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NAFI Renews Accreditation of U of M, Crookston Chief Pilot Mike Vivion as Master Certified Flight Instructor
May 13, 2008

Contact: Mike Vivion, chief pilot, 218-218-281-8114 (, Elizabeth Tollefson, 218-281-8432 (

Chief Pilot Michael Vivion
Chief Pilot Michael Vivion
Crookston, Minn. (May 13, 2008) –The National Association of Flight Instructors (NAFI) takes pride in announcing a significant aviation accomplishment on the part of University of Minnesota, Crookston Instructor and Chief Pilot Michael T. Vivion. Recently, his accreditation as a Master Certificated Flight Instructor (CFI) was renewed by NAFI, his professional aviation education association. He has held this professional accreditation continuously since 2002.

Vivion was the 1998 National Aviation Safety Counselor of the Year. He also serves as past president of the International Association of Natural Resource Pilots (IANRP) and is a Federal Aviation Administration Safety Team (FAASTeam) representative for the FAA's Minneapolis Flight Standards District Office (FSDO).

To help put his achievements in their proper perspective, there are approximately 91,000 CFIs in the United States. Fewer than 600 of them have achieved that distinction thus far. The last 13 national Flight Instructors of the Year were Master CFIs while Vivion is one of only 8 Minnesota aviation educators who has earned this prestigious "Master" title.

The Master Instructor designation is the only industry professional accreditation recognized by the FAA. It is earned by candidates through a rigorous process of continuing professional activity and peer review. Much like a flight instructor's certificate, it must be renewed biennially. This process parallels the continuing education regimen used by other professionals to enhance their knowledge base while increasing their professionalism. Simply put, the Master Instructor designation is a means by which to identify those outstanding aviation educators, those "Teachers of Flight," who have demonstrated an ongoing commitment to excellence, professional growth, and service to the aviation community.

To publicly recognize these individuals and their noteworthy accomplishments, NAFI will be hosting its "Meet the Masters" breakfasts, to which Vivion will be invited, during Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wis., and Sun 'n Fun in Lakeland, Wis.

NAFI is dedicated to providing support and recognition for America's aviation educators while helping them raise and maintain their level of professionalism. It is also committed to providing a safe and effective learning environment for student pilots. The Association was founded in 1967 and affiliated with EAA in 1995.

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