Master Instructors LLC and its Board of Review take pride in announcing a significant aviation accomplishment on the part of these very special aviation educators. Recently, they were all accredited as Masters by Master Instructors LLC, the international Master Instructor accrediting authority (US Copyright Office registration number TX0006987479).
To help put this achievement in its proper perspective, there are approximately 93,000 CFIs in the United States. Fewer than 700 of them have earned Master accreditation thus far. As a measure of the prestige conferred by this title, the last 15 National Flight Instructors of the Year were Master CFIs. In addition, the FAA has approved the accreditation as an alternate means for CFIs to renew their flight instructor certificates.
The Master Instructor designation is a national accreditation recognized by the FAA and industry that is earned by a candidate 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 continuing education regimens 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 are demonstrating an ongoing commitment to excellence, professional growth, and service to the aviation community.
Through their dedication to excellence, Master Instructors have earned their “black belts” in aviation education. They truly represent the crème de la crème of the aviation industry!
Questions regarding the Master Instructor Program may be directed to 303-485-8136 or MasterInstrs@aol.com To learn more about the Society of Aviation and Flight Educators (SAFE), visit http://www.SafePilots.org/ For more information about the Program and to locate other Master Instructors, please visit the “Find a Master Instructor” section of www.MasterInstructors.org
Aviation educators who earned the “Master” title during May are:
Obie Sigrest YOUNG, Master CFI
Obie S Young, a 5-time Master and SAFE member, recently renewed his Master CFI accreditation. Obie recently retired as an FAA FAASTeam program manager and is now president of the National Aviation Safety Foundation (http://www.NationalAviationSafetyFoundation.org/). The 1978 National CFI of the Year, he currently serves as a FAASTeam representative in the Orlando FSDO area.
Raymond Francis “Ray” SPENGLER Jr, Master CFI & Master GI
Midland TX & Sanoma CA
Raymond F Spengler, a 3-time double Master and SAFE member, recently renewed his Master CFI and Master GI accreditations. Ray, the former president of Sonoma’s Skypark Aviation, is now the chief CFI and manager of Pilot Coach Aviation (http://www.PilotCoach.net/) at Midland International Airport (MAF). He also serves in the Civil Air Patrol and is a FAASTeam representative in the FAA’s Lubbock FSDO area.
Megan Roberts SAYRE, Master CFI
Megan Sayre, a 2-time Master and a SAFE member, recently renewed his Master CFI accreditation. Megan is the chief flight instructor for Journeys Aviation (http://JourneysAviation.com/) at Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport (BJC). The 2010 Northwest Mountain Region CFI of the Year, she also serves as a FAASTeam representative in the FAA’s Denver FSDO area.
Brandon Joel RAY, Master CFI
Brandon J Ray, a 2-time double Master and SAFE member, recently renewed his Master CFI accreditation. Brandon is an instructor pilot with Cessna Pilot Centers and the owner of High Performance Aviation (http://www.FlyHPA.com/) specializing in high performance transition training at Lone Star Executive Airport (CXO). He also serves as a a FAASTeam representative in the FAA’s Houston FSDO area.
James Matthew “Matt” JOHNSON, Master CFI-Helicopter
Matthew Johnson, a 1st-time Master and SAFE member, recently earned his Master CFI-Helicopter accreditation. Matt is the founder of Eagle Eye Solutions (http://EagleEyeSolutionsLLC.com/) and is an air medical pilot with Air Evac Lifeteam in the southwest Ohio region. He also serves as a FAASTeam representative for the FAA’s Cincinnati FSDO area.
Thomas Michael “Mike” GARRISON, Master CFI
T Michael Garrison, a 5-time Master and SAFE member, recently renewed his Master CFI accreditation. Mike is an independent flight instructor specializing in instrument and multiengine training at Johnson County Executive Airport (OJC). The holder of a Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award, he also serves as a designated pilot examiner in the FAA’s Kansas City FSDO area.
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Alexander “Sandy” & JoAnn Hill, MCFIs
Master Instructors LLC, Longmont CO
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