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Congratulations to Marty JD McDonugh – 2-Time Master CFI-A

Francis Martin “Marty” McDonough, a 2-time Master as well as a member of SAFE and AOPA, recently earned his Master CFI-Aerobatic accreditation. A retired US Air Force officer as well as an A-10 and T-38 instructor pilot, Marty is the chief of safety with Aviation Performance Solutions, a Part 141 flight school at Phoenix-Mesa Gateway (IWA). He specializes in upset prevention and recovery training as well as stall, unusual attitude, spin and air-to-air combat training.
Francis “Marty” McDonough MCFI-AMesa, Arizona – July 10, 2015 – Aviation Performance Solutions LLC (APS), a USA-based flight school in Arizona with four global training centers, along with Master Instructors LLC take great pride in announcing a significant aviation accomplishment on the part of Marty McDonough, an the chief of safety with APS and resident of Chandler, Arizona.
Recently, Marty was accredited for the second time as a Master CFI-Aerobatic (Certificated Flight Instructor-Aerobatic) by Master Instructors LLC, the international accrediting authority for the Master Instructor designation as well as the FAA-approved Master Instructor Program. Additionally, he is one of ten (10) MCFI-As at APS Training to earn this accreditation.
A graduate of the United States Air Force Academy [BS 1989] and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University [MAS 2004], Marty is an advanced instructor pilot with Aviation Performance Solutions (APS)  (, a Part 141 flight school at Phoenix/Mesa Gateway Airport (IWA) with additional training centers in Texas and Europe. A veteran Air Force fighter pilot, Marty specializes in upset recovery, spin, and aerobatic training. Having deployed as a pilot with the Air Force, Marty is a decorated former fighter pilot with over 26 years in the aviation industry and 2000+ hours of all-attitude instruction given.
To help put these achievements in their proper perspective, there are approximately 101,000 CFIs in the United States.  Fewer than 800 of those aviation educators have achieved that professional distinction thus far.  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: while Marty is one of only 34 Arizona aviation educators to earn one or more of these prestigious “Master” titles and one of only 40 worldwide to earn aerobatic accreditation.
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.
For Aviation Performance Solutions Media Inquiries:
Faye Hamilton, Marketing & Public Relations Manager
480-279-1881 USA |

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