WMU News

Aviation instructors join select national group

Sept. 5, 2001

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. -- The WMU College of Aviation's two top flight instructors earned the coveted rating of Master Certified Flight Instructor in July, making them part of a select group of only 300 across the nation and nine in Michigan to achieve that distinction.

Thomas C. Grossman, the college's chief flight instructor, and David H. Schrader, assistant chief flight instructor, earned the rating during the most recent round of certification by the National Association of Flight Instructors. NAFI is the professional association for the nation's 78,000 certified flight instructors.

The master instructor designation is a national accreditation that is earned by a candidate through a rigorous process of continuing education. Like a flight instructor's certificate, it must be renewed biennially. The past six recipients of the Federal Aviation Administration's Flight Instructor of the Year award have come from the ranks of those holding the designation.

Media contact: Cheryl Roland, 616 387-8400, cheryl.roland@wmich.edu

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