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Domenic LaFauci NAFI MGIDomenic LaFauci, MGI 6/2022-6/2024:

LaFauci has previously been accredited as both an Associate Master and a Master Flight Instructor. LaFauci is the assistant dean of aviation at Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU), where he oversees the Aviation Operations and Management program, as well as the Unmanned Aerial Systems certificate program. In addition to his assistant dean role, he teaches academic courses, including aerodynamics, aircraft operations, and aircraft systems, and is working with the university’s product team to operationalize innovative hybrid-academic models. Previous to his employment with SNHU, he flew with Wiggins Airways as PIC on the Beechcraft BE-99, was a staff member at Bridgewater State University, and was a flight instructor for East Coast Aero Club.

LaFauci is currently pursuing his doctoral degree in Applied Educational Studies with a focus in Aviation and Space Education at Oklahoma State University, and is scheduled to graduate in the fall of 2023. He recently graduated from the Department of Transportation’s Basic Accident Investigator certificate program via the Transportation Safety Institute, as well as SNHU’s Unmanned Aerial Systems certificate program. An active FAASTeam Representative for the Portland and Boston FSDO region, he continues to educate others through his website www.TheCFIGuy.com, and will soon be making his return to flight instructing at CHI Aerospace. He says he hopes to someday teach in turbine aerobatic aircraft while continuing his career in higher education.


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Jorge Sierra Rodriguez MCFIJorge Sierra Rodriguez, MGI 5/2022-5/2024:

Sierra's dream of flying began at a very young age. He had a mentor who instilled a taste for aviation as a job and lifestyle. At 18, he started his career as a student pilot in Colombia. In 2011, he won a scholarship to an aviation school in Kissimmee, Florida. He completed his FAA Commercial Pilot multi-engine license and returned to Colombia, where he was hired at 21 years old as a First Officer for Avianca Airlines. He flew the Airbus 320 and 330 and started flying the Boeing 787 in early 2015. By 2018, he was chosen as a B-787 Instructor for Flight Training Device and Ground School. Working closely with flight standards and training, Sierra has been participating in developing recurrent training programs, evaluations, and courses designed for B-787 pilots. He is currently a Subject Matter Expert in aircraft and special operations for the airline. During the Covid-19 crisis, Sierra led the training and instruction of the flight crew members selected to do the first flight in the airline's history from Colombia to China to transport medical supplies. He was also one of the members of the flight crew.

Sierra holds an FAA ATP license with an A-320 type rating, FAA Advanced and Instrument ground instructor, and remote pilot certificate. Additionally, he has an ICAO ATP License and ICAO Instructor License for Full Flight Simulator, Aircraft Systems and Operations, Aerodynamics, Aviation Weather, Navigation, and Human Factors.

He continued his academic education while working as a pilot instructor. In 2020, he obtained a bachelor's degree in Business Administration and was admitted to the Master of Business Administration in Aviation program at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University; he expects to graduate by October 2022. Sierra also graduated from U.S. DOT as an Advanced Safety Officer and Advanced Air Accident Investigator.

In 2022, the Colombian Association of Civil Aviators chose him to represent over 700 pilots of Colombia as Delegated Pilot Instructor at the U.S. World Aviation Training Summit. He was also hired by the worldwide provider of simulation-based training, CAE, as a B-787 Full Flight Simulator Instructor.

He said he is proud to have joined the FAA Safety Team, Latino Pilot Association, Professional Pilots of Tomorrow, MRAeS of the Royal Aeronautical Society, and a new member of the National Association of Flight Instructors.

Sierra is passionate about flight training, education, training systems design, aviation curriculum development, learning management systems, and adult learning. He sees himself in the future as a pilot and instructor for a U.S. Legacy carrier, and actively participating in the industry as a CBTA/EBT expert.

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Tom Rogers NAFI MCFITom Rogers, MCFI 4/2022-4/2024:

Rogers began flying at age 16 at the now closed Ramapo airport in New York. His family moved to California where he finished his Private Pilot at age 17 at the El Monte airport. Rogers attended Arizona State University, majoring in Aeronautical Technology. As part of the curriculum he completed his Commercial, Instrument, CFI, CFII, and all levels of ground instructor certificates at the Phoenix Airport and Falcon Field in Mesa, Arizona. His first instructor job was in the Phoenix area in 1976 and he has held his CFI ever since, accumulating thousands of hours teaching.

After completing his Bachelor of Science in 1978, he was commissioned in  the U.S. Air Force, where he completed pilot training in 1980. After initial qualifications he became an instructor at Williams AFB, now Williams Gateway airport in Arizona. There he accumulated 1,300 hours instructing in the T-37B primary jet trainer. His next assignment was in the F-15 and he eventually became a four -hip flight lead and instructor. After 10 years on active duty, traveling four continents, he was hired by Alaska Airlines. Rogers continued serving in the Air National Guard and has completed 25 years of service, retiring as a Lt Colonel.

Rogers spent 31 years at Alaska Airlines, over 24 as a senior captain, retiring in 2020. Initially he flew the Boeing 727 as both an engineer and first officer. Rogers upgraded to captain on the 737-200 based in Anchorage.  Finally completing his career on all variants of the B-737 NG Series based in Seattle. One of his accomplishments at Alaska Airlines was establishing Aviation Day where the airline opened its hangar and flight operations buildings to over 1,000 youth for an in-depth view of aviation careers. He managed the program for 10 years before his retirement, working with over 350 volunteers and the youth each year. In 2012 he was selected as an Alaska Airlines legend, an award given to less than 2 percent  the airline’s employees for exceptional service to the airline and community.

Throughout his flying career he continued to stay active in general aviation. While in Arizona he instructed aerobatics at Chandler Air Service in a Great Lakes;  in the Seattle area it was the Boeing Employees Flying Association.  Rogers earned his Single-Engine Sea rating, and after attaining over 100 hours flying all over the Pacific northwest and British Columbia went on to instruct at the Renton Airport in seaplanes. He instructed in the DHC2 Beaver, Cessna 180 and 172XP on floats. Since his retirement from Alaska he has concentrated his flight instruction on tailwheel operations, upset prevention and recovery, CFI candidate spin training and mountain flying courses. His tailwheel instruction is in the Citabria and Super Decathlon. He has built a significant amount of time in the PT17 Stearman and T6 as well as YKS7 Cabin Waco aircraft.

Rogers is a FAASTeam representative and gives presentations around the Pacific northwest on non-towered airport operations, loss of control and spin training. He has accumulated over 24,000 hours in over 50 years of flying.

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Alexander CrosettLex Crossett NAFI MCFI, MCFI 4/2022-4/2024:

Crosett has been flight instructing since the age of 18 and enjoys working with pilots at every learning stage.  He’s currently teaching in Cirrus aircraft as a Cirrus Standardized Instructor Pilot (CSIP) at Mike Goulian Aviation, a Platinum Cirrus Training Center in the Boston area. He says working for Mike Goulian and with his team has been the highlight of his flight instruction career.

With more than 4,300 hours of flight time and over 1,300 hours of instruction, Crosett is rated as a FAA Gold Seal Flight Instructor. He holds Airline Transport Pilot and Flight Instructor certificates in both airplanes and helicopters and is an Advanced and Instrument Ground Instructor.

In addition to flight instructing to pay for his college education, Crosett flew for air ambulance, freight, and charter organizations, and for a Part 121 commuter airline in New England.  Lex is also a Cirrus SR22 owner and active Angel Flight command pilot.

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