SEPTEMBER 2019

by jennyfurst on October 7, 2019

Craig Michael Blumer, MCFI-Blimp

Craig Michael Blumer, MCFI-Blimp

Craig Michael Blumer of Springfield IL renewed his Master CFI certification on September 19 through Master Instructors LLC, It marks his fifth year as a Master Certificated Flight Instructor, an accreditation that former FAA Administrator Marion Blakey said is “the best the right seat has to offer.”

He instructs in singles and light twins, and is the first lighter-than-air airship (blimp) ground instructor to earn Master Instructor – Blimp certification.

He serves as an instructor and pilot for Snoopy One,” the MetLife Blimp. He is also works as an Air Traffic Controller.

 

Cres Wise, MCFI

Cres Wise, MCFI

Sanford C “Cres” Wise III, a four-time Master Instructor and SAFE member, renewed his Master CFI accreditation August 31 through Master Instructors LLC.

Cres is a retired Air Force officer as well as a mission pilot, check pilot examiner and instructor pilot for the Georgia Wing of the Civil Air Patrol.

Additionally, he is an assistant chief flight instructor with the Robins Air Force Base Aero Club as well as an assistant professor of aviation at Middle Georgia State University and serves as a FAASTeam representative for the FAA’s Atlanta FSDO area.

 

Russ Still, MCFI

Russ Still, MCFI

Russell Frederick “Russ” Still of Stoney Point Airfield, Cumming GA renewed his, Master CFI accreditation September 20 through Master Instructors LLC.

Still, an 8-time Master Instructor and SAFE member, is a noted aviation author and aviation educator. He is 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 primarily as an instructor pilot.

 

David Pepitone, MAE

David Pepitone, MAE

David Pepitone of Polvadera NM, a 2-time Master and SAFE member, recently renewed his Master Aviation Educator (MAE) accreditation through Master Instructors LLC.

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

He is also a recent recipient of the FAA’s coveted Wright Brothers Master Pilot award

 

Matt D’Angelo, MCFI

Matt D’Angelo, MCFI

Matthew R D’Angelo of Spring Lake Heights NJ, three-time Master Instructor and SAFE member, recently renewed his Master CFI accreditation through Master Instructors LLC.

Matt is an FAA-certificated aviation educator and a Part 141 chief flight instructor with Monmouth Area Flying Club at Lakewood Airport.

Additionally, he serves as a first officer / instructor pilot with Piedmont Airlines in Salisbury, Maryland and is a FAASTeam representative for the Teterboro FSDO.

AUGUST 2019

by jennyfurst on September 7, 2019

Phil “Opie” Oppenheimer, MCFI-A

Phil “Opie” Oppenheimer, MCFI-A

Phil “Opie” Oppenheimer, a 2-time Master as well as a member of SAFE, recently renewed his Master CFI-Aerobatic accreditation through the Master Instructors LLC.

A retired US Air Force squadron commander and F-16 instructor pilot, Opie is the chief pilot and director of flight operations as well as an instructor with Aviation Performance Solutions LLC at Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (IWA). He specializes in upset prevention and recovery training while also serving as president and CEO of OP Aviation & Consulting LLC.

James Edward ‘Jim’ McCord, MCFI

James Edward ‘Jim’ McCord, MCFI

James E McCord of Santa Rosa CA,, a 4-time Master Instructor rand SAFE member, renewed his Master CFI accreditation through the Master Instructors LLC on August 15.

A former volunteer Angel Flight pilot, Jim serves on the Sonoma County Aviation Commission and is a FAASTeam representative for the FAA’s Oakland FSDO area.

Additionally, he is an independent flight instructor with RAM Aviation at Santa Rosa’s Charles M Schulz – Sonoma County Airport (STS). He is also a certificated light sport aircraft repairman.

JULY 2019

by jennyfurst on August 2, 2019

The Master Instructor designation is a national FAA-recognized professional accreditation and parallels the continuing education regimen used by other professionals to increase their professionalism. The designation must be renewed biennially and significantly surpasses the FAA requirements for renewal of the candidate’s flight instructor certificate. Of the 101,000 flight instructors in the US, fewer than 800 have earned the Master Instructor designation.


Mark Frederick Miller, MCFI

Mark Frederick Miller, MCFI

Mark Frederick Miller of Bellingham WA earned his Master CFI accreditation July 27 through Master Instructors.

He works with Las Vegas’s Part 121 airline Allegiant Air as a line check airman as well as an A320 series and MD80 (DC-9) series captain. He also serves as a flight and ground instructor with Bellingham’s Whatcom Young Aviators and Command Aviation’s flight school 

Mark also holds a Master Aviation Educator (MAE)accreditation and is one of only 24 aviation educators worldwide to hold two or more Master accreditations concurrently.


Meg Godlewski, MCFI

Meg Godlewski, MCFI

Meg Godlewski, an 8-time double Master and a charter SAFE member, renewed her Master CFI accreditation through the Master Instructors LLC on July 27, 2019.

Meg is a flight, ground, and Redbird FMX simulator instructor with Pro-Flight Aviation at Renton Municipal Airport (RNT) where she specializes in simulator training, ground instruction, seminars, and curriculum development.

Additionally, she is a nationally recognized aviation writer and photographer. Her articles and photos appear in Women in Aviation and AOPA’s Flight Training magazines as well as SAFE eNews.


Pat Knight, MCFI Emeritus

Pat Knight, MCFI Emeritus

Pat Knight, a 12-time Master was granted Master Instructor Emeritus status through Master Instructors.

She is the only CFI to date to have recorded 12 Master Instructor renewals, totaling 24 years of professional service.

The award, on July 27, was in recognition of Pat’s many years of commitment to excellence, professional growth, service to the aviation community and quality aviation education.   A longtime pilot examiner (DPE) and CFI, Pat is currently an Aviation Safety Inspector (ASI) with the FAA Flight Standards program at Alliance Airport (AFW) in the Fort Worth area where she specializes in human factors in aviation, accident prevention and investigation and glider, as well as multiengine training.

JUNE 2019

July 1, 2019

Matt Johnson, MCFI-H Matthew Johnson of Hamilton OH, a 5-time Master and SAFE member, renewed his Master CFI-Helicopter accreditation May 31 through Master Instructors LLC   A full time air medical pilot, Matt also operates MattJohnsonHeliCFI where he provides emergency procedures and instrument training in several makes and models of helicopters. Matt also serves as a check airman, an […]

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MAY 2019

June 16, 2019

Brandon Joel Ray, MCFI Brandon J Ray of Conroe TX renewed his Master CFI accreditation May 1 through Master Instructors LLC. This marks his sixth accreditation. Brandon is the president, owner and lead flight instructor of High Performance Aviation, where he specializes in high performance aircraft and transition training at North Houston Regional-Lone Star Executive […]

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APRIL 2019

May 7, 2019

The Master Instructor designation is a national FAA-recognized professional accreditation and parallels the continuing education regimen used by other professionals to increase their professionalism. The designation must be renewed biennially and significantly surpasses the FAA requirements for renewal of the candidate’s flight instructor certificate. Of the 101,000 flight instructors in the US, fewer than 800 have […]

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MARCH 2019

April 5, 2019

The Master Instructor designation is a national FAA-recognized professional accreditation and parallels the continuing education regimen used by other professionals to increase their professionalism. The designation must be renewed biennially and significantly surpasses the FAA requirements for renewal of the candidate’s flight instructor certificate. Of the 101,000 flight instructors in the US, fewer than 800 have […]

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FEBRUARY 2019

March 7, 2019

The Master Instructor designation is a national FAA-recognized professional accreditation and parallels the continuing education regimen used by other professionals to increase their professionalism. The designation must be renewed biennially and significantly surpasses the FAA requirements for renewal of the candidate’s flight instructor certificate. Of the 101,000 flight instructors in the US, fewer than 800 have […]

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JANUARY 2019

February 6, 2019

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 […]

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DECEMBER 2018

January 1, 2019

The Master Instructor designation is a national FAA-recognized professional accreditation and parallels the continuing education regimen used by other professionals to increase their professionalism. The designation must be renewed biennially and significantly surpasses the FAA requirements for renewal of the candidate’s flight instructor certificate. Of the 101,000 flight instructors in the US, fewer than 800 […]

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