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 87,000 CFIs in the United States. Fewer than 500
of them have earned the Master designation thus far. As a measure
of the prestige conferred by this title, the last eleven FAA
National Flight Instructors of the Year were Master CFIs. In
addition, the FAA has approved the designation 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 education 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 April
James Henry "Jim"
BEHRENS, Master CFI
James Behrens recently renewed his Master CFI accreditation. Jim, a
retired Air Force officer, owns and operates Behrens Aviation (www.BehrensAviation.com).
He specializes in primary and instrument training at several
airports in southwestern Minnesota and serves on the Canby Airport
(CNB) board of directors.
Jerard Emmet "Jerry" DELANEY II, Master CFI
Jerry Delaney recently earned his Master CFI accreditation for the
4th time. Jerry is a flight and ground instructor with Monroe
at Monroe Custer Airport (TTF). He serves as a director of the
Detroit Aviation Safety Counselors organization and is himself a
safety counselor for the Detroit FSDO.
Bridgette Lynn DOREMIRE, Master CFI
Van Nuys CA
Bridgette Doremire recently renewed her Master CFI accreditation.
Bridgette is the manager and a flight instructor with Gene Hudson
Flight Training at Van Nuys Airport (VNY). She specializes in
technically advanced aircraft instruction, primary through
advanced, and serves as a safety counselor for the FAA's Van Nuys
Linda Mae DRAPER, Master CFI
Linda Mae Draper recently renewed her Master Instructor
designation. Linda Mae is the chief CFI and president of NIFTI, a
flight school based at Nevada's Minden-Tahoe Airport (MEV). She is
also active in the 99s as well as the Civil Air Patrol and serves
as an Aviation Safety Counselor for the FAA's Reno FSDO.
Daniel Max "Dan" KEEN, Master CFI
Daniel Keen recently earned his Master CFI accreditation for the
4th time. Dan, a former aviation education specialist at Purdue
University, is now an aviation safety inspector with the FAA's
Indianapolis FSDO. He specializes in general aviation issues and
serves as a Part 135 principle operations inspector.
David Peter "Dave" LOHMANN, Master CFI
Mililani HI / Edwards CO
David Lohmann recently renewed his Master CFI accreditation. Dave
is a flight instructor at Hawaii's Kalaeloa Airport (HJR) and
teaches aviation classes at Honolulu Community College.
Specializing in CFI training, he also serves in the Civil Air
Patrol and is an Aviation Safety Counselor for the FAA's Honolulu
Jason Alan RANDAL, Master CFI
San Clemente & Mariposa CA
Jason Randal recently renewed his Master CFI accreditation. Jason
specializes in multiengine, instrument and helicopter training in
the San Clemente and Mariposa areas. He also serves on the Mariposa
Airport (MPI) advisory board and is an Aviation Safety Counselor
for the FAA's Fresno FSDO.
Thomas Allen "Tom" REED, Master CFI
Thomas Reed recently renewed his Master CFI accreditation. Tom is
an independent flight instructor specializing in instrument and
multiengine training at several Toledo airports. He also serves as
president of Blue Horizons Flying Club (www.Blue-Horizons.org)
and is an Aviation Safety Counselor for the FAA's Cleveland
Michael Taylor "Mike" VIVION, Master CFI
Michael Vivion recently renewed his Master CFI accreditation. Mike
is the chief pilot and aviation program manager at the University
of Minnesota, Crookston (CKN). He also serves as vice president of
the International Association of Natural Resource Pilots and is a
prolific aviation writer.
Ludwig Joseph "Lou" WIPOTNIK, Master CFI
Mount Prospect IL
Lou Wipotnik has earned his Master CFI designation for the 5th
time. Lou teaches with Palwaukee Flyers at Palwaukee Airport (PWK)
and was the 1996 National CFI of the Year. He also serves in the
CAP and is a safety counselor for the DuPage FSDO. Lou has held the
Master CFI designation continuously since 1998.
Bruce Donald JAEGER,
Bruce Jaeger recently renewed his Master CFI accreditation. Bruce
is the owner of Willmar Air Service (www.WillmarAirService.com)
located at the Willmar Municipal Airport (ILL) and the oldest FBO
in Minnesota. He also serves as a director of the Mooney Aircraft
Pilots Association Safety Foundation.
Robert Wesley Laituri "Rob" KRIEG, Master CFI
Camp Courtney, Okinawa
Marine LtCol Robert Krieg recently earned his Master CFI
accreditation. Rob is an independent flight instructor specializing
in primary flight training at the Kadena Air Force Base aeroclub in
Okinawa. Prior to his overseas deployment, he served in a similar
capacity at Quantico's Marine Corps flying club in Virginia.