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Frank ‘Franky’ Wagener Designated Master CFI-Aerobatic


Frank Wagener, a 1st-time Master and a Member of IAC as well as SAFE, Recently Earned his Master CFI-Aerobatic Accreditation – During His 21 Years in the German Air Force, Frank Flew and Instructed in Different Fighter and Fighter Training Aircraft in the U.S., Canada, and Germany. He Has Been an Instructor Pilot at Aviation Performance Solutions ( at Mesa’s Gateway Airport (IWA) Since November 2012 – He Specializes in Upset Prevention and Recovery, Spin, and Aerobatic Training.

Frank "Franky" WagenerMesa, Arizona – 20 December 2013:
Aviation Performance Solutions, LLC is very pleased to announce that Frank ‘Franky’ Wagener has earned his Master CFI – Aerobatic accreditation. As an instructor with Aviation Performance Solutions since November 2012, Frank has over 23 years of aviation experience. He flew and instructed for the German Air Force in three countries and held positions such as Chief of Training, Operations Supervisor, Asst. Director of Operations, Large Scale Exercise Planner, and Senior National Representative. Combined with his many years of experience managing flight operations this new distinction offers another leap forward in APS customer service and operational effectiveness.

To help put these achievements in their proper perspective, there are approximately 97,000 CFIs in the United States. Fewer than 800 of those aviation educators have achieved that professional distinction thus far. The last 18 national Flight Instructors of the Year or National FAASTeam Representatives of the Year were Master CFIs (see: while Frank Wagener is one of only 30 Arizona teachers of flight to earn this prestigious “Master” title and one of only 34 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.


Aviation Performance Solutions (APS) with headquarters located at the Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (Mesa, Arizona), has trained thousands of pilots in fully comprehensive upset recovery skill development, more than any other training organization. For over 17 years, with additional training centers in Dallas (Texas USA) and The Netherlands (Europe), APS has been committed to giving professional pilots and private pilots of all skill levels the highest quality upset prevention and recovery training available. APS offers comprehensive loss of control in-flight solutions via industry-leading web-based, on-aircraft, and full-flight simulator upset training programs. APS is the only Part 141 Flight School currently certified in the delivery of complete upset recovery, stall / spin and instrument recovery training courses worldwide. APS upset recovery training courses are all in compliance with the Airplane Upset Recovery Training Aid – Revision 2 and the recently released FAA Aviation Circular 120-109 on Stall and Stick Pusher Training.


Faye Hamilton, Marketing Coordinator
Aviation Performance Solutions
Mobile: 480-797-0752
Office: 480-279-1881 ext. 12
faye (dot) hamilton (at) apstraining (dot) com


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