NAFI Lauds January's Master CFI's
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 four
hundred of them have earned the Master designation thus far. As a
measure of the prestige conferred by this title, the last eight 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.
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.
Through their dedication to excellence, Master Instructors
have earned their "black belts" in aviation education. They truly
represent the creme de la creme of the aviation industry!
Aviation educators who earned the "Master" title during January
Linda Maria SCULLY, Master
Linda Scully recently
renewed her Master CFI designation. Linda is the chief flight
instructor and owner of Aero Safety Training, a Cessna Pilot Center
at Lincoln Park Airport (N07). She is also active in The 99s
and serves as an Aviation Safety Counselor for the Teterboro
Timm PREUSSER, Master CFI
Timm Preusser recently renewed his Master Instructor
designation. Timm is the chief CFI and training officer at
the Darmstadt Flying Club. He also serves on the Cirrus
Owners & Pilots Association (COPA) board of directors and is
active in the Cirrus Pilots Proficiency Program.
David Randall "Dave" HENSLEY, Master
David Hensley recently renewed his Master Instructor
designation. Dave is the chief pilot and a flight instructor
with Regional Airline Academy at DeLand Airport (DED). He
also serves as a check pilot in the CAP's Florida Wing and is an
Aviation Safety Counselor for the Orlando FSDO.
Robert Kloman "Bob" GAWLER, Master
Robert Gawler recently earned his Master Instructor designation for
the third time. Bob operates Trebor Aviation and works as a
designated pilot examiner at Montgomery County Airpark (GAI) in
Gaithersburg. He also serves as an Aviation Safety Counselor
for the Baltimore FSDO.
Thomas Monroe "Tom"
EVANS, Master CFI
Thomas Evans recently renewed his Master Instructor
designation. Tom is an independent flight instructor with
Tampa Flying Service at Peter O Knight Airport (TPF). He also
serves as a WINGS Weekend coordinator and an Aviation Safety
Counselor for the Tampa and Orlando FSDOs.
Francis Burton "Burt" COMPTON Jr, Master CFI
Burt Compton recently renewed his Master Instructor
designation. Burt owns and operates Marfa Gliders Soaring
at Marfa Airport (MRF) in west Texas. He serves on the
Soaring Safety Foundation board and was a longtime safety counselor
for the Miami FSDO.
Terry Lee CLAUSSEN, Master CFI
Terry Claussen recently renewed his Master Instructor
designation. Terry is a B737 evaluator and instructor with
PremAir in Phoenix as well as an independent glider instructor at
Maricopa's Estrella Sailport (E68). He also serves as a pilot
examiner for the Scottsdale and Seattle FSDOs.
Judith Ann "Judy" CADMUS, Master
Judith Cadmus recently renewed her Master CFI designation.
Judy is the owner of Avionics Training Unlimited and specializes in
instrument and avionics training at the Perkiomen Valley Airport
(N10). She is also active in The 99s and serves as an
Aviation Safety Counselor for the Allentown FSDO.
Janella Mary "Jan"
STEINER, Master CFI
Jan Steiner recently earned her Master Instructor
designation. Jan was an assistant chief flight instructor for
Big Sioux Aviation at Brookings Airport (BKX). She is
presently a flight instructor and charter pilot with Executive Air
Taxi at Bismarck Municipal Airport (BIS).
Beverly Jean "Jean" RUNNER, Master
Jean Runner recently earned her Master Instructor
designation. Jean is the chief CFI and owner of Jean's Flight
Training at Gillespie Field (SEE) in El Cajon. She is
active in the National Intercollegiate Flying Association (NIFA)
and serves as a safety counselor for the San Diego FSDO.
Daniel Lynn "Dan" OOT, Master
Daniel Oot recently earned his Master Instructor designation.
Dan is both a fixed wing and rotorcraft flight instructor. He
owns and operates Highland Helicopters (www.HighlandHelicopters.com),
a full service aviation training facility located at Hancock Field
(SYR) in Syracuse.
Michael Wayne "Mike" JOHNSON, Master
Michael Johnson recently earned his Master Instructor
designation. Mike provides flight and ground training for
Precision Helicopters and North Coast Flyers at Cleveland's Burke
Lakefront Airport (BKL). He also serves as an FAA Aviation
Safety Counselor for the Cleveland FSDO.
Frederick Randolph "Rick" FLETCHER, Master
Frederick Fletcher recently earned his Master Instructor
designation. Rick is Wackenhut Services' chief pilot at the
Savannah River Site as well as an independent airplane and
helicopter instructor in the Aiken area (AIK). He also serves
as a pilot examiner for the South Carolina FSDO.
Danny Devon "Dan"
CREECH, Master CFI
Danny Creech recently earned his Master Instructor
designation. Dan is a Part 135 cargo pilot with Charter
Aviation at Mobile Downtown Airport (BFM) and works as an
independent flight instructor in the Mobile area. He also
served as an Aviation Safety Counselor for the Orlando FSDO.
Troy Dale BROCKWAY, Master
Troy Brockway recently earned his Master Instructor
designation. Troy is the assistant chief CFI and assistant
chief pilot for Kansas State University's aviation program at
Salina Airport (SLN). He is also the 2003 National
Intercollegiate Flying Association's (NIFA) coach of the year.