First To Earn Accreditation Under NAFI/IAC Joint Program
The National Association of Flight Instructors (NAFI) and the
International Aerobatic Club (IAC) recently announced a significant
accomplishment on the part of John Gardner Dye of Lisbon, OH.
Dye recently earned his aerobatic instructor accreditation under
a voluntary program developed jointly by NAFI and IAC. In addition
to the Master CFI-Aerobatic (MCFI-A) designation launched in 2001,
two new tiers were added in the latter part of 2007: the Flight
Instructor-Aerobatic (FI-A) and the Certificated Flight
Instructor-Aerobatic (CFI-A) designations. While 11 instructors
currently hold MCFI-A status, Dye is just the second aerobatic
instructor to earn CFI-A status under the expanded program.
Candidates earn one of the three NAFI/IAC Aerobatic Instructor
designations through a rigorous process of continuing professional
activity and peer review. The program parallels the continuing
education regimen used by professionals in other fields to enhance
their knowledge base.
The Aerobatic Instructor designation formally recognizes those
aviation educators who have demonstrated an ongoing commitment to
excellence, professional growth, and service to the aviation
community. An offshoot of the FAA-recognized NAFI Master Instructor
program, aerobatic designations must be renewed biennially.
NAFI and IAC -- both parts of the Experimental Aircraft
Association (EAA) -- provide support and recognition for America's
professional aerobatic instructors, while simultaneously
encouraging all such instructors to rise up to and maintain a high
level of professionalism. NAFI and IAC also work to provide a safe
and effective learning environment for those seeking spin,
emergency maneuver/upset, or traditional aerobatic training