FEBRUARY 2017

by jennyfurst on March 2, 2017

Master Instructors LLC (MI 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 through MI LLC’s https://MICEP.FluidReview.com/ as Masters by Master Instructors LLC, the international Master Instructor accrediting authority (US Copyright Office registration number TX0006987479).

To help put these achievements in their proper perspective, there are approximately 101,000 FAA-certificated CFIs in the United States. Fewer than 800 of them have earned Master accreditation thus far.  As a measure of the significance and prestige associated with this title, twenty-three (23) of the last National Flight Instructors of the Year, National FAASTeam Representatives of the Year, or National AMTs of the Year were Masters  (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.

Professional aviation educators who earned or renewed their “Master” title during February 2017 are:

Clifford Floyd "Cliff" CHETWIN, Master CFI

Clifford Floyd “Cliff” CHETWIN, Master CFI

Clifford Floyd “Cliff” CHETWIN, Master CFI    (Renew:  1Feb17)
Santa Fe  NM
Cliff’s e-mail address:  KestrelAir1@gmail.com

Clifford F Chetwin, a 6-time Master and a charter SAFE member, recently renewed his Master CFI accreditation through MI LLC’s MICEP program  https://MICEP.FluidReview.com/

The president of Kestrel Aviation LLC, Cliff is a retired National Park Service (NPS) regional chief pilot and aviation program manager.

In addition to having served as a SAFE board member, he works as a nationally acclaimed aviation safety lecturer while also serving as a FAASTeam lead representative in the FAA’s Albuquerque FSDO area.

(Photo:  MCFI Cliff Chetwin of Santa Fe, NM)



Andrew David "Drew" CHITIEA, Master CFI

Andrew David “Drew” CHITIEA, Master CFI

Andrew David “Drew” CHITIEA, Master CFI     (Renew:  31Jan17)
Black Hawk  CO
Drew’s e-mail address:   Drew@ColoradoSkymaster.com

Andrew D Chitiea, a 10-time Master and charter SAFE member, recently renewed his Master CFI accreditation through MI LLC’s https://MICEP.FluidReview.com/

Drew is a published aviation author as well as a corporate pilot, chief pilot, and owner of Colorado Skymaster LLC  at Centennial (APA) and Front Range (FTG) airports.

He also serves as a FAASTeam representative and a designated pilot examiner (DPE) in the FAA’s Denver FSDO area.

Drew was one of the first aviation educators to earn the Master designation when the accreditation program was first introduced by then-FAA Administrator Barry Valentine at Oshkosh AirVenture 1997.

(Photo:  MCFI  Drew Chitiea of Black Hawk, CO) 


 

Judy Ann PHELPS, Master CFI-Aerobatic

Judy Ann PHELPS, Master CFI-Aerobatic

Judy Ann PHELPS, Master CFI-Aerobatic      (Renew:  31Jan17)  
Santa Paula  CA
Judy’s e-mail address:   Judy@CPAviation.com

Judy Phelps, a 6-time Master and a member of IAC as well as a charter member of  SAFE, recently renewed her Master CFI-Aerobatic accreditation through MI LLC’s MICEP program https://MICEP.FluidReview.com/

The 2011 National CFI of the Year, Judy specializes in aerobatic and emergency maneuver training with CP Aviation at California’s Santa Paula Airport (SZP).

She also serves as a FAASTeam representative in the FAA’s Van Nuys FSDO area.

(Photo:  MCFI-A Judy Phelps of Santa Paula, CA) 



Richard L "Rich" STOWELL Jr, Master CFI-Aerobatic

Richard L “Rich” STOWELL Jr, Master CFI-Aerobatic

Richard L “Rich” STOWELL Jr, Master CFI-Aerobatic      (Renew:  4Feb17)  
McCall ID
Rich’s e-mail address:   Rich@RichStowell.com

Richard L Stowell, a 10-time Master and a member of IAC as well as a charter SAFE member, recently renewed his Master CFI-Aerobatic accreditation through MI LLC’s https://MICEP.FluidReview.com/

A nationally known 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 as well as the 2014 Nat’l FAASTeam Rep of the Year and a FAASTeam representative in the FAA’s Boise FSDO area, Rich was one of the first aviation educators to earn the Master designation when the accreditation program was first introduced by then-FAA Administrator Barry Valentine at Oshkosh AirVenture 1997.

(Photo: MCFI-A Rich Stowell of McCall, ID)



The Master Instructor designation is a national accreditation recognized by the FAA and revered by industry.  It 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, Masters have earned their “black belts” in aviation education. They truly represent the crème de la crème of the aviation industry!  High and low resolution photos are available upon request.

Please feel free to disseminate this information widely.  Questions regarding the Master Instructor Continuing Education Programä may be directed to 303-485-8136 or MasterInstrs@aol.com    For more information about the Master Instructor Continuing Education Programä ( https://MICEP.FluidReview.com/ ) and to locate other Masters, please visit www.MasterInstructors.org   To learn more about the Society of Aviation and Flight Educators (SAFE), visit http://SafePilots.org/

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