Designation Recognized By The FAA For CFI Renewal
Six flight instructors completed the Master Instructors course to receive the prestigious designation in the month of January. The title has been earned by fewer than 700 of the 91,000 CFIs currently active in the country. 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.
Those earning the Master designation in January include:
Judy Ann Phelps, Master CFI-Aerobatic, Santa Paula CA
Judy Phelps, a 4-time Master and a member of IAC as well as SAFE, recently renewed her Master CFI-Aerobatic accreditation. Judy specializes in aerobatic and emergency maneuver training with CP Aviation at Santa Paula Airport (SZP). The 2010 National CFI of the Year, she also serves as a FAASTeam representative in the FAA's Van Nuys FSDO area.
William Henry "Hank" Gibson, Master CFI, Rosenberg TX
William H Gibson, a 1st-time Master and SAFE member, recently earned his Master CFI accreditation. Hank is a flight and ground instructor specializing in high performance transition training with High Performance Aviation at Houston's Sugar Land Regional Airport (SGR). He also serves as a FAASTeam representative in the FAA's Houston FSDO area.
Kelby Scott Ferwerda, Master CFI, Rochester NH
Kelby S Ferwerda, a 1st-time Master and SAFE member, recently earned his Master CFI accreditation. Kelby is a flight and ground instructor as well as the owner of Rochester Aviation, a general aviation flight school at Skyhaven Airport (DAW) in Rochester, New Hampshire. He also serves as a FAASTeam representative for the FAA's Portland (Maine) FSDO area. E-mail: Kelby@FlySkyhaven.com
Andrew David "Drew" Chitiea, Master CFI, Aurora CO
Andrew D Chitiea, an 8-time Master and charter SAFE member, recently renewed his Master CFI accreditation. Drew is an author as well as a corporate pilot, chief pilot, and owner of Colorado Skymaster LLC at Centennial Airport (APA). He also serves as a pilot examiner and a FAASTeam representative in the FAA's Denver FSDO area.
David Alan "Dave" Carroll, Master CFI-Aerobatic, Scottsdale AZ
David A Carroll, a 1st-time Master and a member of IAC as well as SAFE, recently earned his Master CFI-Aerobatic accreditation. A retired US Air Force instructor pilot, Dave teaches with Aviation Performance Solutions at Mesa's Gateway Airport (IWA). He specializes in upset recovery, spin, and aerobatic training and is active in the Commemorative Air Force (CAF).
Craig Roy Bailey, Master CFI, Poplar Grove IL
Craig R Bailey, a 1st-time Master and SAFE member, recently earned his Master CFI accreditation. Craig was a board member with the Beechcraft Pilot Proficiency Program and works as a flight and ground instructor specializing Bonanza and Baron training. He also serves as a FAASTeam representative in the FAA's DuPage FSDO area.