MARCH 2018

by jennyfurst on April 5, 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 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:  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 March 2018 are:

Michael Joseph "Mike" ELLIOTT, Master CFI

Michael Joseph “Mike” ELLIOTT, Master CFI

Michael Joseph “Mike” ELLIOTT, Master CFI    (Renew: 1Mar18)
Tarpon Springs  FL
Mike’s e-mail address:

Michael J Elliott, a 3-time Master and SAFE member, recently renewed his Master CFI accreditation through the Master Instructor LLC’s MICEP program htts://

The founder of Florida’s Mooney Summit, Mike is an independent flight instructor who teaches nationally as well as at Clearwater Air Park (CLW) where he specializes in Mooney transition training.

He also serves as an AOPA Airport Support Network (ASN) volunteer at Hidden Lake Airport (FA40) as well as a FAASTeam representative in the FAA’s Birmingham FSDO area.

(Photo: MCFI Mike Elliott of Tarpon Springs, FL)


Eric Joseph SHAPPEE, Master CFI

Eric Joseph SHAPPEE, Master CFI

Eric Joseph SHAPPEE, Master CFI    (Renew:  15Mar18)
Salina  KS
Eric’s e-mail address:

Eric J Shappee, a 7-time Master and SAFE member, recently renewed his Master CFI accreditation through the Master Instructors LLC’s MICEP program https://MICEP.FluidReview

Eric is a professor of aviation at Kansas State University’s Polytechnic Campus.

Eric is a flight, ground and classroom instructor and is based at the Salina Municipal Airport (SLN).  Further, Eric is active in both the University Aviation Association (UAA) and the Civil Air Patrol.

He has also served as the FAA Airmen Certification Representative (ACR) for the University.

(Photo:  MCFI Eric Shappee of Salina, KS)

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    For more information about the Master Instructor Continuing Education Programä ( ) and to locate other Masters, please visit  To learn more about the Society of Aviation and Flight Educators (SAFE), visit

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