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

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

Ken Fukayama, MCFI

Ken Fukayama, MCFI

Ken Fukayama of Centennial CO, a four-time Master Instructor and SAFE member, renewed his Master CFI accreditation February 1 through Master Instructors LLC.

A former instructor pilot with Prescott’s Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Ken is now the owner and lead flight instructor with TPA Aviation at Centennial and Rocky Mountain Regional airports where he specializes in single engine, multi-engine and Cirrus training.

He was named Colorado’s Certificated Flight Instructor of the Year last year and serves as a FAASTeam Representative for the FAA’s Denver FSDO.


Dave Carroll, MCFI-Aerobatic

Dave Carroll, MCFI-Aerobatic

David A Carroll of Sevierville TN, a 3-time Master Instructor and a member of the International Aerobatic Club as well as SAFE, renewed  his Master CFI-Aerobatic accreditation February 15 through Master Instructors LLC.

Dave teaches with Aviation Performance Solutions at Dothan Napier Regional Airport in Dothan, Alabama.  A retired United States Air Force officer and F15E instructor pilot, he is active in the Civil Air Patrol as well as the Commemorative Air Force.  He specializes in upset prevention and recovery training (UPRT)  along with spin and advanced aerobatic flight training.


Mike Lents, MCFI-Aerobatic

Mike Lents, MCFI-Aerobatic

Michael J Lents of Grand Forks ND, a 4-time Master and a member of IAC as well as SAFE, renewed his Master CFI-Aerobatic accreditation February19 through Master Instructors LLC.

Mike is an assistant professor of  aviation as well as aerobatic flight and ground instructor at the University of North Dakota’s John D Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences

He is also the founder of Double Helix Aviation, which provides upset prevention and recovery training, and serves as a coach of UND’s 8-time national championship aerobatic flight team. Mike is an IAC aerobatic competitor and air show performer himself.


Ed Murphy, MCFI-Helicopter

Ed Murphy, MCFI-Helicopter

Edward J Murphy of Palm Beach Gardens FL, a 5-time Master and SAFE member, renewed his Master CFI-Helicopter accreditation February 26 through Master Instructors LLC.

A retired US Army officer and helicopter pilot, Ed is a Part 135 check airman and a Sikorski SK-92 instructor pilot with ERA Helicopters LLC at their Lake Charles, Louisiana training facility..

He specializes in initial and recurrent helicopter training in both simulators and aircraft while also serving as a pilot examiner (DPE) as well as an FAA FAASTeam representative for the FAA’s South Florida FSDO.


Rich Stowell Jr., MCFI Emeritus

Rich Stowell Jr., MCFI Emeritus

Richard L Stowell of McCall ID, an 11-time Master and a member of IAC as well as a founding member of SAFE, was granted Master Instructor Emeritus status February 1 through Master Instructors LLC. The honor is in recognition of his many years of commitment to excellence, professional growth, service to the aviation community, and quality aviation education.

A nationally known author, lecturer and aerobatic instructor specializing in emergency maneuver training and spin recovery, Rich now teaches primarily aviation-themed STEM outreach programs. The 2006 National CFI of the Year as well as the 2014 National FAASTeam Rep of the Year, he also serves as a FAASTeam representative for the FAA’s Boise FSDO. He was one of the first aviation educators to earn the Master designation when the accreditation program was introduced by then-FAA Administrator Barry Valentine at Oshkosh AirVenture 1997.

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

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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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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