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 97,000 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 18 National Flight Instructors of the Year or FAASTeam Representatives of the Year were Master CFIs (see: http://www.GeneralAviationAwards.org/). 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 Programä may be directed to 303-485-8136 or MasterInstrs@aol.com For more information about the Master Instructor Programä and to locate other Masters, please visit the “Find a Master Instructor” section of www.MasterInstructors.org To learn more about the Society of Aviation and Flight Educators (SAFE), visit http://SafePilots.org/ The International Aerobatic Club (IAC) can be reached through their website at http://IAC.org/
Aviation educators who earned the “Master” title during February are:
Clifford Floyd “Cliff” CHETWIN, Master CFI (Renew: 1Feb13)
Santa Fe NM
Clifford F Chetwin, a 4-time Master and SAFE member, recently renewed his Master CFI accreditation.
Cliff is a retired National Park Service regional chief pilot and aviation program manager.
The president of Kestrel Aviation, he now works nationally as an aviation safety lecturer while also serving as a SAFE board member and a FAASTeam representative in the FAA’s Albuquerque FSDO area.
Michael J “Mike” LENTS, Master CFI-Aerobatic (Initial: 11Feb13)
Grand Forks ND
Michael J Lents, a 1st-time Master and a member of IAC as well as SAFE, recently earned his Master CFI-Aerobatic accreditation.
Mike is an aerobatic instructor and aviation lecturer at the University of North Dakota’s John D Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences.
He also serves as an assistant coach of the university’s aerobatic flight team.
Daniel Paul “Dam” MAHONEY, Master Instructor Emeritus (31Jan13)
Key Colony Beach FL
Daniel P Mahony, a 6-time Master and charter SAFE member, was recently granted Master Instructor Emeritus status in recognition of his many years of commitment to excellence, professional growth, service to the aviation community, and quality aviation education.
Dan specializes in recurrent training for seniors primarily at Florida’s Marathon Airport (MTH).
He also serves as a FAASTeam representative in the FAA’s South Florida (Miami) FSDO area.
Charles Ray “Chuck” MC GILL, Master CFI (Renew: 1Feb13)
San Diego CA
Charles R McGill, a 6-time Master and SAFE member, recently renewed his Master CFI accreditation.
Chuck is an independent Montgomery Field (MYF) flight instructor specializing in high performance and technically advanced aircraft training.
A retired US Marine, he also serves as a FAASTeam representative in the FAA’s San Diego FSDO area.
Edward John “Ed” MURPHY, Master CFI-Helicopter (Renew: 1Feb13)
Palm Beach Gardens FL
Edward J Murphy, a 2-time Master and SAFE member, recently renewed his Master CFI-Helicopter accreditation.
A retired US Army helicopter pilot, Ed is the lead Sikorski SK-92 instructor pilot with FlightSafety International at their West Palm Beach training center.
Specializing in initial and recurrent helicopter training, he is also a pilot examiner in both simulators and aircraft.
Richard L “Rich” STOWELL Jr, Master CFI-Aerobatic (Renew: 1Feb13)
Richard L Stowell, an 8-time Master and a member of IAC as well as a charter SAFE member, recently renewed his Master CFI-Aerobatic accreditation.
An aerobatic instructor specializing in emergency maneuver training and spin recovery, Rich teaches primarily at Idaho’s Cascade Airport (U70).
The 2006 Nat’l CFI of the Year, he is also an aviation author and serves as a FAASTeam representative in the FAA’s Boise FSDO area.
Robert Humphreys “Bob” TURNER, Master CFI (Initial: 10Feb13)
San Diego CA
Robert H Turner, a 1st-time Master and SAFE member, recently earned his Master CFI accreditation.
Bob is an independent flight and ground instructor specializing in tailwheel and biplane training at San Diego’s Montgomery Field (MYF).
A retired US Airways pilot, he also holds airframe and powerplant (A&P) certification with inspection authorization.
Mallory Daniel “Mal” WOODCOCK, Master CFI (Renew: 15Feb11)
Mallory D Woodcock, a 5-time Master and SAFE member, recently renewed his Master CFI accreditation.
Mal is a designated pilot examiner as well as an independent flight instructor specializing in primary and advanced training at John Bell Williams Airport (JVW).
He also serves as the vice commander of the CAP’s Mississippi Wing and is a FAASTeam representative in the FAA’s Jackson FSDO area.