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August 2008 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 13 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 August are:


Janice Wray "Jan" WALTON, Master CFI        
Marion  IA
E-mail:   [email protected]

Janice Walton recently renewed her Master CFI accreditation.  Jan owns and operates P & N Flight & Charter (www.Fly-Iowa.com) located at Marion Airport (C17).  As P & N's lead flight and ground instructor, she specializes in primary and advanced training in both fixed wing and rotary wing aircraft.

Thomas Paul "Tom" TURNER, Master CFI            
Rose Hill  KS
E-mail:  [email protected]

Thomas P Turner recently renewed his Master CFI accreditation.  Tom is the manager of technical services for the American Bonanza Society (ABS) and president of Mastery Flight Training.  He is the FAA's 2008 Central Region CFI of the Year and also serves as a FAASTeam representative for the Wichita FSDO area.

Bobby Allen MOORING, Master CFI          
Mobile  AL 
E-mail:   [email protected]

Bobby A Mooring recently earned his Master CFI accreditation for the 5th time.  Bobby is the chief flight instructor with Flight Training of Mobile (www.FlyFTM.com), a Part 141 Cessna Pilot Center at the Mobile Downtown Airport (BFM).  He is also a pilot examiner as well as a FAASTeam representative with the FAA's Birmingham FSDO.

Timothy Lee "Tim" LEMKE, Master CFI            
Oshkosh  WI
E-mail:   [email protected]

Timothy L Lemke recently renewed his Master CFI accreditation.  Tim is an independent flight and ground instructor specializing in primary and instrument training at Wittman Regional Airport (OSH).  He also serves as president of the Winnebago Flying Club and is a FAASTeam representative for the FAA's Milwaukee FSDO area.

Nicholas Robert "Nick" FRISCH, Master CFI         
Renton  WA
E-mail:   [email protected]

Nicholas R Frisch recently renewed his Master CFI accreditation.  Nick is the director of aviation education at Galvin Flying Service (www.GalvinFlying.com) with flight schools at Seattle's Boeing Field (BFI) and Honolulu Community College.  He also mentors high school students interested in aviation careers. 

Stephen Keith "Steve" BROWN, Master CFI          
Belmont  NH
E-mail:   [email protected]

Stephen K Brown recently renewed his Master CFI accreditation.  Steve is the director of flight operations for Daniel Webster College's aviation program (www.DWC.edu/Academics/Aviation) at Nashua's Boire Field (ASH).  He specializes in initial flight instructor training while also serving as a mentor to the college's flight instructors.


Richard Kingston "Rick" WRIGHT, Master CFI       
Fort Lauderdale  FL
E-mail:   [email protected]

Richard K Wright recently earned his Master CFI accreditation.  Rick owns Correct Aviation Services (www.CorrectAviation.com), a Cirrus Standardized Training Center located Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport (FXE).  A Marine Corps veteran, he also operates a company specializing in aircraft management, sales, and leasing.

John Bruce POWERS, Master CFI         
Denver  CO
E-mail:   [email protected]

John B Powers recently earned his Master CFI accreditation.  John is an independent Denver-area aviation educator as well as a flight and ground instructor with the Bonanza Pilot Proficiency Program (www.BPPP.org).  A recipient of the FAA's Wright Brothers Award, he also serves as a FAASTeam representative for the Denver FSDO area.

Hiroaki "Ichi" ICHIKAWA, Master CFI         
Okinawa  Japan
E-mail:    [email protected] / [email protected]

Hiroaki Ichikawa recently earned his Master CFI accreditation.  Ichi is a flight and ground instructor with the Kadena Aero Club Flight Training Center (RODN) at Okinawa's Kadena Air Force Base.  An accomplished linguist and English-to-Japanese translator, he specializes in primary and instrument flight training.

Chayce Lowell BALDWIN, Master CFI         
Galveston  IN
E-mail:   [email protected]

Chayce L Baldwin recently earned his Master CFI accreditation.  Chayce, a graduate of Purdue University's aviation program, is a flight instructor with Lafayette Aviation (http://www.LafayetteAviation.com/), a Part 61 flight school at Lafayette's Purdue University Airport (LAF).  He specializes in commercial pilot and initial CFI training.

Ray Alan ARCENEAUX, Master CFI          
Cameron Park  CA
E-mail:   [email protected]

Ray A Arceneaux recently earned his Master CFI accreditation.  Ray is a flight and ground instructor with Norcal Aviation and Sierra Seaplanes at the Calaveras County Airport (CPU) in San Andreas.  A US Air Force veteran, he specializes in single engine and multiengine floatplane training.