SEPTEMBER 2017

by jennyfurst on October 4, 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 Master Instructors LLC’s https://MICEP.FluidReview.com/ as Masters by Master Instructors LLC, the international Master Instructor accrediting authority for the six (6) Master Instructor designations as well as the home of the industry acclaimed and  FAA-approved Master Instructor Continuing Education Program (MICEP)ä.  (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 September 2017 are:

Matthew Robert "Matt" D'ANGELO, Master CFI

Matthew Robert “Matt” D’ANGELO, Master CFI

Matthew Robert “Matt” D’ANGELO, Master CFI    (Renewal: 31Aug17)
Spring Lake Heights NJ
Matt’s e-mail address:  Matt@FlyingJourney.com 

Matthew R D’Angelo, a 2-time Master and SAFE member, recently earned his  Master CFI accreditation through the Master Instructor LLC MICEP program https://MICEP.FluidReview.com/

Matt is a flight instructor with Monmouth Area Flying Club at Lakewood Airport (N12) where he specializes in tailwheel, primary and instrument flight training with an emphasis on stick and rudder skills.

Additionally, he is an EAA Young Eagles pilot and serves as a FAASTeam representative in the Teterboro FSDO area.

(Photo: MCFI Matt D’Angelo of Spring Lake, NJ) 



David "Dave" PEPITONE, Master Aviation Educator

David “Dave” PEPITONE, Master Aviation Educator

David “Dave” PEPITONE, Master Aviation Educator    (Initial: 21Sep17)
Polvadera  NM
Dave’s e-mail address:   Convair600@gmail.com

David Pepitone, a 1st-time Master and SAFE member, recently earned his Master Aviation Educator (MAE) accreditation through the Master Instructors LLC MICEP program https://MICEP.FluidReview.com/

A long time flight instructor, pilot, and aviation educator, Dave is a glider instructor and check pilot with the New Mexico Wing of the Civil Air Patrol.

Additionally, he is a recent recipient of the FAA’s coveted Wright Brothers Master Pilot award

(Photo:  MAE Dave Pepitone of Polvadera, NM) 



Matthew Christian "Matt" PLOURDE, Master CFI

Matthew Christian “Matt” PLOURDE, Master CFI

Matthew Christian “Matt” PLOURDE, Master CFI    (Initial: 21Sep17)
Arlington  MA
Matt’s e-mail address:     Plourde.Matt@gmail.com  

Matthew C Plourde, a 1st-time Master and SAFE member, recently earned his Master CFI (MCFI) accreditation through the Master Instructors LLC MICEP program https://MICEP.FluidReview.com/

A former instructor pilot and flight supervisor at Daytona Beach’s Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU) campus, Matt is now in first officer training with Piedmont Airlines.

He also serves as a FAASTeam Representative in the FAA’s Orlando FSDO area.

(Photo:  MCFI Matt Plourde of Arlington, MA)



Russell Frederick "Russ" STILL, Master CFI

Russell Frederick “Russ” STILL, Master CFI

Russell Frederick “Russ” STILL, Master CFI    (Renew: 16Sep17)
Stoney Point Airfield, Cumming  GA
Russ’s e-mail address: 
   Russell@OnLineGroundSchool.com

Russell F Still, a 7-time Master and SAFE member, recently renewed his Master CFI accreditation through the Master Instructors LLC MICEP program https://MICEP.FluidReview.com/

A noted aviation educator and published author, Russ is the president of Atlanta Flight Inc at Gwinnett County Airport (LZU) where he specializes in primary and instrument instruction as well as ground training development and instruction.

He also serves with the Georgia Wing of the Civil Air Patrol (CAP) primarily as an instructor pilot.

(Photo: MCFI Russ Still of Cumming, GA) 



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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