Seven earn Master CFI in December

Seven aviation educators received accreditation as Masters by Master Instructors LLC in December.

To help put this achievement in its proper perspective, there are approximately 96,000 CFIs in the United States. Fewer than 700 have earned Master accreditation. As a measure of the prestige conferred by this title, the last 16 National Flight Instructors of the Year were Master CFIs. In addition, the FAA has approved the accreditation as an alternate means for CFIs to renew their flight instructor certificates.

The Master Instructor designation is a national accreditation recognized by the FAA and industry that 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.

Aviation educators who earned or renewed the “Master” title during December are: Richard Barclay, Elbert Colo.; Cleon Biter, Longmont, Colo., Master Instructor Emeritus; Anthony Johnstone, Winfield, Kans.; Craig Patterson, Midland, Texas;  Timm Preusser, Kleinwallstadt, Germany; J Anthony Sharp, Elizabeth City, N.C.; and Brian Willett, Gilbert, Ariz.

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