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Gawler earns Master CFI accreditation for 10th time – only 11 worldwide to reach this accomplishment

1/8/2018 — GAITHERSBURG, Md. — Maj. Robert K Gawler, a Civil Air Patrol member in the organization’s Congressional Squadron and a 10-time Master and charter SAFE member, recently renewed his Master Certified Flight Instructor  accreditation through the Master Instructor LLC Master Instructor Continuing Education Program.  He first earned this national professional accreditation in 2000, has held it continuously since then, and is one of only 11 worldwide to earn the credential 10 or more times.

Gawler is an independent flight and ground instructor at Gaithersburg’s Montgomery County Airpark .  He also works with Civil Air Patrol’s Maryland Wing and serves as a FAASTeam representative as well as a designated pilot examiner (DPE) in the FAA’s Baltimore FSDO area.

Recently, Gawler’s accreditation as a Master CFI was renewed by Master Instructors LLC, the international accrediting authority for the six Master Instructor designations as well as the industry acclaimed and FAA-approved Master Instructor Continuing Education Program (MICEP).  To help put these achievements in their proper perspective, there are approximately 101,000 FAA-certificated CFIs in the United States.  Fewer than 800 aviation educators worldwide have achieved one or more of the Master accreditations thus far.  Twenty-three of the last National Flight Instructors of the Year, National FAASTeam Representatives of the Year or National Aviation Maintenance Techs of the Year were Masters while Gawler is one of only 12 Maryland aviation educators to earn one or more of these prestigious “Master” titles.

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.  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.

Nearly 1,500 CAP members serve in Maryland. Last year wing members flew 13 search and rescue missions. The wing was credited with four finds. Maryland Wing flew 32 missions for the State of Maryland. Members flew 2,245 hours in all mission categories. Volunteers contributed services estimated at $4.6 million. For more information, contact the Maryland Wing at or follow the wing on Facebook at

Civil Air Patrol, the longtime all-volunteer U.S. Air Force auxiliary, is the newest member of the Air Force’s Total Force, which consists of regular Air Force, Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve, along with Air Force retired military and civilian employees. CAP, in its Total Force role, operates a fleet of 550 aircraft and performs about 90 percent of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center and is credited by the AFRCC with saving an average of 78 lives annually. Civil Air Patrol’s 56,000 members nationwide also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. Its members additionally play a leading role in aerospace education and serve as mentors to more than 24,000 young people currently participating in the CAP cadet program. Performing missions for America for the past 75 years, CAP received the Congressional Gold Medal in 2014 in honor of the heroic efforts of its World War II veterans. CAP also participates in Wreaths Across America, an initiative to remember, honor and teach about the sacrifices of U.S. military veterans. Visit for more information.




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