by jennyfurst on February 6, 2019

Andrew David Chitiea, MCFI Emeritus

Andrew David Chitiea, MCFI Emeritus

Andrew D “Drew” Chitiea, an 11-time Master CFI and a charter member of SAFE, was granted Master Instructor Emeritus status January 20 through Master Instructors LLC.

The award was in recognition of his many years of excellence, professional growth, service to the aviation community and quality aviation education. Drew is a widely published aviation author, corporate pilot, chief pilot and owner of Colorado Skymaster at Centennial and Front Range airports. He also serves as a FAASTeam representative and a DPE for the FAA’s Denver FSDO.

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


Mark Frederick Miller, MAE

Mark Frederick Miller 2019

Mark F Miller, a first time Master CFI and a SAFE member, earned his initial Master Aviation Educator accreditation in January, 2019 through Master Instructors LLC.

Mark works with Las Vegas’s Part 121 Allegiant Air as a line check airman as well as an A320 series and MD80 and DC-9 series captain.

Additionally, he serves as a flight and ground instructor with Bellingham’s Whatcom Young Aviators and Command Aviation’s flight school.


Steven Thomas Garvine, MCFI

Steven Thomas Garvine, MCFI

SAFE member Steven T Garvine, of Bozeman MT, earned his initial Master CFI accreditation January 15 through Master Instructors LLC.

Steven is the chief flight instructor with Summit Aviation’s Part 141 / 61 flight school at Bozeman’s Yellowstone International Airport, where he provides private pilot through CFI / MEI flight training.

Additionally, Steven serves as an adjunct faculty member with Montana State University’s Gallatin College where he offers courses in commercial pilot ground school and flight instruction theory.


Linda Fritsche Castner , MAE

Linda Fritsche Castner , MAE

Linda F Castner, a triple Master CFI and SAFE member, renewed her Master Aviation Educator (MAE) accreditation in January 2019 through Master Instructors LLC.

A recent inductee into the New Jersey Aviation Hall of Fame, Linda is an FAA certificated advanced ground instructor and teaches ground schools for elementary and secondary students that focus on the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics aspects of aviation. As an FAA-certificated pilot, she uses her airport as a living lab and teaches similar STEM programs around the country.

Linda co-owns, operates, and manages New Jersey’s Alexandria Field Airport.

Previous post:

Next post: