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August Master Instructors(Aug 2004)

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 nine 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:


Patrick Joseph "PJ" WACHTLER, Master CFI 
Fayetteville NC
E-mail: [email protected]
Patrick J Wachtler recently renewed his Master Instructor designation.  PJ is the owner of Skies Unlimited as well as director of training for Centurion Aviation at Fayetteville Regional Airport (FAY).  He also serves as an Angel Flight pilot providing free transportation for medical treatment.

Stephen Frank "Steve" RIETHOF, Master CFI
Haworth NJ
E-mail: [email protected]
Stephen Riethof recently renewed his Master Instructor designation.  Steve is an independent flight instructor at several northeastern New Jersey airports.  He also serves as a safety counselor for the Teterboro FSDO and was named the FAA's 2003 Eastern Region CFI of the Year.

Sheri Trujillo PETZEL, Master CFI
Tijeras NM
E-mail: [email protected]
Sheri Petzel recently renewed her Master CFI designation.  Sheri is the assistant chief CFI for Bode Aviation, a Cessna Pilot Center and a Part 141 flight school at Albuquerque's Double Eagle II Airport (AEG).  She also instructs at the Albuquerque Technical Vocational Institute in their aviation program.

Bobby Allen MOORING, Master CFI
Mobile AL
E-mail: [email protected]
Bobby Mooring recently renewed his Master Instructor designation.  Bobby is the chief flight instructor with Flight Training of Mobile at the Mobile Downtown Airport (BFM).  He also serves in the CAP and is a designated pilot examiner as well as a safety counselor with the Birmingham FSDO.


Jerald Lowell "Jerry" IVERSON, Master CFI
Sioux Falls SD
E-mail: [email protected]
Jerald Iverson recently earned his Master CFI designation.  Jerry is the chief flight instructor for Business Aviation School of Aeronautics, a Cessna Pilot Center and Part 141 school located at Joe Foss Airport (FSD) in Sioux Falls.  He also serves as an Aviation Safety Counselor for the Rapid City FSDO.