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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 May are:

Lucile Mary BLEDSOE, Master CFI 
Wray  CO
E-mail:   [email protected]

Lucile Bledsoe recently renewed her Master Instructor designation.  Lucile is a CFI at Wray Municipal Airport (2V5) specializing in primary and instrument training.  She is active in the 99s, the Colorado Pilots Association and serves as an Aviation Safety Counselor for the Denver FSDO. 

Douglas Scott "Doug" CARMODY, Master CFI 
Beaufort  SC
E-mail:    [email protected]

Douglas Carmody recently renewed his Master Instructor designation.  Doug owns and operates Executive Flight Training at the Beaufort County Airport (73J) and specializes in advanced training for owner pilots.  He has been a professional pilot for over 27 years and recently retired from US Airways.

Christopher Alexander "Chris" KOSIN, Master CFI
Wayne  MI
E-mail:    [email protected]

Christopher Kosin recently renewed his Master Instructor designation.  Chris is the chief flight instructor for Kitze Aviation at Mettetal Airport (1D2) in Plymouth, Michigan.  He also serves as an Aviation Safety Counselor for the Willow Run FSDO and was named their 2002 CFI of the Year.

David William "Dave" DODSON, Master CFI  
Granger  IN
E-mail:   [email protected]

David Dodson recently earned his Master Instructor designation.  Dave is an independent flight instructor in South Bend (SBN) and Elkhart (EKM).  He is a representative of AOPA's Airport Support Network, is active in EAA's Young Eagles program and also serves in the Indiana Civil Air Patrol.

Daniel Judson GARNER, Master CFI   
Cedar Rapids  IA
E-mail:    [email protected]

Daniel Garner recently earned his Master Instructor designation.  Daniel is the chief flight instructor and owner of Cedar Valley Air Service at Cedar Rapids-Eastern Iowa Airport (CID).  He also teaches aviation related courses at Kirkwood Community College.

Wanda Wren STRASSBURG, Master CFI 
San Luis Obispo  CA
E-mail:    [email protected]

Wanda Strassburg recently earned her Master Instructor designation.  Wanda has been flying for more than 40 years and works as an independent flight instructor as well as a pilot examiner at the San Luis County Airport (SBP).  She also serves as an Aviation Safety Counselor for the San Jose FSDO.