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Congratulations to Clarke McNeace, 5-time Master CFI-Aerobatic!

APS Instructor Pilot Clarke ‘Otter’ McNeace recently renewed his Master CFI-Aerobatic accreditation. McNeace, now a 5 time MCFI-A, is the Vice President of Flight Operations and Standards for APS, a global company specializing in upset prevention and recovery training (UPRT).

Mesa, AZ – 05/31/2017 – Clarke McNeace, a now 5-time Master and SAFE member, recently renewed his Master CFI-Aerobatic accreditation through Master Instructors LLC, the international accrediting authority for the Master Instructor designation as well as the FAA-approved Master Instructor Program. Otter is the vice president of flight operations & standards with APS, and currently, APS has more MCFI-As than any other flight training organization.

To help put these achievements in their proper perspective, there are approximately 101,000 CFIs in the United States. Fewer than 800 aviation educators worldwide have achieved one or more of the Master accreditations thus far. Twenty-three (23) of the last National Flight Instructors of the Year, National FAASTeam Representatives of the Year, or National AMTs of the Year were Masters (see:

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.

Learn why the Master Certified Flight Instructor program matters to APS.

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