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APS President Announced as 3-Time Master CFI – Aerobatic

Paul BJ Ransbury, a 4-time Master and SAFE member, recently renewed his Master CFI-Aerobatic accreditation.  BJ is the chief flight instructor and president of APS Emergency Maneuver Training, a Part 141 flight school at the Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (IWA).  He specializes in aerobatics, upset recovery, and air combat maneuvers training.

MCFI-A Paul Ransbury, AZ (June 11)

Master Instructors LLC takes great pride in announcing a significant aviation accomplishment on the part of Paul “BJ” Ransbury, the president of APS Emergency Maneuver Training and resident of Queen Creek, Arizona.  Recently, BJ’s accreditation as a Master CFI-Aerobatic (Certificated Flight Instructor-Aerobatic) 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 2007, has held it continuously since then, and is one of only 86 worldwide to earn the credential three 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 16 national Flight Instructors of the Year were Master CFIs while BJ is one of only 23 Arizona teachers of flight to earn this prestigious “Master” title and one of only 23 nationwide 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.


Alexander “Sandy” & JoAnn Hill, MCFIs
Master Instructors LLC,  Longmont  CO
Cells: 303-475-6008 (S) / 303-709-6862 (J)
Phone:  303-485-8136

“Serving Master Instructors since 1995”

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