Centennial Airport-based pilot Chuck Gensler has been named National Certified Flight Instructor of the Year. Photo courtesy of Independence Aviation
Certified flight instructor Chuck Gensler has been named 2017 National CFI of the Year, one of the highest honors in private aviation, by the FAA’s General Aviation Award Committee.
“When I found out that I was nominated, I figured someone else with better credentials would win. I was not expecting this,” Gensler said.
Based out of Centennial Airport, Gensler is a co-founder of Independence Aviation, which Cirrus Aircraft recently honored as Training Center of the Year for 2016.
Gensler’s dedication to flight instruction began with a 25-year career in the Air Force’s Air Training Command.
“Chuck is always looking for ways to help pilots improve their skills and knowledge,” said Independence Aviation President Robert Stedman. “He’s an active leader and participant in our pilot-proficiency programs. I’ve never known anyone to have greater dedication, professionalism and passion to do everything possible to advance flight safety.”
Today, Gensler dedicates his time to helping students become better pilots. He is also an avid volunteer, supporting activities such as Challenge Air, a nonprofit dedicated to changing the perception of special-needs children through the gift of flight.
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