OCTOBER 2019

by jennyfurst on November 5, 2019

Professional aviation educators who earned or renewed their “Master” title during October 2019 are:

William Ralph “Bill” GROSS, Master CFI

William Ralph “Bill” GROSS, Master CFI    (Renew:  27Oct19)   
Salina  KS
E-mail:  BGross@KSU.edu 

William R Gross, a 9-time Master and SAFE member, recently renewed his Master CFI accreditation through through the Master Instructors LLC’s MICEP programhttps://MICEP.FluidReview.com/   The holder of the FAA’s coveted Wright Brothers Master Pilot award, Bill is the Part 141 chief flight instructor as well as a professor of aviation at Kansas State University’s Polytechnic Campus at Salina Municipal Airport (SLN).  Specializing in flight and ground training as well as classroom instruction, he also serves as a pilot examiner (DPE) and FAASTeam representative in the FAA’s Wichita FSDO area.

(Photo:  MCFI Bill Gross of Salina, KS)  

Kelly Lynn MANZANI, Master CFI


Kelly Lynn MANZANI, Master CFI    (Renew: 25Oct19) 
Temecula  CA
Kelly’s e-mail address:
 KManzani4@gmail.com 

Kelly Manzania, a 1st-time Master CFI and SAFE member, recently earned her national Master CFI accreditation through the Master Instructors LLC Master Instructor Continuing Education Program (MICEP) Kelly works as an FAA certificated flight and ground instructor primarily with Executive Flight Institute, a Part 141 Cessna Pilot Center at Murrieta’s French Valley Airport (F70).  When not serving as an aviation educator, she is a longtime classroom teacher with the Temecula Valley School District as well as a founder and advisor for the Scouts Aviation Explorer Post 7500.

(Photo: MCFI Kelly Manzani of Temecula, CA)


Nicholas Guy “Nick – Outback” TREGLIA, Master CFI-Aerobatic

Nicholas Guy “Nick – Outback” TREGLIA, Master CFI-Aerobatic      (Initial:  19Oct19)   
Enterprise  AL
Nick’s e-mail address:   
Nicholas.Treglia@APSTraining.com
Nick “Nick – Outback” Treglia, a 2-time Master and SAFE member, recently renewed his Master CFI-Aerobatic accreditation through the Master Instructors LLC’s MICEP program. A veteran of the United States Marine Corps (USMC) and the United States Navy (USN), Nick is a retired Naval Aviator who specializes in upset prevention, recovery, stall / spin, and aerobatic training.   He teaches with Aviation Performance Solutions LLC at Dothan Regional Airport (DHN) in Dothan, Alabama.

(Photo: MCFI-A Nick Treglia of Enterprise, AL)


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 or MasterInstrs@aol.com    For more information about the Master Instructor Continuing Education Programä ( https://MICEP.FluidReview.com/ ) and to locate other Masters, please visit www.MasterInstructors.org  To learn more about the Society of Aviation and Flight Educators (SAFE), visit http://SafePilots.org/

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

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 […]

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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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