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Continue Your Flight Training and Become CFI

Continue Your Flight Training and Become CFICertified Flight Instructors, or CFIs, teach pilot students how to fly an airplane. CFIs offer instruction on private piloting, instrument and commercial training and ground instruction. They also perform FAA-regulated flight check outs and proficiency checks. Depending upon the level of training, a CFI can teach either single- or multi-engine courses as well. To become a CFI, one must have certification from a major aviation organization that indicates that the flight instructor is a proficient pilot, has completed coursework on how to teach aviation and has passed one or more competency exams.

Flight instructors in the United States must hold at least a commercial pilot certificate or ATP (Airline Transport Pilot) certificate. Individuals wishing to give instruction in airplanes or powered-lift aircraft are additionally required to hold an instrument rating in the desired category and class. Holders of a sport pilot certificate may obtain a flight instructor certificate with sport pilot rating, allowing them to give instruction for the sport pilot certificate in light-sport aircraft.

People who want to teach others how to fly also have to take specialized classes pertaining to flight instruction. With a current pilot license, which is a requirement to enroll in these types of courses, the classes concentrate on topics such as how to calmly correct errors, judge when the student is in trouble and balance safety and instruction. They also may cover current aviation regulations.

An instrument rating is another common requirement for a certified flight instructor. The instrument rating is based on an examination of how well the individual can handle an aircraft or simulator using only the aircraft instruments. This rating is important because it shows that the individual can use the instruments to fly the plane even in situations such as inclement weather or poor visibility.

For legal reasons, a person who wishes to become a certified flight instructor commonly has to meet the minimum legal adult age in his jurisdiction. He can sometimes begin work on his licenses prior to this, however, but he cannot take the certification tests until he is of age.

Normally, a certified flight instructor focuses on one type of aircraft. This is necessary because even though the basic physics of flight do not change, plane design and technology does. Flying a small, single engine plane is very different than flying a helicopter or large passenger plane, for instance. The certification indicates the plane focus in most instances.

Those who teach flight principles and techniques may do so in different ways. For instance, they might lead traditional courses in a classroom setting. They also can work with students in simulators. Once the student performs well enough in the simulator, the instructor takes the student up in a dual-controlled aircraft, taking over the controls when necessary.

One quirk of being a certified flight instructor is that the schedule of work is not consistent. Instructors do not always have the same number of students, and they sometimes have to accommodate seasonal shifts (source).

Step by Step To Become CFI

Complete private pilot training and obtain your private pilot license. To complete this training, you must be at least 17 years old at the time of your FAA check ride for this license. You must also pass a medical exam, knowledge exam exam, practical flight and oral exam and meet the flight requirements demonstrating your ground course experience, solo flight capabilities and cross-country flying, all under visual flight rules (VFR).

Obtain your instrument rating. For this rating, you learn to fly using instrument flight rules (IFR) so that you may fly in less then favorable weather such as rain showers, low visibility and foggy conditions. You learn how to conduct an IFR approach into an airport for landing the airplane.

Become a commercial pilot. This license allows you to fly for hire, unlike a private pilot who may only fly for leisure purposes. In addition to having your private pilot license with instrument rating, you must pass a second-class medical exam and be at least 18 years old with 250 hours of total flight time. Of that time, you must meet the 10-hour multi-engine flight time if you plan to fly multi-engine aircraft for hire, meet the requirements for cross-country time and pilot in command (PIC) time. Like the private license, you must also pass a practical flight and oral exam, as well as a knowledge exam.

Take a CFI course, which includes a curriculum on how to fly the airplane from the right, or instructor’s seat, while teaching the fundamentals of piloting to a student. CFI courses include extensive training on the responsibility of teaching a student while maintaining safety at all times. This course also explains flight techniques, calmly correcting errors and encouraging students’ learning.

Maintain CFI performance and medical status in accordance to FAA regulations.

Above all, CFIs are intended to be a professional resource for up and coming pilots. CFIs should make learning fun while molding students to become safe and knowledgeable pilots. (source)

FAA Flight Instructor Training Package At Aviator Flight Training Academy

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

$ 7,000.00
Financing Available for those who qualify
(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.

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