Yes, you may register for the ECIE even though you have not yet logged the 15 hours, however you must complete that training prior to the starting date of the course.
Yes it is.
Yes! DSFI can bring a Garmin 396 GPS, with XM Radio Weather, as well as an iPad with Foreflight and Stratus along on the flight. This will provide weather avoidance equipment for the flight, even if you don’t have that equipment on board your airplane. The only requirement is that you do have a heated pitot tube, and that your aircraft meets all the equipment currency requirements of the FARs.
DSFI, Inc can definitely facilitate your Instrument Practical Test provided you have already passed your knowledge exam. Since Doug is a Designated Pilot Examiner he can conduct the practical test, however he cannot sign your application if he serves as your examiner.
You will need another instructor to endorse the recommendation on your test application. The instructor providing the endorsement by regulation, will have had to fly with you for a minimum of three hours in the past 60 days. That instructor will sign the recommendation on your 8710-1 application and give you your logbook endorsements. If needed, DSFI can provide that instructor. If you are interested in taking the practical test after completing any trip please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 877-FLY-DSFI to find out more.
The Master Instructor designation is a national accreditation that may be earned by aviation educators and is based on a system of advanced professional standards as well as peer review. The designation is granted by NAFI and serves a dual purpose. First, it identifies and publicly recognizes those “Teachers of Flight” who are demonstrating an ongoing commitment to excellence, professional growth, and service to the aviation community. Second, it sets professional standards to which all aviation educators can aspire.
The designation is earned by an applicant through a rigorous process of continuing education and, like a flight instructor certificate, must be renewed biennially. To promote continuous involvement in the aviation community, designees must remain active and renew their designations every 24 calendar months. Unlike one-time awards for past achievements (i.e., a “Gold Seal” flight instructor certificate or “Flight Instructor of the Year”), the Master Instructor designation acknowledges an individual’s continuing professional growth and involvement in a broad spectrum of aviation endeavors.