Master Instructors LLC takes pride in announcing a significant aviation accomplishment on the part of William G Castlen, an instructor with the Mooney Aircraft Pilots Association and a resident Dothan, Alabama. Recently, Bill's accreditation as a Master CFI (Certificated Flight Instructor) was renewed by the Master Instructors LLC Board of Review, the international accrediting authority for the Master Instructor designation as well as the FAA-approved "Master Instructor Programä." He first earned this national professional accreditation in 2006, has held it continuously since then, and is one of only 78 worldwide to earn the credential four times.
MCFI Bill Castlen of Dothan, AL
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 achieved that distinction thus far. The last 17 national Flight Instructors of the Year were Master CFIs, while Bill is one of only 11 Alabama 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.
For more information about the Master Instructor Programä and to locate other Masters, please visit the "Find a Master Instructor" section of http://www.masterinstructors.org/ . To learn more about the Society of Aviation and Flight Educators (SAFE), visit http://SafePilots.org/ The International Aerobatic Club (IAC) can be reached through their website at http://IAC.org/ .