JANUARY 2019

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.

DECEMBER 2018

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

Shane L Vande Voort, MCFI

Shane L Vande Voort, MCFI

Shane Vande Voort, a Master CFI and SAFE member, renewed his MCFI accreditation November 30 through Master Instructors LLC. This marks the seventh consecutive renewal for the Pella, Iowa CFI, meaning 14 years of continuous growth in aviation and instructional aviation expertise.

That makes Shane one of just 25 CFIs worldwide to have won seven consecutive MCFI renewals.

Shane is President of Classic Aviation at the Pella Municipal Airport, as well as the company’s chief flight instructor and A&P Maintenance Technician, and specializes in Cirrus and other technically advanced aircraft training.

He is also a FAASTeam representative and an FAA Designated Pilot Examiner for the Des Moines FSDO.


Michael D Gunn, MCFI

Michael D Gunn, MCFI

Michael D Gunn, a 1st-time Master and SAFE member, earned his Master CFI  accreditation at the end of November through Master Instructors, LLC.

A soon-to-retire US Air Force officer and MC-130J instructor pilot at Albuquerque’s Kirtland Air Force Base, Mike specializes in teaching instrument flying procedures, low level flight operations, air drops, and tilt-rotor air-to-air refueling.

Additionally, he works with local Civil Air Patrol (CAP) units and Cub Scouts / Boy Scouts as well as providing aviation education subject matter expertise to students and teachers involved in Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM) curricula.


Adam R Stoughton, MCFI

Adam R Stoughton, MCFI

Adam R Stoughton, a 1st-time Master and SAFE member, recently earned his Master CFI accreditation through the Master Instructors LLC.

Adam is an assistant chief flight instructor, an online instructor and a courseware developer with California Aeronautical University’s school of aviation.

Additionally, he serves as a FAASTeam representative and remedial trainer the FAA’s San Diego FSDO.


Joel D Weaner, MCFI

Joel D Weaner, MCFI

Joel D Weaner, a 9-time Master and SAFE member, renewed his Master CFI accreditation December 15 through Master Instructors LLC.

Joel serves as a lead FAASTeam representative in the FAA’s Orlando / North Florida FSDO.

He also owns and operates Beach Banners based at Jacksonville’s Craig Municipal Airport and provides aerial advertising services, aircraft rental, and tailwheel flight training.


Drew Marinelli, MCFI

Drew Marinelli, MCFI

Andrew Marinelli, a 7-time Master and SAFE member, recently renewed his Master CFI accreditation through Master Instructors LLC.

Drew is an independent flight and ground instructor with Precision Aviation Services at Youngstown’s Elser Metro Airport (4G4) where he specializes in flight reviews, primary, and instrument training.

He also serves as a FAASTeam representative for the FAA’s Cleveland FSDO.

OCTOBER 2018

by jennyfurst on November 8, 2018

OCTOBER 2018 Master Instructor Renewals

Kenneth Wittekiend

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.

He also serves as a pilot examiner as well as a FAASTeam representative for the FAA’s San Antonio FSDO

 


Brian Robbins

 

Brian L Robbins of Southampton NJ, a 7-time Master and charter SAFE member, renewed his Master CFI accreditation November 18 through  Master Instructors Inc.

Brian serves as a FAASTeam lead representative for the FAA’s Philadelphia FSDO, and is an instructor at Trenton’s Robbinsville Airport as well as Medford’s Flying W Airport and Resort where he specializes in instrument, cross country, and avionics training primarily in Diamond aircraft.

 


 

Robin Lindstrom

Robin H Lindstrom of Huntsville AL, an 11-time Master and charter SAFE member, recently renewed his Master CFI accreditation through Master Instructors Inc.

Rob is the assistant chief flight instructor and a ground instructor with the Redstone Arsenal Flying Activity at Huntsville’s Redstone Army Airfield.

He is also an aviation instructor at the University of Alabama in Huntsville and serves as a FAASTeam representative for the FAA’s Birmingham FSDO.

He was one of the first aviation educators to earn the Master designation when the accreditation program was first introduced in 1997 by then-FAA Administrator Barry Valentine at Oshkosh AirVenture.

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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JUNE 2018

July 9, 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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MAY 2018

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 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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APRIL 2018

May 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 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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MARCH 2018

April 5, 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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