Chuck Gensler Named 2017 Flight Instructor of the year
Englewood, Colorado, February 16, 2017 – Veteran Certified Flight Instructor (CFI) Chuck Gensler has been named 2017 National CFI of the Year, one of the highest honors bestowed in private aviation, by the FAA’s General Aviation Award Committee. Based out of Centennial Airport in Englewood, Colorado, Chuck is a co-founder of Independence Aviation (IA), which Cirrus Aircraft recently honored as Cirrus Training Center of the Year for 2016.
In 2004, Chuck became a Cirrus Standardized Instructor Pilot (CSIP), one of the first in Colorado, but his dedication to flight instruction began long before with a 25-year career in the United States Air Force Air Training Command (ATC). Unlike most Air Force pilots who relish travelling the world, Chuck was content early on to dedicate himself to the ATC where he could indulge his passion for teaching.
Today Chuck shares his love of flight with students in all Cirrus model types including the SR20, SR22 & SR22T with enhanced navigation systems such as Garmin® Perspective™ and Avidyne®.
“Chuck is always looking for ways to help pilots improve their skills and knowledge,” said IA President Robert Stedman, who has known Chuck since 2004. “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.”
Stedman said that when he was launching his aviation business in 2006, Chuck was the only person he considered to work alongside as co-founder. “Chuck helped us grow from a small company with two instructors and one aircraft, to a robust company with 15 instructors, 16 aircraft and simulators, and a variety of focused programs designed to improve the aviation experience.”
Chuck serves today as IA’s Chief Flight Instructor Emeritus, dedicating his time to helping students become better pilots and working with other CFIs to help them become better teachers. He’s also an avid volunteer, supporting activities such as Challenge Air, a non-profit dedicated to changing the perception of special-needs children through the gift of flight. He also volunteers with the Cirrus Owners and Pilots Association Pilot Proficiency Program and the Pilot Proficiency Center at EAA AirVenture.
The National CFI of the Year award is presented annually at AirVenture, the “World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration,” based in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. “When I found out that I was nominated, I figured someone else with better credentials would win. I was not expecting this!” said Chuck in his typically modest style. Stedman said that with more than 9400 hours and counting, Gensler has long been a standout among his peers and is extremely deserving of the honor.
Independence Aviation (IA) provides aircraft rentals, aviation instruction and pilot mentoring programs, plus aircraft and hangar management. Founded in 2007 by two veteran Certified Flight Instructors, the firm is guided by a philosophy that relationship-based flight instruction produces superior private pilots. Key elements of IA’s approach are to teach students in airplanes they’d be willing to fly cross-country, and mentor them as they evolve to aircraft that fly faster and higher. All IA planes are used for instruction and rentals to qualified pilots. The entire fleet is equipped with modern avionics and current databases, and each aircraft is impeccably maintained in both mechanical operations and appearance.