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Bill Inglis, PA46 CFI
David McVinnie, PA46 CFI
Charlie Precourt, NASA Shuttle Commander and CJP Safety Committee Chairman
David Purvis, PA46 CFI
Bart and Dave were obvious choices to join the committee. As pillars of the PA46 community for over a decade, each brought not only a wealth of experience to the table, but both are presently on the MMOPA Board and were able to ensure the focus of the committee remained the focus of the MMOPA Board.
Hank Gibson is a relatively new CFI to the PA46 community with just over two years training in the PA46, but with more than 4,500 hours of flight time and more than half of that as dual-given, he is no flight training rookie. Hank represents the future of the PA46 CFI, and I was super-excited to have him join the team.
I really hoped Bill Inglis would be willing to join
the committee, and he readily agreed despite having a busy training schedule. As the owner of Legacy Flight Training, the Piper-approved training facility for owners of all new aircraft sold, Bill’s input was important to the success of the Master Aviator Program.
David McVinnie is no stranger to the PA46 community, being an instructor and FAA-DPE in the Albuquerque, NM area. David also teaches with MMSTF and assembles accident data for the PA46 community. I was very pleased when David agreed to join us.
Charlie Precourt is a household name in the general aviation community and is an EAA Board Member. Most know of his exploits as a NASA Shuttle commander, and many read his excellent monthly contributions to some of
Proper stall/spin training is a key component to reducing loss of control accidents in our commu- nity. MMOPA Safety Committee has developed a list of training providers that are approved to provide such training.
Win the pin and wear with pride! Those who achieve Aviator, Senior Aviator or Master Aviator status will be recognized and awarded a specially designed Master Aviator lapel pin.
the most widely-read aviation magazines. A relative few know of his work in the Citation Jet Pilots Association world as the Chairman of the CJP Safety Committee. Charlie’s work with CJP has been widely heralded by experts as leading-edge. Charlie owned a JetPROP for many years, so his knowledge of the PA46 paired with his vast experience made his participation on our committee honoring for us all.
David Purvis has been training in the PA46 community for more than a decade, and has gained a reputation of excellence in training from his clients. David owns Vision Air, LLC, which is based out of Denver. David’s mountain training course is second- to-none and we were thrilled that he was willing
to contribute.
The team was now created, and so the work then began. We held many teleconferences and nugged out a rough draft of the plan. The rough draft changed to a finished product and the vote was unanimous: we now had a new Master Aviator Program.
Master Aviator Program
The Master Aviator Program has three award levels: Aviator, Senior Aviator, and Master Aviator. Various training experiences, flight time requirements, and a record of no accidents or incidents in the last five years is required for any of the awards.
As a pilot gains more accident-free flight time, more training, and more experience, he/she will move up the levels. Of course, as the pilot moves up the levels, we believe he/she will become a safer pilot, and more able to operate the PA46 in more rigorous weather and situations.
The goal of every pilot is to advance to the level of Master Aviator, and once having reached the level of Master Aviator, to remain there. Those that reach the level of Master Aviator not only earn the respect of the entirety of the PA46 community, but they also should gain the respect of the insurance industry. MMOPA believes that the accident record of those wearing Master Aviator Wings will be far less than those that do not wear the wings, and
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