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Chuck McGill, Master CFI, MEI, CFII

Chuck McGill, Master CFI, MEI, CFII

During the past forty years seven time Master CFI Chuck McGill has logged over 14,500 hours of flight time in over 80 different makes and models of aircraft, with over 11,000 hours as a flight instructor. Most of his teaching has been in retractable, high-performance, single-engine airplanes, primarily Cessna P/T-210 and Mooney aircraft. Specialization in these types of aircraft resulted from Chuck owning and using them in his other businesses. Chuck flew his M20J (201) exclusively while attaining his Instrument, Commercial and CFI ratings and received his CFII flying his T-210.

In 2012, Chuck wrote and published a book - Flying the Cessna 210: The Secrets Unlocked. This book has been highly acclaimed in the aviation community by many famous aviators such as Barry Schiff, Rod Machado, and others, and is available in print or electronically from Amazon and Apple.

Chuck holds a Commercial Certificate for Single Engine Land and Sea airplanes and Multi-engine land airplanes. He is a Master CFI who holds Flight Instructor ratings for Single Engine Land and Sea Airplanes, Multi-engine Land Airplanes, and Instrument Instructor Airplane.

Chuck McGill was designated as the FAA's 2009 Flight Instructor of the Year, Western Pacific Region and served as an Aviation Safety Counselor and a FAASTeam representative in the San Diego FSDO area for over thirty years.

Owning and operating his own aircraft equipped with the latest state-of-the-art avionics, Chuck teaches new owners how to operate their Advanced Avionics: Garmin G-1000 systems; G500/G600; panel-mounted GPS/GNS systems, especially Garmin GTN750/650 series; digital Autopilot units (STEC, King); Multi-Function Displays (MFD's); Digital Engine Analyzers; Traffic Systems such as TIS, Ryan TCAD, and Skywatch; and Weather information systems such as WSI under the new FAA FITS standards.

Chuck developed and utilizes a specialized "model specific" FITS training program in certain high-performance, complex, high-altitude aircraft, specifically the Cessna Turbo and P-210s, the Mooney "TN," TLS/Bravo, 252, 201 and Ovation aircraft. His favorite aircraft for teaching the commercial rating is the M20J. He provides personalized training in high-altitude operations, flight in positive control airspace, use of oxygen, turbocharged engine operation, emergency descents, restart procedures, and advanced engine analyzer operations. Most instruction given is for model-specific checkouts, recurrent and proficiency training, plus instrument and mountain flying operations. Chuck's model-specific training programs are approved by virtually all of the insurance underwriters that insure the models of aircraft in which he teaches. Insurance checkouts are performed to satisfy the desires of both the insurance company and the pilot under instruction.

In 1987, Chuck became an instructor for the AOPA Air Safety Foundation and taught over fifty Mountain Flying, Instrument Refresher, Instrument Procedures and Pinch Hitter Courses at AOPA Flight Training Clinics throughout the United States until the program ended in 1995.

He has been an active instructor for the MAPA Safety Foundation, and was a contributing editor to the AOPA's Air Safety Foundation Review, Mooney M20 Series in 1995. Chuck is also a contributor to the MAPA Log, the Cessna Pilots Association magazine and the Cessna Owner's magazine from time to time, writing on safety and flight instruction topics.

The Cessna Pilots Association used Chuck as a ground and flight instructor for their 210 Course in Santa Maria, California until their flight program was closed.

Chuck has served as an FAA designated Aviation Safety Counselor/FAASTeam Representative for over 25 years.

Functioning as a contract instructor for a U.S. Government Agency in 1996, he designed, wrote, and taught a specialized "Initial Type Training" course for instructors and pilots in highly modified T-210s. Ground School on aircraft systems and procedures, as well extensive flight training, are set at the commercial pilot skill level. The course emphasizes situational awareness, single-pilot cockpit resource management in a high workload and stressful environment in both VFR and IFR operations, while simultaneously conducting activities unique to the agencys operational requirements. The full envelope of aircraft capabilities is utilized from normal airport operations in a high-density IFR traffic environment to low and slow STOL operations in remote mountainous areas. This type of in-depth training is now available to all of his students.

In May 1987, he re-enacted Lindbergh's crossing of the Atlantic in his T-210, receiving the Medal of Paris from the French government. His personal flying experiences have taken him throughout the United States, to Canada, Alaska, Mexico, Greenland, Iceland, Scotland, Ireland, England, The Netherlands and France.

Chuck holds a Bachelors Degree in Business Management, an MBA in Finance and Marketing, and is a former adjunct professor of Aeronautics at National University. He is a retired Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Marine Corps.

It is apparent to everyone who knows him that Chuck really enjoys flying, and loves teaching others to fly their aircraft well. The pilots under instruction enjoy the benefits of his years of flight experience and enthusiasm for consistent, accident-free operation of general aviation aircraft.

What is a Master CFI?

According to G Alexander "Sandy" Hill, MCFI "There are approximately 97,000 CFIs in the United States. Fewer than 700 of them have achieved that distinction thus far. The last twelve national Flight Instructors of the Year were Master CFIs, while Chuck is one of only 42 California aviation educators to earn this prestigious "Master" title." In the words of former FAA Administrator Marion Blakey, "The flight instructor is where the rubber meets the runway. The Master Instructor accreditation singles out the best that the right seat has to offer."

For more information you may also want to see on the Master CFI designation program.

Below is the press release issued by NAFI announcing Chuck's renewal as Master CFI.


Charles Ray "Chuck" McGill, Master CFI
San Diego CA

Charles R McGill, a 7-time Master and SAFE member, recently renewed his Master CFI accreditation. Chuck is an independent Montgomery Field (MYF) flight instructor specializing in high performance and technically advanced aircraft training. A retired United States Marine, he also serves as a FAASTeam representative in the FAA's San Diego FSDO area.

Master Instructors LLC takes great pride in announcing a significant aviation accomplishment on the part of Charles R McGill, an independent Montgomery Field (MYF) flight instructor and resident of San Diego, California. Recently, Chuck's accreditation as a Master CFI (Certificated Flight Instructor) was renewed by Master Instructors LLC, the international accrediting authority for the Master Instructor designation as well as the FAA-approved Master Instructor Programä. He first earned this national professional accreditation in 2002, has held it continuously since then, and is one of only 22 worldwide to earn the credential seven times.

To help put these achievements in their proper perspective, there are approximately 101,000 FAA-certificated CFIs in the United States. Fewer than 800 of them have earned Master accreditation thus far. As a measure of the significance and prestige associated with this title, twenty-three (23) of the last National Flight Instructors of the Year, National FAASTeam Representatives of the Year, or National Aviation Maintenance Techs (AMTs) of the Year were Masters (see: In addition, the FAA has approved the accreditation as an alternate means for CFIs to renew their flight instructor certificates. Chuck is one of only 55 California teachers of flight to earn this prestigious "Master" title.

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.

Please feel free to disseminate this information widely. Questions regarding the Master Instructor Program may be directed to 303-485-8136 or For more information about the Master Instructor Program and to locate other Masters, please visit the "Find a Master Instructor" section of To learn more about the Society of Aviation and Flight Educators (SAFE), visit The International Aerobatic Club (IAC) can be reached through their website at


Alexander "Sandy" & JoAnn Hill, MCFI-Es
Master Instructors LLC, Longmont CO
Cells: 303-475-6008 (S) / 303-709-6862 (J)
Phone: 303-485-8136