Donna M Stevens, a 6-time Master and charter SAFE member, was recently granted Master Instructor Emeritus status in recognition of her many years of commitment to excellence, professional growth, service to the aviation community, and quality aviation education. Donna is the lead flight and ground instructor as well as owner of DonnAir Aviation (http://www.DonnAirAviation.com/) at Valparaiso’s Porter County Regional Airport (VPZ). She also serves as a FAASTeam representative in the FAA’s South Bend FSDO area.
Master Instructors LLC takes great pride in announcing a significant aviation accomplishment on the part of Donna M Stevens, the owner of DonnAir Aviation and a resident of Chesterton, Indiana. Recently, Donna was granted the title of Master Instructor Emeritus (MIE / MCFI-E) by Master Instructors LLC, the international accrediting authority for the Master Instructor designation as well as the FAA-approved “Master Instructor Program.”She first earned this national professional accreditation in 2002 and is one of only 30 worldwide to earn the credential six times.”
To help put this achievement in its proper perspective, there are approximately 96,000 CFIs in the United States. Fewer than 700 of them have achieved Master status thus far. The last 17 national Flight Instructors of the Year were Master CFIs (see: http://www.GeneralAviationAwards.org/). Donna is one of only 15 Indiana aviation educators to earn this prestigious “Master” title and is one of only 18 worldwide to be granted EMERITUS status.
In the words of former FAA Administrator Marion Blakey, “The Master Instructor accreditation singles out the best that the right seat has to offer.”
Emeritus status is an honorary title that may be conferred upon an individual Master in recognition of her/his years of dedication and commitment to excellence, professional growth, and service to the aviation community. Since the inception of the Master Instructor program more than fifteen years ago, hundreds of professional aviation educators have earned initial Master accreditation followed by biennial renewals. Many of those veteran Masters are now cutting back or retiring altogether from active aviation education.
The Master Instructor designation is a national accreditation recognized by the FAA. Candidates must pass a rigorous evaluation by a peer review board. The process parallels the continuing education regimen used by other professionals to enhance their knowledge base while increasing their professionalism. Designees are recognized as outstanding aviation educators for not only their excellence in teaching, but for their engagement in the continuous process of learning — both their own, and their students’. The designation must be renewed biennially and significantly surpasses the FAA requirements for renewal of the candidate’s flight instructor certificate.