MAY 2019

by jennyfurst on 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 (CXO) airport.

A first officer with United Airlines, he is also an FAA certificated airframe and power plant technician (A&P) and serves as a a FAASTeam representative for the FAA’s Houston FSDO.

 

Larry Don James, MCFI

Larry James, a 1st-time Master and SAFE member, earned his Master CFI accreditation May 15 through Master Instructors LLC. Larry is the chief flight instructor with GT Aviation’s Part 141 flight school at Maryland’s Potomac Airfield (VKX) in Fort Washington.

He works to ensure adherence to all of the FAA’s Part 141 standards while also providing training for private, commercial, instrument and flight instructor students Additionally, he serves as a mentor to newly certificated flight instructors as well as the coordinator for the local IMC chapter and is a FAASTeam representative for the FAA’s Washington FSDO.

 

Thomas Michael Garrison, MCFI

T Michael Garrison, of Port St. Lucie FL, a 9-time Master and charter SAFE member, renewed his Master CFI accreditation April 30 through Master Instructors LLC.

Mike serves as a designated pilot examiner (DPE) and FAASTeam lead representative in the FAA’s Orlando FSDO area. In addition to being a US Navy veteran, a retired professional engineer and a holder of the FAA’s coveted Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award, Mike is also an independent flight instructor specializing in instrument, multiengine and Cirrus training (CSIP) at Saint Lucie County International Airport (FPR).

 

Randall Loren Brooks, MCFI Aerobatic

Randall L Brooks of Hurst TX, a 3-time Master as well as a member of SAFE and IAC, recently renewed his Master CFI-Aerobatic accreditation through the Master Instructors LLC MICEP program. A 13-year member of the aerobatic Red Baron Squadron, Randy is now the vice president of training and business development with Aviation Performance Solutions LLC at Arlington Municipal Airport (GKY) in Texas.

He specializes in stall / spin as well as upset prevention / recovery training and formation aerobatics training.

APRIL 2019

by jennyfurst on 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 earned the Master Instructor designation, and most are SAFE members.
Newlan R Parker of Helena MT, a 1st-time Master CFI and SAFE member, earned his Master CFI accreditation April 19 through the Master Instructors LLC.

Newlan R Parker, MCFI

Newlan R Parker, MCFI

Newlan is a graduate of Rocky Mountain College’s aviation program in Billings, MT and currently flies as a captain in a Citation Mustang air ambulance with Aero Air / Mercy Flight for Benefis Health Systems at Montana’s Great Falls International Airport.

Additionally, he provides all levels of primary flight training, largely at Billings Logan International Airport (BIL) while serving as a FAASTeam representative in the Helena FSDO

MARCH 2019

by jennyfurst on 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 earned the Master Instructor designation, and most are SAFE members.

Cliff Chetwin, MCFI MIE

Cliff Chetwin, MCFI MIE
The honor was in recognition of his many years of commitment to excellence, professional growth, service to the aviation community and support for quality aviation education.Clifford “Cliff” Chetwin of Westminster CO and Santa Fe NM, a 7-time Master Instructor and a member of SAFE as well as the MICEP Board of Review, was granted Master Instructor Emeritus (MIE) status February 20.

The president of Kestrel Aviation LLC, Cliff is a retired National Park Service regional chief pilot and aviation program manager. In addition to having served as a SAFE board member, he works as a nationally acclaimed aviation safety lecturer while also serving as a FAASTeam lead representative in the FAA’s Albuquerque FSDO area.


Elaine Kauh, MCFI

Elaine Kauh, MCFI
Elaine Kauh of Janesville WI, a 5-time Master and SAFE member, renewed her Master CFI accreditation March 10.

A noted aviation writer and speaker, Elaine is also a flight and ground instructor specializing in glass cockpit training and tailwheel instruction at Southern Wisconsin Regional Airport (JVL) and Palmyra Municipal Airport (88C).

She serves on the Master Instructor Board of Review and is a FAASTeam Lead Representative for the Milwaukee FSDO.


Chris Fitch, MCFI

Chris Fitch, MCFI
Kent “Chris” Fitch of Waxahachie TX, a 2-time Master Instructor and SAFE member, renewed his Master CFI accreditation March 1.

Chris flies for Mesa Airlines as well as L3 Technologies and is a Park University adjunct professor of aviation, and provides civilian fixed wing and rotary wing flight and ground training

He was a United States Marine Corps helicopter maintenance technician and an Army warrant officer helicopter pilot at Alabama’s Fort Rucker.


Hobie Tomlinson, MCFI

Hobie Tomlinson, MCFI
Hobart C “Hobie” Tomlinson of Huntington VT, an 9-time Master and a SAFE member as well as a SAFE director, renewed his Master CFI accreditation March 20.

Hobie is a retired TWA pilot and manager of Montair Flight Services LLC at Burlington International Airport, where he specializes in Beechcraft and Cirrus flight training, He was the 2012 National CFI of the Year.

He serves as a FAASTeam lead representative and DPE for the FAA’s Portland ME FSDO.  He also won the FAA’s prestigious and coveted Wright Brothers Master Pilot award last year.


Ray Spengler, MCFI

Ray Spengler, MCFI
Raymond F Spengler Jr, a seven-time Master, SAFE member and a former member of the SAFE board of directors, renewed his Master CFI accreditation March 1.

Ray has served in the Texas Wing of the Civil Air Patrol (CAP) and is a FAASTeam lead representative for the FAA’s Lubbock FSDO. He is also an A&P mechanic.

Ray is also the president of Skypark Aviation LLC, a Cessna Pilot Center at East Texas Regional Airport (GGG) where he specializes in primary, advanced and avionics flight training.

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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OCTOBER 2018

November 8, 2018

OCTOBER 2018 Master Instructor Renewals Kenneth F Wittekiend of Burnet, TX, a 7-time Master and a former member of SAFE’s board of directors, recently renewed his Master CFI accreditation with Master Instructors Inc. on October 16. Ken instructs owns and operates ProMark Aviation Services at the Burnet Municipal Airport and is a Bonanza Pilot Proficiency Program instructor. […]

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SEPTEMBER 2018

October 3, 2018

Michael E “Slug” Bugg of Mesa AZ, a first-time Master as well as a member of SAFE, earned his Master CFI-Aerobatic accreditation September 10 through the Master Instructors LLC. A graduate of the United States Air Force Academy and a former C-17 aircraft commander, Mike served for more than a decade as a US Air Force officer […]

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AUGUST 2018

October 3, 2018

David A Simpson, a 6-time Master and SAFE member, recently renewed his Master CFI accreditation through the Master Instructors LLC.   A Cirrus Standardized Instructor Pilot (CSIP), Dave owns and operates Take Flight San Diego at Gillespie Field where he specializes in accelerated primary, commercial, and instrument ground and flight training. He also serves as a FAASTeam remedial trainer as […]

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JULY 2018

August 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 […]

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