MGA Aviation Instructor Awarded Master CFI-Aerobatic Accreditation (EZM – Georgia)

Gene Behrends, a 1st-time Master as well as a member of SAFE and IAC, recently earned his Master CFI-Aerobatic accreditation through the Master Instructors LLC MICEP program   Gene is an assistant chief flight instructor at Eastman’s Middle Georgia State University (  ) flight department (EZM).   In that capacity, he specializes in stage checks, end-of-course checks, aerobatic instruction, and initial CFI training.   (Photo:  MCFI-A Gene Behrends of Cochran, GA)

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The Master Instructors LLC takes great pride in announcing a significant aviation accomplishment on the part of H Gene Behrends, a Middle Georgia State University assistant chief flight instructor and a resident of Cochran, Georgia.

Recently, Gene was accredited as a Master CFI-Aerobatic (Certificated Flight Instructor-Aerobatic) by Master Instructors LLC, the international accrediting authority for the six (6) Master Instructor designations as well as the industry acclaimed and FAA-approved Master Instructor Continuing Education Program (MICEP)ä.

To help put these achievements in their proper perspective, there are approximately 101,000 CFIs in the United States.  Fewer than 800 aviation educators worldwide have achieved one or more of the available Master accreditations thus far.  Twenty-three (23) of the last annual National Flight Instructors of the Year, National FAASTeam Representatives of the Year, or National Aviation Techs (AMTs) of the Year were Masters (see: Gene is one of only 15 Georgia aviation educators who has earned one or more of these six (6) prestigious “Master” titles.  Additionally, he joins the ranks of 44 flight instructors worldwide to earn MCFI-A accreditation.

In the words of former FAA Administrator Marion Blakey, “The Master Instructor accreditation singles out the best that the right seat has to offer.”

The Master Instructor designation is a national accreditation recognized by the FAA.  Candidates must demonstrate an ongoing commitment to excellence, professional growth, and service to the aviation community, and must pass a rigorous evaluation by a peer Board of Review.  The process parallels the continuing education regimen used by other professionals to enhance their knowledge base while increasing their professionalism.  Designees are recognized as outstanding aviation educators for not only their excellence in teaching, but for their engagement in the continuous process of learning — both their own, and their students’.  The designation must be renewed biennially and significantly surpasses the FAA requirements for renewal of the candidate’s flight instructor certificate.

Please feel free to disseminate this information widely.  Questions regarding the Master Instructor Programä may be directed to 303-485-8136 or   For more information about the Master Instructor Continuing Education Programä ( ) and to locate other Masters, please visit the “Find a Master Instructor” section of  To learn more about the Society of Aviation and Flight Educators (SAFE), visit