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August Master Instructors(Aug 2005)
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 87,000 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 ten 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 crème de la crème of the aviation industry!

Aviation educators who earned the "Master" title during August are:


George Elliott LUCK, Master CFI
Everett WA
E-mail: George.Luck@verizon.net

George Luck recently earned his Master CFI designation for the 4th time.  George is an aviation consultant and independent flight instructor at Snohomish County-Paine Field (PAE) in Everett.  He also serves in the US Coast Guard Auxiliary and is an Aviation Safety Counselor for the FAA's Seattle FSDO. 

Douglas Alan "Doug" KOSSEL, Master CFI
Milford OH
Douglas Kossel recently renewed his Master CFI designation.  Doug is an independent Cincinnati-area flight instructor working primarily out of Lunken Field (LUK).  He works extensively in the FAA's WINGS program and also does ground and simulator training as well as Part 141 course development.

Bernard Francis "Barney" KING, Master CFI
Salina KS 
Barney King recently renewed his Master Instructor designation.  Barney is an associate professor of aviation at Kansas State University where he specializes in classroom training and Part 141 progress checks.  He also serves as a Civil Air Patrol check pilot and is the CAP's Kansas Wing commander.  

Karen Mayde KAHN, Master CFI

Santa Barbara CA
Karen Kahn recently renewed her Master CFI designation.  Karen is an independent CFI at Santa Barbara Municipal Airport (SBA).   She also works as an aviation author and consultant (www.AviationCareerCounseling.com), flies B757/767s for Continental Airlines and is a safety counselor with the Van Nuys FSDO.

Emmett James HOOLIHAN, Master CFI

LaVerne CA
Emmett Hoolihan recently renewed his Master Instructor designation.  Emmett is a staff instructor with Cable Air (www.FlyCableAir.com) at Upland's Cable Airport (CCB) where he specializes in advanced flight training.  He also serves as an Aviation Safety Counselor for the FAA's Los Angeles FSDO.

Thomas Joseph "Tom" CONNOLLY, Master CFI 
Port Orange FL
Thomas Connolly recently earned his Master CFI designation for the 4th time.  Tom is a professor of aviation at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and instructs at Daytona Beach International Airport (DAB).   He also serves on the board of Women in Aviation and is a safety counselor for the FAA's Orlando FSDO.


Timothy Wade "Tim" VOLLINK, Master CFI 
Issaquah WA 
E-mail: TimV@GalvinFlying.com  

Timothy Vollink recently earned his Master CFI designation.  Tim is the assistant chief flight instructor at Galvin Flying Service, a Part 141 flight school at Seattle's Boeing Field (BFI).  He also serves as a Part 135 check pilot and is a ground coordinator for Washington State's Search and Rescue.

Renee Schwab LEARY, Master CFI
Guilford CT
Renee Leary recently earned her Master Instructor designation.  Renee is a flight and ground instructor, charter pilot and marketing manager for Robinson Aviation at Tweed-New Haven Airport (HVN).  She is also active in the FAA's WINGS program and serves as a safety counselor for the Windsor Locks FSDO.

John Wayne "Jack" FERNS, Master CFI 
Loudon NH 
Jack Ferns recently earned his Master Instructor designation.  Jack is an independent flight instructor at Concord Municipal Airport (CON).  He is also New Hampshire DOT's Director of Aviation and serves as a pilot examiner as well as an aviation safety counselor for the FAA's Portland FSDO.