George Richard MUNSON, Master CFII, Gold Seal, ATP         ( Initial:  12Dec06 )
Westhampton  MA

George Munson recently earned his Master CFI accreditation.  George is the chief pilot and owner of AD UP Aviation (, a flight school located at Westfield's Barnes Municipal Airport (BAF).  He specializes in flight training but also provides scenic air tours and aerial advertising services.      (Photo attachment:  MCFI George Munson of Westhampton, MA)
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The National Association of Flight Instructors (NAFI) takes pride in announcing a significant aviation accomplishment on the part of George R Munson, the owner of AD UP Aviation and a resident of Westhampton, MA.  Recently, George was accredited as a Master CFI (Certificated Flight Instructor) by NAFI, his professional aviation education association.

To help put this achievement in its proper perspective, there are approximately 90,000 CFIs in the United States.  Fewer than 500 of them have achieved that distinction thus far.  The last eleven national Flight Instructors of the Year were Master CFIs while George is one of only 6 Massachutes aviation educators who has earned this prestigious "Master" title.  In the words of FAA Administrator Marion Blakey, "The flight instructor is where the rubber meets the runway.  The Master Instructor accreditation singles out the best that the right seat has to offer." 

The Master Instructor designation is a national accreditation recognized by the FAA that is earned by candidates through a rigorous process of continuing professional activity 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 community. 

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 George 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 1995.

Please feel free to disseminate this information.  Questions regarding the Master Instructor program may be directed to 303-485-8136 or   Additional information is available at and

G Alexander "Sandy" Hill, MCFI
Phone:  303-485-8136
Vice President, Dir of Education
Nat'l Association of Flight Instructors


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