Congratulations Timm Preusser, Master CFI (again)!


Kleinwallstadt, Germany
Timm Preusser recently renewed his Master Instructor designation. Timm is
the chief CFI and training officer at the Darmstadt Flying Club. He also
serves on the Cirrus Owners & Pilots Association (COPA) board of directors
and is active in the Cirrus Pilots Proficiency Program.

The National Association of Flight Instructors (NAFI) takes pride in announcing
a significant aviation accomplishment on the part of Timm Preusser, a resident
of Kleinwallstadt, Germany. Recently, Timm’s designation as a Master CFI
(Certificated Flight Instructor) was renewed by NAFI, his professional aviation
To help put this achievement in its proper perspective, there are approximately
81,000 CFIs in the United States. Fewer than 400 of them have achieved
that distinction thus far. The last eight national Flight Instructors of
the Year were Master CFIs while Timm is one of only 7 European aviation
educators who has earned this prestigious ‘Master’ title.
The Master Instructor designation is a national accreditation recognized by the
FAA that is earned by candidates through a rigorous process of continuing
education 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
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 Timm will be invited, during
EAA’s AirVenture in Oshkosh and Sun 'n Fun in Lakeland. Any support that
can be provided will be appreciated.
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 May of 1995.
Please feel free to disseminate this information. Questions regarding the
Master Instructor program may be directed to 303-485-8136 or visit
NAFI’s website at
G Alexander ‘Sandy’ Hill, MCFI
Phone: 303-485-8136 or 8708
Vice President, Dir of Education
Nat’l Association of Flight Instructors