Faculty Member Earns Top Aviation Educator Accreditation

MELBOURNE, FLA.—Donna Wilt, Florida Tech associate professor of aviation and a Sebastian resident, has earned a renewal of the Master CFI (Certificated Flight Instructor) designation. The certification was renewed by the National Association of Flight Instructors, a professional aviation education association. Wilt first earned the accreditation in 2001.

There are approximately 91,000 CFIs in the United States. Fewer than 600 have achieved Wilt’s distinction. Wilt is one of only 55 Florida aviation educators to earn the prestigious “Master” title.

FAA Administrator Marion Blakey said, “The flight instructor is where the rubber meets the runway. The master instructor accreditation singles out the best.”

Candidates earn the FAA-recognized accreditation through a rigorous process of continuing professional activity and peer review. Much like a flight instructor’s certificate, it must be renewed biennially. A master is one recognized for an ongoing commitment to excellence, professional growth and service to the aviation community.

The National Association of Flight Instructors 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 the Experimental Aircraft Association in 1995.

Wilt also serves as faculty adviser for the Florida Tech intercollegiate flight team and is an active member of the Spaceport chapter of the Ninety-Nines, the international organization of women pilots.

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