"The Best Of The Best"
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.
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 twelve
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
Aviation educators who earned the "Master" title during October
Raymond Wilbur "Ray" Brown, Master
CFI ( Renew: 1Oct07 )
Avon Lake, OH & Clermont, FL
Raymond Brown recently renewed his Master CFI
accreditation. Ray is the chief CFI and president of Top Gun Flight
at Burke Lakefront (BKL) and Ann Arbor (ARB) airports. He has
served as NAFI's Sun 'n Fun Chief Flight Specialist for 10 years
and is a FAASTeam rep with the FAA's Cleveland FSDO.
Shane Scott De Weese, Master CFI (Renew:
Shane DeWeese recently renewed his Master CFI accreditation. Shane
owns and operates Wings of the Ozarks flight school (www.wingsoftheozarks.com)
located at Graham Clark-Taney County Airport (PLK) in Lookout
Point. He also serves as AOPA's Airport Support Network
representative for Taney County Airport.
William Ralph "Bill" Gross, Master CFI ( Renew:
William R Gross recently renewed his Master CFI accreditation. Bill
is a professor of aviation and chief flight instructor for Kansas
State University's Part 141 aviation program (http://www.sal.ksu.edu/aviation/index.html)
at Salina Municipal Airport (SLN). He also serves as a designated
pilot examiner (DPE) and a FAASTeam representative for the FAA's
Julie Anne Hubner, Master CFI (Renew:
Julie Hubner recently renewed her Master CFI accreditation. Julie
is a flight instructor specializing in primary and tailwheel
training with Corporate Air Center (www.corporateaircenter.com)
at Burlington / Mount Vernon's Skagit Regional Airport (BVS). She
also serves as a FAASTeam representative for the FAA's Seattle
Dale Robert Wilson, Master CFI (Renew:
Dale R Wilson recently earned his Master CFI accreditation for the
5th time. Dale is a professor of aviation specializing in aviation
related college courses at Central Washington University (http://www.cwu.edu/~flight/)
and Bowers Field (ELN). He also serves as a FAASTeam representative
for the FAA's Spokane FSDO.
James Joseph "Jim" Ambrose, Master CFI
James J Ambrose recently earned his Master CFI
accreditation. Jim is an independent flight and ground instructor
specializing in primary and instrument training in the Syracuse
area. He also serves as chief flight instructor for the Syracuse
Flying Club (www.syracuseflyingclub.com)
at Syracuse Hancock International Airport (SYR).