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Master Flight Instructor Program Transitioning

to NAFI In-House Administration

OSHKOSH, Wis. January 20, 2009—The National Association of Flight Instructors (NAFI) Master Instructor Program (MCFI) will now be fully administered by the staff of NAFI, headed by Executive Director Jason Blair.

In the past, this program has been administered by contract employees (who also happened to serve as members of the NAFI Board of Directors). NAFI, along with EAA’s divisions and councils, has been working for over two years to better align its processes and procedures with EAA’s. This will increase the synergy of the two organizations and improve overall performance. For this reason, and to streamline the program, the NAFI Board of Directors has decided to administer this program in-house.

“The MCFI program has been a source of leading instructors for years,” Blair said. “We will do everything necessary to keep this program running smoothly and at the rigorous standards that exist today.”

During the transition, NAFI would like to introduce an interim peer review board that will review Master Instructor application packages. The review board is comprised of the following leaders in flight instruction:

Gary Kitely (MCFI since 2004) Gary Kitely served as Executive Director of the University Aviation Association, and helped develop the National Business Aircraft Association’s Professional Development and Certified Aviation Manager programs. He currently serves as a Designated Pilot Examiner for the Birmingham FSDO.

Christopher “Chris” Anderson (MCFI since 2000) Chris Anderson brings over 16,000 flight hours in a wide variety of fixed and rotor wing aircraft. He serves as a FAAST Team representative for the Milwaukee FSDO.

Wally Moran (MCFI since 2001) Wally Moran has given over 3,600 hours of flight instruction in general aviation aircraft, and currently serves as an independent instructor in the Bridgeport and Danbury, Connecticut areas. He is currently an FAA Designated Pilot Examiner and FAAST representative for Windsor Locks FSDO.

Timothy “Tim” Lemke (MCFI since 2002) Tim Lemke has logged over 3,000 hours of dual instruction time, specializing in primary, instrument and tail wheel training. He has served as president of the Oshkosh Pilots Association, and is currently the manager of manufacturing engineering for Gulfstream Aerospace in Appleton, Wis.

With these experienced leaders in place, the MCFI program will be well equipped to serve instructors. “Maintaining the peer review aspect of the program is important and a tradition that serves us well,” Blair said. “Instructors can work together to keep our standards high and address any issues that may arise with a broad collective experience and a deliberate approach.”

About the Master Instructor Program

The Master Instructor designation is a national accreditation that may be earned by aviation educators and is based on a system of advanced professional standards. The designation is granted by NAFI and serves a dual purpose.  First, it identifies and publicly recognizes those "Teachers of Flight" who are demonstrating an ongoing commitment to excellence, professional growth, and service to the aviation community.  Second, it sets professional standards to which all aviation educators can aspire.

The MCFI designation requires a rigorous process of continuing professional activity and, like a flight instructor certificate, must be renewed biannually. Unlike one-time awards for past achievements (i.e., a “Gold Seal” flight instructor certificate or “Flight Instructor of the Year”), the Master Instructor designation acknowledges an individual’s continuing professional growth and involvement in a broad spectrum of aviation endeavors.

To learn more about the Master Flight Instructor program, visit http://www.nafinet.org/mastercfi/index.html. The Master Flight Instructor program is the only industry program of continuing education that has FAA authorization to qualify for flight instructor renewal.

About NAFI

Founded in 1967, NAFI’s mission is to raise and maintain the professional standing of the flight instructor in the aviation community. NAFI recognizes that flight instructors are truly the “teachers of flight” as well as the front line for “quality control” in our aviation world. For more information about NAFI, please visit www.nafinet.org