Charles R McGill, a 5-time Master and SAFE member

Charles R McGill, a 5-time Master and SAFE member

Charles R McGill, a 5-time Master and SAFE member, recently renewed his Master CFI accreditation.  Chuck is an independent Montgomery Field (MYF) flight instructor specializing in high performance aircraft, technically advanced aircraft, and avionics training.  He also serves as a FAASTeam representative in the FAA's San Diego FSDO area.   (Photo:  MCFI Chuck McGill of San Diego, CA)   
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Master Instructors LLC takes great pride in announcing a significant aviation accomplishment on the part of Charles R McGill, the 2009 Western Pacific Region CFI of the Year and resident of San Diego, California.  Recently, Chuck's accreditation as a Master CFI (Certificated Flight Instructor) was renewed by Master Instructors LLC, the international accrediting authority for the Master Instructor designation as well as the FAA-approved Master Instructor Program.  He first earned this national professional accreditation in 2002, has held it continuously since then, and is one of only 25 worldwide to earn the credential five times.   

To help put these achievements in their proper perspective, there are approximately 93,000 CFIs in the United States.  Fewer than 700 of those aviation educators have achieved that professional distinction thus far.  The last 15 national Flight Instructors of the Year were Master CFIs while Chuck is one of only 51 California teachers of flight to earn this prestigious "Master" title. 

In the words of former FAA Administrator Marion Blakey, "The Master Instructor accreditation singles out the best that the right seat has to offer."   

The Master Instructor designation is a national accreditation recognized by the FAA.  Candidates must demonstrate an ongoing commitment to excellence, professional growth, and service to the aviation community, and must pass a rigorous evaluation by a peer Board of Review.  The process parallels the continuing education regimen used by other professionals to enhance their knowledge base while increasing their professionalism.  Designees are recognized as outstanding aviation educators for not only their excellence in teaching, but for their engagement in the continuous process of learning -- both their own, and their students'.  The designation must be renewed biennially and significantly surpasses the FAA requirements for renewal of the candidate's flight instructor certificate.

Feel free to disseminate this information widely.  Questions regarding the Master Instructor Program may be directed to 303-485-8136 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it    To learn more about the Society of Aviation and Flight Educators (SAFE), visit  The International Aerobatic Club (IAC) can be reached through their website at  For more information about the Master Instructor Program and to locate other Masters, please visit the "Find a Master Instructor" section of

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