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Flight Instructor Requirements, Training and Job Description

Flight Instructor Requirements, Training and Job DescriptionHave you ever thought of flying a commercial airplane to distant locations? How about teaching others how to fly a plane? Both of these goals can be met by increasing the amount of flight time a person has by becoming a flight instructor.

A certification is needed to be able to teach other pilots how to fly. Some of the basic requirements are a valid medical certificate, ability to read and speak in English and pass the knowledge based and practical flight test. The requirements needed to become a flight instructor is a challenging route to a career, but also very rewarding.

Education Requirements to Become a Flight Instructor

The road to become a flight instructor starts with gaining a series of pilot certificates. In order to obtain the flight instructor certification, there will be others that need to be completed in sequence to get to that level. While there is not a formal degree requirement for any of the certifications, the appropriate courses will need to be completed.

The first certificate is that of a Private Pilot. A candidate must pass the FAA written and practical test. They must also be at least 17 years old, be able to communicate in English and hold a current third class medical certificate. Typical requirements for the flight school portion will be 40 hours of flight time with the time divided between solo and dual flights. Most programs can be finished in about 60 hours maximum.

A commercial pilot certificate is the next step to become a flight instructor. One condition for this certificate is that you must hold a Private Pilot Certificate, and attaining a passing score of the FAA knowledge and practical test pertaining to commercial flight is also required. The amount of flight time needed is about 190 to 250 hours of total pilot in command time, but the amount of time needed to go through the program, excluding flight time, is around 90 hours.

The final certification is the Certified Flight Instructor or CFI certificate. A candidate needs to have a Commercial Pilot Certificate prior to taking the exam, and you can expect to take a knowledge and practical test, pass the Fundamentals of Instructing. The type of certification you get will depend on the type of airplanes you expect to teach. A general CFI, CFI Instrument Rating Course and CFI Multi-Engine Course are all available. Most students can complete their training in as little as 20 hours.

Flight Instructor Job Description

A flight instructor is there to help other future pilot gain their “wings.” Only certified flight instructors may teach other pilots how to fly. Some of the duties they have include conducting dual flight instruction, ground instruction and perform flight briefings for students. They are typically responsible for the maintenance of the aircraft to ensure a safe flight, and flight instructors need to be able to make corrections in a way that is constructive and safe while in the air. The specific duties may vary depending on what type of place they are teaching, but the main focus of the job is to ensure that everyone that learns to fly does it safely.

FAA Flight Instructor Training Package

If you are looking to launch your Professional Pilot Career as a Certified Flight Instructor, then Aviator has the Instructor Course that’s right for you. You will receive up to 120 hours of ground instruction under the supervision of a Gold Seal Flight Instructor. In addition, you will receive the highest quality flight instruction necessary to become a superior flight instructor.

Requirements: FAA Single and Multi-engine Commercial Ratings with a minimum of 15 hours Multi-Engine PIC time. Our FAA-approved training curriculum for the Certified Flight Instructor ratings includes:

  • Multi-Engine Flight Instructor
  • Single Engine Flight Instructor
  • Instrument Flight Instructor
  • Up to 120 Hours of Ground Training
  • 21 Hours of Flight Training
  • Spin Training
  • Course Duration: two months
  • Job opportunities for those who qualify

Cost $ 6,495.00
NOTE: (Approx. $1,500.00 additional for Written exams and Checkride fees)
A $ 1000.00 non-refundable deposit is required to accompany the enrollment form, which will be applied to your flight training account.


Aviator Faculty and Flight Training Instructors are hired directly from the ranks of our graduating student population and have more than 200 hours of multi-engine flight time. The Faculty at Aviator College hold a minimum of a Bachelors Degree and teach all flight training, classroom based courses. The Academy Flight Instructors are hired directly from the ranks of Aviator graduates. The Flight Training Instructors work one-on-one with their students in the air. Students often complete the entire program with the same Flight Training Instructor, which allows them to find a comfortable relationship and learn faster. Flight Training Instructors are available to fly with students 24 hours-a-day, rain or shine. We encourage our Flight Training Instructors to provide actual instrument flight time with their students whenever possible to gain real-world experience. Our Flight Training Instructors continue to grow in their skills while flying in the high density traffic operations of Florida’s airspace.

To speak with an Flight Instructor contact the college at 772-672-8222.

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