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FAA continues recognition of popular accreditation program

NAFI HEADQUARTERS, OSHKOSH, Wis. — (June 19, 2009) — The National Association of Flight Instructors’ Master Instructor program, already the longest-running and most recognized flight instructor accreditation program in the nation, has enhanced the program to better serve active flight instructors.

In addition, the Federal Aviation Administration has continued its recognition of the program’s value, including the upgrades that have been made, by continuing NAFI Master Instructor’s authorization to renew their certificates through the NAFI Master Flight Instructor program.

“NAFI members, NAFI Master Instructors and the FAA made a number of recommendations over the past year to improve and enhance the NAFI Master Instructor program,” said Jason Blair, NAFI executive director. “NAFI and its Professional Standards Committee have used these recommendations to improve and organize the program to represent a singularly high level of achievement for flight instructors.”

NAFI began review of the NAFI Master Flight Instructor certification program more than a year ago. It was especially driven by flight instructors who had considered the NAFI Master Flight Instructor accreditation but wanted more focus on instructional activity. The revised program puts particular emphasis on active instruction, enhancing the preeminent accreditation in the industry, which is backed by an organization that has been working to highlight the value and importance of professional flight instructors for more than 40 years.

Among the changes made to the Master Flight Instructor accreditation program are requirements for instructors to be actively involved in the instructional process leading to certification, flight reviews, currency training, insurance checks, part 121, part 135 and part 142 training and similar activities. It may include in-airplane, simulator or classroom instruction that directly leads to pilot endorsements, sign-offs or other official record of instruction. Instructors accredited as NAFI Master Flight Instructors will have demonstrated significant, recent experience as an active instructor working with students.

“We feel this reflects the true spirit of the program and are proud to bring this change to the program,” said Phil Poynor, NAFI’s Chairman, Professor of Aviation in the School of Aviation Sciences at Daniel Webster College, and the FAA 2001 National Flight Instructor of the Year. “When someone indicates that they are a NAFI Master Flight Instructor, he or she will truly be able to stand on this accreditation as a badge of experience in the field of aviation education.”

NAFI’s Master Flight Instructor accreditation requires an instructor to have given a minimum of 1,000 hours of instruction. He or she also must meet a rigorous list of requirements every two years to obtain and maintain the accreditation. This accreditation cycle aligns with the FAA’s period of time for renewal of a CFI certificate.

All current NAFI Master Flight Instructors will maintain their designations through their expiration date and may then apply under the new program at the time of renewal. For NAFI Master Flight Instructors who are currently under review for renewal, no new applications will need to be made.

Additional enhancements to the program, as well as improvements to the Master Ground Instructor and Master Flight Instructor-Aerobatic accreditations, are scheduled as well. “We welcome member and industry input into these revisions and look forward to more exciting improvements to these NAFI programs in the near future,” Blair said.

Further details and information is available through the NAFI web site at www.nafinet.org. Specific questions regarding Master Instructor renewal or applications can also be forwarded to the NAFI office at [email protected] or by calling 920-426-6801.

NAFI was founded in 1967 and is dedicated to raising and maintaining the professional standing of flight instructors throughout the nation, as well as providing a safe and effective learning situation for students. In addition, NAFI initiates education and support programs throughout the aviation industry. The organization affiliated with EAA in 1995.