October 16, 2017


CONTACT: Donna Oracion, 575-624-7403



ENMU-Roswell is proud to announce that Dr. Peter M. Dittmer, Chief Pilot for the Professional Pilot Program, has earned accreditation as a Master Flight Instructor with the National Association of Flight Instructors (NAFI). This is Dittmer’s fourth NAFI Master Instructor accreditation.

Dittmer has a Ph.D. in Education and holds an Airline Transport Pilot Certificate, as well as a “Gold Seal” Flight Instructor Certificate for instrument single and multiengine aircraft. Dittmer has been teaching college level classes and instructing in both flight and ground classes for more than 27 years.

A NASA Faculty Fellowship recipient, Dittmer spent two summers at Edwards Air Force Base designing curriculum to train mission managers. He is also a past recipient of the Flight Instructor of the Year Award for the Southwest Region. He is active with aviation organizations including University Aviation Association, NAFI, Civil Air Patrol, Virginia Space Grant Consortium, and has over 8,000 hours of instruction given. His says his wife of 28 years, Sondra, has been a great sport, supporting his “passion” that became a “profession.”

The NAFI Master Flight Instructor Accreditation is earned by aviation educators based upon a system of advanced professional standards and peer review. The accreditation identifies and publicly recognizes those teachers of flight who demonstrate an ongoing commitment to excellence, professional growth, and service to the aviation community. The NAFI Master Instructor accreditation is for two years and may be used to renew an FAA flight instructor certificate. Applicants must have been a CFI for two years and have given 1,000 hours of flight instruction. In addition, candidates must meet and document activity in four NAFI Master Instructor categories (Instructor, Educator, Service to the Aviation Community, and Professional Activity).

For more information about the ENMU-Roswell Aviation programs, call 1-888-AV8-ENMU, Dr. Dittmer at (575) 624-7023, or email aviation@roswell.enmu.edu