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MMOPA Master Aviator Program
 the insurance industry will soon recognize this by seeing tangible reductions in claim costs by Master Aviators. The MMOPA Board will work closely with the insurance industry to illustrate this lessening of risk exposure, and we believe this will eventually bring lower premiums for those that wear Master Aviator Wings.
The training required to progress up the levels reflects training that the Safety Committee believe will mitigate risk in the areas of operation that have been identified as weaknesses in our community. Mid-year training, stall/ spin training, and tailwheel training are all important aspects of the Master Aviator Program.
Mid-Year Training
Mid-year training is required for any award because mid- year training has proven to increase the overall knowledge base within the PA46 community, and it allows pilots to develop a network of connections with others who share
the love of the PA46. Those pilots that tend to “go it alone” with their PA46 tend to repeat the same mistakes that others have committed. Undoubtedly, the best way to grow in
any particular arena is to learn from others’ mistakes and not commit those mistakes yourself. Mid-year training is always “collective training” and allows for relationships to be developed and “best practices” of others to be learned. Plus, it gives some of the best PA46 experts a megaphone to reach more pilots with their excellent content.
As of this writing, M-Class and MMSTF are the two training providers that are approved, but MMOPA hopes that other training providers will also create mid-year training programs and seek approval from the Safety Committee.
We believe all PA46 pilots should train at least twice per
year in some meaningful manner, so mid-year training is a natural channel for that additional training. A $400 voucher is available to assist in the payment of this training. Mid-year training must have been accomplished in the last five years for that training to apply to the Master Aviator Program.
Stall/Spin Training
Stall/Spin training is not aerobatic training, but rather training that teaches the pilot how a spin can develop, why it is such a dangerous flight regime in any airplane that is not spin-approved, and how to recover from an inadvertent spin. This training includes ground and flight training, and the flight training is always
in an airplane that is approved for spins. Any training provider that is capable of providing stall/spin training in accordance with AC 61-67C applies to the Master Aviator Program. But, the MMOPA Safety Committee has developed a list of training providers that are not only approved to provide the training, but are also approved vendors to use a $400 voucher to help the pilot pay for the training.
Tailwheel Endorsement
An entire generation of pilots have been trained
in directionally stable airplanes (any airplane with a nosewheel), and this has created a generation of pilots that generally do not know how to position an airplane properly on and near a runway. Tailwheel airplanes are directionally unstable and are completely unforgiving
of any drift or misalignment during takeoff or landing. Mastering a tailwheel airplane is a requirement to become a Master Aviator.
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