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New Master Certificated Instructor Continues APS Tradition of Exceeding Training Standards

Larry Bat Cross MCFI-AAPS instructor pilot Larry “Bat” Cross has received his Master Certified Flight Instructor – Aerobatic (MCFI-A) accreditation, a distinction that certifies one component of his exceptional qualifications in teaching highly effective standardized Upset Prevention & Recovery Training (UPRT). Attaining the MCFI-A accreditation ensures that pilots are qualified by a third party organization as experts in all envelope flight. The MCFI-A, along with rigorous UPRT specific training and years of related all-attitude experience, qualify APS pilots as top UPRT experts in the industry.
Official PRWeb Press Release: New Master Certificated Instructor Continues APS Tradition of Exceeding Training Standards
MESA, ARIZONA – January 12, 2018 – Aviation Performance Solutions (APS) announced today that Larry “Bat” Cross has earned the Master Certificated Flight Instructor (MCFI) designation, with the additional Aerobatic distinction, accredited by Master Instructors LLC. The MCFI-A accreditation is one component of the high standards that must be met by APS instructors in order to qualify the as top Upset Prevention & Recovery Training (UPRT) experts in the industry.
Larry’s vast experience of more than 40 years in every type of aviation has successfully prepared him for his current position as an APS Advanced Instructor Pilot. After graduating from Youngstown State University with a degree in Mechanical Engineering, Larry began training as a U.S. Air Force pilot. He went on to become an instructor and was hand-picked to instruct at NATO’s premier large force employment school in Florennes, Belgium. His final assignment in a long and distinguished career in the USAF was on the staff of the Air Combat Command Inspector General, where he was directly responsible for assessing the combat readiness of all operational tactical aircraft in the USAF. After serving in the Air Force, he continued to work as a civilian instructor and pilot  for a major domestic Airline. Larry came to APS in June, 2017 and received additional training in UPRT specific instruction. Attaining the MCFI-A accreditation further rounds out his expertise in the type of all-attitude training necessary for effective UPRT instruction.
“The MCFI-A represents our dedication to excellence in flying and safety,” says Paul BJ Ransbury, president of Aviation Performance Solutions. “Our industry leadership in Upset Prevention & Recovery Training (UPRT) is built upon decades of research, experience and success in delivering effective UPRT as well as working with international organizations to help establish best practices and regulatory guidelines. Continuing this legacy and staying on the cutting edge of UPRT delivery starts with having, maintaining and continually growing aviation’s best UPRT flight instructors.”
Aviation Performance Solutions LLC (APS), headquartered at the Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport in Mesa, Arizona, trains thousands of professional pilots and instructors in comprehensive Upset Prevention and Recovery Training skill development. APS provides integrated LOC-I solutions via industry-leading computer-based, on-aircraft (jet and piston), and full-flight simulator Upset Prevention & Recovery Training (UPRT). All training is in full compliance with the Airplane Upset Recovery Training Aid, FAA Advisory Circular 120-109A on Stall Training, ICAO Manual on Aeroplane Upset Prevention and Recovery Training, IATA Guidance Material and Best Practices for the Implementation of Upset Prevention and Recovery Training, and the FAA Advisory Circular 120-111 on Upset Prevention and Recovery Training. APS is the only Part 141 Flight School certified in the delivery of complete upset prevention & recovery, stall/spin and instrument upset recovery training courses worldwide. With additional training locations in Texas (USA), The Netherlands (Europe), and military division in Alabama (USA), APS provides global access to the highest quality Upset Prevention and Recovery Training available.
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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