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Matthew Blythe, Master CFI ATP Instructor Receives Master CFI Accreditation

December 23, 2010

Matthew E Blythe, a 1st-time Master and SAFE member, recently earned his Master CFI accreditation. Matt is the Part 141 chief flight instructor and evaluation check pilot with ATP Flight School at Jacksonville’s Craig Municipal Airport (CRG). He also serves as a FAASTeam representative in the FAA’s Orlando / North Florida FSDO area.

Master CFI - ATP Instructor Matthew Blythe

Master Instructors LLC takes pride in announcing a significant aviation accomplishment on the part of Matthew E Blythe, ATP Flight School’s chief flight instructor and a resident of Orange Park, Florida. Recently, Matt was accredited as a Master CFI (Certificated Flight Instructor) by the Master Instructors LLC Board of Review, the international accrediting authority for the Master Instructor designation as well as the FAA-approved “Master Instructor Program?.”

To help put this achievement in its proper perspective, there are approximately 93,000 CFIs in the United States. Fewer than 700 of them have achieved that distinction thus far. The last 15 national Flight Instructors of the Year were Master CFIs while Matt is one of only 67 Florida teachers of flight to earn this prestigious "Master" title.

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.

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