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 90,000 CFIs in the United States. Fewer than 500
of them have earned Master accreditation 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 May
Michael Bruce "Mike"
TRAUD, Master CFI
Gold River CA
Michael Traud recently renewed his Master CFI accreditation. Mike
the director of operations and training for I.C. Jet and is the
safety officer for the Sacramento County Sheriff's Air Squadron. He
is also an independent flight instructor and designated pilot
examiner in the Sacramento area.
Ernest Paul "Rusty" SACHS, Master
Oshkosh WI & Norwich VT
Rusty Sachs recently earned his Master CFI accreditation for the
6th time. Rusty is NAFI's executive director and serves as a pilot
examiner as well as a safety counselor for FAA FSDOs in Milwaukee
and Portland, Maine. He was one of the first aviation educators to
earn this designation and has held it continuously since 1997.
Timothy Alan "Tim" MC CLEARY, Master
Timothy McCleary recently renewed his Master CFI accreditation. Tim
is an independent flight and ground instructor in the Wayne County
Airport (BJJ) area as well as southeastern Ohio. He specializes in
advanced and instrument training and serves as an Aviation Safety
Counselor for the Cleveland FSDO.
Ronald Lee "Ron" GALBRAITH, Master
Ron Galbraith recently renewed his Master CFI accreditation. Ron is
an independent flight instructor (www.RGAviation.net) based at
Longmont's Vance Brand Airport (2V2). Since retiring as an air
traffic controller from Denver ARTCC, he spends much of his time
building a Lancair Turbo ES and serving as a safety counselor for
the FAA's Denver FSDO.
Michael Christopher "Mike" DEMULLING, Master
New Richmond WI
Michael Demulling recently renewed his Master CFI accreditation.
Mike is the manager of New Richmond Regional Airport (www.NRAirport.com). He also
owns and operates Mike Demulling Flight Instruction where he
specializes in Aerostar and Malibu recurrent training.
David DEMPSEY, Master CFI
New York City NY
David Dempsey recently renewed his Master CFI accreditation. David
is an independent flight instructor specializing in glass cockpit
transitions at New Jersey's Teterboro (TEB) and Essex County (CDW)
airports. He is the owner of NYCPilot (www.NYCPilot.net) and serves
as a Civil Air Patrol checkpilot as well as an Angel Flight
Philip Terry "Phil" CORBELL, Master
Sun City West AZ
Philip Corbell recently renewed his Master CFI accreditation. Phil
is an independent glider CFI specializing in youth glider training
at Peoria's Pleasant Valley Airport (P48). He also serves as an
Aviation Safety Counselor for the FAA's Scottsdale FSDO and is a
citizen activist working for the betterment of aviation in
Vicki Lynn SHERMAN,
Vicki Sherman recently earned her Master CFI accreditation. Vicki
is a flight and ground instructor with Falcon Flight specializing
in primary and instrument training at Orlando Sanford International
Airport (SFB). She is active in the 99s, serves with the Florida
Aviation Safety Foundation and is a safety counselor with the FAA's
Ronald Lee "Ron" GALBRAITH, Master
Ron Galbraith recently earned his Master Ground Instructor
designation. Ron is an independent flight instructor (www.RGAviation.net)
based at Longmont's Vance Brand Airport (2V2). Since retiring as an
air traffic controller from Denver ARTCC, he spends much of his
time building a Lancair Turbo ES and serving as a safety counselor
for the FAA's Denver FSDO.
Peter Anthony "Pete" CONFORTI, Master
San Antonio TX
Peter Conforti recently earned his Master CFI accreditation. Pete,
a retired Air Force officer, is a flight instructor with Palo Alto
College at Stinson Municipal Airport (SSF) in San Antonio. He also
serves as president of San Antonio's General Aviation Pilots
Association and is a safety counselor for the FAA's San Antonio
Bruce Norman BRESLAU, Master
Bruce Breslau recently earned his Master CFI accreditation. Bruce
works as an independent flight and ground instructor as well as an
aviation consultant in the Van Nuys area. He also serves as an
Aviation Safety Counselor for the FAA's Van Nuys FSDO.