William H Schroeder, a 6-time Master, recently renewed his Master CFI accreditation. Bill is an independent flight and ground instructor in the Reno-Tahoe area specializing in advanced and mountain training. He also serves as the CAP's Nevada Wing check pilot examiner and is a FAASTeam representative in the FAA's Reno FSDO area.

G Alexander "Sandy" Hill, MCFI
Phone: 303-485-8136
Master Instructors LLC

(Photo credit: MCFI Bill Schroeder of Carson City, NV)

MAY 2009

The Master Instructors LLC and its Board of Review take pride in announcing a significant aviation accomplishment on the part of William H Schroeder, an independent Reno-Tahoe flight instructor and a resident of Carson City, Nevada. Recently, Bill's accreditation as a Master CFI (Certificated Flight Instructor) was renewed by the Master Instructors LLC, the national Master Instructor accrediting authority. One of the original Masters, he has held this national professional accreditation continuously since 1999.

To help put these achievements in their proper perspective, there are approximately 92,000 CFIs in the United States. Fewer than 700 of them have achieved that distinction thus far. The last 14 national Flight Instructors of the Year were Master CFIs. Bill is one of only 5 Nevada aviation educators who has earned this prestigious "Master" title and is the only one who is currently active. In the words of former FAA Administrator Marion Blakey, "The Master Instructor accreditation singles out the best that the right seat has to offer."

The Master Instructor designation is a national accreditation recognized by the FAA that is earned by candidates through a rigorous process of continuing professional activity and peer review. Much like a flight instructor's certificate, it must be renewed biennially. This process parallels the continuing education regimen used by other professionals to enhance their knowledge base while increasing their professionalism. Simply put, the Master Instructor designation is a means by which to identify those outstanding aviation educators, those "Teachers of Flight," who have demonstrated an ongoing commitment to excellence, professional growth, and service to the aviation community.

Earning this designation is tantamount to having the words summa cum laude emblazoned on an instructor's certificate. These Masters truly represent the crème de la crème of the aviation education industry! In the near future, the website of SAFE, the Society of Aviation and Flight Educators (, will publicly recognize these individuals and their noteworthy accomplishments.

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Master Instructors LLC is dedicated to providing support and recognition for America's aviation educators while helping them raise and maintain their level of professionalism. It is also committed to providing a safe and effective learning environment for student pilots. The Association was founded in 1967 and affiliated with EAA in 1995.

Questions regarding the Master Instructor program may be directed to
303-485-8136 or or

William Henry "Bill" SCHROEDER, Master CFI
Carson City NV