Southeastern CFI renews master accreditation

May 8, 2014

DURANT – Kyle Thomas, a 5-time Master Flight Instructor and a SAFE (Society of Aviation and Flight Educators) member, has renewed his Master CFI (Certified Flight Instructor) accreditation.

Thomas is the Chief Flight Instructor and an assistant professor with Southeastern Oklahoma State University’s Aviation Sciences Institute. He joined the Southeastern faculty in 1996.

He is also an advisor to the local Women in Aviation chapter and coach for the University’s NIFA (National Intercollegiate Flying Association) flight team. In

addition, he serves as a FAASTeam (Federal Aviation Administration Safety Team)

representative in the FAA’s (Federal Aviation Administration) Oklahoma City area.

Thomas first earned this national professional designation in 2006 and has held it continuously since then. He is one of only 25 worldwide to earn the credential five times.

Master Instructors LLC announced the significant accomplishment. Master Instructors LLC is the international accrediting authority for the Master Instructor designation, as well as the FAA-approved “Master Instructor Program.”

Of approximately 98,000 CFIs in the United States, fewer than 800 have achieved Master CFI status. The last 10 National Flight Instructors of the Year or National FAASteam Representatives of the Year were Master CFIs.

Thomas is one of only 12 Oklahoma aviation educators to have earned the prestigious “Master” title.

Former FAA administrator Marion Blakey said, “The Master Instructor accreditation singles out the best that the right seat has to offer.”

Candidates for the “Master” title must demonstrate an ongoing commitment to excellence, professional growth, and service to the aviation community, and must pass a rigorous evaluation by a peer Board of Review. The designation must be renewed biennially and significantly surpasses the FAA requirements for renewal of the candidates’ flight instructor certificate.