Master Instructors LLC of Longmont, Colorado recently introduced its new Master CFI-Helicopter (MCFI-H) accreditation. Designed to better serve the needs of the nation’s rotorcraft instructors, the MCFI-H designation is the sixth in a line of Master accreditations offered by the company.
Improved safety in rotary wing instruction and EMS operations has taken on a renewed emphasis in recent years. Thus, with input from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the International Helicopter Safety Team, and the Helicopter Association International (HAI), Master Instructors LLC modeled the MCFI-H designation after its Aerobatic Instructor Designation program, but tailored to flight instructors who devote a majority of their instructional time to helicopters.
The Master Helicopter designation establishes higher professional standards to which helicopter instructors can aspire, and for which helicopter instructors who maintain those high standards can be recognized. To qualify, a minimum of 50% of the activities submitted by applicants must be helicopter related.
The first two Master CFI-Helicopter designations were recently granted: Randal R Rowles from Fort Worth, TX, earned the first MCFI-H designation, while Michael E Cassady of Arlington, Texas, earned the second.
Consistent with the original Master Instructor accreditations introduced in 1997, the new MCFI-H acknowledges an individual’s continuing professional growth and involvement in a broad spectrum of aviation endeavors while recognizing an ongoing commitment to excellence, professional growth, and service to the aviation community. The two-year MCFI-H designation can be used for CFI certificate renewal as well, and is approved for FAA WINGS credit.
Program creators Sandy and JoAnn Hill have been serving the Master Instructor community since 1995. In 2009 they formed Master Instructors LLC to bring greater autonomy and impartiality to their program, and is open to all qualified applicants regardless of their other aviation affiliations. Noted author, aviation educator, helicopter instructor and Master CFI Michael Maya Charles of Erie, Colorado, has joined the Master Instructor Board of Review to evaluate MCFI-H portfolios.