Advalange is pleased to congratulate a valuable member of our team Mike Coligny with the significant achievement of Master Instructor Emeritus status.

MIE Mike Coligny, AZ (Jul16)



Richard Michael “Mike” COLIGNY, Master Instructor Emeritus   (Emeritus: 1Jul16)
Prescott  AZ
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Mike Coligny, an 8-time Master and a charter member of SAFE, was recently granted Master Instructor Emeritus (MIE) status through MI LLC’s in recognition of his many years of commitment to excellence, professional growth, service to the aviation community, and quality aviation education.  An aerospace consultant, Mike is president of CFS Consulting, founded in 1980, and located in Prescott, Arizona with clients worldwide.  He also serves on SAFE‘s government affairs committee, HAI’s flight training committee, and is a FAASTeam lead representative in the Scottsdale FSDO area. (Photo: MCFI-E Mike Coligny of Prescott, AZ)
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Master Instructors LLC takes great pride in announcing a significant aviation accomplishment on the part of Mike Coligny, the president of CFS Consulting and resident of Prescott, Arizona.

Recently, Mike 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 Continuing Education Program™.”  He first earned this national professional accreditation in 2002, has held it continuously since then, and is one of only nine worldwide to earn the credential eight (8) times.

To help put these achievements in their proper perspective, there are approximately 101,000 CFIs in the United States.  Fewer than 800 aviation educators worldwide have achieved one or more of the Master accreditations thus far.  Twenty-two (22) of the last National Flight Instructors of the Year, National FAASTeam Representatives of the Year, or National AMTs of the Year were Masters (see: while Mike is one of only 35 Arizona aviation educators to earn one or more of these prestigious “Master” titles.  Additionally, he is one of 40 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 Masters 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 almost twenty 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 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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