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FAA names 2009 CFI of the YearFAA names 2009 CFI of the Year

Arlynn Marine McMahon, CFI of the yearArlynn Marine McMahon, CFI of the Year

Arlynn McMahon of Versailles, Ky., a Gold Seal flight instructor who specializes in training CFI candidates, has been named 2009 National CFI of the Year. McMahon is chief flight instructor at Aero-Tech at Lexington-Blue Grass Airport. She is one of a group of aviation professionals recognized by the General Aviation Awards program, a cooperative effort between the FAA and industry sponsors.

Aero-Tech was an early adopter of the FAA Industry Training Standards (FITS) program; to date the school has 34 FITS-accepted FAA-approved training syllabi. McMahon is the author of Train Like You Fly: A Flight Instructor’s Guide to Scenario-Based Training, and provided editorial assistance for the newly revised FAA Aviation Instructor’s Handbook. In 2008 she provided insights into sport pilot flight training when she discussed light sport aircraft for a series of articles that appeared in AOPA Flight Training. McMahon is a CFII, MEI, and AGI, as well as a Cirrus certified instructor, a Cessna factory authorized FITS instructor, and a designed pilot examiner for sport pilots.

Regional CFI of the Year winners were Charles H. Ebbecks of Mullica Hill, N.J.; Charles Ray McGill of San Diego, Calif.; Ken Wittekiend of Burnet, Texas; John Lewis of Houghton, Mich.; and James Lawrence Camden of Centennial, Colo.

The GA Awards program also recognized Alfred Joseph Louque of Chatfield, Texas, as 2009 Aviation Maintenance Technician; Paul Jerome Stooksbury of Fort Collins, Colo., as 2009 Avionics Technician, and Kent Blair Lewis of Keller, Texas, as 2009 FAA Safety Team Representative (formerly the Aviation Safety Counselor).

The recipients will receive their awards in July at EAA AirVenture 2009 in Oshkosh, Wis.

Jill W. Tallman

Jill W. Tallman

AOPA Technical Editor
AOPA Technical Editor Jill W. Tallman is an instrument-rated private pilot who owns a Piper Cherokee 140.

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