Wayne Fischer recently renewed his Master CFI designation. Wayne is an independent flight instructor as well as president of the Mooney Aircraft Pilots Association Safety Foundation. He also serves as an Aviation Safety Counselor for the Scottsdale FSDO.
David Peter "Dave" LOHMANN, Master CFI
Mililani HI / Edwards CO
David Lohmann recently renewed his Master CFI designation. Dave recently retired from Hawaii Pacific University and now divides his time between Colorado and Hawaii. Specializing in CFI training, he also serves in the Civil Air Patrol and is an Aviation Safety Counselor for the Honolulu FSDO.
David Hutton "Dave" SCHRADER, Master CFI
Battle Creek MI
David Schrader recently renewed his Master CFI designation. Dave is assistant chief flight instructor for Western Michigan University's College of Aviation at Kellogg Airport (BTL) in Battle Creek. He specializes in upset training and stage checks.
Manpreet "Prince" SINGH, Master CFI
San Jose CA
Manpreet "Prince" Singh recently renewed his Master CFI designation. Prince is the president and director of flight training with American School of Aviation, a Part 141 flight school at Santa Clara County's Reid-Hillview Airport (RHV).
Dale Robert WILSON, Master CFI
Dale Wilson recently renewed his Master CFI designation. Dale is an associate professor in Central Washington University's flight technology program and instructs at Bowers Field Airport (ELN). He also serves as an Aviation Safety Counselor for the FAA's Spokane FSDO.
John Daniel COCO, Master CFI
John Coco recently earned his Master Instructor designation. John works as a flight instructor with the aviation department at Louisiana's Northwestern State University. He also teaches aviation related courses for the university.
Karen Mayde KAHN, Master CFI
Santa Barbara CA
Karen Kahn recently earned her Master Instructor designation. Karen is an aviation career counselor, a CFI and a Continental Airlines MD-80 captain. She is the author of “Flight Guide for Success" and serves as a safety counselor for the Van Nuys FSDO well as a commissioner for the Santa Barbara Airport.
David Allen KOEHN, Master CFI
David Koehn recently earned his Master Instructor designation. David is an independent flight and ground instructor at Tulsa's Jones Riverside Airport (RVS). He is also a co-owner of Fast Forward Aviation that specializes in accelerated ground training.
Zdravko PODOLSKI, Master CFI
San Jose CA
Zdravko Podolski recently earned his Master Instructor designation. Zdravko is an independent flight instructor specializing in Bonanzas and C-210s. He also teaches at Amelia Reid Aviation and Nice Air at Santa Clara County's Reid-Hillview Airport (RHV).