Nine CFIs earn, renew Master Instructor designation

Nine CFIs across the country recently earned or renewed their Master Instructor designations.

To help put this achievement in its proper perspective, there are approximately 96,000 CFIs in the United States. Fewer than 700 of them have earned Master accreditation. As a measure of the prestige conferred by this title, the last 17 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 the Master title during February are: John Earlywine, Fort Wayne, Ind.; Buddy Evans, Irving, Texas; Lonnie Lee Hilkemeier, Boulder, Colo.; JoAnn K. Hill, Master Instructor Emeritus, Longmont, Colo.; Scott O’Brien, Tallahassee, Fla.; Michael Phillips, Ventura Calif.; Eric Shappee, Salina, Kan.; Douglas Stewart, South Egremont, Mass.; and John Vandeventer, Zionsville, Ind.

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