MAY 2018

by jennyfurst on June 14, 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 May 2018 are:

Michael Christopher “Mike” DEMULLING, Master CFI

Michael Christopher “Mike” DEMULLING, Master CFI   (Renew:  30Apr18) 
New Richmond  WI
Mike’s e-mail address:  /

Michael C Demulling, a 9-time Master and a SAFE member, recently renewed his Master CFI accreditation through the Master Instructors LLC MICEP program

Mike is the manager of New Richmond Regional Airport as well as the  chief pilot for White House Custom Colour and a volunteer pilot for the Saint Croix County Sheriff’s Department.

Additionally, he operates Mike Demulling Flight Training where he specializes in primary, instrument, recurrent, and Aerostar flight and ground training.

(Photo: MCFI Mike Demulling of New Richmond, WI)



Donald Lee “Monty” HALL, Master CFI-Aerobatic

Donald Lee “Monty” HALL, Master CFI-Aerobatic   (Initial: 25May18)
Mesa  AZ
Lee’s e-mail address:

Colonel Lee “Monty” Hall, a 1st-time Master as well as a member of SAFE, recently earned his Master CFI-Aerobatic accreditation through the Master Instructors LLC MICEP program

A retired US Air Force F-16 Group commander and F-16 instructor pilot, Monty served as site manager for the USAF Initial Flight Training program in Pueblo, Colorado.

Currently, he is an advanced instructor pilot with Aviation Performance Solutions LLC at Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (IWA) where he specializes in upset prevention and recovery training (UPRT) that is geared toward experienced aviators.

(Photo:  MCFI-A Lee Hall of Mesa, AZ)


Michael Bruce “Mike” TRAUD, Master CFI

Michael Bruce “Mike” TRAUD, Master CFI     (Renew:  11May18) 
Gold River  CA
Mike’s e-mail address:

Michael B Traud, an 8-time Master and SAFE member, recently renewed his Master CFI accreditation  through the Master Instructors LLC MICEP program

A member of the Master Instructor Board of Review, Mike serves as a designated pilot examiner (DPE) in the FAA’s Sacramento FSDO area.

Additionally, he is an aviation consultant and adjunct professor of aviation at Los Rios Community College while also owning and operating MTAviation Services LLC  at Sacramento’s Executive Airport (SAC).

(Photo:  MCFI Mike Traud of Gold River, CA)


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 www.MasterInstructors.orgTo learn more about the Society of Aviation andFlight Educators (SAFE), visit

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