DECEMBER 2017

by jennyfurst on January 8, 2018

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 Aviation Maintenance Techs (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 December 2017 are:

Burton Loyal "Burt" STEVENS, Master CFI

Burton Loyal “Burt” STEVENS, Master CFI

Burton Loyal “Burt” STEVENS, Master CFI    (Renew:  30Nov17)
Woodbury  CT
Burt’s e-mail address:   BStevens@snet.net

Burt Stevens, a 3-time Master and SAFE member, recently renewed his Master CFI accreditation through the MI LLC MICEP program https://MICEP.FluidReview.com/

Burt is a ground and flight instructor as well as president of the Oxford Flying Club at Oxford Airport (OXC) where he specializes in primary, instrument, and multiengine training.

He also serves as a professional ski instructor as well as a FAASTeam representative in the FAA’s Windsor Locks FSDO area.

(Photo:  MCFI Burt Stevens of Woodbury, CT) 


John Shannon MAHANY, Master CFI

John Shannon MAHANY, Master CFI

John Shannon MAHANY, Master CFI     (Renew: 20Dec17)
Long Beach  CA
John’s e-mail address:   J.Mahany@charter.net

John S Mahany, a 6-time Master and SAFE member, recently renewed his Master CFI accreditation through the MI LLC MICEP program https://MICEP.FluidReview.com/

John is a flight, ground and simulator instructor pilot with Flight Safety International at their Long Beach (California) Learning Center.

He is also a volunteer Young Eagles pilot and flight advisor for EAA’s Chapter 7 in addition to serving as a FAASTeam lead representative in the FAA’s Long Beach FSDO area.

(Photo: MCFI John Mahany of Long Beach, CA) 


Larry Alan "Bat" CROSS, Master CFI-Aerobatic

Larry Alan “Bat” CROSS, Master CFI-Aerobatic

Larry Alan “Bat” CROSS, Master CFI-Aerobatic      (Renew:  20Dec17)  
Arlington  TX
Larry’s e-mail address:   Larry.Cross@APSTraining.com

Larry A Cross, a 1st-time Master as well as a member of SAFE and IAC, recently earned his Master CFI-Aerobatic accreditation through the Master Instructor LLC MICEP program https://MICEP.FluidReview.com/

A former US Air Force officer and instructor pilot, Larry specializes in aerobatics, upset prevention, upset recovery, and simulator training for highly experienced pilots with Aviation Performance Solutions LLC at Arlington Municipal Airport (GKY).

(Photo:  MCFI-A Larry Cross of Arlington, TX)  


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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