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October Master Instructors(Oct 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 85,000 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 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 October are:


Donna Martha STEVENS, Master CFI 
Chesterton IN
E-mail: [email protected]

Donna Stevens recently renewed her Master CFI designation.  Donna is the chief flight/ground instructor and owner of DonnAir Aviation (www.DonnAirAviation.com) at Porter County Airport (VPZ) in Valparaiso.  She also serves as an Aviation Safety Counselor for the South Bend FSDO.  

John Gordon MORROW, Master CFI 
Atlanta GA 
[email protected]
Gordon Morrow recently renewed his Master Instructor designation.  Gordon is an independent flight instructor as well as the chief CFI and co-founder of Peachtree Flying Club at Atlanta's Dekalb-Peachtree Airport (PDK).  He has been a longtime NAFI flight specialist and is active in the FAA's WINGS program.  

Beverly Ann BARNETT, Master CFI 
Johnson City TN
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Beverly Barnett recently renewed her Master CFI designation.  Beverly is the chief flight instructor and president of Advanced Flight Training located at Blountville's Tri-Cities Airport (TRI).  She also serves in the Civil Air Patrol and is a pilot examiner and safety counselor for the Nashville FSDO.

Deak Darnel ARCH, Master CFI 
Athens OH 
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Deak Arch recently renewed his Master Instructor designation.  Deak is an assistant professor of aviation at Ohio University's Snyder Field (UNI) in Athens.  He is also the primary instructor for advanced Part 141 ground schools and serves as a coach of the university's flight team, the Flying Bobcats.


Raymond Brasil "Ray" LAWSON, Master CFI 
Englewood CO
E-mail: [email protected]

Raymond Lawson recently earned his Master Instructor designation.  Ray is an aviation insurance underwriter with USAU as well as a flight instructor with Flights Inc, a Cessna Pilot Center at Centennial Airport (APA).  He also serves as an Aviation Safety Counselor for the Denver FSDO. 

Kristina Elizabeth HUFFMAN, Master CFI 
Mesa AZ 
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Kristina Huffman recently earned her Master Instructor designation.  Kristina is a flight and ground instructor as well as manager of Falcon Executive Aviation's flight school at Falcon Field Airport (FFZ).  She also serves as an Aviation Safety Counselor for the Scottsdale FSDO.

Darrel LeRoy DILLEY, Master CFI 
LaSalle CO
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Darrel Dilley recently earned his Master Instructor designation.  Darrel is an independent CFI at the Greeley-Weld County Airport (GXY) as well as a Boeing 777 pilot and instructor with United Airlines.  He also serves on the GXY Airport Board of Directors and is an Aviation Safety Counselor for the Denver FSDO.