John Thompson, MCFI, Cirrus (CSIP) Instructor
- FAASTeam Lead Representative
- Chief Flight Instructor for the Civil Airport Patrol’s National Flight Academy held every June at Oshkosh, Wisconsin.
- Check Pilot for the Wisconsin Civil Air Patrol Wing.
- Flight Specialist for AirVenture’s
- KidVenture Program
- The Learn To Fly Center
For the past nine years, I have been a professional flight instructor. My flight experience includes approximately 4000 total flight hours, of which 2,500 giving flight instruction. My expertise includes flight instruction, simulator, and ground instruction, and I have taught students from a wide variety of backgrounds.
I consider myself a dedicated and innovative teacher. One of the things I am most proud of is the development of a two-day ground school to allow students with busy schedules to pass their FAA knowledge tests for the private pilot and instrument in only a weekend. My partner and I at Am I High Aviation have also recently introduced a successful accelerated instrument and private pilot course.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, February, 2010
John Howard Thompson, two-time Master CFI and a SAFE member, recently renewed his Master CFI accreditation. John is the chief pilot and a partner at Am I High Aviation (http://www.AmIHighAviation.com/ ) at Stevens Point Municipal Airport (STE). He also serves in the Civil Air Patrol (CAP) and is a FAASTeam representative in the FAA’s Milwaukee FSDO area.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, February, 2009
John Thompson, Master CFI
Stevens Point, WI
Instructor qualified to teach advanced Cirrus Airplane
For the Stevens Point Journal March 20, 2009
Am I High Aviation LLC announces John Thompson, MCFI, completed the Cirrus Standardized Instructor Program in Duluth, Minn. Thompson is now qualified to teach in the technically advanced Cirrus Airplane providing high quality transition training to Cirrus owners and pilots.
Thompson has approximately 4,000 total flight hours of which 2,500 hours are providing dual flight instruction to primary and instrument students. He also serves as a FAASTeam representative for the FAA’s Milwaukee FSDO and is an active member with the following aviation organizations: National Association of Flight Instructors (NAFI), Civil Air Patrol (CAP) United States Air Force Auxiliary, Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) and the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA).
In 2005, Thompson and Wanda Zuege started Am I High Aviation LLC to provide flight training opportunities for the Stevens Point community and surrounding areas. Thompson and Zuege are exclusively known today for their accelerated flight and ground instruction programs including: two-day ground schools for the Private Pilot, Sport Pilot, Instrument and Instrument-Instructor FAA knowledge test; a 14-day Accelerated Private Pilot Program, and a seven-day instrument course. See Web site for more details www.amihighaviation.com or call 715-252-3326.
Contributed by Wanda Zuege.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, February, 2008
John Howard THOMPSON, Master CFI
John H Thompson recently earned his Master CFI accreditation. John is a flight and ground instructor specializing in primary and instrument training at Stevens Point Airport (STE). The co-owner of Am I High Aviation (www.AmIHighAviation.com), he also serves as a FAASTeam representative for the FAA’s Milwaukee FSDO.
The National Association of Flight Instructors (NAFI) takes pride in announcing a significant aviation accomplishment on the part of John H Thompson, a flight instructor at Stevens Point and a resident of Plover, WI. Recently, John was accredited as a Master CFI (Certificated Flight Instructor) by NAFI, his professional aviation education association.
To help put these achievements in their proper perspective, there are approximately 91,000 CFIs in the United States. Fewer than 600 of them have achieved that distinction thus far. The last 13 national Flight Instructors of the Year were Master CFIs while John is one of only 14 Wisconsin aviation educators who has earned this prestigious “Master” title. In the words of former FAA Administrator Marion Blakey, “Master Instructor accreditation singles out the best that the right seat has to offer.”
The Master Instructor designation is the only industry professional accreditation recognized by the FAA. It 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 creme de la creme of our industry! To publicly recognize these individuals and their noteworthy accomplishments, NAFI will be hosting its “Meet the Masters” breakfasts, to which John 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.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, February, 2009
John Thompson, Master CFI
Stevens Point, WI
FAA approves John Thompson: FAA Safety Team Representative
The Federal Aviation Administration Safety Team program advances aviation safety in Stevens Point
Stevens Point, Wisconsin, February 20, 2007 — Am I High Aviation, LLC, a professional accelerated aviation training center, today announced the approval ofJohn Thompson as an FAA Safety Team Representative (FAASteam.
John Thompson, Chief Flight Instructor with Am I High Aviation, LLC, was approved to act as a FAASTeam Lead Representative for the Stevens Point area aviation community. Thompson has 3000 total flight hours with 1500 hours providing flight instruction. He is an active member with the following aviation organizations: National Association of Flight Instructors (NAFI), Civil Air Patrol (CAP) Unitied States Air Force Auxiliary, Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA), and the Experimental Aircraft Associaiton (EAA).
Flight Standards Service is a world leader in aviation safety supporting the goal to have the safest aviation system in the world. With new technology, the Federal Aviation Administration Safety Team (FAASTeam), newly launched in October 2006, can now bring safety resources, programs and seminars to the local level.
Accident reduction is the ultimate goal. With data mining/analysis now available using the Web-Based-Data-Mart and distributing that information to a highly skilled and motivated team, the FAASteam is prioritizing safety resources by risks specific to each region.Thompson will work closely with FAASteam to continue to encourage the growth of a positive aviation safety culture. “This is an exciting opportunity for John Thompson, Am I High Aviation, LLC and the Stevens Point Area Aviation Community.” Mike Pinney, Airport Manager, Stevens Point Municipal Airport.
In 2005, partnering with Wanda Zuege, Am I High Aviation, LLC was created to provide accelerated flight training opportunities for the Stevens Point community and surrounding areas. Thompson and Zuege developed an accelerated Weekend Ground School that allows customers with busy schedules to pass the Private Pilot and Instrument FAA knowledge test in just 2 days; an accelerated 14 day course for the Instrument rating and a 30 day course for the Private Pilot License.See the website for more details.