MAAC Member, Linda Castner, Awarded Master Aviation Educator Accreditation

Linda F Castner, a 1st-time Master and SAFE member, recently earned her Master Aviation Educator (MAE) accreditation.  Linda co-owns/operates and manages Alexandria Field Airport (N85) (  As an FAA certificated advanced ground instructor, she teaches ground schools that focus on the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) aspects of aviation using her airport as a living lab.
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The Master Instructors LLC takes pride in announcing a significant aviation accomplishment on the part of Linda F Castner, the owner of Alexandria Field Airport and a resident of Pittstown, New Jersey.  Recently, Linda was accredited as a Master Aviation Educator (MAE) by the Master Instructors LLC, the international accrediting authority for the Master Instructor designation as well as the FAA-approved “Master Instructor Programä.”  She is one of only 12 aviation educators worldwide to achieve the MAE credential.

Master Aviation Educator accreditation recognizes those individuals who work as professional teachers of aviation in industry and / or government but who do not necessarily hold FAA instructor certification.  Fewer than 800 aviation educators worldwide have achieved one or more of the Master accreditations thus far.  The last 19 National Flight Instructors of the Year or National FAASTeam Representatives of the Year were Masters (see: while Linda is one of only 12 New Jersey teachers of aviation to earn this prestigious “Master” title.

The Master Instructor designation is a national accreditation recognized by the FAA and must be renewed biennially.  Candidates must demonstrate an ongoing commitment to excellence, professional growth, and service to the aviation community, and must pass a rigorous evaluation by a 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’.

Questions regarding the Master Instructor Programä may be directed to 303-485-8136 or   For more information about the Master Instructor Programä 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