Englewood, Colorado — Bob Stedman, president of Independence Aviation, has been named 2011 Certificated Flight Instructor (CFI) of the Year for the Northwest Mountain Region by the General Aviation Awards Program. Stedman automatically becomes a candidate for National CFI of the Year, an honor bestowed in early 2012. The selection process begins with local FAA Safety Team managers at Flight Standards District Offices, then moves on to the eight regional FAA offices.
“Bob’s dedication and enthusiasm for aviation and flight instruction is infectious, and this recognition is well deserved,” said Chuck Gensler, CFI and chief flight instructor at Independence Aviation. “Students find Bob’s methods and teaching style to be well suited to their needs, and Bob continually confirms that they’re confident and happy with where they are in the educational progress.”
Stedman launched his aviation career in 1974 at Arapahoe County Airport, now Centennial Airport. His background in marketing with a large corporation gives him special insight into how people learn. He specializes in helping current pilots increase their knowledge and proficiency in high-performance aircraft like the Cessna 414, Socata TBM and Beechcraft King Air. He also finds great satisfaction in teaching students at all levels, from beginners pursuing their Private Pilot Certificate to those aspiring to an Airline Transport Pilot Certificate as a prerequisite to an aviation career.
Stedman’s credentials include an Airline Transport Pilot Certificate, Certificated Flight Instructor – Instrument, Airplane Single-Engine Land and Sea, and Airplane Multi-Engine Land Ratings. He is also recognized as a Platinum Cirrus Standardized Instructor Pilot (CSIP) by Cirrus Aircraft.
More information on Independence Aviation is available by calling 719-445-8581 in Colorado Springs or 303-858-1600 in Denver