James M. Leon designated a Master
Flight Instructor (MFI) by NAFI
G Alexander "Sandy" Hill, MCFI, Director
of Education, NAFI
(Note added by PCEF: Jim is a member of the
PCEF Advisory Board.)
The National Association of Flight Instructors (NAFI)
takes pride in announcing a significant aviation
accomplishment on the part of James M Leon, an ultralight
flight instructor and a resident of Joliet, IL.
Recently, Jim was designated a Master Flight Instructor
(MFI) by NAFI, his professional aviation organization.
To help put this achievement in its proper perspective,
there are approximately 81,000 flight instructors
in the United States. Fewer than three hundred of
them have achieved that distinction thus far. The
last seven FAA National Flight Instructors of the
Year were Masters while Jim is one of only 6 Illinois
instructors to have earned this prestigious title.
The Master Instructor designation is a national
accreditation that is earned by a candidate through
a rigorous process of continuing education. 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.
Through their dedication to excellence, Master Instructors
have earned their "black belts" in aviation
education. They 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 Jim will
be invited, during EAA's AirVenture in Oshkosh and
at Sun 'n Fun in Lakeland. Any support that can
be provided will be greatly appreciated.
NAFI was founded in 1967 and is dedicated to raising
and maintaining the professional standing of flight
instructors throughout the nation, as well as providing
a safe and effective learning environment for student
pilots. In addition, NAFI initiates education and
support programs throughout the aviation industry.
The Association affiliated with the EAA in May of
Please feel free to disseminate this information
in newsletters or other media. If there are any
questions regarding the Master Instructor program,
contact NAFIMasters@aol.com or 303-485-8136 or visit
NAFI's website at www.NAFInet.org.