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Nanette "Nan" GAYLORD, Master CFI (Initial: 11Sep08)
Tulsa OK
E-mail: NanGaylord@aol.com

Nanette Gaylord recently earned her Master CFI accreditation. Nan is a designated pilot examiner as well as a flight and ground instructor at Tulsa's Richard L Jones Riverside Airport (RVS). She also teaches aviation classes for Tulsa Community College and serves as a FAASTeam representative for the FAA's Oklahoma City FSDO area. (Photo: MCFI Nan Gaylord of Tulsa, OK)
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The National Association of Flight Instructors (NAFI) takes pride in announcing a significant aviation accomplishment on the part of Nanette Gaylord, a Riverside Airport designated pilot examiner and resident of Tulsa, Oklahoma. Recently, Nan was accredited as a Master CFI (Certificated Flight Instructor) by NAFI, her professional aviation education association.

To help put these achievements in their proper perspective, there are approximately 92,000 CFIs in the United States. Fewer than 600 of them have achieved that distinction thus far. The last 13 national Flight Instructors of the Year were Master CFIs while Nan is one of only 7 Oklahoma aviation educators who has earned this prestigious "Master" title. In the words of former FAA Administrator Marion Blakey, "The Master Instructor accreditation singles out the best that the right seat has to offer."

The Master Instructor designation is the only industry professional accreditation recognized by the FAA. It is earned by candidates through a rigorous process of continuing professional activity and peer review. Much like a flight instructor's certificate, it must be renewed biennially. This process parallels the continuing education regimen 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 have demonstrated an ongoing commitment to excellence, professional growth, and service to the aviation community.

Earning this designation is tantamount to having the words summa cum laude emblazoned on an instructor's certificate. These Masters truly represent the crème de la crème of our industry! To publicly recognize these individuals and their noteworthy accomplishments, NAFI will be hosting its "Meet the Masters" breakfasts, to which Nan will be invited, during EAA's AirVenture in Oshkosh and Sun 'n Fun in Lakeland.

NAFI is dedicated to providing support and recognition for America's aviation educators while helping them raise and maintain their level of professionalism. It is also committed to providing a safe and effective learning environment for student pilots. The Association was founded in 1967 and affiliated with EAA in 1995.

Please feel free to disseminate this information. Questions regarding the Master Instructor program may be directed to 303-485-8136 or NAFIMasters@aol.com Additional information is available at http://www.NAFIMasters.org/ and www.NAFInet.org

G Alexander "Sandy" Hill, MCFI
Phone: 303-485-8136
Vice President, Dir of Education
Nat'l Association of Flight Instructors