UMC Chief Pilot Mike Vivion Renews Master Certified Flight Instructor (CFI) Accreditation

Mike Vivion.jpgMichael T. Vivion (at left), a 6-time Master and SAFE member, recently renewed his Master CFI accreditation.  Vivion is a check airman and teaching specialist in the University of Minnesota, Crookston's aviation program. The 1998 Nat'l Aviation Safety Counselor of the Year, and he also serves as a FAASTeam representative in the FAA's Minneapolis FSDO area. 

Master Instructors LLC takes great pride in announcing a significant aviation accomplishment on the part of Michael T. Vivion. Recently, Vivion's accreditation as a Master Certificated Flight Instructor (CFI) was renewed by Master Instructors LLC, the international accrediting authority for Master Instructor designations as well as the FAA-approved Master Instructor Program. He first earned this national professional accreditation in 2002, has held it continuously since then, and is one of only 24 worldwide to earn the credential six times.

To help put these achievements in their proper perspective, there are approximately 96,000 CFIs in the United States. Fewer than 700 of those aviation educators have achieved that distinction thus far. The last 17 national Flight Instructors of the Year were Master CFIs (see  while Vivion is one of only eight Minnesota teachers of flight 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."

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