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NAFI Announces February and March 2009 NAFI 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 84,000 CFIs in the United States. Fewer than 300 currently maintain the Master accreditation. 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.   

Aviation educators who earned the "Master" title during February and March of 2009 are:


Brandon Joel Ray, Master CFI
Bend OR
E-mail: [email protected]
Brandon J Ray was recently awarded his Master CFI accreditation.
Brandon is currently an instructor for the Cessna Aircraft Company. He is actively involved with FAASTeam.

Kyle Warren Tucker, Master CFI
Gary MN
E-mail: [email protected]
Kyle W Tucker was recently awarded his Master CFI accreditation.
Kyle is currently a Lecturer for the Dept of Aviation and the University of North Dakota Center for Aerospace and Sciences.

Megan Roberta Sayre, Master CFI
Bennett CO
E-mail: [email protected]
Megan R Sayre was recently awarded her Master CFI accreditation.
Meagan is the Director of Operations for Daedalus Aviation LLC. She is also Colorado 99’s FAA Rep and actively involved with Colorado Pilots Association.

Charles Henry Ebbecke, Master CFI
Mullica Hill NJ
E-mail: [email protected]
Charles H Ebbecke was recently awarded his Master CFI accreditation.
Chuck is a Director and Instructor for MAPA Safety Foundation. He is also actively involved with Mooney Aircraft Pilots Association.

Robert Scott Tekell, Master CFI
Azle TX 76020
E-mail: [email protected]
Robert S Tekell (Scott) was recently awarded his Master CFI accreditation.
Scott is an independent instructor and DPE. He is actively involved with the Army Aviation Association of America and Seaplane Pilots Association.


Raymond Francis Spengler Jr, Master CFI & Master Ground Instructor
Sonoma CA
E-mail: [email protected]
Raymond F Spengler Jr recently renewed his Master CFI accreditation.
Raymond is the Owner, President and Chief Flight Instructor of Skypark Aviation LLC. He has served as an FAA Aviation Safety Counselor on the FAASTeam for over 9 years. Currently he is serving as USAF Auxiliary, California Wing Civil Air Patrol NORCAL Group Commander.

Arthur H Hayssen, Master CFI
Sebastopol CA
E-mail: [email protected]
Arthur H Hayssen recently renewed his Master CFI accreditation. Arthur is the Owner, President and Chief Flight Instructor for North Coast Air, Inc. His is also the Chief Ground Instructor at Santa Rosa Junior College. He has been a Lead FAA FAASTeam Representative in the Northern California District for 20 years.

Linda M Dowdy, Master CFI
Bethel MN
E-mail: [email protected]
Linda M Dowdy recently renewed her Master CFI accreditation. Linda formed the company Sim Flite Minnesota, LLC in 2006. She has flown for the Wings of Mercy of Mercy Minnesota and has been on their Board of Directors. Se was selected as the Minnesota Flight Instructor of the Year in 2007 by the Great Lakes Minneapolis FSDO.