Andrew “Andy” Dow, Master Aviation Educator

Master Instructors LLC takes great pride in announcing a significant aviation accomplishment on the part of Andrew “Andy” Donovan Dow, assistant professor of aviation at Quincy University and a resident of Quincy, Illinois.

Recently, Andy was accredited as a Master Aviation Educator (MAE) by Master Instructors LLC, the international accrediting authority for the Master Instructor designation as well as the FAA-recognized and approved Master Instructor Continuing Education Program (MICEP). He is one of only 14 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. 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 while Andy is one of only 15 Illinois teachers of aviation 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.