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NAFI Announces Interim Master Instructor Program Board of Review

Oshkosh, Wis. January 22, 2009—Four highly qualified Master Certified Flight Instructors (MCFIs) have been selected to review the application packages of new and renewing masters by the National Association of Flight Instructors (NAFI).

The interim board review board was selected by the NAFI board of directors to serve as the program moves to in-house administration. This shift will help streamline processes and bring both NAFI and programmatic structures in line with EAA. A permanent structure for in-house administration of MCFI will be finalized along with the NAFI bylaws, currently under review with the NAFI board.

“While change is always a little challenging, I can’t think of a better group of people to help us move to the next phase of the MCFI program,” NAFI board chairman Phil Poyer said. “Their thousands of collective flight hours, recognitions by the FAA and positions of leadership in general aviation are matched only by their dedication to help our flight instructors lead.”

The members of the interim board of review are as follows:

Gary Kitely, MCFI:

Gary is highly experienced in accreditation, peer review and professional certification processes, an especially important tool during this transition period. We look forward to his help in guiding the program’s development.

A NAFI MCFI since 2004, Gary was the chief flight instructor with Auburn University at Auburn-Opelika Airport (AUO). He served for many years as Executive Director of the University Aviation Association and was instrumental in the formation of the accreditation organization for collegiate aviation. The Council on Aviation Accreditation (now Aviation Accreditation Board International – AABI) is recognized by the Council on Higher Education Accreditation as the accreditation body for collegiate aviation.

Gary also worked with the National Business Aircraft Association for fifteen years as a consultant, assisting in the development of NBAA’s Professional Development and Certified Aviation Manager programs. These well-regarded industry certification programs have certified over 100 aviation professionals. He is currently a consultant with K & K Aviation in Auburn and is a Designated Pilot Examiner for the Birmingham FSDO.

Wally Moran, MCFI

Wally Moran started his aviation career as a general aviation flight instructor. He had a full career (with TWA) [in the airline industry] as a line pilot, simulator and aircraft instructor and FAA check airman on many of the airline’s aircraft including the Boeing 747 and 767. He spent many years in airline management as Training Supervisor, Chief Pilot and Vice President of Safety and Engineering.

Wally has long been active in general aviation as an airplane owner and flight instructor. He has given over 3600 hours of flight instruction in general aviation airplanes. He is an independent instructor in the Bridgeport (BDR) and Danbury (DXR), CT areas where his major interests are in tail wheel and glider instruction. Wally is an active aviation consultant, currently serving as an FAA Designated Pilot Examiner and FAA FAST representative for the FAA’s Windsor Locks FSDO. He is a long-time member of NAFI and has been a NAFI Master CFI since 2001.

Timothy “Tim” Lemke, MCFI

Tim Lemke is Manager of Manufacturing Engineering for Gulfstream Aerospace in Appleton, WI. He has been a pilot since 1975 and a flight instructor since 1988. Tim has over 3000 hours of dual instruction given in the years since. Tim is as an independent flight instructor at the Appleton (ATW) and Oshkosh (OSH), WI airports, specializing in primary, instrument, and tailwheel training. He has served as president of the Oshkosh Pilots Association and is a FAAST Team representative for the Milwaukee FSDO. Tim has been a NAFI Master Instructor since 2002.

Christopher “Chris” Anderson, MCFI

Chris Anderson brings a wide variety of experience to the interim peer review board with over 16,000 flight hours in a wide variety of fixed and rotor wing aircraft. He has pilot experience in both corporate and airline environments. He is an experienced flight instructor and is a Designated Pilot Examiner in both fixed and rotor wing aircraft. He serves as a FAAST Team representative for the Milwaukee FSDO. Chris has been a NAFI Master Instructor since 2000.

While these MCFIs will serve as the initial board of review, Blair urges other MCFIs to get involved in the future of the program. “We want to thank these talented individuals for their commitment to this elite certification, and to urge others to do the same,” he said. “Two-time MCFIs with time to review the packets should get in touch as soon as they can to keep the process rolling.”

About the Master Certified Flight Instructor Program (MCFI)

The MCFI 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 MCFI designation acknowledges an individual’s continuing professional growth and involvement in a broad spectrum of aviation endeavors.

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

About the National Association of Flight Instructors (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.