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February 2007 Master Instructors
February 28, 2007 - 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 accredited as Master Instructors by NAFI, their professional aviation education association.

To help put this achievement in its proper perspective, there are approximately 90,000 CFIs in the United States. Fewer than 500 of them have earned Master accreditation thus far. As a measure of the prestige conferred by this title, the last eleven FAA National Flight Instructors of the Year were Master CFIs.  In addition, the FAA has approved the accreditation 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 professional activity 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!  Additional information about the accreditation program is available at: http://www.NAFIMasters.org/ 

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


Andrew David "Drew" CHITIEA, Master CFI 
Aurora CO
E-mail: [email protected]

Drew Chitiea recently earned his Master CFI accreditation for the 5th time.  Drew is Colorado Skymaster's chief pilot (www.ColoradoSkymaster.com) as well as an independent Centennial (APA) and Front Range (FTG) flight instructor.  He also serves as a FAASTeam rep and pilot examiner for the FAA's Denver FSDO.  

William Jeffrey "Jeff" EDWARDS, Master CFI 
Chesterfield MO 
[email protected]
Jeffrey Edwards recently earned his Master CFI accreditation for the 5th time.  Jeff is the president of Aviation Safety Consulting Services (www.AvSafe.com) and an independent flight instructor at the Spirit of St Louis Airport (SUS).  The 2003 National CFI of the Year, he also serves as a FAASTeam rep as well as a pilot examiner for the FAA's St Louis FSDO.

Richard Loren "Rich" STOWELL Jr, Master CFI-Aerobatic 
Ventura CA
[email protected]
Rich Stowell recently renewed his Master CFI-Aerobatic accreditation.  The 2006 National CFI of the Year, Rich is an aerobatic flight instructor specializing in emergency maneuver training and spin recovery (www.RichStowell.com).  He is also a noted aviation author and serves as a FAASTeam rep for the FAA's Van Nuys FSDO.

Mallory Daniel "Mal" WOODCOCK, Master CFI 
Biloxi MS 
[email protected]
Mallory Woodcock recently renewed his Master CFI accreditation.  Mal is the Gulf Coast Flight Training Center's chief CFI (www.OceanSpringsAirport.com), a Part 141 Cessna Pilot Center at Ocean Springs Airport (5R2).  He is also a member of the CAP's Mississippi Wing and serves as a pilot examiner for the FAA's Jackson FSDO.


Robert Alan "Rob" JORDAN Jr, Master CFI 
Salina KS
E-mail: [email protected]

Robert Jordan recently earned his Master CFI accreditation.  Rob is the lead flight instructor with White Air (www.FlyWhiteAir.com) at Chanute's Martin Johnson Airport (CNU).  A graduate of Kansas State University's professional pilot and A&P programs, he also serves as president of the Chanute Aviation Association.  

Craig Russell LARSON, Master CFI 
New Berlin WI
[email protected]
Craig Larson recently earned his Master CFI accreditation.  Craig is the chief flight instructor with Gran-Aire located at Milwaukee's Timmerman Airport (MWC).  He mentors new flight instructors, serves at career fairs and is known locally for organizing frequent "fly-out" events for pilots of all abilitiies.  

Paul Weston "BJ" RANSBURY, Master CFI-Aerobatic 
Mesa AZ
[email protected]
Paul "BJ" Ransbury recently earned his Master CFI-Aerobatic accreditation.  BJ, a 12-year veteran of the Canadian Armed Forces, is the chief flight instructor and president of APS Emergency Maneuver Training (www.APSTraining.com ) at Mesa's Williams Gateway Airport (IWA).  He also serves as a FAASTeam rep for the FAA's Scottsdale FSDO.