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John Earlywine, Master CFI Emeritus

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John Earlywine, a 7-time Master and a SAFE member, was recently granted Master Instructor Emeritus (MIE) status in recognition of his many years of commitment to excellence, professional growth, service to the aviation community, and quality aviation education.  John is a Central Indiana Soaring Society CFI at Alexandria Airport (I99).  He also serves as a FAASTeam representative in the FAA's South Bend FSDO area. 

Master Instructors LLC takes great pride in announcing a significant aviation accomplishment on the part of John Earlywine, the Central Indiana Soaring Society CFI and resident of Fort Wayne, Indiana.  Recently, John was granted the title of Master Instructor Emeritus (MIE / MCFI-E) 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 2002, has held it continuously since then, and is one of only 16 worldwide to earn the credential seven (7) times.

To help put this achievement in its proper perspective, there are approximately 98,000 CFIs in the United States.  Fewer than 800 of them have achieved that distinction thus far.  The last 19 National Flight Instructors of the Year or National FAASTeam Representatives of the Year were Master CFIs (see: while John is one of only 15 Indiana aviation educators to earn this prestigious "Master" title and is one of 24 worldwide to be granted EMERITUS status.  

In the words of former FAA Administrator Marion Blakey, "The Master Instructor accreditation singles out the best that the right seat has to offer."

Emeritus status is an honorary title that may be conferred upon an individual Master in recognition of her/his years of dedication and commitment to excellence, professional growth, and service to the aviation community.  Since the inception of the Master Instructor program more than fifteen years ago, hundreds of professional aviation educators have earned initial Master accreditation followed by biennial renewals.  Many of those veteran Masters are now cutting back or retiring altogether from active aviation education.      

The Master Instructor designation is a national accreditation recognized by the FAA.  Candidates must pass a rigorous evaluation by a peer review board.  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.


Congratulations John!

John Earlywine, MCFI, with Condor flight simulator