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October 2007 Master Instructors
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 91,000 CFIs in the United States. Fewer than 600 of them have earned Master accreditation thus far. As a measure of the prestige conferred by this title, the last twelve 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 October are:


Raymond Wilbur "Ray" BROWN, Master CFI            
( Renew:  1Oct07 )
Avon Lake OH  &  Clermont FL
E-mail:   [email protected]

Raymond Brown recently renewed his Master CFI accreditation.  Ray is the chief CFI and president of Top Gun Flight Academy (www.TopGunCleveland.com) at Burke Lakefront (BKL) and Ann Arbor (ARB) airports.  He has served as NAFI's Sun 'n Fun Chief Flight Specialist for 10 years and is a FAASTeam rep with the FAA's Cleveland FSDO.

Shane Scott DE WEESE, Master CFI          
(Renew:   30Oct07)  
Hollister MO 
[email protected]    
Shane DeWeese recently renewed his Master CFI accreditation.  Shane owns and operates Wings of the Ozarks flight school (www.WingsOfTheOzarks.com) located at Graham Clark-Taney County Airport (PLK) in Lookout Point.  He also serves as AOPA's Airport Support Network representative for Taney County Airport.

William Ralph "Bill" GROSS, Master CFI             (Renew:  30Sep07)
Salina KS
E-mail:   [email protected] 
William R Gross recently renewed his Master CFI accreditation.  Bill is a professor of aviation and chief flight instructor for Kansas State University's Part 141 aviation program (http://www.sal.KSU.edu/aviation/index.html) at Salina Municipal Airport (SLN).  He also serves as a designated pilot examiner (DPE) and a FAASTeam representative for the FAA's Wichita FSDO.   

Julie Anne HUBNER, Master CFI           (Renew:  30Sep07)  
Bow WA
E-mail:   [email protected]

Julie Hubner recently renewed her Master CFI accreditation.  Julie is a flight instructor specializing in primary and tailwheel training with Corporate Air Center (www.CorporateAirCenter.com) at Burlington / Mount Vernon's Skagit Regional Airport (BVS).  She also serves as a FAASTeam representative for the FAA's Seattle FSDO.

Dale Robert WILSON, Master CFI          
(Renew:  25Oct07)  
Ellensburg WA
E-mail:   [email protected] 

Dale R Wilson recently earned his Master CFI accreditation for the 5th time.  Dale is a professor of aviation specializing in aviation related college courses at Central Washington University (http://www.CWU.edu/~flight/) and Bowers Field (ELN).  He also serves as a FAASTeam representative for the FAA's Spokane FSDO.


James Joseph "Jim" AMBROSE, Master CFI            
(Initial:     15Oct07)
Camillus  NY
E-mail:   [email protected]

James J Ambrose recently earned his Master CFI accreditation.  Jim is an independent flight and ground instructor specializing in primary and instrument training in the Syracuse area.  He also serves as chief flight instructor for the Syracuse Flying Club (www.SyracuseFlyingClub.com) at Syracuse Hancock International Airport (SYR).