NAFI's New/Renewed Masters
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 designated
Master Instructors by NAFI, their professional aviation
To help put this achievement in its proper perspective, there
are approximately 81,000 CFIs in the United States. Fewer than
three hundred of them have earned the Master designation thus far.
As a measure of the prestige conferred by this title, the last
seven FAA National Flight Instructors of the Year were Master CFIs.
In addition, the FAA recently approved the designation as an
alternate means for CFIs to renew their flight instructor
certificates. Aviation educators who earned the "Master" title
during August are:
Aviation educators who earned the "Master" title during January
David "Drew" CHITIEA, Master CFI
Andrew Chitiea recently renewed his Master Instructor
designation. Drew is an Air Force Academy check pilot and the
chief pilot for Global Alliance Academy of Flight located at
Centennial Airport (APA). He also serves in the CAP and is a safety
counselor as well as a pilot examiner for the Denver FSDO.
George Cameron FINLAY, Master CFI
South Orange NJ
George Finlay recently renewed his Master Instructor
designation. George is an independent CFI at Lincoln Park
Airport (N07) as well as other northern New Jersey airports. He
also serves on the board of directors of the Morristown (NJ)
Arthur Herman "Art" HAYSSEN, Master CFI
Arthur Hayssen recently renewed his Master Instructor
designation. Art owns North Coast Air flight school at Sonoma
County Airport (STS) and is the aeronautics program coordinator at
Santa Rosa Junior College. He also serves as an Aviation Safety
Counselor for the Oakland FSDO.
William Ronald "Bill" MAINORD, Master CFI
William Mainord recently renewed his Master Instructor designation.
Bill is an Angel Flight mission pilot as well as an independent
flight instructor at Granbury Municipal Airport (F55). He also
serves as an Aviation Safety Counselor for the Ft Worth FSDO and is
retired from the US Air Force.
Michael Jesse "Mike" PAULSON, Master CFI
Michael Paulson recently renewed his Master Instructor
designation. Mike is chief flight instructor for Fargo Jet
Center at Fargo International Airport (FAR). He is also an aviation
lecturer at North Dakota State University and serves as a pilot
examiner and safety counselor for the Fargo FSDO.
Obie Sigrest YOUNG, Master CFI
Obie Young recently renewed his Master Instructor designation. Obie
is an FAA Safety Inspector and Safety Program Manager for the
Orlando FSDO. He also serves as director of the FAA Production
Studios in Lakeland, Florida, and was named the 1978 National
Flight Instructor of the Year.